News Roundup: City Edition, Tatum, & more!

Here are some recent headlines in the world of the Celtics.

1. The C’s unveil their new City Edition uniforms

Ever since Nike took over making NBA uniforms back in 2017, they have made a habit of changing each team’s City Edition uniform on an annual basis. The Celtics unveiled their new City Edition uniforms today, and they are primarily green with gold and black accents, even though the leaked image from Ines Kanter’s Instagram story indicated that they might have been teal (which Kanter blamed on the lightning of his surrounding). These uniforms harken back to the team’s St. Patrick’s Day uniforms from the pre-Nike era, but feature a Gaelic font.

The team has announced that they will wear their City Edition uniforms on the following dates:

November 27th vs Brooklyn
November 29th at Brooklyn
December 6th vs Denver
December 12th vs Philadelphia
December 25th at Toronto
January 9th at Philadelphia
January 16th at Milwaukee
January 20th vs LA Lakers
January 30th vs Golden State
February 13th vs LA Clippers
February 23rd at LA Lakers
March 3rd vs Brooklyn
March 15th at Chicago
March 18th vs New York
March 20th at Toronto
April 3rd vs Orlando
April 15th vs Chicago

Personally, I am a fan of this uniforms, but it’s hard not to see them as a downgrade from last year’s minimalistic iteration of the City Edition.

2. Tatum earns PG13’s respect

Jayson Tatum was unbelievable during the Celtics’ 107-104 overtime loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night, as he led Boston with 30 points. Tatum’s main highlight came late in the fourth quarter when he broke Paul George’s ankles, and hit a three-pointer to tie the game.

Following the game, George had this to say about Tatum.

3. Kyrie Irving’s “homecoming” may not be happening

One of the most anticipated games on Boston’s 2019 schedule was the return of ex-Celtic Kyrie Irving, with his new team, the Brooklyn Nets. Due to a shoulder injury, Irving’s status for next Wednesday’s game at the TD Garden has been in question, which may deprive the Boston faithful from giving him a “warm” welcome.

For his part, Celtics GM Danny Ainge hopes that the Boston crowd doesn’t boo Irving if he is present for the game.

4. The front office makes the team’s core untouchable

The Celtics are consistently mentioned as a team willing to make a move when there’s an opportunity to improve its roster, due to their vast array of assets (whether it be players or picks). However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting that the Celtics have made it clear to other teams that key members of the team, such as Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart are “absolutely not available.” This likely means that the Celtics would have to give up draft picks if they wanted to procure an improvement at center.

 

 

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New’s Roundup: Kyrie/Murray, Rozier’s future & more!

Here are some recent headlines in the world of the Celtics.

1. Kyrie stands by his actions in Denver

During the ending of Monday’s loss in Denver, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray launched a last second 3-pointer in hopes of accumulating 50 points, which did not sit well with Kyrie Irving, who proceeded to recover the ball and toss it into the stands.

Irving was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his actions, and when he was asked by reporters about the fine, he remarked that it was “well-deserved”. Murray’s last second heave did violate an unwritten rule in the NBA, which is to simply dribble out the clock when victory is guaranteed in the final seconds. 

As Kyrie said, the Celtics will see Jamal Murray and the Nuggets again, so it will be interesting to see the dynamic between the two guards. 

2. Rozier and Ainge squash trade rumors

Over the last few days, it had been reported that at least 7 teams were interested in trading for a reportedly disgruntled Terry Rozier. Earlier today, Danny Ainge spoke out to squash any rumors on Rozier’s unhappiness and the possibility of him being traded. 

Rozier also came out to refute the rumors, as he remarked that he was happy in his current situation. With this being a contract year for the young point guard, it will be an interesting situation to watch as the season progresses.

3. Hayward’s homecoming

Tomorrow night, Gordon Hayward will make his long-awaited return to Salt Lake City, as the Celtics take on the Utah Jazz. Hayward left the Jazz during free agency in 2017, but he ended up missing the entire 2017 season due to an injury suffered in the opener at Cleveland. The Jazz did not really miss a beat with Hayward’s departure, as they filled in his absence with sensational rookie, Donovan Mitchell, who has been able to lead Utah to be one of the best teams in the West so far this season. 

Expect an emotional return to Utah for Gordon Hayward, as he will likely have to deal with disgruntled and upset Jazz fans.

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4. Peyton Manning joins the Celtics in the film room

During the Celtics’ visit to Denver, they welcomed former NFL QB Peyton Manning to one of their practices. Brad Stevens and Manning know each other from their respective stints in the state of Indiana, so Stevens brought him in to help with watching film (which was one of Manning’s hallmarks as a competitor during his career in the NFL). Both Stevens and Kyrie Irving credited Manning’s influence during the practice, as they felt that having a proven champion help them break down film improved the efficiency and enthusiasm of the practice. 

Hopefully Manning’s influence will help the Celtics remedy some of their miscues with the use of more efficient film work.

News Roundup: Kyrie’s style, Hayward’s bounce-back and more!

Here are some of the recent headlines in the world of the Celtics.

1. The effect of getting a haircut

Kyrie Irving made headlines over the off-season due to the afro and headband he debuted during 2018’s Media Day. Irving did not have the greatest start to this season, as he was heavily inconsistent and struggled to make shots, with Jayson Tatum being the C’s main weapon. This came to a head when he scored only 3 points during the Celtics’ win in Detroit.

Prior to the Celtics welcoming the Pistons on October 30th, Kyrie got a haircut and ditched the headband, and proceeded to score a team-high 31 points to lead the C’s to another win over Detroit. He followed this performance with a 28 point outing during a victory over the previously undefeated Milwaukee Bucks.

Let’s hope that Kyrie’s new haircut continues to fuel great performances.

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2. Nike and Kyrie debut the Kyrie 5’s

Earlier this week, Nike debuted Kyrie Irving’s latest signature model, the Kyrie 5. This shoe takes inspiration from earlier Kyrie models, and also continues to innovate forward. Interestingly enough, the quarter of the shoe features the Illuminati symbol, as a reference to Kyrie’s strong belief in conspiracy theories.

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Check out this article from SLAM, which details the inspiration behind this shoe.

3. Hayward continues to propel forward

Celtics’ fans have been maintaining a keen interest in Gordon Hayward’s performance, due to his return from the horrifying ankle injury he suffered last year. Similarly to Kyrie, Hayward has been inconsistent since the season started, which has caused several pundits to question whether he was worth the investment Boston paid for him. Hence, it was encouraging to see his outing against the Bucks on November 1st, when he scored 18 points, and had a good defensive performance. Also, there was a sequence in the game when Hayward came down hard on the left ankle he fractured last season, but he was able to shake it off and continue playing. When asked about that incident, Hayward mentioned that his left foot was sore, but that he would be fine.

Hayward has a big game coming up on November 9th, when the Celtics visit his former team, the Utah Jazz.

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4. City Edition

Last season, the Celtics wore a mediocre grey uniform, which was dubbed the ‘City Edition’ by Nike.

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(Photo via Nike)

Recently, the 2018-19 iteration of the City Edition uniform was leaked on Twitter, and it appears that Nike took inspiration from the old St. Patrick’s Day alternate, as this uniform is white with green and gold trim, and I have to say that this is a marked improvement.

Expect the Celtics to officially unveil this uniform sometime in the next week.

5. Looking ahead

The Celtics have a tough slate coming up, as they travel west to take on teams such as the Jazz, Trail Blazers, and Nuggets.

 

News roundup: Hayward, Kyrie & more!

Here are a few notable headlines regarding the Celtics over the past week.

Hayward undergoes surgery: 

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Celtics fans can still remember the nauseating sight of Gordon Hayward grasping his fractured left ankle on opening night back in October. Hayward’s recovery process was extensively covered by the national media, with many analysts and fans wondering when he would return to the court for the Celtics. Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the rest of Celtics’ management were cautious with Hayward’s rehab process, as they chose to not rush his recovery. 

Hayward made sure to keep Celtics’ fans in the loop, as he shared several videos showcasing him dribbling and shooting, which were definitely tantalizing for several fans, as they imagined the strength of a Celtics’ lineup that includes Hayward.

On Wednesday, the Celtics reported that Hayward had undergone a successful surgery to remove plates and screws from his ankle, as they were causing “irritation to his peroneal tendons”. According to the Celtics, Hayward’s ankle and fibula are now structurally sound, and he should be able to resume basketball activities in 6 to 8 weeks. This should be exciting news for Celtics’ fans, as they will soon be able to witness their team in full strength.

Kyrie spotted playing pickup basketball in New Jersey:

Kyrie Irving took some heat for missing the Celtics’ Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as many pundits felt that his presence would have been invaluable for the Celtics’ young stars. Danny Ainge explained Irving’s absence by mentioning that he had undergone surgery to repair a deviated septum in his nasal canal (which was reportedly suffered when Aron Baynes elbowed him in the early stages of the season). 

Kyrie was recently spotted playing some pickup basketball in Hoboken, New Jersey, which is an encouraging sign for Celtics fans. For the people asking why Kyrie was able to play pickup hoops if he’s injured, it is almost impossible to compare the physicality of a pickup game to an actual NBA game.

Tatum’s appearance on ESPN:

Jayson Tatum had a great appearance on ESPN’s Get Up, as he discussed various topics, such as his dunk on LeBron James, and his experience as a rookie in the NBA. 

One of the highlights of this interview was Tatum’s puzzled expression when ESPN Analyst Jay Williams mentioned that he picked the Cavs to win the NBA Finals over the heavily favored Golden State Warriors.

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This interview showed that Tatum’s ability to spell is probably not as good as his ability to dunk, as he struggled mightily to spell out his former coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last name.

Kyrie opts to undergo surgery on his troublesome knee

After missing the last few games with soreness in his left knee, Kyrie Irving has opted to go under the knife to relieve his discomfort. The procedure has been described as ‘minimally invasive’ by Celtics’ team officials, with no specific timetable for recovery. 

What does this mean?

The Celtics will need to prepared to continue playing without their best offensive player, as it may take time for Kyrie to get back to full strength. The playoffs start exactly 3 weeks after his surgery, which means that he will likely not be able to play. However, if the Celtics can lean on their top-notch defense and the newfound tandem of Al Horford and Marcus Morris, they may be able to advance in the playoffs and give Kyrie enough time to return. 

Get well soon, Kyrie!

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Sweet 16!

The Celtics narrowly avoided an upset against the Dallas Mavericks, winning last night’s game 110-102 in overtime. This victory pushed the Celtics’ winning streak to 16 games, giving them a record of 16-2.

Although the Celtics were able to prevail against Dallas, they didn’t perform well for most of the second half. This was the fifth comeback win for the Celtics so far this season. Boston was aided by an incredible performance by Kyrie Irving, who scored 47 points while shooting 16/22 from the field (Uncle Drew was also 5/7 from three point range). Jaylen Brown also pitched in 22 points, while shooting 8/13 from the field.

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The C’s fell behind by 13 in the fourth quarter and the game seemed to be under wraps for Dallas when they had a 5 point lead with just about 1 minute left in the game. Marcus Smart nailed a three to cut the deficit to 2 points. On the next Dallas possession, Kyrie stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki, and lobbed the ball to Jayson Tatum who tied the game.

Kyrie truly took over in overtime, where he scored 10 of the 14 points the Celtics had in the extra period. Irving helped the Celtics go on a 10-0 run that put the finishing touches on the game.

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The Celtics’ upcoming games aren’t exactly cakewalks, with tilts against the Magic, Pistons and 76ers on the horizon. However, with the grit and determination showcased over the last 3 games, it would be foolish to assume that the Celtics won’t match or even surpass the 19-game winning streak set by the 2008-09 Boston squad. 

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The C’s stave off a 17-point deficit to stun the Warriors

The Celtics had a statement win last night, defeating the Golden State Warriors 92-88 in a hard fought game. Boston came storming back from a 17-point deficit in the second half, led by Jaylen Brown who fueled the 19-2 run that closed out the third quarter. This victory extended the Celtics’ winning streak to 14 games, and also snapped Golden State’s 7 game winning streak. 

Here are a few takeaways from yesterday’s game

1. Jaylen Brown was unbelieveable

Jaylen Brown played last night’s game with a heavy heart, due to the passing of his close friend, Trevin Steede. Brown wasn’t sure if he would be able to play, but he changed his mind after talking to Steede’s mother, who told him that Trevin would have wanted him to play. Brown was the spark the Celtics needed to come back and win, as he made key plays on both offense and defense. Brown had 2 clutch threes during the Celtics’ key 19-2 run, and his highlight of the game was most likely stealing the ball from Stephen Curry, which resulted in an emphatic slam. 

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2. It’s time to accept that the Celtics are for real

Even though the Celtics entered last night’s game with a 13-2 record, they still had many naysayers who were under the impression that this team wouldn’t do much in the playoffs against elite competition. No one expected that the Celtics would be able to slow down the red hot Warriors who had blown out their opponents in their previous 7 victories. The Celtics were able to silence their doubters with a strong outing against Golden State. For the first time since Kevin Durant joined the Warriors, the Dubs were held under 90 points (when all 4 of their All-Stars were on the court). The Celtics’ number one ranked defense proved that their ranking was no fluke, as they constantly harassed the defending champs, with only Durant having a good outing (he scored 24 points). 

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 3. Uncle Drew continues to be an efficient closer for the C’s

Kyrie Irving struggled from the field, going only 4-for-16, which was a major reason for the Celtics falling behind in the early stages of the game. Irving flipped the switch in the fourth quarter, where he scored 11 of his 16 points. Irving made several key shots for the Celtics down the stretch, including 2 clutch free throws that gave the Celtics the lead in the waning moments of the game. Throughout this season, Kyrie has been the closer for the Celtics, and that narrative didn’t change last night.

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Bonus: Check out Uncle Drew’s slick Celtics themed Kyrie 3’s

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