Celtics assistant coach denies larceny charge (Yahoo Sports)

Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old McCarty ordered more than $30,000 worth of cabinetry for the home he’s building in Wayland, and paid a $12,000 deposit.

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Celtics win preseason finale; 100-86 over Nets (Yahoo Sports)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics defends the basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the game on October 22, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rookie Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the final preseason game for both teams. Gerald Wallace had 12 points for Boston, which finished the preseason 5-3 with its second straight win over Brooklyn. Mason Plumlee led the Nets with 15 points and 11 boards. Mirza Teletovic also scored 15 points.

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Boston Celtics: Preseason Stats Suggest 3-Point Barrage on the Way for 2014-15

A season ago the Boston Celtics finished 25-57, tied for the fourth-worst record in the NBA.  One of the many statistical categories that Boston failed to excel in was three-point shooting.  The Celtics hoisted an average of 21.1 threes per game and connected just 33 percent of the time.  The number of attempts ranked 18th overall, while the percentage was the third-lowest in the league.

But if the 2014-15 preseason is any indication, Boston could be a very different team this year from beyond the arc.

Over their eight-game exhibition schedule, the Celtics took 230 three-pointers and knocked down 82 of them.  That averages out to 10.25 makes and 28.75 attempts per contest, both of which rank in the top three league-wide.  Each of those numbers would also have led the NBA during the 2013-14 regular season.

While not as impressive as the overall level of production, Boston’s .357 long-range shooting percentage is the 11th best in the league—and a large portion of it stems from some fairly unlikely sources.  

Despite being better known for his defense, shooting guard Avery Bradley is one of several Celtics who showed great proficiency from downtown this preseason.  Bradley sank 46.9 percent of his attempts (15 of 32), a significant uptick from his career rate of .366.

The 23-year-old hasn’t changed his philosophy though.  Via Frank Dell’Apa of The Boston Globe, Bradley said:

I’m a defensive player first. Like I always say, you can have an off shooting night but never an off defensive night, and that’s my mindset. I just have to go out there with high energy and play as hard as I can and let the game come to me. That’s my main focus. I don’t think it matters if I score first quarter, second quarter, it really doesn’t matter, as long as I play hard.

Even more surprising than Bradley’s shooting are the three-point exploits of Boston’s starting frontcourt tandem, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.  Together they made 24 of 50 threes this exhibition season, a staggering 48 percent.

Neither Sullinger nor Olynyk fit the description of a traditional NBA big man and both are somewhat undersized for their positions.  CBS Boston’s Brian Robb credits this as part of the explanation for why Boston is launching so many three-pointers:

With no true post presence on the team yet again this season, [Celtics head coach Brad] Stevens has committed himself to floor spacing, as well as pushing the pace. Despite a small sample size, Boston’s performance this preseason shows a big part of that plan is taking three-pointers at every reasonable opportunity.

Not to be outdone, even veteran power forward Brandon Bass has gotten in on the action.  Over 558 regular-season games spanning a nine-year career, Bass is 2-for-21 from long range.  This preseason he went 2-for-4.

In fact, of the 13 active players on the Celtics roster, only two failed to attempt a three-point field goal in any of Boston’s exhibitions—backup center Tyler Zeller and end-of-the-bench forward Gerald Wallace.

Regardless of whether or not the Celtics actually improve from last season, it does appear they intend to make three-point shooting a major part of their repertoire in 2014-15.


Statistics courtesy of RealGM.com

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Celtics cut Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford, Erik Murphy; more coming

Boston began trimming it’s roster today from the 20 available bodies for training camp down to the 15 allowed during the regular season:Brad Stevens says Celtics will keep Tim Frazier through tomorrow night but will waive Rodney McGruder, Christian Watford, Erik Murphy today.— Marc D’Amico (@Marc_DAmico) October 21, 2014There are no surprises here, although there was a bit of speculation that Murphy, a second round pick of the Bulls last year, might have an outside shot at sticking with the C’s.  You can expect Frazier to be cut as well after the final preseason game tomorrow night.That leaves just one more spot to go, which is almost certain to be the newly acquired Will Bynum, unless the Celtics pull off another trade in the next week.  Via Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:Will Bynum, who is expected to be waived this week after coming over from Detroit in last week’s Joel Anthony trade, was, as expected, a ghost yesterday. ‘He’s not here,’ Stevens said simply….

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Trial 44 Minute Game Tested, Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets

After much speculation on how the shortened game time would effect the game it was finally put to a test yesterday. In Boston, they wanted to see how much the 44 Minute game time would effect not only the playing time of each player but the amount of points scored in games. Players who benefit the most out of the 11 minute quarters are your run of the mill big power forwards, such as Jared Sullinger. He described his playing experience as a shocker considering the fact that he went to sit out with 5 and half minutes compared to the usual 7 minutes when he is taken out in a regular 12 minute quarter. In his outing against the Nets, Jared scored 21 points and added 19 rebounds. Then, you have players who are used to playing almost a full length game (when healthy) such as Deron Williams. In an interview, on the court, he stated that he didn’t really see the difference, he just kept doing his job of facilitating the ball. “It’s really hard to tell a minute a quarter (and) 4 minutes a g…

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Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game

Sullinger scores 21 points Celtics beat Nets 95-90 in experimental 44-minute game



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Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets 10/19/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Boston Celtics took on the Brooklyn Nets in a preseason game on Sunday. 

After winning just 25 games a season ago, the Celtics are looking to rebuild and contend in the wide-open Eastern Conference, while the Nets have their sights set on returning to the postseason.

Watch the video for full highlights.

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Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game (Yahoo Sports)

BROOKLYN, NY - OCTOBER 19: Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics goes for the dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during the game on October 19, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nat Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brookyln Nets 95-90 on Sunday in an experimental 44-minute game.

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Another trade coming? Investigating ways the Celtics can get their roster to 15 players

With less than two weeks until opening night, the Celtics have 20 players in camp, five more than the 15 player maximum that they need to cut down to before their first game.However, four of those cuts are relatively easy to project, as Christian Watford, Erik Murphy, Rodney McGruder and Tim Frazier are all working under non-gauranteed contracts/camp invitations. Whenever the Cs want to release them, they can do so without paying them a dime. So that gets us to 16, but what about the final move? The Celtics are one of only two teams in the NBA with 16 players under guaranteed contracts (weirdly enough, the other is Detroit, the team the Celtics just traded Joel Anthony to in exchange for Will Bynum, which solved neither team’s roster crunch), and they’re going to either need to cut or trade someone before they take the floor on the 29th against the Nets. Here are some thoughts about how the Cs could do just that. Cuts: Barring something truly shocking, here are the players I…

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Celtics trade Joel Anthony to Pistons for Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics have traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum. The Celtics made the move to reduce their books.  Anthony is set to make $3.8 million this season, while Bynum will earn $2.9 million, saving the team $900,000. Anthony, 32, was acquired by the Celtics from the Miami Heat in January. “We’re getting a physical, experienced player who has a lot of intangibles and a lot of basketball savvy and strength to help our front line,” Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said Friday of Anthony. It’s unclear if the Celtics will keep Bynum. He appeared in 56 games for the Detroit Pistons last season where he averaged 8.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 18.8 minutes per game. The post Celtics trade Joel Anthony to Pistons for Will Bynum appeared first on Sports Glory.

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