Season Preview: Boston’s strong front line—featuring All-Stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown—is even stronger this season with the signing of center Tristan Thompson. With guard Kemba Walker running the show, the Celtics look like a good bet to make a run at the NBA Finals if everyone stays healthy in 2021.
Season Recap: Boston fans had high hopes for a spot in the NBA Finals after the Bucks were knocked out of the playoffs, but they lost to the Miami Heat in the conference finals 4 games to 2. Young leaders Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown averaged over 20 points a game, as did veteran Kemba Walker. Several role players, including centers Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, made valuable contributions all season long.
March 4, 2020: Jayson Tatum scored 32 points in a win over the Cavaliers. It was his fifth 30-point game in a row, including a 41-point game against the Lakers. The 41 points matched a career-high set earlier in the season.
Season Preview: Kyrie Irving is gone and Kemba Walker takes his place. How Walker works with young stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown—and whether the defense comes together after Al Horford moved to Philadelphia—could be the difference between a so-so record and a 50-win season. If Marcus Smart plays shutdown defense and Gordon Hayward finds his pre-injury form, 50 could easily become 55 or 60.
Season Recap: Boston won 49 times in 2018–19, but could not make it back to the conference finals, as they had the two previous years. Six players averaged double-figures in scoring, led by Kyrie Irving at 23.8 points per game. Irving also led the Celtics in assists. Young Jayson Tatum continued to improve in his second year as a pro, leading the club with 477 rebounds. Veteran center Al Horford followed up his All-Star year with another solid season in the middle. Boston fans watched their team blow a lot of big leads, and at times the players squabbled, but it was still a shock to watch them lose in five playoff games to the Milwaukee Bucks.
February 15, 2019: Jayson Tatum led all players with 9 rebounds in the 2019 Rising Stars Challenge.
Season Preview: With LeBron James now playing the West, the Celtics are preseason favorites to play for the NBA championship. If Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward stay healthy, and Jason Tatum continues to improve, Boston will be tough to beat. Guard Jaylen Brown and center Al Horford round out a starting five that can beat opponents in a dozen different ways.
Season Recap: The Celtics won 55 games and played well in playoff victories over the Bucks and 76ers. Rookie Jayson Tatum emerged as a team leader after an injury sidelined Kyrie Irving, but he was unable to push Boston past LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Season Preview: Only a handful of players remain from last year’s 53-win squad, but newcomers Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will lead a fast-paced offense that hopes to challenge for the Eastern Conference title. Will the Boston defense and rebounding improve? That may be the big question come playoff time.
Season Recap: Boston returned to the top of the Eastern Conference for the first time in nine years with a 53–29 record. The team opened the season with three first-round draft picks, but it was 5’9” Isaiah Thomas who led the team with 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game. The Celts beat the Bulls and Wizards to reach the conference finals, but fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Season Preview: Boston did a great job making it back to the playoffs last season. New forwards Amir Johnson and David Lee will make the Celtics stronger up front, but the team still needs to find an All-Star player to go deep into the playoffs this year. Until then, Isaiah Thomas and Jared Sullinger will have to keep the team competitive.
Season Recap: Boston traded away floor leader Rajon Rondo in December but still managed to finish with the second-best record in the Atlantic Division. Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger took leadership roles, while Evan Turner provided veteran experience to the young Celtics.
Season Preview: The Celtics will continue to rebuild their team in 2014–15, using the many draft picks the piled up over the past couple of seasons. Veterans Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo will lead a team that includes some exciting young players, including Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olnyk, and Avery Bradley.
Season Recap: After trading away Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Celtics embarked upon a rebuilding season that saw them win just 25 games and finish out of the playoffs. Young veterans Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green provided leadership for young stars Jared Sullinger, Jordan Crawford, and Avery Bradley.