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Celtics Sign Former #2 Pick Evan Turner

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Published on 3:57 am

Let me first go on record by saying unlike many others I love this move. Turner was a #2 pick for a reason and even though there’s good chance he will never live up to it he is still well worth the risk. And as you can read below it’s not a very big risk at all. He’s no Kevin Love or that big fireworks type move everyone wanted, but it’s at least something. With that said here is more on Turner and the move by the Celtics. For more stats and information be sure to check out NBA.com

Positioned to navigate another season that should be heavy on development as part of a rebuilding process, the Celtics are adding a former No. 2 pick who should be motivated to re-establish his value. Turner got traded from Philadelphia to Indiana at last season’s trade deadline with the Pacers looking to bolster their bench for a playoff run. Instead, Turner played sparingly, and Indiana declined to extend an $8.7 million qualifying offer this offseason, making Turner a free agent. If he can revitalize his career in Boston, it’s a low-risk/high-reward play. Will this shake up how the East plays out? View NBA Futures odds here to see how sportsbooks have responded to this and other big moves in the east.. The concern is that Turner will further clog an already logjammed shooting guard/small forward spot and potentially take minutes away from the likes of rookies Marcus Smart and James Young.

Before Philly dealt Turner, ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan examined Turner’s game and why the team struggled to move him. “Turner isn’t a particularly good perimeter shooter, but he thrives in the midrange, where the majority of his shots come (mostly off pull-ups). His 3-point percentage falls below the Kendall Gill Line (basketball’s version of baseball’s Mendoza Line: 28.1 percent shooting from 3-point range) in every spot except the left corner, where he shoots 38 percent, although he did shoot well from the corners last season. If he does make the pass, it will usually be the easiest one available (to the pick-setter popping back or to a player in his direct line of sight as he comes off a screen). … If the ball isn’t in his hands, he’s not nearly as big a threat as he gets stuck watching the ball, while his poor perimeter shooting encourages defenders to help off him on the weak side. In short, to get the most out of Turner, you have to continue to get him touches.”

The Celtics now have a whopping 18 players under contract with a payroll that will, at least temporarily, crawl over $80 million. Boston still has three nonguaranteed contracts totaling roughly $7 million that can help it trim down moving forward. With that in mind, the odds just got a little bit longer for nonguaranteed players Chris Johnson and Chris Babb. Boston does have Keith Bogans’ $5.3 million nonguaranteed salary that can help it immediately chop salary, though that slot might be more valuable as a trade asset. Needless to say, more moves are coming as the 2014-15 season approaches, but Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and his staff seem content to gobble up low-cost assets in hopes of maximizing their value while navigating this rebuilding process.

Brad Stevens was able to figure out the best way to maximize Jordan Crawford’s talent last season before the team dealt him away while acquiring future assets in January. It’s fair to wonder if the Celtics can do the same with Turner. If Turner jump starts his career, maybe Boston will be able to get more than its initial investment before the trade deadline.

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2014 GameDay Boston Celtics Mock Draft Challenge! With Prizes!

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Published on 8:02 pm

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It’s that time of year again! Time for our annual Celtics Mock Draft challenge! It’s simple. Copy and paste the draft order below and reply in comments section with your picks filled in. Each correct pick is worth 1 point. Each Celtics pick is worth 3 points. 

The entry with the most points in the end wins! 1st place received a free t-shirt/hoodie. We will also give prizes for 2nd and 3rd place too so do your best! We will accept mocks up until 15 minutes before the draft and then all posts will be locked! Good luck everyone!

*Obviously there is a good chance of trades. If there is a trade you will still receive points if the player you put down is draft in the same position! 

When: Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

1 Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Milwaukee Bucks
3 Philadelphia 76ers
4 Orlando Magic
5 Utah Jazz
6 Boston Celtics
7 Los Angeles Lakers
8 Sacramento Kings
9 Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)
10 Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)
11 Denver Nuggets
12 Orlando Magic (from New York via Denver)
13 Minnesota Timberwolves
14 Phoenix Suns
15 Atlanta Hawks
16 Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte)
17 Boston Celtics 
18 Phoenix Suns (from Washington)
19 Chicago Bulls
20 Toronto Raptors
21 Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers)
22 Memphis Grizzlies
23 Utah Jazz (via Golden State)
24 Charlotte Hornets (from Portland)
25 Houston Rockets
26 Miami Heat
27 Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)
28 Los Angeles Clippers
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs

You can get a head start right now and check out all the awesome Celtics gear we have to offer!

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GameDay Boston: 5 Deals Just in Time for the Summer!

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Published on 9:04 pm

Time for us to hook you up! Here at GameDayBoston.com we are running quite a few deals so there is guaranteed at least one specifically for you! Here is a quick breakdown of each!

1. Mystery Packs (T-Shirts & Hoodies) - Receive HUGE discounts by purchasing our shirts or hoodies in bulk. Anywhere from 2-10 at a time! The more you order the bigger the savings! But won’t we just get the shirts no one wants anymore? Not even close! In fact check out our latest fan Charlie who ordered a 10-pack and received these awesome shirts! For the t-shirt mystery pack click here! If you are looking for the hoodie special click here!

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2. Buy 2 Shirts Get 1 Free! For some of our most popular shirts we are doing a buy 2 get one free! Click here to browse all the shirts that are eligible for this deal! You must order any 2 of these and we will send you a 3rd one of our choice along with them! Trust us it will be an excellent addition!

3. Spend $50+ for FREE Shipping! It’s simple! Spend $50 or more, type in the promo code “free” and BOOM no shipping cost on your entire order no matter how large it is! This deal will expire fast!
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4. Spend $100+ and receive some really cool extras! 
That’s right… just spend a little bit more and you will receive your CHOICE of 3 free t-shirts or some of our high quality Sportula grilling tools. Full details on this deal are here!
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5. Tickets, tools and all of the above! Last but not least you may be all geared up for the game, but we will help you actually see it in person. We just teamed up with a new well-known ticket company and are offering some of the best prices/seats around. Start looking for the perfect seat here! Perfect for tailgating or just cooking while watching the tube you NEED to check out our high quality Sportula Grilling tools. The perfect addition just in time for summer!

You can also make all your neighbors jealous by ordering our most unique product in the store. Our Custom Fenway Park Mailbox is literally a work of art. You will find yourself checking the mail a few times a day just to admire it. Full details and more pictures are located here.

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Deal of the Day: 3 Free Shirts or High Quality Sportulas!

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Published on 5:09 pm

Hey there GameDay fans! We have another pretty sweet deal for you all! Spend $100 or more on GameDayBoston.com and you can choose from 3 FREE t-shirts or a high quality team Sportula of your choice! Speaking from experience these are some of the best grilling accessories you will ever use and our customers say the exact same thing! Show off at your next BBQ with your favorite team’s grilling tools!

Again all you have to do is checkout with an amount of $100 or more and we will do the rest. You will receive an email shortly after that asking you whether you would like us to add 3 FREE t-shirts to your order or your choice of any of the 4 Boston team Sportula! Enjoy this deal while it lasts GameDay fans. Start shopping now by clicking here!

Here’s a few more links that may help you start shopping:

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VOTE: Your Boston Sports Mt. Rushmore

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Published on 4:23 pm

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Time to have a little fun. With all the recent excitement of athletes speaking about who would be on their Mt. Rushmore lets do our own Boston version. For those who are new to this concept all you do is pick who you think are the top 4 Boston sports players of all time. The 4 players that would go on your Mt. Rushmore if it were dedicated to Boston. Let’s do one for each team! Voting is below and final results will be announced in a few days. Ready… set… go!

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Surprising Celtics Sitting Atop NBA’s Atlantic Division

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Published on 10:05 pm

Article Written By: Tim Scott
Many NBA Basketball fans did not know what to expect heading into the 2013-14 NBA Basketball Season. With the departure of Celtic mainstays Coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers along with Scorer Paul Pierce and Team Leader Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets…. the Celtics looked to be rebuilding this season. However, someone forgot to tell the remaining players under first-year coach Brad Stevens from NCAA’s Butler that this season would see them fighting to stay atop the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. The Celtics are holding onto a first place lead with an overall record of 12-15 so far….they are a few games ahead of both the Toronto Raptors and the aforementioned Brooklyn Nets!!!
They handily beat the New York Knicks(the team who knocked them out of the NBA Playoffs last season) by a blowout and a close,thrilling 4th quarter game victory! Before last night’s one-point loss to the Detroit Piston’s many watching would not even have know that the team was transitioning to new styles of play as well as playing under an entirely new Head Coach!They recently beat tough teams like the Nuggets, the Heat, and the Timberwolves this season.
Players with experience like Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, and Avery Bradley have been playing well for Boston’s Basketball Team. In fact, Boston’s Basketball Team…. The Celtics….didn’t miss a beat in their transition, have been competitive and have had a good chance to win most games that they have played in. All this without the return to the starting rotation of NBA Assist leader, 2008 champion, and All-Star Rajon Rondo. It should be very interesting to see how the team performs when he comes back to run the offense. Many are hoping Rondo can recuperate completely from last year’s injury in time to possibly lead the Celtics into another successful playoff run this season. It can also be fun to see if GM Danny Ainge acquires any big-time free agents mid-season to solidify the team’s future.
Maybe they can capture some of the Red Sox’s team play fervor and surge into the playoffs ready to do well THIS upcoming Spring. All that remains to be seen but for now the Celtics are playing decent Basketball, steadily improving, and appreciating their fans, who are consistently some of the Best in the NBA!!! GO Celtics GO!
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GameDay Deal Alert: Limited time Christmas Discount Coupon!

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Published on 9:14 pm

It’s that time of the year Boston sports fans! With the holidays right around the corner we are going to help you get your early or I guess you could say last minute shopping done… depending on whether you like to shop early or wait until the last minute!

We are offering 10% off everything in the store for a limited time. While this deal is going we will guarantee certain products in the store get to you BEFORE Christmas! If you have any concerns on whether the item you order will be delivered in time feel free to email us!

Use the promo code “earlyxmas” at checkout. Make sure you use all lowercase letters when entering the code where it says APPLY COUPON at checkout. This deal won’t last long so finish off your Christmas list sooner rather than later!

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Cavs, Celtics collide in Beantown

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 4:41 pm

The last time the Boston Celtics dropped five in a row at home, they were a season away from beginning the Big Three era. With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen all gone, long losing streaks on their own court might happen more frequently.

Boston has been a streaky team during this rebuilding season, and it will try to avoid losing five straight at home for the first time in almost seven years when it meets the strugglingCleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Celtics opened 2012-13 with four consecutive losses before winning four in a row. They followed that streak with a six-game slide, then won two straight on the road prior to Wednesday’s 100-93 defeat to Memphis.

It was the fourth straight loss at TD Garden for the Celtics, who haven’t endured a five-game skid there since dropping 13 straight in 2006-07. Ten of those defeats were part of a franchise-record 18-game overall losing streak that occurred one season before they acquired Garnett and Allen.

Allen left for Miami following the 2011-12 season, and Pierce and Garnett were traded to Brooklyn in June. Coach Doc Rivers is now with the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving first-year NBA coach Brad Stevens with the task of leading the Celtics back to greatness.

Stevens’ team is off to a rough start, especially on the offensive end. The Celtics are 24th in the NBA with 92.9 points and 17.0 turnovers per game.

Boston (6-11) shot 42.7 percent against the Grizzlies and was held below 95 points for the 11th time. It’s averaging 88.5 points during the four straight home losses.

“It’s certainly not the atmosphere; the atmosphere has been great,” Stevens said. “Of all the atmospheres I’ve been in in the NBA, and I haven’t been here very long, this is by far my favorite. With the passion and how loud the fans are. … At the end of the day we need to get better at home, we need to get better on the road, we need to become a better basketball team.”

The same can be said for the Cavaliers, whose skid reached a season-high four with Wednesday’s 95-84 loss to the visiting Heat.

Cleveland (4-11) has also had trouble offensively, ranking right behind Boston with 92.6 points per game while sitting 27th in the league with a 41.8 shooting percentage.

Since beating Philadelphia 127-125 in double overtime Nov. 9, the Cavaliers have averaged 91.3 points in losing seven of eight. Six of their 11 defeats have been by more than 10 points.

“Everyone else can write us off. But in this locker room, we believe in each other. We’re going to figure this out,” said point guard Kyrie Irving, who leads the team with 21.0 points per game but is shooting 40.4 percent.

Making matters worse, a report recently surfaced saying the Cavaliers are trying to trade second-year guard Dion Waiters, who denied he asked to be moved and insists he loves playing in Cleveland.

“It’s just nonsense,” said Waiters, the fourth overall pick in 2012. “There’s been things thrown out there that haven’t been true at all.”

Cleveland, which is 1-8 on the road, has split its last six regular-season games in Boston after losing 17 of its previous 21 visits.

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Examining C’s league-best 3-point defense

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 4:36 pm

The Boston Celtics rank first in the league in 3-point field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 31.9 percent beyond the arc this season. Asked about the reasons for his team’s success, Celtics coach Brad Stevens couldn’t resist a joke targeting one of his team’s most glaring weaknesses.

“The cynic in me would say when we throw the ball to the other team, they lay it in usually instead of shooting a 3,” cracked Stevens, highlighting Boston’s turnover woes that have created easy points for the opposition this season.

But Stevens admitted that defending the 3-point line has been a focus for his team.

“I think we’re doing a pretty good job of identifying guys that make shots at a high rate… and we’ve been guarding the 3-point line good as a result,” said Stevens.

The Celtics rank seventh in the league allowing opponents to shoot 35.6 percent on corner 3-pointers (the league’s most efficient shot) and third in the league as opponents shoot 31.3 percent on all 3-pointers above the break. Not surprisingly, the splits shows a Boston team that defends the line even better in wins (33 percent corner; 28.1 percent above the break) than in losses (36.8 percent corner; 32.7 percent above the break).

Dig a bit deeper into the advanced numbers and Boston ranks second in the league allowing 0.946 points per 3-point attempt (non-halfcourt heave variety), according to Synergy Sports data. Only the Knicks have been better (0.916 ppp), while the league average hovers around 1.071 points per play. For comparison’s sake, those struggling Nets are last in the league allowing 1.168 points per attempt.

Maybe the biggest secret to Boston’s success is this: The Celtics have discouraged teams from taking 3-point shots as opponents average a league-low 16.2 attempts per game beyond the arc. Some of that might be a product of the easier buckets that Stevens joked about, but it also suggests Boston is doing a good job of getting out to the perimeter to either deny 3-point attempts or at least forcing the opposing shooter to move inside the arc for a lower-efficiency shot.

That’s a staggeringly low number when you consider a team like the Philadelphia 76ers resides at the other end of the spectrum allowing 27.5 3-pointers per night. The league average settles around 20.5 3-point attempts per game.

A closer look at Boston’s 3-point defense by shooting zone:

 

C’s 3-point shots

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Spurs cruise past Celtics for 8th straight win

By TJ Chmielewski | No Comments
Published on 7:51 pm

Although the San Antonio Spurs seem rather methodical and downright boring to some, they are enjoying themselves this season and that is ruining the fun for others.

Tony Parker scored 19 points before sitting out the fourth quarter and the Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 104-93 Wednesday night, winning their eighth straight overall and remaining undefeated at home.

San Antonio had 27 assists and six players score in double figures, rallying from a lethargic start to lead by as many as 19 points in the second half.

“Those moments when we start to play better ‘D,’ push the ball and be more aggressive, then it’s fun to watch, it’s exciting and that’s what we need,” San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili said. “We are not exciting in a way that we’re going to have alley-oops and windmills (dunking) and stuff like that, but we pass the ball really well. We penetrate and pitch, and everybody gets involved and that’s fun.”

Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Tim Duncan rebounded from a poor outing in San Antonio’s previous home game to score 13 points. Boris Diaw had 12 points, Tiago Splitter added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Green 11 points for the Spurs (10-1).

San Antonio shot 48 percent from the field and was 8 for 21 on 3-pointers as Boston struggled to close on the Spurs’ shooters.

“Phew,” Celtics forward Jared Sullinger said, exhaling when asked about the Spurs’ ball movement. “They’re a tough team to play. On any given night, anybody can go off. Honestly, they move the ball. They care less about scoring; they play together as a team.

“They have go-to players but they hardly ever use them because they move the ball so well and they play as a team, so they’re hard to guard.

Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Jeff Green each had 19 points for Boston (4-9), which has lost five straight.

There were 10 lead changes and 14 ties in the first half, as neither team was able to sustain any momentum.

While the Spurs weren’t happy with the early efforts, first-year coach Brad Stevens was pleased with the Celtics forging a 48-all tie at the half.

“The team that played tonight could be a really fun group to build with,” Stevens said. “I think that’s what you take from here. We talked about this early in the year. There’s going to be nights where we measure progress a little bit differently.”

That progress was stunted in the second half, as San Antonio was able to pull away midway through the third quarter behind strong individual efforts by Leonard, Parker and Ginobili.

Leonard keyed the resurgence, scoring 10 of 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put San Antonio ahead 61-52 with 8 minutes left in the quarter.

“He can do that kind of thing,” Diaw said. “He is really talented and he proved that already last year. This year is no different. Sometimes, when he gets it going, it is going to be very hard to stop (him).”

Leonard had 12 points, five rebounds and two steals in the third quarter, as San Antonio outscored Boston 32-22.

“I’m still having fun; that’s why I’m still playing,” Leonard said. “We’re winning, you can’t have more fun than that, when you’re winning and on a good team.”

Parker made two dazzling layups, first presenting the ball with his right hand to draw a defender out of the lane and spinning back for a layup between defenders and then spinning away from a defender in the lane for a layup on the right side of the basket.

Ginobili literally wrapped a pass around a defender, tossing behind around a charging Brandon Bass to find Diaw cutting to the basket for a layup. Ginobili finished with five points and six assists.

After scoring only two points in the Spurs’ previous home game against Washington, Duncan made the game’s first two baskets as the team targeted him early. He finished 3 for 13, but was 7 for 8 on free throws while also grabbing nine rebounds.

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