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NBA Preseason: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Recap

The Boston Celtics played host to the Brooklyn Nets last evening at the TD Garden in downtown Boston, and continued an impressive 2015 NBA preseason. Boston took an early 1st quarter advantage, then held on for the final 3 periods to win for the 4th time in 5 tries, handing Brooklyn their 4th loss in a dozen preseason games.

Newly signed power forward Amir Johnson was most impressive again, hitting all but two of his eight shots and leading the Boston starters with 15 points on the night. A pair of bench players, Kelly Olynyk and Terry Rozier helped Boston to hold off a late Net’s rally, netting 14 and 16 points respectively.

The biggest stat taken from the game was the Celtic’s ability to get good shots, good shots that lead to a field goal percentage that ended up over 50% on the evening. Neither team held much of an edge in any of the other stat categories, so it was the Boston sharp shooting that ended up being the most important factor leading to their 6-point victory.

NBA Preseason: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics Recap

The Knicks' Derrick Williams scored 19 points off the bench, and New York remained undefeated in the preseason with a win over the Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Kyle O'Quinn added 13 points and 11 rebounds for a Knicks team that got 71 points off its bench. The Knicks won despite shooting only 37 percent on the night and being outrebounded 57-52. The key was turnovers, as the Celtics gave up the ball 18 times while the Knicks turned it over only seven times. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 13 points and Tyler Zeller added 12. The Knicks led a tight game 93-91 before Williams and DaJuan Summers each hit three-pointers to clinch the win.

NBA Preseason: Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Recap

After winning their first two preseason games in Europe, the Celtics continued their winning ways by beating the Nets at Barclays Center. Amir Johnson scored 19 points in 24 minutes to lead Boston's winning effort. Johnson shot 8-for-13 and also collected six rebounds. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and nine assists for the Celtics, who had a 28-22 advantage in assists. For the Nets, Thaddeus Young finished with 19 points and eight rebounds while Brook Lopez added 12 points. The Celtics outshot the Nets, 47 percent to 40 percent. Boston improved to 3-0 in the preseason while the Nets fell to 1-3.
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Boston Celtics 2014-2015 Schedule, Score, Roster, Rumors, Seating Charts

Boston Celtics Schedule in 2014 - 2015

The 2014-2015 Celtics pre-season begins on October 6, 2014 with a game against the Philadephia 76ers. The second game on October 8, 2014 is at home against the New York Knicks. This is sure to be the start of a great season, as both the 76ers and the Knicks are two of the Celtics' biggest rivalries. The Celtics will play eight games in their pre-season, with five being at home. The regular season begins on October 29, 2014 with a home game against the Brooklyn Nets, and ends on Tax Day, April 15, 2015 at Mikwaukee. The Boston Celtics will play the Los Angeles Lakers on December 5, 2014. This game is sure to be a nail-biter, as these teams have a rivalry that has been called the NBA's best rivalry by Sports Illustrated. The Celtics generally play every other day, but have back-to-back games approximately twice a month. Playoffs begin on April 18, 2015, and conclude on June 4, 2015.

Boston Celtics Roster

The current roster is led by team captain Joel Anthony (50), who has been with the Celtics only since January of 2014. However, Anthony has been playing professional basketball since 2007 with the Miami Heat, where he won two NBA championships.

Guard Rajon Rondo (9) was recently ranked by Sports Illustrated as the 40th best player in the NBA for 2014, and the 13th best point guard, but Dan O'Shea of feels that Rondo is much more valuable to the Celtics than Sports Illustrated is giving credit for. However, Rondo can become a free agent in 2015; he has assured Danny Ainge that he intents to stay in Boston.

Rookie Marcus Smart has reportedly begun training already, and is living up to his reputation of being one of the most NBA-ready players in the 2014 draft class.

The team is led by head coach Brad Stevens, who has been coaching the Boston Celtics since 2013, but the Celtics had a record of 25-57.

Boston Celtics Fan Experience

The Boston Celtics home stadium has changed several times over the years, having previously been named the Shawmut Center, the FleetCenter, and TD Banknorth Garden, but is now known as the TD Garden, nicknamed just 'The Garden.' The Garden is home to both the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins. The Garden was originally opened as the Shawmut Center in 1995, and was renamed the TD Garden in 2009. Also in 2009, the Garden was nominated for the Sports Facility of the Year Award by Sports Business Journal. Located within the TD Garden is The Sports Museum of New England, which exhibits the history of the Boston area sports teams. The arena is built on top of the North Station of the commuter rail, and has been mentioned/seen in several movies, including the recently popular “Ted (2012)”.

Boston Celtics Trivia

The Boston Celtics' mascot is “Lucky the Leprechaun.” This mascot references, of course, the Irish heritage both of the team and the city of Boston. The mascot was designed in the early 1950s by Zang Auerbach, who was the brother of the Boston Celtics president, Red Auerbach, but was imagined by the owner Walter Brown, and the public relations manager, Howie McHugh, were brainstorming over potential nicknames. Along with Lucky the Leprechaun, the team color is the kelly green of Ireland.

Boston Celtics History

The Boston Celtics were founded in 1946 and play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference for the NBA. In 1950, the Boston Celtics became the first franchise to draft a black player, Chuck Cooper. However, the Celtics did not begin to succeed until the hiring of coach Red Auerbach in the 1950-1951 season. Auerbach built a championship team in the late 1950s, and for more than a decade, the Celtics dominated the league. In thirteen years, the Celtics won eleven championship. From the years of 1959-1966, eight years, the Celtics went undefeated. This is the longest consecutive winning streak of any North American professional sports team. Through the mid-1980s, the Celtics record was 795-397 with 16 winning championships. During the 1980s, the Celtics owned the Big Three, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale, and in 2007, a new Big Three was created with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.

The Celtics have several rivalries, with the Los Angeles Lakers being among the best in NBA History, says Sports Illustrated. The Celtics and Lakers have met a record 12 times in the NBA Finals since 1959. In 2008, the Celtics and Lakers met for the first time since 1987, and the Celtics won the series in six games. The two teams hold the highest number of championships, with 17 wins for the Celtics, and 16 for the Lakers; combined, the two teams have won half of the championships in NBA history.

Boston Celtics Fan Info

Boston's sports fans are some of the most dedicated in the nation. With four outstanding professional sports teams in the city, and several high ranking college sports teams, it is no wonder that sports is such a large part of the Boston culture. The fans are so rabid, however, that it has sometimes caused problems with the rival teams. Many people find Boston sports teams to be “obnoxious” or “annoying,” stating the loud voices and high standards. However, Boston fans are the most loyal fans. Luke O'Neil of says that Boston sports fans demand a lot from the teams because the teams can deliver: in the last dozen years, the Patriots were in five championship games and won 3, the Red Sox have won three World Series, and the Bruins and the Celtics have each played two championships, winning one each. Boston fans really hate losing, and that makes the fans the most competitive – and therefore, in many people's opinions, the most obnoxious – fans in the country.