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Recent articles by Mark:

Celtics blow late lead in loss to Portland

Two steps forward, three in the other direction. For every day the Celtics have spent at or over .500, there comes a night like this one, when they retreated back under dead even with a loss to another hurting team. The result was another night of postgame dejection for a team that knows the feeling […] → Read More

Marcus Smart misses sixth straight game

The Celtics guard, after initially missing four games while in health and safety protocol, has since missed two more for conditioning purposes, including Friday night’s game against Portland. He's also still recovering from a thigh bruise, according to Ime Udoka. → Read More

Terry Rozier, Hornets sink Celtics

Terry Rozier had just hit his second straight 3-pointer in the third quarter — he would hit a third 31 seconds later — and in the spirit of rubbing it in turned to the Celtics bench and stuck out his tongue while backpedaling down the floor. Charlotte’s position ahead of the Celtics in the standings […] → Read More

Celtics settle in for a bumpy trade deadline ride

Though one of the more active deadlines in memory is anticipated - by Ime Udoka’s observation, Brad Stevens has been swamped with calls - it's not quite the time for a big move, according to an NBA executive. → Read More

Celtics Notebook: Ime Udoka gears up for trade season

Udoka, though, enjoys chipping in to the front office conversation, with his longtime background as an assistant coach giving Udoka great insight to talent across the league. → Read More

Celtics Notebook: Nesmith seizes his opportunity

With Marcus Smart (health and safety protcol) and Rob Williams (personal reasons) both on ice during the Celtics’ 104-92 win over New Orleans on Monday, when the coach searched for a way to shake up his lineup down the stretch, he turned to the second-year wing. → Read More

Celtics beat New Orleans, 104-92

It’s understood that any game without Marcus Smart leaves the Celtics in a lesser state. And with Robert Williams out for personal reasons Monday, and renowned glass-crasher Jonas Valanciunas anchoring the paint for New Orleans, the C’s were clearly at a loss in the brawn category as well. But in terms of their main problem […] → Read More

Celtics slip past Chicago, 114-112

Now that the Patriots have signed off for the season, a question has appeared over Causeway Street. Are the Celtics ready for the increased attention now that their NFL cousins have surrendered the stage? Based on their narrow 114-112 win over a depleted Chicago lineup Saturday night, the jury remains out. Even with DeMar DeRozan […] → Read More

Celtics Notebook: Udoka asks Tatum, Brown to think differently about offense

As the Celtics coach admits, weaning his two young stars off iso-heavy basketball will take time. He’s asking them to think differently about the game. → Read More

Celtics throw away a 111-99 loss in Philadelphia

There’s nothing like a stop in Philadelphia these days to squelch the vibes of a team feeling a little too good about itself. The Celtics coasted in on a season-high three-game winning streak and needed a AAA tow by the end of Friday night’s111-99 loss to the Sixers — one of the hottest teams in […] → Read More

Marcus Smart a health and safety protocol scratch

The Celtics guard also went into health and safety protocol while attempting to assess the readiness of the thigh injury, depriving the Celtics of their most important wing defender and starting point guard - likely making him a scratch for Saturday’s game in Boston against the conference-leading Bulls as well. → Read More

Celtics roll over Pacers, 119-100

It wasn’t the six-game road losing streak that bothered Ime Udoka so much. His Celtics have made the same mistakes at home and on the road, with middling results this season. “Our overall improvement and consistency is what we’re trying to see, whether it’s at home or on the road,” said the Celtics coach, who […] → Read More

Josh Richardson rediscovers his range

It helps that the lean wing player is having a career season from 3-point range, save for his rookie year in Miami, when Richardson shot .462 on far fewer attempts. → Read More

Celtics pull through in OT against Pacers

Their paltry track record in close games considered this season, the Celtics had no right to expect anything better Monday night. As evidenced by their 19 turnovers and 39 percent shooting — the classic elements of a tractor pull — the Celtics took on a lot of mud before pulling out a 101-98 win over […] → Read More

Celtics Notebook: Nesmith airs out his game in Maine

By Monday morning the second-year wing was back with the parent team, settling in for his back-of-the-rotation role against Indiana. And after shooting 9-for-16 on his way to 21 points, and playing 31 minutes, Nesmith once again had a sense of himself. → Read More

Jaylen Brown’s first triple-double keys 99-75 Celtics win over Knicks

If the Celtics and Knicks stared into their respective mirrors, they’d still see each other. Both are mediocre, hovering on the edge or just outside of qualification for a berth in the dreaded play-in tournament. And though, as Ime Udoka noted Saturday night, all it takes right now is a modest winning streak to move […] → Read More

Celtics Notebook: Standings reveal an early bad trend

Had the season ended following the Celtics’ loss in New York on Thursday - and prior to Saturday’s chance at redemption - the C’s would have finished one place out of the playoffs, including the last play-in tournament bid. → Read More

Celtics fall at the buzzer to Knicks

Ime Udoka admits that he’s living in an old movie. “It’s almost like Groundhog Day — you have to remind them every day,” the Celtics coach said of his team’s knack for repeating mistakes. “It almost seems for me at times what they did successful. It’s not even (game to game). Talking about half to […] → Read More

Passing a big (man) deal for the Celtics

The playmaking merits of Al Horford and Robert Williams surfaced following the Celtics’ Wednesday night loss to San Antonio - a result influenced by the team’s inability to get better ball movement down the stretch. → Read More

Celtics fall late to San Antonio, 99-97

Jayson Tatum’s latest return was like many of his others — in need of a squirt or two of oil to get the Celtics star’s offense back to form. Tatum returned from a four-game COVID-related absence, needed 20 shots to score 19 points, and the Celtics were never able to get over the top in […] → Read More