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The Lowell Sun

Brookline, MA, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

Red Sox blast past Brewers with 7-2 win as deadline approaches

J.D. Martinez had gone hitless in his previous 24 at-bats heading into Sunday, two days before the trading deadline, with his name at the forefront of the MLB rumor mill. But if the Red Sox will in… → Read More

Celtics, NBA icon Bill Russell passes at 88

His 11 NBA titles, all won as a Celtics player and player-coach, are the most of any athlete in the history of American team sports, and yet his relationship with Boston was tortured. → Read More

Celtics notebook: Rookie Davison hopes to learn from the best

Beyond a starting point guard role on the Celtics summer league team, beginning with a game Saturday against the Bucks in Las Vegas, Davison is looking forward to a chance to take something from th… → Read More

Celtics year-end Report Card

The postseason grades on this list, unfortunately, are heavily influenced by the Celtics’ general downturn in their Finals loss, when the offense stalled and the mistakes piled up like cordwood. → Read More

Celtics closed out in 103-90 Game 6 loss to Golden State

The Celtics, losers of three straight for the first time since Dec. 29, melted in a mess of turnovers and rushed offense on the way to elimination in their 103-90 Game 6 loss to Golden State. → Read More

Celtics closed out in 103-90 Game 6 loss to Golden State

The most remarkable turnaround of the 2021-22 NBA season is now history, with a lowercase h. The Celtics, losers of three straight for the first time since Dec. 29, melted in a mess of turnovers an… → Read More

Celtics notebook: Williams, Smart benefit from more recovery time

Ime Udoka believes that by cutting back on the center’s minutes, the result may be an eventual increase. → Read More

Celtics shoot their way to 120-108 Game 1 stunner over Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO — The fourth-quarter barrage started with five straight 3-pointers in a 2:18 span — the stuff normally put on display by their championship-forged hosts. But for a night, with their star scorer cold, the Celtics stole a page out of the Golden State book, while also stealing Game 1 of the NBA Finals […] → Read More

Warriors-Celtics breakdown: Which team holds more matchup advantages in NBA Finals?

The Warriors have the playoff-hardened veterans. The Celtics are bursting onto the Finals stage. → Read More

Celtics knock off Miami, 100-96, for first NBA Finals appearance since 2010

MIAMI — Jayson Tatum wore a purple and gold No. 24 armband in honor of his hero, Kobe Bryant, and by the end of the night had collected the trophy → Read More

Tatum wants to get it right in Game 6

The Celtics star has played in three Eastern Conference finals at the age of 24, and following his 31-point Game 4 performance against Miami, he ended up tied with Larry Bird for the most career pl… → Read More

Celtics start fast, finish off Miami in Game 4, 102-82

Beginning with a 29-11 first quarter and building a lead that peaked at 32 points, the Celtics hit back with a 102-82 win over Miami for a 2-2 series tie in the Eastern Conference Finals. → Read More

Celtics drop Game 1, 118-107, in second half meltdown

MIAMI – Full strength has been more of a dream – a luxury when it’s happened – than reality for the Celtics this season. So naturally the Celtics went into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in a familiar, snakebitten state without Al Horford (health and safety protocols) and Marcus Smart (right foot sprain). […] → Read More

Celtics notebook: Marcus Smart is questionable for Game 2

Ime Udoka said the point guard is questionable because of the injury, which has been an issue for some time. → Read More

Celtics go cold in 101-89 Game 1 loss to Milwaukee

The Celtics did their job on Giannis Antetokounmpo, and still it wasn’t enough. → Read More

Celtics mission remains the same against Antetokounmpo

“It always comes back to Giannis,” Al Horford said with a laugh this week. → Read More

Celtics Notebook: Coverage has Kevin Durant questioning himself

The Nets star admitted that he felt as hesitant and confused as he looked, and that he was thinking too much. The flow had deserted his game. And from a Celtics perspective, things are working exac… → Read More

Celtics come back late for 114-107 Game 2 win over Nets

The Celtics crowd, much like their team, showed up Wednesday night feeling good about themselves, maybe even vanquished in light of Kyrie Irving’s $50,000 fine. → Read More

Marcus Smart becomes first guard since 1996 to win Defensive Player of the Year

Smart, with 37 first place votes, finished ahead of another wing defender - Phoenix’ Mikal Bridges (22) - and the big man who has won the award three times, Utah’s Rudy Gobert (12). Smart became only the second Celtic to win the honor, after Kevin Garnett. → Read More

Tatum’s layup gives Celtics 115-114 Game 1 win over Nets

The Celtics took Game 1, courtesy of a buzzer-beating layup from Jayson Tatum for a 115-114 win. → Read More