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Make it 14: Celtics keep win streak alive against defending champs

9:55 PM ET BOSTON — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr arrived to his pregame media session in Boston on Thursday night to find an overflow throng of media on hand for a battle of streaking NBA conference leaders. Asked about the significance of the matchup, Kerr deadpanned, “Huge game. Huge. The fate of the universe rests upon the results of tonight’s Celtics-Warriors matchup.” In what was billed as a possible preview of the NBA Finals, the Warriors grew increasingly frustrated in Thursday’s loss to the Celtics with what they ...

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Follow live: Warriors, Celtics face off in early-season showdown

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Kerr calls Celtics 'team of the future in the East'

12:18 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says it appears the Boston Celtics have emerged as the next team to beat in the Eastern Conference. “It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie [Irving] is amazing,” Kerr said after practice Tuesday. “That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come. ...

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Off to an amazing start, can the Celtics contend for a championship?

7:00 AM ET Since losing their first two games in the 24 hours after seeing All-Star newcomer Gordon Hayward suffer a horrific ankle dislocation and fractured tibia on opening night, the Boston Celtics have ripped off 12 consecutive wins to hold the NBA’s best record at 12-2. Despite more bad luck in terms of injuries with stars Al Horford (concussion) and Kyrie Irving (facial fracture) missing time, Boston has relied on the league’s best defense and a series of timely comebacks to keep on winning. While the 70-win season the ...

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Kyrie Irving's handle keeps Celtics with firm grip on winning streak

1:40 AM ET BOSTON — As the Boston Celtics were trying to fend off one final charge from the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s rivalry game at TD Garden, a booming voice could be heard crystal clear over the game broadcast. “Stop standing around and watching Kyrie!” the voice screamed. It seems a good bet it was the voice of Celtics coach Brad Stevens. After a dazzling first quarter filled with slick moves, the shorthanded Celtics got a bit stagnant, watched a 21-point evaporate and spent ...

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Follow live: Lonzo, Lakers visit Celtics

Brad Stevens on Al Horford: “He felt pretty good there and then experienced some symptoms. We wanted to make sure we obviously monitored it for a couple of days. So he’ll be entered into the [concussion] protocol. I don’t know exactly what the next steps will be.” Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer Let’s block ads! (Why?) www.espn.com – TOP

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Kyrie and the Celtics are flat-out dominating on defense

8:46 AM ET BOSTON — Fresh off a four-steal performance that left him atop the NBA’s steals leaderboard last week, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving was fielding questions on his early season pilferage when he expressed dismay over a failed heist. “I had one gamble tonight where I put my hand up [to take ownership of his miscue],” Irving said after a lopsided win over the Sacramento Kings. “That’s just not a great example for our young guys, especially when we’re getting the lead and extending it like that. Kind ...

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Celtics, Cavs both affected by injury

3:40 AM ET CLEVELAND — Witnessing the gruesome nature of teammate Gordon Hayward‘s leg injury during the first quarter of Tuesday’s season opener, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving immediately thought back to Paul George‘s injury during a 2014 Team USA scrimmage. “It’s tough. I’ve seen a few injuries in my career and I’ve had a few,” Irving said. “Probably two of the worst ones I’ve been in the game watching — one was [George] at USA and this one tonight. It’s not a great sight to see, but you gotta ...

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Despite Hayward injury, Celtics show all is not lost

2:31 AM ET CLEVELAND — There has been a certain buzz around the Boston Celtics since late August, when the team completed the league-wowing swap that delivered Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Celtics paid a hefty price to add a pair of All-Stars this summer, but there was a palpable energy around the team that centered on what might be possible with both Irving and prized free-agent signee Gordon Hayward at the top of a new-look roster. It took only five minutes, 15 seconds of regular-season action to wonder if ...

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Sweeten the deal? Why Celtics shouldn’t budge in Cavs stalemate

8:30 AM ET The Boston Celtics have no shortage of possible sweeteners to encourage the Cleveland Cavaliers to ensure last week’s blockbuster swap of All-Star point guards remains intact. That doesn’t mean Danny Ainge should part with any of them. Cleveland’s stance regarding the health of Isaiah Thomas’ hip could trigger a standoff with Boston officials, forcing both organizations to weigh the consequences of letting the blockbuster trade implode, sources told ESPN. A team of scrappy overachievers was not enough for Boston’s hoops architect, who yearned for a roster with ...

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