Celtics lose to Cavaliers in OT after Grant Williams' pre-FT chirping massively backfires
Somehow, there is a worse way to lose a game than missing two free throws in a tie game at the end of regulation. The Celtics had the ball with 5.8 seconds remaining after a pair of game-tying free throws from Donovan Mitchell. That set up a pair of potential game-winning free throws for Williams, who had been an 86.4% free throw shooter over the last two seasons. To the Cavaliers' credit, they tried to do everything they could to ice Williams after his first missed free throw. Those free throw attempts were his only trip to the line of the night.wftv.com
Grant Williams' boneheaded move at end of Finals rematch costs him more than just ejection
Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics did a pretty dumb thing during Saturday's NBA Finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors, and now he has to get out his wallet and pay the price. The NBA announced on Monday that Williams is being fined $20,000 for punching the ball into the crowd near the end of the game. Grant Williams was ejected after punching the ball into the stands. pic.twitter.com/y5pWjekghc — Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 11, 2022Longtime referee Scott Foster, who was standing nearby, immediately issued a technical foul and ejected Williams from the game. The Celtics weren't able to turn things around in the final minutes of the game and lost 123-07.wftv.com
Tatum, Brown lead Celtics to easy 125-98 win over Suns
PHOENIX — (AP) — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 25 points, Malcolm Brodgon added 16 off the bench and the Boston Celtics embarrassed the Phoenix Suns 125-98 on Wednesday night. The expected showdown between two of the league's top teams never materialized with the Celtics leading by 45 points. The Celtics took a 31-21 lead after one quarter over the cold-shooting Suns, who missed all eight of their 3-point attempts. Brown led the Celtics with 17 points in the first half, while Tatum scored had 14. The Suns welcomed back All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed the past 14 games with a sore right heel.wftv.com
Celtics' Grant Williams suspended 1 game for making contact with official in loss to Bulls
Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams was suspended for one game for “recklessly making contact and directing inappropriate language” toward an official during their loss to the Chicago Bulls earlier this week, the league announced on Wednesday. Williams will now miss their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. While it didn’t appear to be intentional, it triggered the technical foul and ejection. The 23-year-old has averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds so far this season, his fourth with the Celtics. Monday's loss marked the first for the Celtics this season, snapping their three-game win streak to open the year.wftv.com
Tatum, Brown each score 35, Celtics beat 76ers 126-117
BOSTON — (AP) — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 35 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 126-117 on Tuesday night in the opening game of the NBA regular season. Mazzulla successfully led a Celtics team that very much resembled the one that made a surprise run to the NBA Finals a season ago. James Harden scored 35 points — his most since joining the 76ers last season — including 12 of 12 from the free throw line. The smaller group sped Philadelphia up at times, forcing the 76ers into 14 turnovers for the game, leading to 22 Boston points. GETTING HEATEDTempers flared briefly in the third quarter when Smart took issue with Embiid standing over him following a rebound.wftv.com
Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2022-23: Power forward draft tiers
The 2022-23 NBA season is fast approaching, which means it's time to start getting ready for your fantasy basketball drafts. [Get in on the fun this fantasy hoops season: Create or join a league now!] He led the league in minutes played last season (37.9 per game) and has dual eligibility at power forward and center. Despite his shooting woes, his unique ability to generate rebounds, assists, steals and blocks remains an asset for fantasy basketball. If that changes closer to the season, he's someone that could move down to Tier 6.wftv.com
Worst NBA media day in recent memory was full of obfuscation
Never has the discussion been focused so little on basketball during the NBA's annual media day. 'That's not the Robert Sarver that I know'We are two weeks removed from the NBA suspending Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver for the season following an investigation into allegations of racism, misogyny and other workplace misconduct. "It's tough for me, because that's not the Robert Sarver that I know," Suns star Devin Booker told reporters. The team's statement read, "We are aware of the charges that were filed today against Miles Bridges. He has conducted a news conference once over a tumultuous two years in the league's biggest media market.wftv.com
'It's been hell for us': Ime Udoka put Boston Celtics in no-win situation
They don't know, either. Which is why it is hard to believe Celtics players are not as informed, but that is the position they are taking. "I don't know, so it's hard for me to answer if things were handled the right way or if they weren't, because I don't know all the details." "I don't know. The sum total of what the Celtics are willing to share certainly suggests Udoka will never coach them again.wftv.com
NBA unveils No. 6 patch to honor Bill Russell across league
"We've heard things like 'pioneer,' 'trailblazer,'" Smart said Monday while wearing a patch honoring the Celtics Hall of Famer who died this summer. "To mention, you know, Bill Russell and the impact that he brought to this game is undeniable." The Celtics have other tributes planned, with two nights set aside to honor Russell’s legacy, including the Oct. 18 opener. 6 can keep it, and Nuggets center DeAndre Jordan was among those who said he would do so to honor Russell’s legacy. “I don’t know anybody that talks about him or knew him that had anything negative to say.”In addition to the jersey patch, teams will also have a No.wftv.com
Grant Williams settlement: New York City to pay $7M to man wrongfully convicted in 1996 killing
Grant Williams settlement: New York City to pay $7M to man wrongfully convicted in 1996 killing Grant Williams, left center, is embraced by his attorney Irving Cohen after his murder conviction is vacated, July 22, 2021, in New York. (Jan Somma-Hammel/Staten Island Advance via AP, Pool, File)NEW YORK — New York City has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with a man who spent 23 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of second-degree murder, officials said Monday. >> Read more trending newsAccording to The Associated Press, Comptroller Brad Lander said the city will pay Grant Williams, 51, of Staten Island, $7 million in the settlement. Williams, who was convicted in the 1996 shooting death of Shdell Lewis on Staten Island, was sentenced to 25 years to life in 1997, the AP reported. Cohen added that the state recently reached a $5 million settlement with Williams, according to the news agency.wftv.com
NYC to pay $7M to man wrongfully convicted in 1996 killing
New York City has agreed to pay $7 million to Williams who spent 23 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit, Comptroller Brad Lander said Monday, May 23, 2022. Grant Williams was exonerated last July in the 1996 shooting of Shdell Lewis outside a Staten Island public housing complex. After being cleared last year, he filed a notice of claim, a first step toward suing the city. One was a police officer who chased the gunman — and initially gave a description that didn't match Williams. Williams unsuccessfully appealed his conviction for years before Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon’s office agreed to review it.wftv.com
Celtics roll past Heat 127-102, tie Eastern finals at 1-1
Celtics Heat Basketball Boston Celtics players cheer the team from the bench during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series against the Miami Heat, Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown each had 24 and the Boston Celtics dominated the first half to roll past the Miami Heat 127-102 on Thursday night and tie the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece. Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladpio each scored 14 points, and Tyler Herro added 11 for the Heat. The Celtics — now 4-0 in these playoffs in the game immediately following a loss — made 20 shots from 3-point range to Miami's 10. Brown had 11 points in the first quarter, when the Celtics went 9 for 11 from 3-point range.wftv.com
Williams has 27, Celtics make 22 3s in Game 7 rout of Bucks
Grant Williams scored a career-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 23 and the Boston Celtics set a Game 7 record with 22 3-pointers to eliminate the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 on Sunday in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Tatum's huge effort helps Celtics win 108-95 to force Game 7
Celtics Bucks Basketball Milwaukee Bucks' Bobby Portis and Boston Celtics' Grant Williams go after a rebound during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series Friday, May 13, 2022, in Milwaukee . Boston showed its grit by bouncing back two nights after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 110-107 Game 5 home loss. After that 8-0 Bucks spurt, Tatum scored the Celtics’ next 11 points. MISSING PLAYERSThe Celtics played without forward/center Robert Williams for a third straight game. Celtics coach Ime Udoka said Williams suffered a bone bruise in his left knee while colliding with Antetokounmpo in Game 3.wftv.com
Tatum's huge effort helps Celtics win 108-95 to force Game 7
Jayson Tatum scored 46 points, outdueling Giannis Antetokounmpo and making sure there wouldn’t be another Milwaukee Bucks fourth-quarter comeback, and the Boston Celtics beat the defending champions 108-95 to force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Brown scores 34 points, Celtics beat Cavaliers 111-101
Cavaliers Celtics Basketball Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, right front, and Cleveland Cavaliers' Dean Wade vie for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson)BOSTON — (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 34 points and the Boston Celtics beat depleted Cleveland 111-101 on Wednesday night to end the Cavaliers’ winning streak at six. Robert Williams III added a career-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Jayson Tatum had 18 points. Celtics: Williams returned to the starting lineup after missing the last game for personal reasons. ___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Heat-Celtics game postponed by NBA due to virus protocols
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) dunks the ball over Miami Heat guards Avery Bradley (11) and Andre Iguodala (28) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Miami. That process would not have been completed in time for the 7 p.m. game, so the league called it off. Boston was preparing to play the game with eight available players; the Celtics have 17 on their roster, seven were out due to the COVID-19 protocols and two more with injuries. The other was Dec. 23, an Oklahoma City at Houston game where the Rockets did not have the required eight players available. They were in Miami for a game on Wednesday, and Bradley played in that game for the Heat.
Celtics would be without Tatum, Brown for coronavirus rules
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives against Washington Wizards' Davis Bertans and center Moritz Wagner (21) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON – The Boston Celtics could be without stars Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and a number of other players because of coronavirus safety protocols when they face Miami on Sunday. The Celtics are listing Tatum as doubtful and Brown as questionable for the rematch of the Eastern Conference finals. With Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford unavailable because of injuries, the Celtics could have the minimum eight players required to start a game. Beset by its own coronavirus problems, Philadelphia dressed an injured player Saturday so it could field a team to play against Denver.
Pritchard's putback pushes Celtics past Heat, 107-105
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) drives to the basket as Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI – Payton Pritchard wasn't there last season when the Boston Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. Pritchard's putback with two-tenths of a second left capped a wild finish, and the Celtics beat the Heat 107-105 in the first matchup this season of last year's East finalists. Jimmy Butler had 26 points for Miami, which got 16 points from Duncan Robinson, 15 points from Bam Adebayo and 14 from Goran Dragic. The Heat cut the lead to eight by halftime, part of what became a 39-17 run that saw Miami lead by five in the third quarter.
Back to the Finals: Heat oust Celtics, move to title series
Bam Adebayo scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Butler scored 22 points and the Heat won the Eastern Conference finals for the sixth time by topping the Boston Celtics 125-113 on Sunday night. The Heat won the series 4-2 — and now, they’ll see LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for the title. Boston took the lead twice more, with Adebayo answering both times, first with a dunk, then a go-ahead three-point play with 6:16 left. Heat: The Heat are now guaranteed no less than $4,399,686 for their playoff share, and that number would rise to $5,791,041 if they win the title. CROSS-SPORT SUPPORTThe Celtics and Heat were getting some support from afar before Game 6.
Back to work: Celtics, Heat start getting ready for Game 4
That lead is down to 2-1 now, the Celtics playing brilliantly in Game 3 and leading wire-to-wire to take a bunch of newfound momentum into Game 4 of the series on Wednesday night. “Our spirit is right, our head is right, our energy is there, so I think we’re responding the right way,” Miami wing Jae Crowder said. But it’s Miami still leading the series, which is why the Celtics are seeking to show up for Game 4 with the same aggression that carried them in Game 3. “We know we’re going to have to play the best game that we’ve played in Game 4 of this series to have a chance to win. That’s just the way series work.
Celtics oust Raptors in Game 7, head to East finals vs. Heat
Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 21 and the Celtics topped the Toronto Raptors 92-87 on Friday night in Game 7 of the East semifinal series. The Raptors were bidding to become the seventh franchise in NBA history to win four consecutive Game 7's. Boston pushed the lead to nine, Toronto scored the next eight, eventually took the lead before the Celtics claimed it back. Raptors: Toronto was eliminated 456 days after winning the preceding season’s title, obviously the longest such run for a team that didn’t win consecutive championships. 2 seed in the East will make the conference finals since the NBA went to the 16-team playoff format in 1984; this one will feature No.
Sports stop again, but this time players decide when they resume
And other athletes across the sports world also said they weren't ready to resume playing. NBA players considered not playing again the rest of the postseason and going home to their communities, although they decided Thursday they wanted to continue, according to a person with knowledge of the details. This is a affirmatively day of reflection, a day of informed action and mobilization, WNBA players union president Nneka Ogwumike said on ESPN. NBA players agreed to resume their season in July at Disney, making clear they intended to chase social justice reform just as passionately as a championship. Play had been set to resume at 4 p.m. with Game 6 of the Western Conference series between Utah and Denver.