The newest addition to the Maine Celtics is already a major contributor to the team.
It has not been long since the Maine Celtics signed former Utah Jazz wing Denzel Valentine to their roster as a player, but the Michigan State product is already making his mark with the Celtics’ G League developmental affiliate.
In a recent contest played against the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Mad Ants — the developmental affiliate for the Indiana Pacers, Valentine put up 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 8 assists while shooting 6-of-14 from the field, a sizzling 5-of-10 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in 28 minutes of playing time for Maine off of the bench.
While he could be picked up by any team in the league, it’s worth keeping an eye on the former No. 14 pick as a potential low-cost, end-of-bench option for the Celtics should the team need cheap help after making trade deadline moves to consolidate talent.
Watch the video embedded above to see how the Lansing, Michigan native played for Maine in this video put together by the G League itself.
Dennis Schroder and Marcus Smart are ubiquitous in NBA trade deadline chatter – who will be there when the dust settles?
The backcourt of the Boston Celtics have been a prominent feature of speculation and rumor ahead of the NBA’s 2022 trade deadline, just two weeks away on Feb. 10 at 3 pm ET. Dennis Schroder has been widely seen as likely to be dealt because of a quirk in his contract status (and was recently identified as a target for the Cleveland Cavaliers), while Smart has been tied to the Dallas Mavericks and is a perennial subject of such talk.
But just how much of what we are hearing about the duo is based in facts and legitimate interest? How much is simply people projecting what they think might happen to Boston’s backcourt denizens?
What sort of path will the Celtics end up choosing when it comes time to decide about the future of the franchise’s guards?
The host of the CLNS Media “Winning Plays” podcast Brian Robb is joined by NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg to talk about the future of Boston’s backcourt ahead of the deadline in their most recent episode. Check out the clip embedded above to hear their views in full.
Smart is Boston’s most attractive player who might be moved — but should he be?
Despite being the longest-tenured member of the Boston Celtics and among the most beloved players on the roster, there is a sizeable contingent of fans of the storied franchise who think that the Celtics should be looking to move on from veteran point guard Marcus Smart.
Others point out just how much better the team has been playing of late with the Flower Mound native back from an extended stint out injured and in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, and make a compelling case that trading Smart would be a disaster for the team’s title aspirations.
Is the truth somewhat more complex than this? What are the nuances that need to be considered?
The hosts of the CLNS Media podcast do their best to answer these questions as they debate the logic of hanging on to the former No. 6 pick, or moving him with the intention of making the Celtics better.
Watch the clip embedded above to hear what the crew has to say.
As if his 51-point explosion against the Washington Wizards was not enough, Boston Celtics All-Star forward Jayson Tatum went and followed it up with another big game against the Sacramento Kings, helping drive the Celtics to a historic, 128 – 75 blowout win.
It was the second-largest margin of victory in franchise history and the biggest home win in the history of the storied franchise. Tatum put up 36 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block in 31 minutes of playing time. The St. Louis native shot 14-of-23 from the field, a sizzling 7-of-14 from beyond the arc, but just 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.
If you missed his game against the Kings on Tuesday night, or just want to see it again for yourself, watch the highlight clip embedded below courtesy of fan YouTuber Tomasz Kordylewski.
Boston Celtics second-year small forward Aaron Nesmith may not see the floor as much as he might like, but his high-energy play when he does get some run can create electric (if sometimes frightening) moments.
Such was the case in the Celtics home tilt with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday evening, which saw the South Carolina native break down Kings forward Louis King while throwing up a floater that netted Nesmith an and-1 as he seemingly pulled the Oregon product with him towards the basket. Adding fuel to the fire of Boston’s blowout of their northern Californian counterparts, Nesmith looks like a nascent talent in need of some run to produce such moments more consistently.
Check out the clip embedded below to see the Vanderbilt product in action on the play in question for yourself, courtesy of team reporter Taylor Snow.
At the same time, the rumor mill is starting to crank up with Dennis Schroder, Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Harrison Barnes, and other players finding themselves the center of speculation even in situations where teams have made it clear they are not shopping said players to other teams — or even taking calls.
What to make of the calm before the storm with regards to trade market chatter and the Celtics?
The host of the “Locked On Celtics” podcast John Karalis recently gave his thoughts on the trade deadline rumor mill kicking into high gear, and what it might mean for Boston. Check out the clip embedded above to hear his thoughts on what might be coming down the pike.
Both franchises are seen as among the most likely squads to trade players this season, and could well end up swapping players between them before Feb. 10 passes. Who are the players on the Kings roster who might make the most sense as potential Celtics targets, and who might Sacramento have an interest in acquiring?
The hosts of the CLNS Media “A-List” podcast A. Sherrod Blakely, Kwani A. Lunis, and Gary Washburn are joined by old friend and current Sacramento Kings broadcaster Kyle Draper to talk potential exchanges between the two teams and a host of related issues.
Check out the clip embedded above to hear what the foursome has to say about the potential for a Kings – Celtics trade and more.
Tatum wasn’t the only player on the roster on a heater from deep this weekend, with Hauser going 9-of-14 from 3-point range.
It was not just the Boston Celtics who had a player on a 3-point heater this weekend, with Jayson Tatum‘s 51-point explosion against the Wizards being mirrored nicely by two way forward Sam Hauser knocking them down at a high rate with the Maine Celtics as well.
The Virginia product put up 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 34 minutes of floor time against the Westchester Knicks with Boston’s G League developmental team while shooting 10-of-18 from the field and a very solid 6-of-14 from beyond the arc. While it might not be the historic clip demonstrated by Tatum against the Wizards, it certainly suggests the former Cavalier ought to be getting more run with the parent club than he has been given their need for shooting.
Watch the clip embedded below courtesy of fan YouTuber Tomasz Kordylewski of Hauser’s big game with the Maine Celtics.
Check out the St. Louis native’s historic performance in this highlight video.
When Boston Celtics All-Star forward Jayson Tatum breaks a shooting slump, he doesn’t pull any punches. And punches he did not pull in his 51-point pummeling of the Washington Wizards in the Celtics’ 116 – 87 beatdown of the Wiz at Capital One Arena Sunday afternoon.
The St. Louis native put up the third-most points of his career on his way to shooting 18-of-28 from the floor overall, 9-of-14 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe for good measure. Tatum nabbed 10 rebounds and 7 assists in the game to round out his stat line, turning the ball over only once, and late in the game at that.
If you were among those taking the game off and need to see his historic performance for the first time yourself, or just want to bask in the glory of the Duke product’s big night, check out the highlight clip put together b the NBA embedded below.
The veteran analyst isn’t buying Smart at the point this season for the Celtics.
Is the move for veteran Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart to the point guard position a success, a failure, or something in-between? Could one even make the argument that it has not even happened most night due to bringing on veteran reserve guard Dennis Schroder into the starting lineup many nights when COVID-19 and other causes of injury have forced unintended needs on the team’s roster?
At least one well-known Celtics analyst is not buying what he sees on the court with regards to Smart in the role of the team’s primary floor general — CLNS Media’s Jeff Goodman believes that you “can’t just give him the keys and say ‘You’re our point guard’. We’ve seen that this year that doesn’t work … You’ve got Marcus Smart as your point guard with two NBA All-Stars and you can’t get out of the play-in game.”
Is the analyst correct in his assessment, or is this an unfair characterization?
Even if it is unfair, is Smart the point guard Boston needs to take things to another level, or is he a familiar face holding the team back from what it could accomplish with a better floor general?
Watch the clip embedded above to hear what Goodman has to say to his co-hosts on the eponymous pod hosted by himself, Bob Ryan, and Gary Tanguay.