‘It’s a moment everybody in the league wants,’ says Robert Williams III of his clutch free throws vs. Chicago

His teammates’ vocal support gave him the confidence to put the Bulls away at the stripe.

After hitting two pairs of clutch free throws in the Boston Celtics’ 114 – 112 home win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, starting Boston big man Robert Williams III credited his teammates for putting him in a position to put the game away with the vocal support they gave him at the stripe.

“It’s part of my job,” said Williams to the press after the game. “If I’ve got to make free throws down the line like that, it is what it is.” Also speaking after the game, Al Horford confirmed that he and his teammates did their best to support Timelord’s vocal, active presence on the court.

“It was just giving him confidence,” said Horford.

Defense, consistency, and accountability driving Boston’s recent winning play, according to Grant Williams

The Celtics forward had plenty to say about what’s been behind a surge in Boston’s recent play.

The Boston Celtics are on their second three-game winning streak of the 2021-22 NBA season while having clawed their way back to a .500 record to start the new year and second half of the NBA season off in earnest. But, by tying their modest win streak, have they truly turned a corner? Forward Grant Williams believes they have and pointed to three distinct tendencies he has seen in their play of late that tell him this Celtics team has made some important growth while speaking to the media after shootaround on Friday.

“I feel like the three biggest keys to our success recently has been not only our defense, as far as No. 1, just our consistency there,” began Williams.

Celtics Brad Stevens talks possible Isaiah Thomas return

The Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations appeared on a radio show and made an interesting comment about Isaiah Thomas.

The Boston Celtics are on a bit of a run, winning each of the last three games, including two against the Indiana Pacers. This is the exact type of form the team needs ahead of its next two games, against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls. It may also be the kick they need to add at the trade deadline instead of selling off pieces like guard Dennis Schroder.

The man in charge of those possible deals, president of basketball operations Brad Stevens, went on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Thursday and spoke a bit about, among other things, player acquisitions —namely the possible return of famed Celtic Isaiah Thomas.

Thomas was dealt by the team for guard Kyrie Irving, who now plays part-time for the Brooklyn Nets.

‘It makes everything a lot easier’ when Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown are in attack mode, says Boston coach Ime Udoka

The Celtics coach likes what he saw vs. Indiana from the star duo.

The Boston Celtics came out with an agenda on Wednesday night as they thrashed the Indiana Pacers 119 – 100 on their own home court with connected, energetic play by their two stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with some serious additional punch being provided by veteran point guard Dennis Schroder filling in for Marcus Smart as a starter.

In one of the best counter-arguments to the tired narrative that Brown and Tatum struggle to play together making the rounds in recent days, the dup out up a combined 67 points, and a big game from Schoder helped put the Pacers away in the second half.

Asked about how he felt having not just the Jays but their German teammate clicking offensively in the win, head coach Ime Udoka was happy to note that “it makes everything a lot easier.”

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum says he and Jaylen Brown ‘want to try and figure it out together’

The two Celtics stars show no inclination of wanting to be split up.

Amid all of the clamoring from certain familiar corners of the Boston Celtics media sphere for the franchise to split up their star forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in the midst of yet another spate of substandard outcomes for the team, the young duo sat down with each other to take the temperature of their partnership.

They emerged still committed to making things work in Boston despite the noise and losses that had been the impetus behind their conversation in the first place while the Celtics seemed to find some footing in the win column at the same time.

Asked about the conversation after the Celtics nabbed an overtime win against a struggling, desperate Indiana Pacers outfit, and Tatum seemed happy. “It was good,” he began.

Boston’s Aaron Nesmith ready to keep working on his game after 21-point outing with Maine Celtics

Nesmith enjoyed his time with the Maine Celtics this past weekend.

If you have not seen much of second-year Boston Celtics small forward Aaron Nesmith this season, a lot of it has to do with the lack of playing time for the South Carolina native to snap an ongoing shooting slump that has plagued his sophomore season in the NBA.

Shooting just 23.4% from deep this campaign after closing out last season hitting 37% from beyond the arc, Nesmith needs playing time to shake off the rust, but can’t get it without shooting better. An opportunity to play for the Maine Celtics this past weekend however seemed to do the trick as he ended up logging 21 points while hitting 2-of-7 3-point attempts.

“It’s just fun to be able to play the game of basketball, no matter where it is,” offered Nesmith when asked about the experience. “I just love playing.”

“We have played together well for a majority of our career,’ says Celtics’ Jaylen Brown of criticism of his fit with Jayson Tatum

Amidst a near-panic in fans, calm among the stars.

On the heels of the first triple-double of his career with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists that came in a 99 – 75 Boston Celtics home win against the New York Knicks this Saturday night, star wing Jaylen Brown spoke to the press about a growing trope of criticism that suggested he and fellow All-Star Jayson Tatum couldn’t play well together.

Given the 11 assists Brown managed to dime up his teammates with and the fact that neither he nor Tatum scored as much as they usually would in what was very nearly a shellacking of the Knicks, it would seem that such perspectives have a data point against them. But, Brown’s response to the media only underscored that fact.

“I disagree,” replied Brown when asked his thoughts on his fit with the Duke product. “I think we can play together.”

More appreciative of what it takes to win consistently, Jayson Tatum wants to turn the page for the Celtics

The St. Louis native admits he took winning for granted early on in his NBA career. Can he change his engagement moving forward?

“I think it’s tough, but now we need to regroup,” said Jayson Tatum to the media after the Boston Celtics dropped yet another winnable game late after blowing yet another big lead to the New York Knicks to lose 108 – 105 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

“It’s tough losing leads and not finishing out the fourth quarter, but I think you’ve got to look at the big picture, and the grand scheme of things,” he added. The Duke product seems aware that his early successes may have given he and teammate Jaylen Brown a distorted understanding of what it takes to win at a high level in the NBA.

And now they are having to recalibrate on the fly while their team’s front office retools in a similar manner.

Boston Celtics’ Brad Stevens hints at trade deadline activity

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens explained some of his thinking on possible trades ahead of the deadline.

The Boston Celtics are not at the peak of their powers this season, that has been evident. The team is 18-20 on the year, bouncing back and forth between flashes of success and disappointment. Former head coach and now president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and the rest of the front office are tasked with making changes to improve the team’s performance. Stevens went on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Thursday and dropped some hints on what the team’s outlook on making moves is right now.

“Ultimately, our driver has to be what helps us get in the mix to hang the next banner,” Stevens explained. “One of the things that we have to decide in each of these deals that we’re discussing, that are presenting themselves and in every single phone call that we are a part of, is does that make sense in helping us do that?”

Stevens made it clear that the team is not satisfied with where they currently sit, but needs to be careful to keep a keen eye on whether any possible deal is moving the needle. The team does not want to make moves for the sake of making moves, he said.

The Celtics have a fourth-quarter offense problem, and Jaylen Brown has a solution: play through the bigs

Could Boston’s late-game offense solution already be on the roster?

The struggles of the Boston Celtics to close out games are very real and a source of frequent frustration for fans and the players on the roster both. But that doesn’t mean the players and coaching staff aren’t trying to find ways to help alleviate the stagnant, easily game-plannable offense that is overly reliant on star forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

In fact, the former revealed he has been thinking of ways to change up Boston’s offensive game plan while speaking with the media after the Celtics’  99 – 97 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

“I like to playing through the bigs,” explained Brown when asked how he and Tatum could make fourth-quarter scoring easier.