Celtics vs Wizards LIVE stream: How to watch Boston against Washington online or on TV

Celtics vs Wizards LIVE stream: How to watch Boston against Washington online or on TV
Bulpett: Celtics content at deadline as Cavaliers change on the fly
nAs the Celtics and Cavaliers cruised toward Thursday’s 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline, they were essentially two parts of the same duck. The Bostonians were fairly calm above the waves, aware of their surroundings, but steady in their chosen path.

The Cavs moved everything they received from the Kyrie Irving trade with the Celtics this past summer except Ante Zizic and the Nets’ first-round pick.

Monroe’s versaility will allow Stevens play with a number of new lineup combinations, some of which were featured Thursday night. One rotation that experienced some success was when the C’s featured Terry Rozier at the point, Jayson Tatum at the 2, Marcus Morris at the 3, Daniel Theis at the 4 and Monroe at the 5. That combo was able to produce on both ends despite note having either Irving or Al Horford on the floor.

It would be incorrect to say the Celtics did nothing in the run-up to the deadline, in that they were able to officially add Greg Monroe to the roster. The free agent had agreed to sign for the rest of the season after being bought out and waived by Phoenix, but the sides held off on the actual deal until after 3 to maintain flexibility for the C’s on other potential deals.

But as far as trades are concerned, nothing materialized. And the Celts don’t seem disturbed in the least by the lack of a transaction.

“We had a lot of conversations leading up to today over the last couple of weeks, but you never know for sure what’s going to happen. We’ve had deals in the past where we hadn’t talked for a month and all of a sudden it came alive an hour before the deadline.

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“So you never know and you’re always prepared for something to happen at the deadline,” added the Celtics president of basketball operations, “but we didn’t go into this trade deadline feeling like we had to do something.”

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According to league sources, the Celtics were hoping to land scoring help for their bench, but Tyreke Evans wound up staying with Memphis, and Lou Williams was pulled off the market and signed to a three-year contract extension.

“I don’t think it will take long,” Monroe confidently stated. “I think that I’ll get comfortable with the plays and familiar with the calls, so it’s just about me getting into my own rhythm and then figuring out how to help this team with my skills.”

“There were some things that we would have been tempted by for the right deals, but the right deals didn’t appear,” said Ainge. “And, by the way, some of those deals that we were trying to get, those deals didn’t happen for any teams that were looking for the similar players.”

Thankfully the Wizards have three nights off after Saturday’s game, followed by a week off for the All-Star break. If Washington can pull away quickly and get Beal some extended rest in the fourth quarter, it would serve him and the team well because after the break, Washington plays six games in nine nights, including tilts against the Warriors, Cavaliers, Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. They’ll need him at his best to keep Washington above water during that stretch.

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In the case of Evans, the Grizzlies were seeking a first-round pick, but the Celtics (and others) weren’t willing to part with one for a player who can be a free agent this summer.

“We had discussions with Memphis today and throughout the last week or two,” Ainge said. “I think there were a handful of teams that had interest and they (the Grizzlies) just didn’t get what they wanted.”

This should be a game Washington wins with ease, but by all means, they should do it in a way that gives Beal as much rest as possible. He’s averaged over 40 minutes per game in the last three contests, and we saw how it started to affect his performance down the stretch against Boston on Thursday.

While the Celts could be reasonably comfortable sitting a game ahead of Toronto atop the Eastern Conference at the deadline — and expecting their younger players will get better with more experience between now and the postseason — the Cavaliers were on a salvage mission as they try to make something out of what could be the last season of LeBron James’ second stint in Cleveland.

The Wizards cap off a tough stretch in which they’ve played four game in six nights with a trip to face the Bulls, who will be shorthanded thanks to a spate of injuries, as well as their wheeling and dealing before the trade deadline.

“They did what they felt was best,” said Ainge. “Time will tell. I paid attention to what they were doing, but it didn’t have any impact on what we were doing. We’re just trying to improve ourselves. I’m aware of how they are, and, sure, it could make them better.”

And just because the trade deadline has passed, the search for deals goes on for NBA teams. In the longer term, the Celtics will be keeping an eye on Gordon Hayward’s rehab to see if he can return to the floor this season, and they, like other clubs, will be watching the waiver wire closely for players who get bought out.

 “We’ll keep our eyes open for players we think may be able to help us,” said Ainge. “But at the same time, we have a full roster and we like our guys.

The Wizards traded their Round 1 selection in three of the previous four seasons. Their 2018 first- and second-round picks will provide cheap contracts for a team already facing no wiggle room with the salary cap next season. Even though Gortat’s season averages of 8.9 points and 7.9 rebounds would represent lows since joining the Wizards in 2014, the durable screen-setting big man has started all 54 games this season. Dealing him without landing another big man would force backup Ian Mahinmi into a larger role.

“And just because a guy has a big name, we’ve seen year after year after year that the name guys in buyouts don’t always help. As a matter of fact, most of the time they don’t help the teams down the stretch. But I don’t know if this year will be different.

“People are reporting that this year’s buyout market will be bigger and better, and I don’t know the answer to that. We’re certainly keeping an eye open for it.”

Bulpett: Celtics content at deadline as Cavaliers change on the fly
Bulpett: Celtics content at deadline as Cavaliers change on the fly

But even if nothing transpires, Ainge insists his feathers won’t be ruffled.

Bulpett: Celtics content at deadline as Cavaliers change on the fly
Bulpett: Celtics content at deadline as Cavaliers change on the fly

“I like our team,” he said. “I’m excited to see our team play in the playoffs. I think we can get better in the next 25 or 30 games.”

Mac, out all season with a torn Achilles, was traded to the Atlanta Hawks along with cash for a heavily protected second-round selection, per sources. The pick may never actually convey, but the move creates a second open roster spot and reduces Washington’s luxury tax bill. Mac counted for $1.312 million this season. Atlanta is expected to waive the second-year guard.

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The Warriors had lost their last two games and three of their previous four.

Brooks often dismisses media questions about players receiving too many minutes and says he has no problem with a nine-man rotation in the regular season. Beal’s second-half fade and the lack of a Plan B or C on the wing showed why Washington needs more not just to finish the regular season strong, but keep its main players as fresh as possible for the postseason.

They trailed Dallas by as many as 12 points, but took control in the second half to improve their league-leading record to 42-13.

Durant drained a three-pointer to cap an 8-2 run late in the third quarter that gave Golden State a 93-85 lead.

Boston’s win Thursday was its fifth in the last six games and came in the Celtics debut of Greg Monroe. The big man signed with his new team earlier in the day and logged 20 minutes. He had five points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and was a plus-9 while also earning his first Celtics technical foul (three minutes into his debut).

They turned it into a rout in the fourth, pushing the advantage to as many as 21 points.

There were some sloppy moments to be sure, as the Warriors coughed up 20 turnovers.

“Obviously, I want to wish a speedy recovery to (injured Pelicans big man) DeMarcus (Cousins). He went down and obviously they had a need there at my position. I definitely analyzed going there. It’s home for me, so it was definitely a tough decision. But it was hard to pick against here.”

There was also another technical foul for Draymond Green, who was fined $50,000 earlier Thursday for “inappropriate and offensive” remarks to a referee over a non-call after he took an elbow to the face in Golden State’s embarrassing 125-105 loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

“It’s just incredible that Brad (coach Stevens) has more weapons to work with now,” Kyrie Irving said after scoring 12 of his team’s last 17 points (28 total) in Thursday night’s win. “So we’ll see how it works out going forward.”

With a league-leading 14 technicals this season, Green is two away from an automatic suspension.

The Pacers (30-25) had their game at New Orleans on Wednesday postponed by a wet floor caused by a leaky roof. They have lost two of their last three but are 6-3 in their last nine.
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Warriors stop rot with win over Mavs, Celtics triumph in overtime

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Durant is second in technicals and head coach Steve Kerr fourth among coaches — numbers that prompted Kerr to say before the game it’s an area that needs attention.

Markieff Morris believed he didn’t come close to touching Boston guard Kyrie Irving on the pivotal play that ultimately sent the game into the extra period. However, as Morris defended Irving in the closing moments of regulation with the Wizards holding a 98-95 lead, he was whistled for a foul as Irving launched a shot behind the 3-point arc. Irving made the three free throws to tie the game with 9.8 seconds remaining.

Klay Thompson added 18 points, Green contributed 12 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and two steals, and David West scored 10 as the Warriors put themselves a game up on the Houston Rockets atop the Western Conference.

The Boston Celtics maintained a one-game advantage over Toronto atop the East with a 110-104 overtime victory over the Wizards in Washington.

Marcin Gortat moved his pivot foot for a travel. Porter made a backward pass to no one in particular. And Tomas Satoransky, who had only committed three total turnovers over the previous three games, matched that total in about one minute at the start of the third quarter. And as Washington fumbled these possessions, Boston capitalized and eventually established a 75-70 lead.

Kyrie Irving scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Celtics bounced back from a loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.

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Trailing at halftime, they emerged from a tight third quarter with a five-point lead and stretched it to as many as 10 in the fourth.

But they needed three clutch free throws from Irving, who was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all the foul shots to knot the score at 98-98 with 9.8 seconds left in regulation.

The failed defensive stand followed by the last offensive play set the tone for the extra five-minute session as Irving again coaxed Morris into committing a foul, his sixth, and Washington missed 10 of 12 shots. After coming up short in what would have been a statement win, the Wizards (31-24) found reason to feel encouraged.

It went to overtime when Bradley Beal’s tough jump shot contested by Irving at the buzzer missed.

Jaylen Brown scored five of his 18 points for Boston in overtime, when the Celtics out-scored the Wizards 12-6 to finally put the game away.

Greg Monroe Displays Strong Potential in Celtics Debut
Greg Monroe Displays Strong Potential in Celtics Debut

His three-pointer with 1:43 remaining put the Celtics up 108-103, and the Wizards wouldn’t get the deficit below four points from there.

“The shot clock was going down so I took my time and shot a shot that I’ve been practicing,” Brown said of the step-back three. “I’ve been working on it a lot, and it showed itself in the game.”

The Portland Trail Blazers won in overtime, too, stretching their home winning streak to nine games with a 109-103 triumph over the Charlotte Hornets.

It was close in Orlando, where Evan Fournier’s 22 points led the Magic in a 100-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Magic were also boosted by 18 points and nine assists from point guard D.J. Augustin — newly arrived from Phoenix in a trade-deadline deal.

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The Los Angeles Lakers, still awaiting the arrival of their trade-deadline acquisitions from Cleveland Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, defeated the under-manned Oklahoma City Thunder 106-81.

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It was their second win in five days over the Thunder — who were without injured Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, leading five Lakers in double figures. Paul George scored 29 points for Oklahoma City.

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Lakers coach Luke Walton was pleased to see his young team dig in against the Thunder on a day when many were unsettled by the departure of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in the deal with Cleveland.

Walton noted that it was the first time some of the Lakers had teammates shipped out suddenly.

“It was pretty quiet in the film room,” he said. “I didn’t know how long it would take, but the energy before the game was already better.”

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