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Brad Stevens’ Absence Reminds Struggling Celtics There Are Bigger Things Than Basketball

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Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer | 1:32 AM ET

The Boston Celtics lost for the fourth time in five tries with Thursday’s 101-92 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bulls during a rare national-TV broadcast.

When Boston won a season-high four consecutive games in late December, some wondered out loud if the Celtics might be the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. Ten days later, it’s clear the Bulls have submitted their claim to that title, while TNT’s Charles Barkley opined at halftime that the Celtics are “a 6-7-8 seed, at the most.”

It’s hard to argue with Barkley’s assessment. The Celtics endured yet another game in which their offense disappeared in the second half, allowing an opponent to race away. Boston led by double digits in the early going but found itself down one by halftime. The Celtics then shot 30.4 percent in the second More >

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Kobe Bryant reveals the top 5 teams, players he’s ever faced

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By James Herbert | NBA writer | December 21, 2015 8:56 pm ET

 

In a conference call on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant named his top 5 opposing players and teams, adding that it was difficult not to pick more, via ESPN‘s Baxter Holmes.

The players: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Clyde Drexler.

The teams: San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls.

Congratulations are in order for the Kings, who haven’t been included in any best-of lists in a long time. Those early-2000s teams were absolutely great.

Also: It’s rather interesting that Bryant picked Drexler, who had retired before Bryant became a full-time starter in his third season. That’s quite the show of respect from one great shooting guard to another.

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