Celtics host Bulls, seek to advance in tourney

The Boston Celtics can advance to the knockout stage of the NBA’s in-season tournament, but they’ll need a dominating performance against the visiting Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night – plus some help from the Brooklyn Nets to do it. The Celtics could win East Group C if several outcomes go Boston’s way – including a Celtics win over the Bulls and a Brooklyn victory over Toronto on Tuesday. That would leave Boston, Brooklyn and Orlando

Short-handed Celtics look to ground high-scoring Hawks

The Celtics lost more than a game when they dropped a 113-96 decision to the Orlando Magic on Friday. Boston lost center Kristaps Porzingis for an unspecified period of time as well. The Celtics announced Saturday that Porzingis won’t play in Sunday night’s home game against Atlanta because of a calf strain. Porzingis left Friday’s loss midway through the third quarter with what the Celtics described as “left calf tightness” and he did not return

Magic host Celtics as win streak gets another major test

Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said his team is starting to believe it can compete with – and defeat – the best teams in the NBA, and that showed when his squad knocked off the Denver Nuggets 124-119 Wednesday night. The victory extended the Magic’s winning streak to five games. Orlando has another big challenge ahead when it meets the visiting Boston Celtics in an NBA in-season tournament game Friday afternoon. Boston improved its record

Celtics tangle with ‘unstoppable’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo will have an opportunity to score at least 40 points for the third straight game when the Milwaukee Bucks visit the Boston Celtics in a matchup of division leaders Wednesday night. Antetokounmpo tossed in 40 during Milwaukee’s 132-125 victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Saturday and followed up that performance by scoring 42 in a 142-129 win against the host Washington Wizards on Monday night. Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 30.2 points per

Motivated Celtics look to stay hot vs. reeling Hornets

The Boston Celtics have been among the best teams in the NBA for the first month of the season. That’s not the case for the Charlotte Hornets, who need something good to happen. The teams with opposite types of streaks will meet Monday night in Charlotte, N.C., where the Celtics will conclude a four-game road stretch. Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points to lift Boston to its sixth straight victory on Sunday with a 102-100 win

Raptors aim for faster start in in-season tourney debut vs. Celtics

The Toronto Raptors know they must break their habit of slow starts when they play the visiting Boston Celtics Friday night in their first NBA in-season tournament game. Coach Darko Rajakovic said after Wednesday’s 128-112 loss to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks that the Raptors are trying to sort out their issues at the starts of games. “I thought that in the first half that we overdribbled the ball, that we didn’t have enough body movement

76ers look to rebound against rival Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers won’t have much time to dwell on their 132-126 loss Tuesday to the Indiana Pacers in the NBA in-season tournament. A night after seeing their eight-game winning streak snap, the 76ers host the rivel Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Joel Embiid hit all 17 free throws and finished with 39 points and 12 rebounds. De’Anthony Melton scored 30 points, Tyrese Maxey added 27 and Tobias Harris had 22. But while the Sixers pulled

Now back on track, Celtics brace for Knicks

The Boston Celtics rebounded from last week’s back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Philadelphia and can stretch their winning streak to three games when they host the New York Knicks on Monday night. Boston ended its two-game skid with a 121-107 victory over Brooklyn on Friday, then beat Toronto 117-94 on Saturday. The win against Toronto improved Boston’s home record to 4-0. “I think what we’re trying to do is share the ball a little bit

Raptors aim to complete winning trip at Boston

The Toronto Raptors will chase a third consecutive road victory when they face the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. It will be the final stop on a four-game road trip for Toronto, which opened the trek with a 114-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers before beating the San Antonio Spurs 123-116 in overtime and topping the Dallas Mavericks 127-116. The Raptors erased a 22-point deficit in their victory at San Antonio on Sunday, then Pascal

Streaking Nets face road test against Celtics

The Brooklyn Nets will attempt to extend their road winning streak to four games when they visit the Boston Celtics on Friday night. After starting the season with back-to-back losses, the Nets posted road wins against Charlotte (133-121), Miami (109-105) and Chicago (109-107). Brooklyn then lost two in a row at home before beating the Los Angeles Clippers 109-103 at home on Wednesday. The Nets trailed 21-13 after the first quarter of Wednesday’s win, but