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April 18, 2014 Updates

Humphries, 29, who left town on Thursday to travel, says that Boston has been the right place for him, both professionally and socially. He was able to make a home for himself near Chinatown. He shopped at Restoration Hardware and became a regular at restaurants such as Trade and Scampo. He spent much of his free time at home watching “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars.” Boston Globe

According to Humphries, who finished his season with the Celtics on Wednesday night, Boston was a place for normalcy, anonymity, and sports. Locals were interested in what he did for the team and little else. An injury kept him out of the lineup late in the season but he was praised by the coaching staff for his effort all season long. He averaged 8.4 points per game. “He always stays positive,” McCarty said. Boston Globe

Once Boston fans trust that you’re working for them on the court, “they embrace you,” Humphries said after a team practice, as the season wound down. “It’s also easier to stay focused here. It’s not New York City,” he added. “There’s something going on in New York every single day. It’s just harder to focus on basketball.” Boston Globe

April 17, 2014 Updates

Rajon Rondo just tweeted this photo of the shoes he wore tonight to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. In short, they are exceptional. The kicks bear the initials of the victims on various areas of the shoe along with the words “Boston Strong” and the date of the incident on the tongue, which aptly serves as a marathon tag. Thoughtful touch. The Big Lead

April 16, 2014 Updates

Danny Ainge: “It was a long season — I guess not that long — but it was a tough, tough year, and I saw a lot of positive things from individuals. I thought our team gave good effort most nights. I think consistency was our biggest challenge, and I don’t think the team was a great fit, great mix, but individually I like what I saw in almost every player. I just feel like we didn’t have the size inside to protect the rim. I thought that was a big factor that cost us a lot of games. And we didn’t finish a lot of games down the stretch.” WEEI.com

Danny Ainge: “I think we started the season out very concerned with the personnel. I thought Vitor [Faverani] gave us some size at times; his injury hurt us some there. He was a rookie and playing inconsistent, but showing signs of being a presence inside. I think all the way up the trade deadline we looked at opportunities to make our team better, but we wouldn’t sacrifice draft picks to make us better for just this year. But we look for opportunities to make our team better in the longterm.” WEEI.com

April 15, 2014 Updates

Rondo, who suited up against the 76ers Monday night after missing two games because of a bruised left shin, entered having averaged 12.8 points, 11 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in his past 19 games after missing nearly a year with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. Rondo has said he is looking forward to a full summer workout regimen. “I think Rondo’s going to have a great year next year,” Ainge said. “I think he’s going to have the best year of his career. Boston Globe

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
IN CELTICS HISTORY
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How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

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