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March 22, 2015 Updates

Sean Grande: Jae Crowder will start for the suspended Marcus Smart tonight. Brad on Marcus; "It's important he knows what he did impacted our team." Twitter @SeanGrandePBP

Marc D'Amico: Stevens says new target for Isaiah Thomas' return is "mid-to late week." Says he's not sure yet if James Young will see any PT tonight. Twitter @celtics

A few weeks ago, Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters that he likely could never coach the Celtics because he had played such a pivotal role in the 1980s rivalry between the teams. Having been on both sides, Fox has a different perspective. “Byron obviously had a huge, long stretch of competitive series and years of battling for championships and understandably so, they butted heads consistently,” he said. “In my time, it was like the Lakers and Sacramento [rivalry]. Being a member of the Sacramento Kings organization would be quite strange and I don’t know if I could take that job. Me personally, the Celtics and the Lakers, I have great loyalty to both organizations. I have a lot of love for LA. I live out here in LA but I go back and forth to Boston a lot. When I was playing in Boston, the Lakers were really not very good at the time. We weren’t competing for championships. “I root for both teams and I want both teams to do well.” Boston Globe

March 21, 2015 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have recalled guard/forward James Young from the Maine Red Claws. In Maine’s 110-109 loss to Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 19, Young tallied 14 points, one rebound and two assists in 29 minutes. He has appeared in 11 games for the Red Claws this season and is averaging 22.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.2 minutes per game, while shooting 47.4 percent from behind the arc. Young recorded a season-high 13 points for the Celtics against the Hornets on January 5 on 5-7 (.714) shooting from the field in 18 minutes, and is averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game in 29 contests with the team this season. NBA.com

A league source tells CSNNE.com that Celtics guard Marcus Smart will be suspended one game following an incident in the fourth quarter of a 101-89 loss at San Antonio on Friday night. With 8:56 to play, Smart hit Spurs forward Matt Bonner in the groin area. Smart was charged with a flagrant-2 foul and an automatic ejection. After the game, Smart said he was trying to rip through a Bonner screen when he accidentally hit him. “The way he hit me, it threw my body back so it forced my momentum to come forward,” Smart told reporters. “He just happened to jump in the way as I was trying to rip up [through a screen] and he got caught.” CSNNE.com

This was the second time this month that Smart was ejected for an overly aggressive play on the floor. Against Orlando on March 2, he was ejected when he drove into the lane with 28 seconds to play and his left elbow came close to connecting with fellow rookie Elfrid Payton's face. When the two teams played again later that week, Payton said he didn't believe Smart deserved to be ejected for the play and was surprised to see him tossed. That ejection did not bring about any additional punishment against Smart. He wasn't so lucky this time. CSNNE.com

After the play, Bonner approached Smart with some choice words and the two stood toe-to-toe for a moment. After teammates stepped in, Bonner, obviously incensed, begged the referees to review what happened on tape. They obliged and decided to toss Smart. "He approached me," Smart said of Bonner. "Like I told him, I was like, if I hit you in your nuts on purpose, err, you know, your privates, you wouldn't be in my face. I was like, it wasn't intentional. And that's what I told him. I wasn't trying to. I didn't even know I did. ... But he just kept coming to my face. And as a player, and as a man, at that point you know you're going to have to stand up for yourself. So as he got close to my face, I stayed in. I had to stand up for myself." Booth Newspapers

Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga has declined to be a part of George Mason University's search for a head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. George Mason had targeted Larranaga as one of its top candidates to replace the deposed Paul Hewitt, but Larranaga will pass on the chance to meet with university officials, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

March 20, 2015 Updates


How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.


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