Sean Sylver

Celtics Notebook: Seeds of discontent?

By Sean Sylver, 98.5 The Sports Hub The Celtics are .500 since play resumed in the Disney bubble. That mark isn't going to help push them past the Raptors for the 2-seed, nor does it place them in imminent danger of falling behind the Heat to fourth in the East. The Green appear content to head…

Sylver: Long Gone Boston Summer

By Sean Sylver, 98.5 The Sports Hub Just weeks after wrapping up The Last Dance, Michael Jordan’s tribute to Michael Jordan, ESPN’s 30 for 30 series took the DeLorean back to the late 90's last night with Long Gone Summer, a recounting of MLB’s historic summer of 1998. The home run chase between Mark McGwire and…

Sylver: What if? The thrilling conclusion to the 2020 NBA season

By Sean Sylver, 98.5 The Sports Hub Basketball is back! Sort of. The NBA Board of Governors approved plans for a truncated regular season and full postseason emanating from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl. Play is scheduled to begin July 31. While the league anticipates crowning a 2019-20 champion, COVID-19 has already dramatically altered the trajectory…

Celtics Notebook: Trade Deadline Fallout

The tumbleweeds rolled down Causeway Street at 3 pm Thursday on yet another quiet trading deadline for the Boston Celtics. It was a quiet one in a lot of cities. Given the parity of the NBA this season, one might have expected more activity, but it wasn't to be. The biggest waves crashed out West,…

Celtics Notebook: C's ride mini-streak into showdown with 76ers

Don’t look now, but the Celtics have won five of six following a rough start to the new year. Perhaps most impressively, they've made the run despite a slew of injuries, as Jaylen Brown (sprained thumb), Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) and Jayson Tatum (groin strain) each missed multiple contests during the stretch. Kanter and…

Celtics Notebook: Win Over Lakers Shows These Guys Can Hang

When a post-holiday malaise (two wins in eight tries) dropped the Celtics to sixth in the Eastern Conference, many questioned the merits of their early success as well as their prospects for future achievement. Most everybody thought they’d lose to the Lakers Monday night; instead, the Green submitted a statement victory - the first of…

Celtics Notebook: Green coming up short against beasts in the East

A 128-123 loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks was Boston’s second straight national TV defeat. While many observers scoff at the tedium of the NBA regular season, games of that caliber are the ones you circle on your desk calendar. They're supposed to be fun. They also offer an opportunity to play detective and…

Celtics Notebook: Down goes Hayward, but for how long?

A combined 82 points from Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in a victory over the Mavericks is evidence the Celtics can win without Gordon Hayward. In fact, Boston is 8-3 with him and 10-4 without him. But a healthy version of the veteran swingman gives the Green their best chance in a loaded…

Celtics Notebook: Land of the Giants

While the Celtics slipped by the Nuggets last Friday (and smashed Cleveland in a glorified scrimmage on Monday), they dropped both ends of a back-to-back to the Pacers and 76ers. It's just the second time this season they've lost consecutive games. While various factors contributed to the two setbacks, the slate of games featured some…