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Malcolm Brogdon leads dominant bench: 8 takeaways as Celtics take down Bulls

  Malcolm Brogdon leads dominant bench: 8 takeaways as Celtics take down Bulls Boston's bench unit noticeably outplayed Chicago's in the 123-119 win. The post Malcolm Brogdon leads dominant bench: 8 takeaways as Celtics take down Bulls appeared first on Boston.com.

It almost feels like the Boston Celtics have not had a dominant true 7-footer since Robert Parish. But that could all change in the coming weeks.

San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl. © Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl.

On an episode of “The Hoop Collective” this week (h/t Real GM), ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl as a possible Celtics trade target that industry people have been speculating about. Windhorst notes that the Spurs and the Celtics already linked up on last season’s Derrick White trade.

The 27-year-old Poeltl has averages of 13.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. He is an oak tree of an interior defender at 7-foot-1 and has superb touch around the basket with his 62.9 career field-goal percentage. Poeltl will be a free agent after the season, having failed to agree to an extension with the Spurs last summer.

How the Boston Celtics' new game clock trick is confusing referees and frustrating opponents

  How the Boston Celtics' new game clock trick is confusing referees and frustrating opponents Aaron Gordon was called for a flagrant foul on Friday while the Celtics were running their schemeLet's use Friday night's incident to illustrate how it works. Nursing a 13 point lead with just over five minutes to play, the Celtics inbounded the ball following a Gordon dunk. But instead of picking it up, Jayson Tatum just let it sit there, while Williams and Al Horford acted as screeners until Gordon blew things up.

The Celtics are still waiting on injured starting center Robert Williams, who will likely miss another month or longer after undergoing left knee surgery. In the meantime, the team is making do with 36-year-old Al Horford and placeholders Luke Kornet and Noah Vonleh getting most of the minutes at the 5.

Adding a player like Poeltl would solve their issues in the short term while also giving them the flexibility to either re-sign Poeltl or let him walk after the season depending on Williams’ health. Poeltl is a fairly in-demand asset, though, one of many on the San Antonio roster right now.

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Boston Red Sox have ‘made offers to several players’: Five ideal options in MLB free agency

  Boston Red Sox have ‘made offers to several players’: Five ideal options in MLB free agency Boston Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy claimed this week the team has been aggressive this offseason and made some recent offers to players. The question is, which free agents did some of those offers go to? Here are five possible targets for free agency.With the 2022 MLB World Series in the rearview and the winter meetings on the horizon, the focus of the baseball world is on MLB free agency. Organizations around the league are making major decisions on what their winter strategy will be regarding players they want to keep, stars they may want to add, and what areas they can improve ahead of 2023.

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Four takeaways as Celtics blow out Kings 122-104 in dominant 2nd half .
BOSTON — The Celtics impressed to start the game, struggled in the middle quarters then dominated theend against the Kings. The final result was a 122-104 Boston win over Sacramento on Friday at TD Garden. Friday’s game was sold as a track meet as the league’s No. 1 and No. 2 offenses went up against each other, and the points delivered at least for the C’s. The Kings looked great in the middle of the game, but they were ineffective against the C’s late. Boston improved to a league-best 15-4 on the season. The Celtics started strong, building up a 16-point lead. But the Kings dominated the second quarter and even built a modest lead in the third.

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