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Marcus Smart emphasizes Celtics’ lack of togetherness following disappointing loss

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With five losses in their last seven games, including a disheartening blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics are not looking like a team that was expected to run away with first place in the Eastern Conference prior to the start of the season. So what gives?

Clearly this team has the talent to compete with anyone, but consistency has turned out to be a major problem. According to Celtics guard Marcus Smart, they are lacking the necessary chemistry and trust in each other on the court that will take their game to the next level.

“Nobody is together…We’ve got to have everybody on the same page doing the same things at the same time.” said Smart following Tuesday’s 118-95 loss to the Raptors.

“What are the main ingredients to those collapses? Not being together. And that’s it. We’re just not together. Plain and simple. That’s it…Because if we were together, that wouldn’t happen. We’re all talking and linking up, but like I said, it’s something we’re going through, and it’s something we’re going to have to continue to work at and figure it out.”

Smart finished with just five points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes of action on the night.

The Celtics (37-24) sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They are currently two games back of fourth place Philadelpha 76ers and 9.5 games back of the first place Milwaukee Bucks. They hope to bounce back when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden on Thursday night.

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Rajon Rondo out 6-8 weeks due to significant hand injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers have just found out they have lost another veteran guard to a long-term injury.

The team announced that Rajon Rondo will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks after breaking his right thumb during practice in the Disney Bubble in Orlando.

The 34-year old, who is in his second season with the franchise, has averaged 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, mostly coming off the bench.

The Lakers are first place in the Western Conference with a 49-14 record. They are 5.5 games above the second place Los Angeles Clippers as they head into the final eight games of the season when the NBA restarts at the beginning of August.

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Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22 NBA seasons

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Vince Carter is packing his bags and riding off into the sunset.

The eight-time NBA All-Star announced on Thursday via the Ringer’s ‘Winging It’ podcast that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”

At 43 years of age, Carter began his career with the Toronto Raptors during the 1998/99 season. Throughout his illustrious career, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists split between eight different teams in 1466 combined regular season games.

This past season with the Atlanta Hawks, he broke the NBA record for most seasons played, and become the first player to have played in four different decades. He is also the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 20 points

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NBA to vote on 22-team format starting back up on July 31

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There finally appears to be a concrete plan for the NBA to resume their season.

According to reports, the NBA has proposed a format that will consist of 22 of the league’s teams returning to action as early as July 31st at Orlando’s Disney World. The latest the season could end would be October 12th, which would be Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The NBA’s board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association are still negotiating all the details, but there will be a vote on the plan this Thursday.

Three-fourths of the NBA’s 30 teams must vote in favor for the league to go ahead with the proposal. The plan is expected to pass with flying colors.

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