Gary Washburn | On basketball

Brad Stevens has the Celtics’ attention

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has the team pointed in the right direction.

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The dire situation facing the Wizards, who were in town Friday, should encourage the Celtics faithful to covet Stevens.

Bob Ryan

// Warriors fans are basking in a golden state

With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green working their magic for the defending champions, every game is a treat.


// In current NBA, shooters are at a distinct advantage

No less an expert than Reggie Miller explains how the game is far different from when he played.

// NBA roundup: LeBron James’s hook shot lifts Cavaliers

James made a running shot with a second left as Cleveland beat visiting Brooklyn, 90-88.

Jared Sullinger (7) ripped one of his 15 rebounds away from the Wizards' DeJuan Blair during the first quarter.

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Celtics 111, Wizards 78

Jared Sullinger, Celtics feast on Wizards

Sullinger (18 points, 15 rebounds in 24 minutes) was one of six Celtics to score in double digits.

Celtics notebook

// Marcus Smart unsure when he will return from injury

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it’s highly unlikely Smart would make an appearance on the upcoming five-game road trip

// Boston police investigating alleged Okafor confrontation

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor was involved in an incident outside the Storyville Nightclub in Boston early Thursday morning.

// Don’t look now, but NBA’s Eastern Conference is stronger

The Celtics made the playoffs with a sub-.500 record last year, but that is unlikely to happen this season.

2008: The last Celtics championship