Celtics 124, Milano 91

Celtics coast to exhibition win in Italy

David Lee, left, drives as Olimpia Milano's Robbie Hummel challenges him. Lee had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.


The Celtics generally looked crisp and received contributions from a variety of sources in the 124-91 victory.


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The forward will fly to Dallas to attend his cousin’s funeral and miss the team’s game against Real Madrid on Thursday.

Adam Himmelsbach | Postcard from Italy

Globe-trotting with the Celtics certainly has its perks

High-speed taxi rides, Italian soccer, and fresh-made late-night pizza are among the highlights for our reporter.

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Usually, the practices are closed but on Monday coach Brad Stevens offered a closer look.


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Larranaga, who played seven seasons in Italy, has been showing the Celtics around the town.

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Stevens said he was most eager to again to be a student studying abroad during the Celtics six-day journey.


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The NBA probably has the most global presence of any of the four major American sports.

Jonas Jerebko is fighting for a slot as the first small forward off the bench.


Jonas Jerebko has found a home with the Celtics

The veteran small forward from Sweden is battling for a spot in coach Brad Stevens’s rotation.

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The team is making adjustments for a week-long, preseason swing to Milan and Madrid.

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In a new book, author Katina Powell said she accepted tickets in exchange for bringing two women for “a new recruit from Cleveland named Terry.”


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Brad Stevens will use the exhibition games in Europe to continue tweaking his player combinations.

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Coach Brad Stevens is looking for ways to turn the guard into a better playmaker when the situation calls for it.

Celtics 2015 draft pick R.J. Hunter.

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R.J. Hunter has a shot with Celtics

The Celtics acquired the pin-point shooter they desperately needed when they drafted Hunter from Georgia State in the first round in June.

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A crowd of 3,000 was at TD Garden as newcomers flashed potential and holdovers showed their maturation.

Celtics Notebook

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Stevens began formulating possible rotations and player groupings in his mind months ago.

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There’s no guarantee the 6-foot-11-inch forward will make the team, but his versatility will help the cause.

John Calipari was joined on stage by many former players during the enshrinement ceremony for the Class of 2015 of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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John Calipari’s impact on game is undeniable

His tactics and philosophies have been criticized, but the Kentucky coach has huge support from former players.

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They had two practices Saturday, with coach Brad Stevens keeping the first one rather basic.

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The forward spent the summer working out with motivational guru John Lucas.

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