Boston sits tight at the trade deadline and is praised.
New York stands pat at the trade deadline and is razed.
The Celtics and Knicks were two of last week’s most-rumored teams to be involved in a blockbuster deal. Boston was linked to acquiring Paul George or Jimmy Butler. New York figured to explore moving Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose.
Neither happened, but that is fine in Boston, where the Celtics progressed from last season to be the East’s second seed and will be in the same position to pursue George or Butler or another major move this summer. Boston holds an amazing cache of five first-round draft picks over the next three years, including gold nuggets from...