What once seemed a distant possibility is now a reality, as the Boston Celtics are now tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.
BOSTON -- This moment has been a distant possibility for so long. Coming into the season, second place was a solid and achievable goal.
The Celtics are one win away from facing LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals as they beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington.
BOSTON – LeBron is in sight.
After two humiliating losses in Washington, the Celtics came home and throttled the Washington Wizards 123-101, pushing John Wall and the Wiz to the brink. Boston heads back to Washington for an elimination game Friday as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers await a potential Game 1 Monday.
After losing the first two games of their NBA Playoffs series against the Bulls under tragic circumstances, the Boston Celtics rolled off four straight wins to knock out the Chicago Bulls and move on to the second round with a 105-83 win.
“It’s a wrap for these mother (bleepers)!” Isaiah Thomas screamed to his teammates in the middle of the third quarter. There was plenty of game left, but the Celtics were cruising past a 25-point lead and the Bulls had clearly thrown in the towel.
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he is moving on after being fined $25,000 by the league for his altercation with Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith in the last game of the preseason.
Taco Jay and Max Money Al led Boston to take a 3-0 series lead with the OT win.
Victory was assured at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter. Aron Baynes (7 points & 10 rebounds) splashed a 3-pointer from the corner, and according to the rules, the Boston Celticsdefeated the Philadelphia 76ers 101-98 in overtime to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
MINNEAPOLIS — Down two games to none in an unfavorable first round series against the lethal, unrelenting high-speed Houston Rockets, the Timberwolves returned home to a city that hasn’t hosted a playoff game since 2003-04. The building was booming from the jump with chants of “Let’s go Wolves!” and “DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE” setting an energetic tone.
The Rockets (championship contenders) and Suns (worst team in the NBA last season) made a trade in the dusk of August, shaking up Houston’s salary cap sheet and Phoenix’s rotation. Ryan Anderson and second-round pick De’Anthony Melton are headed to Phoenix. The Suns sent Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to Houston.
Bronny James mania has officially arrived. With his famous father in the stands, LeBron James’ oldest son spent the weekend playing in front of massive crowds with his grassroots team in Las Vegas. Even though he’s only entering eighth grade, it’s clear Bronny is already a certified basketball celebrity.
By Roy Afable
Three-time NBA Champion and Spurs Legend Bruce Bowen is here in Manila to join Pinoy hoops fans for live viewing of the 2018 NBA Finals from June 1 – 4. He will also be doing some charity while in the country as part of the NBA Cares program.
Who wins in Giannis vs. Zeus is a real conversation now
Yep, he’s that good folks. In what was a back and forth affair, the Milwaukee Bucks took down the Portland Trailblazers 113-110 behind a career night from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee entered halftime tonight with a five-point lead, 60-55, with Giannis netting an absurd 21 points alone. The second half didn’t see either team pull ahead by a considerable margin, but when the Blazers closed Milwaukee’s lead late, Giannis was there to ensure they didn’t face back-to-back losses at home.
Greg Monroe and his 24 points off the bench are instrumental in a big victory for Milwaukee
Remember that sleepwalking disaster against Denver on Wednesday? Of course you do. Somehow the Bucks rebounded with a 112-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (yes, the Clippers) in a performance many didn’t see coming. Basketball is a weird sport and the Bucks are a weird team, but that’s why we love them.
Giannis and Jabari show up their southern rivals again with 62 combined points
So maybe it wasn’t a trouncing till the fourth quarter, but the Bucks eventually laid their third smackdown on the Chicago Bulls this season, 116-96. A near even first half split wide open in the second, as the Bucks’ terrific tandem twisted their way through Bulls’ defenders time and again.
Giannis and Jabari combine for 59 as Milwaukee shoots 59% for the game
A perplexing Bucks season only added to its confusing legacy tonight, snapping a five-game losing streak with an offensive explosion in a 127-114 against Houston. Milwaukee shook up its starting lineup, inserting Miles Plumlee for John Henson, giving Plumlee his first start since November 25th against the Raptors.
Milwaukee dominates all facets of the game in a career night for Giannis Antetokounmpo
You know what's exciting? Winning a close game. You know what's also exciting? Obliterating an opponent, and the Bucks did just that against the Wizards in a 123-96 destructive performance.
Wade is scheduled to make $23.8 million from the Bulls next season. If he wants to play in Cleveland, he’ll have to leave some cash on the table.
Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls could reach a buyout agreement that would allow the three-time NBA champion to pursue a fourth ring at the end of his Hall of Fame career. But don’t get it twisted: If Chicago buys him out, it’ll have to be in their best interest.
The Bulls had an offseason that was awful in execution and will set the franchise back for years, compounded in awfulness in that the same guys who made these calls will keep getting chances to make things worse. You could be charitable in giving credit for at least the design of the offseason being not-awful, that is if you’re a ‘PATH’ sympathizer and not really thinking about said path’s, well, path.
Domination inside and clutch finish extends Bulls dominance over (regular season) LeBron teams
The Bulls have made a lot of changes over the past two seasons, but one thing that appears constant is a supernatural ability to play LeBron James well at home on National TV.
Yes, it was another King-vexing performance by the Bulls, as they held off the Cavs 111-115. This was the Cavaliers second game in as many nights, finishing a stretch of 6 game in 10 days. But they also had lost two straight coming into tonight and so you’d figure they’d play desperately...eh, maybe LeBron just wants the learning experiences for this repeat try. More people looking for his subtweets, that’s just good branding.
Jimmy Butler scored 14 in the 4th quarter and led the Bulls to another win over LeBron in the regular season.
Jimmy Butler struggled mightily in this game but upped his game in the 4th quarter. Luckily for him, his teammates picked up him before then, as the Chicago Bulls won another regular season game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-94. Though James played after being questionable with the flu, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and JR Smith were all out for the Cavs.
Rajon Rondo set the tone early, and the Bulls pulled away in the second half to grab control of the series
After losing Game 1 on an emotional night in Boston, I figured the Celtics would come out fast in Tuesday’s Game 2. That happened as Boston jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but the Bulls quickly turned things around and then ran away from the Celtics in the second half to earn a 111-97 victory to take a stunning 2-0 series lead heading to Chicago.
After a welcome-home win against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Chicago closed out the pre-All Star break NBA season with a 104-103 victory over the Boston Celtics. The game featured a battle between two of the East’s biggest stars that went down to the wire, and the call that decided the game is one that will spark quite a bit of controversey for those wary of “Star calls” and NBA officiating in the closing seconds of games.
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