LAS VEGAS — LeBron James isn't here. Chris Paul isn't here. Ditto for Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook, not to mention James Harden, Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond and Steph Curry. Fact is, you could craft a gold medal-worthy roster out of the NBA stars who tapped out from participating with USA Basketball this summer for what, eventually, will be the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Avery Bradley hit an incredible game winning three as the Celtics are back in the series.
CLEVELAND – Marcus Smart wanted one last game in the Garden. Avery Bradley wanted one last chance at home.
As the ball bounced over the rim, with the clock ticking down to zero, Avery Bradley begged it to fall. The Basketball Gods relented, gifting Boston its first win in the series.
Avery Bradley put on a career performance against Jimmy Butler as he led the Celtics to their third straight win in Game 5 to take his team back to Chicago for an elimination Game 6.
BOSTON — The Celtics are almost to the finish line and the second round of the NBA Playoffs after beating the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 108-97.
All these Raptors want to do is entertain you. As they exhibited once again their their 124-110 win over the Wolves on Thursday night, the Raptors are still looking for cohesion on defense. Against the league’s top squads, Toronto’s inability to lock in has resulted in some narrow, high-scoring defeats. But against an energetic, freaky-athletic and utterly inexperienced team like Minnesota, sloppy play and shaky defense tends to breed ultimately harmless entertainment.
Because the Raptors have a still-historically efficient offense capable of posting 131.2 points per 100 possessions over the course of a game, Toronto tends to come out on top in these types of uproarious shootouts.
The Miami Heat used a balanced team effort on both ends of the court to take apart the inconsistent New York Knicks over the course of the second half for the 105-88 win on Wednesday night. There would be no hangover after last night’s buzzer beater against the Detroit Pistons in their once-improbable quest to make the playoffs.
SAN Miguel Beer flexed its championship muscles in the fourth period to come from behind and wallop Blackwater, 124-113, in the penultimate playdate of the elimination round of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Charles Rhodes led the way with 32 points, but got plenty of help from June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter, who scored 28 and 21 points, respectively.
THE San Miguel Beermen are now on the driver’s seat of their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals affair with the TNT KaTropa after taking Game Three, 109-97, last night to race to a 2-1 series lead.
Building on its lopsided win in the second game of the finals of the midseason PBA tournament, San Miguel surged to back-to-back wins after dropping the series opener albeit needing to dig deep in Game Three to hack out the win.
After snapping the city's long title drought, Cleveland driven by challenge of repeating its feat
BOSTON — This season, when the Washington Wizards grew in grit and confidence, players often stated the goal of meeting the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. The Wizards so badly wanted this May matchup. Their yearning even prompted star point guard John Wall to proclaim how the entirety of the 2016-17 season would be a “waste” if Washington failed to book the trip.
The Rockets rebounded after a slow start to beat the Hornets in Charlotte.
The Houston Rockets came out a bit sloppy and sluggish in the first half against the Charlotte Hornets and fell behind early, but they turned up both the offensive and defensive intensity in the second half on their way to a 107-95 victory.
The Cavaliers decided to take their talents to Spectrum SportsNet, and ABC didn’t take it well at all.
As far as 30-point blowout wins go for a team that hasn’t had anything resembling one in a long while, there’s really not that much to say about this game. Cleveland announced an hour before tipoff that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love (plus birthday boy Kyle Korver) would all sit — the latter three due to legitimate injury concerns, LeBron because at-that-point-why-even-bother.
Down go the Champs! Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum lead the Blazers to a huge victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What a shocker! The Portland Trail Blazers took care of business against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Moda Center for the third straight season, winning 102-86. On the second half of their road trip, the Cavs were unprepared for the Blazers’ aggressive play and bench scoring.
A 16-0 fourth quarter run, and stifling defense, helped the Blazers overcome 45 points from Russell Westbrook.
The Portland Trail Blazers, spurred on by a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter, defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-109 at the Moda Center on Thursday night.
FOR one last time, the Ateneo Blue Eagles and defending champions Far Eastern University Tamaraws go at it to settle who get to advance to the finals of Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in a rubber match set at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Forged after FEU came from behind last time around to win, 62-61, and negate Ateneo’s twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four, the 4 p.m. set-to between the number two and three seeds determine who the already-qualified De La Salle Green Archers will face in the best-of-three finals beginning on Saturday.
The Tamaraws rode on the yeoman’s effort of veteran Raymar Jose in the last game to extend their title reign and possibly go back to the finals to defend it.
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.
It's been a week of goodbyes in the NBA, as Paul Pierce has followed Kevin Garnett's retirement announcement by declaring the 2016-2017 season to be his last in the NBA. Pierce will play his 19th and final season for Doc Rivers' Los Angeles Clippers, although Doc has stated that he will waive Pierce before he retires so he can sign a one-day deal with the Celtics and retire.
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.
The Celtics will waive journeyman swingman John Holland, reports The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The Celtics have subsequently issued a release confirming they have waived Holland. The BU alum signed a two-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics in April, but only played one minute in the second game of the Hawks series.
When teams have a season as disappointing as the Wizards' 2015-16 campaign, tension is bound to build up between players. Unfortunately for Washington, it's their two biggest stars who have admitted to not having the best relationship.
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