It could be now or never for their coach Mike D'Antoni, who previously guided the Phoenix Suns to conference finals when Steve Nash was their point guard.
The Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and the Cavaliers begins tomorrow with Game 1 taking place at the TD Garden in Boston.
The Cavaliers, who beat the Celtics in five games in last year's Eastern Conference finals, opened as 1.5-point favorites against the Celtics in Game 1. The best teams that LeBron James could join would find it hard to open cap space for him. James has won four of their six matchups and averages 29.2 points per game.
But Raptors coach Dwane Casey believes his team is better built to face the Cavs, or any other National Basketball Association team, this season.
James will enter the series opener with almost a week of rest. I have to think that coach Stevens will come up with a better solution, especially given the way he guarded Ben Simmons. Or do they lock down LeBron's help and force LeBron to have to go superhuman every single game.
In most cases, betting markets remained bearish on the Celtics despite everything that was transpiring on the court, where Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and Co. were making fans temporarily forget about Kyrie Irving, who's out for the postseason following knee surgery. You dream about being able to play in big games in the NBA, and even when I got to the NBA that was one of my only goals: to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the NBA and be remembered, and I think I've done that in my career.
The NBA's Two Minute Report released Thursday cited a pair of missed calls that went their way in the final minute of Game 5.
The despite the disappointment of their playoff exit, the young 76ers were sounding a note of optimism after an overachieving season that included 52 regular-season wins and their first playoff series victory since 2012. The fact that they are down two-star players, and are at the Eastern Conference finals, is a true testament to their great coaching.
The Celtics lost Gordon Hayward to a broken leg against the Cavaliers in the season opener. During the first round, Horford guarded Giannis Antetokounmpo better than anyone expected, and may be asked to defend James if it gets out of hand.
After a quick second round of the NBA Playoffs, we're down to the four teams that were favored to be here. They can elevate their games to another level but it's definitely going to be up to them to put in the work to be the greatest. The league's best player should be at his best Sunday afternoon. The Warriors were ninth in the league at 104.2.
"If Golden State throttles Houston it's bad news for Adam Silver [NBA commissioner]". These teams are juggernauts.
"I get it with the Kyrie thing".
It's a surprising spot when you consider they're playing without Irving and Gordon Hayward (and Daniel Theis and now Shane Larkin). He's not gonna make every insane play every time down. Tatum took big strides in this round and is showing his ability to grow and adapt after each game.
Morris, who defended James in the first round of the 2016 playoffs, said, "I'm a little older, a little more experienced". Let's have some fun!
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