NBA Finals

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving
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Nick Friar
June 11, 2019 - 5:28 pm
Even if Kevin Durant is forced to sit out all of next season after the Achilles injury he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, he should still make $31.5 million. That’s because Durant still has a player option he can exercise to stick with the Warriors for 2019-20. Now, the injury can...
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Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
February 17, 2019 - 9:50 pm
Jayson Tatum won the Skills Competition on Saturday night and then he made a bold prediction: the Celtics are going to win it all this year. Speaking to ESPN , Tatum did not mince words. "We're going to win the Finals this year," he said. "Feb. 16, Jayson Tatum said we're going to win the Finals...
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Jaylen Brown
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John Tomase
August 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm
Jaylen Brown does not lack confidence, especially when it comes to his Boston Celtics. Appearing on C.J. McCollum's Pull Up podcast , Brown was asked about the Celtics potentially making the NBA Finals. He did not mince words. "Oh, we're getting to the Finals," Brown said. "No question about it."...
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Alex Reimer
June 08, 2018 - 11:30 am
The Cavs had two chances to add drama to their third straight NBA Finals matchup against the Warriors. But J.R. Smith forgot the score and Kevin Durant dropped 43 points. Now there is absolutely no intrigue entering Game 4 Friday. That is, unless Cleveland says to hell with it, and puts Kendrick...
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LeBron James
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John Tomase
May 27, 2018 - 11:12 pm
It just wasn't their time. The Celtics had a chance to reach the Finals. A real, honest-to-goodness chance that'll cost them sleep. But the end came how we feared it would -- with LeBron James proving too strong, too determined, too overwhelming. The star of the Cavaliers -- the totality of the...
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James Harden
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John Tomase
May 25, 2018 - 1:02 pm
The Celtics reaching the Finals is by no means a foregone conclusion. LeBron James need only defend his home floor on Friday night to force a Game 7 in Boston, and bet against James in that one at your own peril. However, the C's have been the better team overall in taking a 3-2 lead into Game 6...
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Marcus Smart
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John Tomase
May 15, 2018 - 11:49 am
Klay Thompson caught a pass all alone on the left wing, took one dribble to set himself, and drilled a 3-pointer with no Rockets even remotely threatening his airspace. "Jaylen Brown would've closed out on that," I thought. Down the other end, Houston cleared out for James Harden, or Chris Paul, or...
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WEEI
June 20, 2012 - 6:13 pm
After playing just 18 minutes in a 104-98 loss to the Heat Tuesday night, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins spent part of Wednesday attempting to clarify some postgame comments in which he appeared to be questioning coach Scott Brooks '€™ decision-making. Perkins was on the floor for much of the...
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