NBA playoffs

LeBron James
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John Tomase
May 27, 2018 - 7:16 pm
Las Vegas is all in on a monster game from LeBron James. According to ESPN's Doug Kezirian , the over/under on James in Sunday's Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 vs. the Celtics is 38 points. That's not only the highest Vegas point total of James' career, Kezirian reports. It's the highest ever...
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LeBron James Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
May 27, 2018 - 12:59 pm
The Celtics and Cavaliers play Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, and I've got a mess of thoughts about this one, so let's just dive right in. ESPN's Mark Jackson let loose this whopper late in Cleveland's Game 6 victory at home: "If LeBron gets this Cavaliers team to the...
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LeBron James
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John Tomase
May 26, 2018 - 12:15 am
The Celtics looked giddy. Up five at the end of the first quarter, they had finally shed the yolk of insurmountable first quarter deficits on the road. At the very least, they'd take the Cavaliers to the buzzer. Maybe they'd even effectively lead wire to wire and book passage to the NBA Finals. One...
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Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
May 24, 2018 - 10:42 am
Jayson Tatum caught the ball with about four seconds on the shot clock and poured himself an iced tea. Panic? Not this rookie. He shook J.R. Smith to draw a mismatch with Tristan Thompson on the left wing before going between his legs and stepping back to drill an 18-footer as the 24-second buzzer...
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LeBron James
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John Tomase
May 24, 2018 - 12:50 am
The Celtics have already broken LeBron James once. It feels like they're about to do it again. On Wednesday night, we saw the future Hall of Famer in a state of vulnerability he almost never exhibits. LeBron James didn't just look tired. He looked exhausted. Perhaps a season of carrying a flawed...
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Jaylen Brown
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John Tomase
May 23, 2018 - 11:11 pm
There will be at least one more basketball game in Boston this season. It might even come in the Finals. The Celtics guaranteed that much on Wednesday night with another dominating effort at home in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a 3-2 series lead with a 96-83 victory. The Celtics...
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TD Garden
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John Tomase
May 23, 2018 - 10:07 am
The Celtics might be the only conference finalists in NBA history whose fans kinda want to get this over with, because they can't wait for next year. The C's sit just two wins away from the NBA Finals, and all we can think about is what they'll look like in the fall with a healthy Kyrie Irving and...
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Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris, Al Horford
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May 22, 2018 - 1:44 am
The Celtics came to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals and led for exactly one minute and 13 seconds. Is it weird that I still believe they're going to win what has become a best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals? On Monday in Game 4, the C's at least showed up . . ...
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LeBron James
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John Tomase
May 21, 2018 - 11:19 pm
Turns out it's not so easy to overthrow a King. The Celtics arrived in Cleveland on Friday believing they could sweep LeBron James right out of the Eastern Conference Finals. They returned to Boston on Monday night with a more humbling and daunting mission: winning a best-of-three. There will be no...
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Jaylen Brown and Kevin Love
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John Tomase
May 21, 2018 - 10:59 am
Brad Stevens talks about connectivity more than your local ISP. When his Celtics play with it, they generally win. When they don't, you get debacles like Saturday's 30-point shellacking at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers. After that Game 3 loss, Stevens praised the Cavaliers nearly half a...
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