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Celtics playing most entertaining games in blowout-filled NBA playoffs

Celtics playing most entertaining games in blowout-filled NBA playoffs

The NBA playoffs are often hyped as a time ripe with buzzer-beaters and pulsating finishes. But this year, they’ve been all about blowouts.  So far in the Eastern Conference Finals, the average game between the Celtics and Cavaliers has been decided by 22.6 points. The closest content was Game 2, in which the Celtics overcame a first-half deficit and bested Cleveland by 13.  Compared to the Warriors and Rockets out west, however, the Eastern Conference Finals have been a nip…

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Jayson Tatum says he's watched Kobe Bryant's film review '25 times'

Jayson Tatum says he's watched Kobe Bryant's film review '25 times'

Brad Stevens joked over the weekend that Jayson Tatum should be leery of taking advice from Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. But Tatum did not heed his head coach’s warning.  Tatum, 20, spoke to reporters over the weekend about Bryant’s critiques of his game. On Bryant’s film breakdown show, “The Detail,” which airs on ESPN+, the No. 3 all-time leading point scorer focused on Tatum’s ability to better utilize off-ball screens and take advantage of catch-and-shoot opportunities In the free trailer available…

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Marcus Smart on mom's cancer battle: 'It's a big motivation for me … It gives me hope'

Marcus Smart on mom's cancer battle: 'It's a big motivation for me … It gives me hope'

CLEVELAND — A surgically repaired thumb has been the least of Marcus Smart’s concerns this postseason. It has barely been a month since Smart announced that his mother, Camellia, is battling cancer. At Sunday’s shootaround, he said his mom is doing better and continuing to motivate him. “She’s doing well,” Smart said. “Everything is up to par, the treatments are working, and it’s a big motivation for me. It gives me hope. It allows me to keep fighting and gives…

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Marcus Morris blasts himself for doing 's— job defensively' on LeBron James

Marcus Morris blasts himself for doing 's— job defensively' on LeBron James

CLEVELAND — You can count on one hand the number of basketball players who have ever walked the earth with more natural talent than LeBron James. Marcus Morris might not even be the best player in the world who looks like Marcus Morris. But that didn’t stop the rugged Celtics forward from believing in his ability to neutralize the Cavaliers superstar and offering a frank assessment of his subpar effort in Saturday’s Game 3 blowout loss. “I did a (expletive)…

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Cavaliers 116, Celtics 86: That's called getting your you-know-what kicked

Cavaliers 116, Celtics 86: That's called getting your you-know-what kicked

Tyronn Lue no longer has to apologize for his choice of words following Game 2, because the Celtics played like a bunch of goons on Saturday. Anyone hoping the Cavaliers would crawl into a hole and pull dirt over themselves before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals could shelve their shovels early. Cleveland showed it still possesses some pride. After being badly outplayed in the first two games in Boston, the Cavs finally showed up on Saturday and did…

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NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Get ready for Celtics vs. Warriors in the Finals

NBA Playoff Power Rankings: Get ready for Celtics vs. Warriors in the Finals

By Danny Dragin And then there were two — series, that is. The Celtics are clearly in control vs. the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, while the Warriors wrested home-court advantage away from the Rockets in Houston. WEEI.com’s Danny Dragin called a Celtics-Warriors final last week, and he’s not backing off that assessment in his latest playoff power rankings. Boston Celtics (2) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0) It is completely astounding to me that people who call themselves Celtics fans are…

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Barstool Sports asks inane questions to Brad Stevens during conference call, and he answers them seriously

Barstool Sports asks inane questions to Brad Stevens during conference call, and he answers them seriously

The most amusing part of Barstool Sports’ Dan Katz and PFT Commenter crashing Brad Stevens’ conference call with reporters Friday weren’t the inane questions they asked. It was that Stevens answered them seriously.  Nearly 12 minutes into the Q&A, Katz, who identified himself as a writer for “MJvs.LeBron dot net,” asked Stevens if he feels like he’s coaching for his job this postseason. Stevens, who apparently is unaware of the popular “Pardon My Take” podcast, gave Katz a legitimate response….

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Kobe Bryant gives Jayson Tatum advice on how to improve

Kobe Bryant gives Jayson Tatum advice on how to improve

Jayson Tatum is taking his game to the next level this postseason. He’s become the Celtics’ top scoring option at 20 years old, averaging 18 points per game and displaying a smooth jump shot from all areas of the floor. But Kobe Bryant has identified one area where Tatum can get even better. Bryant broke down Tatum’s game this week on “Detail,” which is available on ESPN+. While Bryant lauded Tatum’s abilities to create his own shot and score in…

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Jaylen Brown's confidence is sky high and so is his ceiling as Celtics close in on Finals

Jaylen Brown's confidence is sky high and so is his ceiling as Celtics close in on Finals

Jaylen Brown entered the NBA as an enigma. He scored on athleticism as a freshman at Cal, and there were questions about how his game would translate to the NBA. Did he possess 3-point range? Would his offensive game develop the necessarily polish? And what position was he, anyway? Not even two years later, Brown is providing answers. And it’s fair to say he has picked the right time to blossom. With the Celtics two games from the NBA Finals…

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Cavs player reportedly referred to Danny Ainge as 'f—- thief' for Kyrie Irving trade

Cavs player reportedly referred to Danny Ainge as 'f—- thief' for Kyrie Irving trade

The Cavaliers still miss Kyrie Irving, and one player has reportedly taken out his frustration on Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. According to the Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, an unnamed player on the Cavs referred to Ainge as a “f— king thief” at one point this winter, presumably when Irving was tearing it up with the Celtics and Isaiah Thomas was causing discord in Cleveland.  Irving was phenomenal in 60 games with the Celtics, averaging 24.4 points per game to go…

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