Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are owning the moment for the Boston Celtics

BOSTON — Jaylen Brown sat brooding in the visitors locker room as a Boston Celtics trainer patched a small gash near his right temple, the result of an uncalled foul — the NBA would later admit as much — during a critical juncture of Boston’s series-tying Game 4 loss Sunday to the Milwaukee Bucks. Brown had turned in a career night, but it was what went into the official box score as a Khris Middleton block during the final minute that left Brown smarting. To make matters worse, now he…

ESPN Forecast NBA playoffs – Who makes it to Round 2?

Who is going to make it to Round 2 of the NBA playoffs? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the outcome of all seven remaining Round 1 series heading into Game 5. (1) Rockets vs. (8) Timberwolves Predictions: How likely is each team to win? HOU (%) MIN (%) Forecast 93 7 Fans 92 8 BPI 98 2 538 99 1 More: Game 5: Wednesday | 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT (2) Warriors vs. (7) Spurs Predictions: How likely is each team to win? GSW (%) SAS (%) Forecast 95 5 Fans…

N.B.A. Stars Talk a Good Game in the Playoffs

Boring interviews have been a hallmark of sports for decades. The art of the non-answer was undoubtedly developed as a defense mechanism — and it was perfected by Derek Jeter during his tenure with the Yankees — but every now and again players break out of their clichés and actually say something interesting. The N.B.A., where players seemingly have a good amount of leeway to speak their minds, has been on fire in the last few days, with several stars talking nearly as big as they play, providing some excitement…

Sparks fly despite hefty Utah Jazz lead vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

SALT LAKE CITY — With the Oklahoma City Thunder in full desperation mode, the first six minutes of Game 4 were downright heated, and even in an eventual blowout, didn’t slow up much from there. The Utah Jazz handled business 113-96 to take a 3-1 series lead behind 33 points from Donovan Mitchell, but there was plenty of extracurricular activity as a total of seven technical fouls called, and one almost inevitable ejection. The tone was set back on Saturday after Game 3 when Russell Westbrook guaranteed he was going…

Houston Rockets find their rhythm in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — The Houston Rockets executed the opening play of the second half perfectly. James Harden took the dribble handoff from Chris Paul, who set a screen on Jimmy Butler, freeing his costar to cruise down the middle of the lane for a lefty floater. It was a perfect opportunity for Harden to get a little rhythm after a rough first half for the probable MVP. But the ball bounced one, two, three, four times on the rim before falling off, Harden’s 11th miss on his first 15 field goal…

Oklahoma City Thunder on the brink of elimination after Utah Jazz rout them in Game 4

SALT LAKE CITY — As the Oklahoma City Thunder shot free throws in the second quarter, a Utah Jazz fan seated baseline waved his cardboard Ricky Rubio cutout head on a stick. The stick snapped in half, and Rubio’s head went flying onto the court. Russell Westbrook popped up off the end of the bench and walked onto the floor, picking up Rubio’s cardboard head. He acted as if he were going to crumple it up and then shot a grin at the Jazz fans as they booed him. After…

With 50-Point Quarter, Rockets Rout the Timberwolves

In Game 3, the Timberwolves had rebounded from two defeats on the road by matching the Rockets with 15 3-pointers, a startling development given that the Rockets led the league in that category during the regular season and the Timberwolves were last. Minnesota wisely took another tack for Game 4, attacking the basket with plenty of success in the first half. Towns watched most of the first quarter from the bench after picking up his second foul less than three minutes into the game. Derrick Rose, who finished with 17…

Houston Rockets score 50 points in 3rd quarter of Game 4 against Minnesota Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS — The Houston Rockets blew open Game 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves with the second-highest-scoring quarter in NBA playoff history. The Rockets scored 50 points in the third quarter, matching their total from the first half and falling one point shy of the NBA playoff record. The Los Angeles Lakers scored 51 points in the fourth quarter of a playoff loss to the Detroit Pistons on March 31, 1962. Rockets stars James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 37 points in the quarter. According to ESPN Stats & Information,…

New Orleans Pelicans pick up option on coach Alvin Gentry

6:29 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The New Orleans Pelicans have picked up the option on coach Alvin Gentry’s contract for the 2018-19 season, league sources say. General manager Dell Demps informed Gentry of the decision prior to the series sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, sources said. Gentry reached the playoffs for the first time this year in his three seasons on the job. Source link

Boston Celtics upgrade Marcus Smart to questionable for Game 5 vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Boston Celtics upgraded guard Marcus Smart to questionable for Tuesday’s Game 5 of a first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart said Sunday that he was scheduled to have his surgically repaired thumb re-evaluated on Tuesday in New York with the hope that he would be cleared for contact. By upgrading Smart to questionable, the Celtics appear to be leaving open the possibility that Smart could play Tuesday if he’s cleared. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Saturday that once Smart was cleared for contact, he also would be…