Millsap, Hardaway boost Hawks past Celtics
Paul Millsap scored 26 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game skid with a 123-116 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Isaiah Thomas scored 35 points, Jae Crowder had 24 and Marcus Smart 18 for the Celtics. They have dropped two in a row after winning five of seven.Rookie Taurean Prince finished with a career-high 20 points, and Dennis Schroder added 18 for Atlanta. The Hawks had lost nine of 11.Schroder hit a straightaway 3 to make it 116-107 with 2:07 remaining before Thomas' corner 3 with 55.3 seconds to go cut the lead to five.
The Boston Celtics are the first #1 seed to trail a first round series 0-2 since the 1993 Phoenix Suns. This is how the Chicago Bulls were supposed to look . Jimmy Butler was a beast, scoring 22 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.
Arcidiacono outscored the Boston backups all by himself in the first half by an 8-7 margin. Brown and Theis picked it up considerably in the second half When asked how he and the team can look at past Celtics teams, ones that had to fight for everything, for an answer, Smart was very candid in saying
The Boston Celtics are the first #1 seed to trail a first round series 0-2 since the 1993 Phoenix Suns. The Suns came back to win that series 3-2. So, there's some inspiration. The bad news is the Celtics are nowhere near as good as that Suns team and their season is basically done.
is now 2-10 in the playoffs in 3 postseason appearances . Late in the season he snuck his career regular season record up over .500 for the first time. The honeymoon in Boston is ovah. WEEI was the first to publish something about him .
Isaiah Thomas’s sister killed in car accident
Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’s younger sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a car accident in Washington state early Saturday morning, a source close to the family confirmed. According to Washington State Patrol spokesman Nick King, the one-car crash involving Chyna Thomas’s 1998 Toyota Camry occurred at about 5 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Wash., which is about 15 miles northeast of Thomas’s hometown of Tacoma.King said that two witnesses observed the car slowly veer onto a patch of grass on the left shoulder of the road before striking a cement structure.
The Celtics entered the 2018-19 campaign with arguably the strongest roster in the league from top to bottom . Boston labored its way to the fourth seed in the East after a roller coaster of a regular season. After dispatching the hobbled Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs, the Celtics had
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Oh, and Fred Hoiberg is now 2-0 in the playoffs and has the exact same regular season winning percentage as Stevens (.506). Hoiberg was.
This is how thewere . Jimmy Butler was a beast, scoring 22 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. One of those steals came with 1:55 remaining as he just took the ball from Jaylen Brown, one of the many useless assets the Celtics refused to give up in a trade that could have brought Butler to Boston earlier this season.
was a veteran closer. He scored 10 of his 22 points in the 4th quarter, including two big 3-pointers to help close out the game. Wade hit 3-of-4 from behind the arc and the Bulls were 10-of-25. The Bulls were 24th in the league in 3pt% this season. The Celtics, 14th this season, made just 10 of 33.
Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 1 following sister's death
Isaiah Thomas will suit up amid tragedy. While the Boston Celtics point guard is "struggling," he intends to play in Sunday's first-round series opener versus the Chicago Bulls, head coach Brad Stevens announced.The contest comes just one day after Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a car accident.It was possible the 28-year-old would forego playing in the game to return to his hometown of Tacoma, Wash., to be with his family. Instead, the All-Star participated in Boston's walk-through and will be in the starting lineup for the 6:30 p.m. ET tip at TD Garden.
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had 11 points, 14 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. It was the Rajon Rondo that theoretically shows up whenever his team is on national television. He played well and he played hard. Whenever the broadcast showed Rondo, he was directing teammates defensively. He really can be good sometimes despite the fact that he still can't shoot a basketball at 31-years old.
Avery Bradley: "I could even hear Rondo like, 'Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.'"
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This is what the Bulls were supposed to look like this season. A superstar, two former All-Stars contributing despite diminished physical abilities, a serviceable veteran in Robin Lopez, and a bunch of younger guys helping out when they can. Sure, maybe it's only working against a shook, undeserving 1-seed, but it's working for a brief moment.
At this point you have to wonder if the Cavs losing the 1-seed and the Bulls ending up 8th was some sort of long con orchestrated by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, meant to embarrass their longtime Eastern Conference rivals. Obviously, that's not what happened, but it really is a great conspiracy theory. Or if you want to take the Bulls out of the equation, maybe LeBron knew his team was really weak and wanted to avoid any chance of his team losing a 1-8 match-up. They have just squeaked out two wins over a team they easily could have met in a differently-numbered series.
Watch an emotional Isaiah Thomas get introduced in Boston before Game 1 vs. Bulls
Isaiah's sister died in a car accident on Saturday
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But they didn't. It's the Boston Celtics with the 1-seed and the 0-2 deficit and the unused assets and the young superstar coach on the hot seat. Now they can turn their attention to the next few NBA Drafts and free agency classes where they will surely fix everything.
There's only $87 million left on Al Horford's contract over the next three seasons and he took 8 shots on Tuesday night. At least he pulled down 11 rebounds which is way more than the 6.8 he averaged this season. That's a good sign.
As is the fact that Terry Rozier was able to get on the court during Game 2 after a DNP-CD in Game 1. Rozier and Jaylen Brown - 2 of the 12 players Boston has picked in the last two NBA drafts - now officially count as rotation players on a playoff team. They've combined for 12 points in the series.
If any of this seems depressing to Boston fans, they just need to look to the future and think of all the open looks Markelle Fultz will create for career 29% three-point shooter Marcus Smart..
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Fighting for it
Passing under pressure
Griffin heads for a layup
Looking for control
Harden on the drive
Curry likes the action
Loose ball hustle
Going to the floor
Boston Celtics are undefeated since Tom Brady wished them good luck .
This is not the first time that Tom Brady has changed the course of a postseason lead.The New England Patriots star knows a thing or two about coming back from a defecit - just ask the Atlanta Falcons, a team that was leading 28-3 over Brady in the Super Bowl. While the Celtics may have lost two consecutive home games to start the playoffs, Brady was right.