10:52 AM EDT, Thu April 27, 2017
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Avery Bradley excels on offense and defense

Avery Bradley excels on offense and defense

It’s the kind of night Jimmy Butler usually prides himself on — scoring and guarding the best opposing scorer.As evidenced by the Bulls forward’s 14-point, 6-for-15 performance last night, though, Avery Bradley was making the most out of his own two-way duty in the Celtics’ 108-97 Game 5 win over Chicago.The C’s guard also shot 11-for-19 for his 24 points and, in the words of Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg, “got under there,” getting a low center of gravity while guarding the bigger Butler.“I was just trying to be a little more aggressive on the offensive end,” said Bradley....
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Buckley: Rajon Rondo, champion Celtic, joins Boston villains club

Buckley: Rajon Rondo, champion Celtic, joins Boston villains club

Boston’s big league sports franchises have combined for 10 championships since 2001, and most of the members of those teams could always count on a warm ovation and a pat on the back when they returned to town as opposing players.Some have not.Rajon Rondo is among the have-nots.Where have all the years gone? Where have all the cheers gone? Rondo was an exciting if sometimes moody second-year point guard when the Celtics blew the Los Angeles Lakers off the parquet in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals to secure their first championship in 22 years. True, the marquee attractions of the 2007-08...
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Buckley: Kelly Olynyk delivers for Celts in ‘biggest game’ of his career

Buckley: Kelly Olynyk delivers for Celts in ‘biggest game’ of his career

It’s not ever going to be pretty for Kelly Olynyk, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty awesome.So let’s give you pretty awesome. With a little over eight minutes remaining in Game 5 of the Celtics’ Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls last night at the Garden, Olynyk made the biggest play in what he would later proclaim to be his biggest game as a Celtic.Again: Not pretty. Again: Pretty Awesome.He took a feed from Isaiah Thomas outside the 3-point line and drove through the key, first going to the left of Cristiano Felicia and then getting a bumpy...
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Celtics’ anthem movement comes to standstill

Celtics’ anthem movement comes to standstill

It was introduced in the preseason with fanfare and a video — then abandoned not long afterward with little notice at all.The Celtics made a strong show of unity among themselves and solidarity with those standing up for social injustice when they took a cue from a 1960-61 team photo and held hands with crossed arms during the national anthem.The accompanying video had players uttering single lines, with one stretch conveying the message that the Celts “humbly accept the baton to stand together to demonstrate the power of unity to face the issues of today and the ones that will come...
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Bulpett: Cold from the floor, Isaiah Thomas shows all-around game

Bulpett: Cold from the floor, Isaiah Thomas shows all-around game

Before he was again the King of the Fourth, Isaiah Thomas had another title. He was the Clang of the First Three.The Bulls had their dream come true, harassing the All-Star point guard into 3-of-11 shooting in the first 36 minutes — and even just 6-for-17 for the evening with a horrendous 1-for-10 on 3-pointers.But Thomas is an outspoken man, and he was bound to have his say — and when he finished, the Celtics had a 108-97 Game 5 victory and 3-2 lead in the first-round series.He had 11 of his 24 points in the final period. But after getting himself in gear with a couple of moves to the...
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Celtics take the fifth, gain control of series with Bulls

Celtics take the fifth, gain control of series with Bulls

In a series that has confounded playoff wisdom, with each side playing its best basketball in the other’s building, the Celtics finally prevailed at home in the most important game of the series.The Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the first-round, best-of-seven NBA playoff series, 108-97, last night at the Garden for a 3-2 lead.The Celtics need one win in the next two games to advance to the second round for the first time in coach Brad Stevens’ four-season tenure with the Celtics. Game 6 is tomorrow night in Chicago, and Game 7, if necessary, is Sunday back at the Garden.The...
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Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 series lead

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Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99

Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99

WASHINGTON — John Wall figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards.Neither Dennis Schroder nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late.Either way, the odd manner in which Atlanta seemed to allow the final half-minute or so to slip away while trailing — not fouling Washington to try to extend things; passing around the ball, instead of shooting it, as the clock headed toward zero — left the Wizards on the verge of closing out the teams' Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.Back...
Apr 26, 2017
Cleveland OKs last chunk of financing to upgrade Cavs' arena

Cleveland OKs last chunk of financing to upgrade Cavs' arena

CLEVELAND — Cleveland officials have committed the final chunk of financing for $140 million in upgrades planned at the Cavaliers' home arena.The makeover of Quicken Loans Arena would include more space for dining and gathering.The cost of renovations to the concert and sports venue is being split by the city, the team, Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County, and a convention and visitors bureau. The final total is expected to be roughly double the initial $140 million price tag, mostly because of interest over the next two decades.Cleveland's share is an estimated $88 million over 11 years,...
Apr 26, 2017
A look back at memorable 2009 Bulls-Celtics playoff series

A look back at memorable 2009 Bulls-Celtics playoff series

The last time the Bulls and Celtics met in the playoffs, they produced what many have dubbed the greatest first-round series in NBA history.You remember: Seven games. Four overtime affairs. Seven overtime periods, including a triple-overtime Game 6. Two three-point games, two two-point games and a one-point decision.So many memorable moments that relatively unknown ones are still being discovered.“I remember I did the halftime walk-off interview in Game 7,” then-Celtic and future Bull Brian Scalabrine said. “You’ve got Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and they...
Apr 26, 2017
In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer

In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer

As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension.Basketball Without Borders has visited cities across the globe since 2001, using the sport to promote cultural understanding and active living. The first camp was held in Italy, but brought together Vlade Divac and Toni Kukoc, teammates on the former Yugoslavian national team that grew estranged during the political turmoil that ensued as the country fractured.Now the NBA and...
Apr 26, 2017
Rockets advance with 105-99 win over Thunder

Rockets advance with 105-99 win over Thunder

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night.James Harden had 34 points while Westbrook piled up 47 and came up just one assist shy of his fourth straight triple-double. But the Rockets didn't allow anyone else to score more than 11 points while getting 22 from Lou Williams, 15 from Patrick Beverley and 14 from Nene.The Thunder head home a year after advancing to...
Apr 26, 2017
Bulpett: Amir Johnson’s not barking about role on Celtics bench

Bulpett: Amir Johnson’s not barking about role on Celtics bench

WALTHAM — Big Dog was getting up shots after practice yesterday, taking turns with Al Horford as Celtic assistant coach Jay Larranaga and director of player development Kenny Graves looked on and offered guidance.Big Dog didn’t get to go out and play in Game 4 of the playoff series against the Bulls, but, like most canines, he’s loyal and, thus, wants to make certain he’s prepared if the opportunity comes again.And when it comes to losing his long-held starting job after the second game of this series, well, don’t expect the Big Dog to bark. In fact, being smart in addition to big,...
Apr 26, 2017
Celtics notebook: Bulls coach’s claims carry no weight with Isaiah Thomas

Celtics notebook: Bulls coach’s claims carry no weight with Isaiah Thomas

WALTHAM — Fred Hoiberg, in an apparent mid-series plea to whoever officiates the rest of the first round between the Celtics and his Chicago Bulls, has accused Isaiah Thomas of carrying the ball.Thomas was still laughing about the Chicago coach’s lament yesterday.“I don’t know what he was trying to do there. I know I don’t carry the ball,” Thomas said after practice for tonight’s Game 5 at the Garden. “And, if I do, every other point guard and every other guard that dribbles the ball in this league carries as well. Dwyane Wade. (Rajon) Rondo. LeBron (James). I dribble just...
Apr 26, 2017
Marcus Smart tries to stay above the fray

Marcus Smart tries to stay above the fray

WALTHAM — It’s novel, the idea of someone questioning Marcus Smart’s toughness.The Celtics guard certainly never heard something like it before when, after his brief nose-to-nose chat with Jimmy Butler in Game 4, the Bulls forward later said, “he is a great actor, acting tough. That is what he does. But I don’t think he’s about that.”“Never,” Smart said after yesterday’s practice about whether anyone has gone there with him before.Asked about his reaction, Smart looked towards the nearest camera, raised his voice, and said, “Haha.”Initially asked to comment, Smart made...