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Brad Stevens says Kyrie Irving ‘lives for getting a chance in the playoffs’

Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has proven to be a great regular season player over the course of his career. However, like most NBA players, Irving lives for the playoffs, and head coach Brad Stevens knows it. “I just think (Kyrie) lives for getting a chance in the playoffs,” Brad Stevens told Jay King of […] The post Brad Stevens says Kyrie Irving ‘lives for getting a chance in the playoffs’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rockets sets new franchise record for NBA Playoffs 3-pointers in a half

The Houston Rockets are looking fairly dominant so far in the Western Conference playoffs. One season after falling just short (perhaps 27 three-pointers short) of ending the Golden State Warriors’ stranglehold on the West, the Rockets have cruised past the Jazz in the first two games of their first-round series so far. On Wednesday night, […] The post Rockets sets new franchise record for NBA Playoffs 3-pointers in a half appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Lakers Nation

NBA Free Agency News: Raptors Aware 2019 NBA Playoffs Result Could Impact Kawhi Leonard’s Decision

With the 2019 NBA playoffs in progress, Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors are currently tied at 1-1 against the Orlando...

ClutchPoints

Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni confident James Harden’s new conditioning will help him last in the playoffs

Following a rousing 20-point Game 2 win against the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni feels his star player, James Harden, has made the necessary adjustments to make his body last throughout the course of a long postseason. It has been argued that Harden seems to run out of gas throughout the postseason, […] The post Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni confident James Harden’s new conditioning will help him last in the playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Rockets star James Harden becomes sixth player in history with multiple 30-point triple-doubles in playoffs

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden made history on Wednesday night after leading his team to victory over the spirited Utah Jazz. Harden finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to propel the Rockets to a 118-98 win over the Jazz in Game 2 of their first round playoff series. Remarkably, his monster performance […] The post Rockets star James Harden becomes sixth player in history with multiple 30-point triple-doubles in playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

CelticsBlog

Kyrie Irving & Jayson Tatum could be the NBA’s new ‘dynamic duo’ - The Garden Report

Sierra Goodwill, Jimmy Toscano and Jeff Goodman dissect the dynamic combination of Tatum and Irving in game 2... TD GARDEN — Jayson Tatum dropped 26 points in the Boston Celtics 99-91 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday night. Finally, he was able to do so with Kyrie Irving on the floor. Sierra Goodwill, Jeff Goodman and Jimmy Toscano have more on the importance of Tatum’s consistency throughout the NBA Playoffs. “I get really excited,” Tatum said of the playoffs. “It’s the best time of the year for basketball and it’s the most important time of...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bringing pop off the bench, Pat Connaughton is making an impact for the Bucks in the playoffs

He isnt quite "Playoff Pat" yet, but the forward filled the stat sheet with 18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three assists in his second strong performance.        

Lakers Nation

NBA Rumors: ‘No Indication’ Jeanie Buss ‘Attempting To Woo’ Jerry West Back To Lakers

After missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, the Los Angeles Lakers were shifting their focus to the 2019...

NESN.com

Celtics’ Comeback Win Vs. Pacers Ends Dismal Streak In NBA Playoffs

Nearly one generation has passed since the Boston Celtics last mounted such a sizable postseason comeback. The Celtics’ 99-91 win... Read More »

Los Angeles Times

How much will Raptors’ playoff success matter to Kawhi Leonard’s future?

Their eyes are all looking up. Three thousand Toronto Raptors fans, the faces that represent the city’s cultural diversity, are almost pressed against one another outside the team’s downtown arena, staring up at a 40-by-78-foot screen. It’s the first game of the 2019 playoffs. The sun is out. Breath...

Lakers Nation

Lakers Rumors: ‘A Lot Of People In The NBA’ Think Kawhi Leonard Will Not Re-Sign With Raptors

As Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors are competing in the 2019 NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers are preparing...

ClutchPoints

Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods Masters win was ‘the best comeback I’ve ever seen’

Very few sports outstage the NBA playoffs when action is in full tilt, but this weekend’s broadcast of The Masters Tournament did, with a healthy Tiger Woods completing an epic comeback by earning his fifth green jacket — his first major win in 11 years. It takes a GOAT to know another, they say — […] The post Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods Masters win was ‘the best comeback I’ve ever seen’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Will Barton isn’t worried about his struggles as long as Nuggets win

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Will Barton is struggling to find a rhythm in the first round of the playoffs. In fact, he has made just one 3-pointer in his first two games against the Spurs. Despite this fact, Barton says he isn’t worried, so long as Denver wins: “I’m fine,” Barton told Harrison Wind of […] The post Will Barton isn’t worried about his struggles as long as Nuggets win appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo says his frustration in Game 2 was because of his body hurting

The Milwaukee Bucks came away with another lopsided victory against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night to secure a 2-0 advantage in their first-round playoffs matchup. As it turns out, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was not feeling one hundred percent in this one, and the 24-year-old later admitted that it was the general body pain […] The post Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo says his frustration in Game 2 was because of his body hurting appeared first on ClutchPoints.

At The Hive

James Borrego’s late-season “renaissance” should provide a great stepping-stone moving forward

Schematical changes towards the end of the regular season paved a new wave of Charlotte Hornets basketball. Well Hornets fans, the unfortunate calling of an early offseason has rung again. The team finished the season with a 39-43 record, which left them in the dreaded ninth spot in the eastern conference. It’s now the third time in the past four seasons in which Charlotte has missed the playoffs. But the silver lining in all of this is the team’s win total improvement compared to the previous two seasons. Having notched 36 wins from 2015-2017, the Hornets finally escaped that struggle...

The Sixer Sense

Philadelphia 76ers Player Rankings: End of regular season

The Philadelphia 76ers are shifting their attention to the postseason and it’s important to rank everyone that played for them during the regular season. The playoffs are finally here. It was a long 82 game season for the Philadelphia 76ers. There were plenty of new faces that joined the franchise throughout the season and it […] Philadelphia 76ers Player Rankings: End of regular season - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Dream Shake

Rockets need to avoid classic trap in Game 3

Houston won the first two games pretty easily, but shouldn’t get overconfident heading to Utah. Back at the beginning of the playoffs, TDS made their predictions for the Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz series, and the vast majority of the writers took Houston in six games (the readers took Houston in five). With the Rockets coming off of their second straight blowout in Game 2, winning the first two games by a combined 52 points, it’s easy to see how this series could wind up instead being a sweep. James Harden is cruising and is currently averaging a triple double for the series,...

The Sixer Sense

Philadelphia 76ers: Who should back up Joel Embiid?

Brett Brown has a very important decision to make in these playoffs: who backs up Joel Embiid? The Philadelphia 76ers’ backup centers have different strengths and weaknesses. Brown has to decide which trade-off he is willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team. This article features the combined efforts of Austin Krell and Jack Duffy. […] Philadelphia 76ers: Who should back up Joel Embiid? - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Liberty Ballers

Game 3: Sixers look to take first lead of series tonight in Brooklyn

The Sixers will travel north to Brooklyn tonight for their first road game of the 2019 playoffs as they take on the Nets for Game 3. With the series tied 1-1, the Sixers could take their first series lead with a victory. Conversely, a loss just might incite riots all over Philadelphia. The Barclay’s Center should be especially hostile this evening. Beef has been building between these two teams, with Jared Dudley and Ben Simmons exchanging trash talk, and the Nets apparently pretty upset over Joel Embiid’s elbow to the face of Jarrett Allen in Game 2. The fact that this is the Nets...

Orlando Magic Daily

Orlando Magic Playbook: How the Toronto Raptors have eliminated Nikola Vucevic

The Orlando Magic are struggling to get their offense going and it starts with the struggles of All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. When the Orlando Magic made the playoffs, there was a sigh of some relief and a feeling of immense accomplishment and achievement. The team had gone through six years of irrelevancy and frustration to […] Orlando Magic Playbook: How the Toronto Raptors have eliminated Nikola Vucevic - Orlando Magic Daily - Orlando Magic Daily - An Orlando Magic Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lake Show Life

Lakers Rumors: Rivals shocked by team not pursuing front office candidates

Recent Lakers rumors have been about the shock around the league of them not pursuing certain candidates for president of basketball operations. With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, there have been plenty of Lakers rumors surrounding what will be next for the Los Angeles Lakers. On the final day of the regular season, the […] Lakers Rumors: Rivals shocked by team not pursuing front office candidates - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Dream Shake

Harden My Take Episode 13: Rockets Increase Series Lead Over Jazz

Max Croes, Colin Connors and Jeremy Brener discuss the Rockets’ Game 2 win over the Jazz. Hosts: Jeremy Brener, Colin Connors, Max Croes Max Croes, Jeremy Brener and Colin Connors discuss the Rockets’ 118-98 victory over the Jazz in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs. The Dream Shake Podcast is on iTunes: Click Here to Download. Click here for the direct RSS feed. Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Send all feedback, comments, and questions to jeremybrenerchs@gmail.com. Please leave any request to add the RSS feed to any other podcast another site here as well. Huge thanks to...

Lake Show Life

Los Angeles Lakers: Should the Lakers pursue Kemba Walker in free agency?

Could Kemba Walker be a viable player to team up with Lebron James to bring the Los Angeles Lakers back to the playoffs? The Los Angeles Lakers have big hopes in free agency this summer. Could Kemba Walker be someone the team targets? The Charlotte Hornets star is set to become a free agent in […] Los Angeles Lakers: Should the Lakers pursue Kemba Walker in free agency? - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Golden Gate Sports

Golden State Warriors: Shaun Livingston may retire at the end of the season

The Golden State Warriors are currently in the midst of the first round of the NBA Playoffs in a series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Warriors guard Shaun Livingston is looking for his fourth ring this season, but what will his next season look like? Shaun Livingston has been with the Golden State Warriors since the 2014-15 […] Golden State Warriors: Shaun Livingston may retire at the end of the season - Golden Gate Sports - Golden Gate Sports - A Bay Area Sports Site

Caris Levert: 'I thought I was done for at least a year, but here we are today' | SC with SVP

Caris Levert joins SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to discuss the Brooklyn Nets’ push to make the 2019 NBA playoffs, his journey back to the court after suffering a gruesome leg injury and how he is noticing a new wave of Nets fans in New York. ✔

Kings are not scared to face Warriors in the NBA playoffs - Stephen A | First Take

Stephen A. Smith sees potential for a riveting playoff showdown between the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, while Max Kellerman says that the matchup displays how the Warriors underperform under pressure. ✔

The Lakers' season comes down to LeBron being great – Brian Windhorst | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Brian Windhorst and Scottie Pippen of The Jump discuss the Los Angeles Lakers following their win vs. the Houston Rockets. Windhorst says they don’t shoot or defend well enough to get into the playoffs so they need to rely heavily on LeBro