The Boston Celtics don’t mind the short two-day turnaround until the start of the Eastern Conference finals. At least that’s what they are saying now. We’ll see what they are saying Monday night after the game.
So you can set your DVR and not miss a moment, following is the schedule for the Eastern Conference finals. Note that all the games are on ESPN and all of the times below are Eastern. Also, technically everything after Game 4 is “if necessary,” you can decide for yourself how many you think will be necessary. I’m not sure it’s many.
Game 1 -Monday at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 2 – Wednesday at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 3 – Friday at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 4 – June 3 at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 5 – June 5 at Miami 8: 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 6 – June 7 at Boston 8:30PM (ESPN)
Game 7 – June 9 at Miami 8:30PM (ESPN)
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.