Basketball

Jayson Tatum
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John Tomase
April 22, 2018 - 4:06 pm
There are two ways to look at Sunday's 104-102 loss to the Bucks in Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs, and we won't know which is valid until the series ends. The first is that the Celtics let a golden opportunity evaporate when Marcus Morris back-rimmed a baseline jumper at the buzzer that...
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Eric Bledsoe
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John Tomase
April 21, 2018 - 12:39 am
The Bucks beat the Celtics on Friday night and we officially have a series. But more importantly, we also have a villain. Guard Eric Bledsoe made headlines this week when he responded, "Who?" to questions about being owned by Celtics guard Terry Rozier. Perhaps Bledsoe was miffed that Rozier had...
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John Tomase
April 18, 2018 - 11:12 am
Marcus Smart's mother has cancer and wants him to return to the court this postseason, because seeing him play puts "a smile on her face." Smart told reporters before Tuesday's Game 2 victory over the Bucks that his mother, Camellia, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. The 63-year-old...
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Jaylen Brown
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John Tomase
April 18, 2018 - 12:06 am
Jaylen Brown stood at his locker in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena last May in a moment of big-picture disbelief. "Two years ago, I was in high school," he marveled. "Now I'm playing in the Eastern Conference Finals." There was a happy-to-be-here quality that made perfect sense. Just 20 years old...
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Al Horford
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John Tomase
April 17, 2018 - 10:31 pm
Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't the only freak on the court Tuesday. Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown is an athletic marvel in his own right, a 6-foot-7 leaper who is becoming a matchup nightmare at all three levels. Put a small defender on him, he'll shoot over the top. Sag off him and he'll drill a 3-...
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