The 2022 NBA playoffs have featured a ton of blowouts. Why? We have some ideas

The 2022 NBA playoffs have featured a ton of blowouts.  Why?  We have some ideas

Heading into tonight’s Western Conference Finals Game 5 between the Warriors and Mavericks, there have been 35 second- and third-round games in the 2022 NBA playoffs. Those 35 games have featured a grand total of 29 minutes played in “clutch” situations (when the score is within five points with five minutes or fewer remaining in … Read more

Jaylen Brown leads Celtics’ second-half turnaround as Boston beats Miami Heat to reach brink of advancing to NBA Finals

Jaylen Brown leads Celtics' second-half turnaround as Boston beats Miami Heat to reach brink of advancing to NBA Finals

1:04 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — The Boston Celtics found themselves trailing the Miami Heat by five, on the road, at halftime of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. And yet, the Celtics felt just fine. They couldn’t have played much worse in the first half, committing 10 turnovers and … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – For the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the most important ability has been available

NBA playoffs 2022 - For the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the most important ability has been available

MIAMI — In late January, the San Antonio Spurs traded backup guard Bryn Forbes to the Denver Nuggets. Five months later, that unassuming move has made a major impact on the 2022 Eastern Conference finals. It was the opening of an opportunity for the Boston Celtics that has been fully realized, as they have pushed … Read more

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum ‘thankful’ for making All-NBA first team but wants rules around voting

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum 'thankful' for making All-NBA first team but wants rules around voting

2:31 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has said repeatedly over the past year that he felt disrespected by being left off of last year’s All-NBA teams — a decision that cost Tatum tens of millions of dollars on his current contract. After Tatum was selected to the All-NBA first … Read more

The biggest questions that could decide Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 5

The biggest questions that could decide Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 5

This topsy-turvy, injury-riddled series between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat has been so strange, the magnitude of tonight’s Game 5 in Miami almost sneaks up on you. Marcus Smart, Kyle Lowry, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Jayson Tatum, and Robert Williams III have missed some or all of at least one game. That … Read more

Sports world reacts to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Sports world reacts to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

In Dallas, Steve Kerr and Jason Kidd did not want to talk about basketball. LeBron James made no effort to hide his anger. Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, a young father, called the news “devastating.” The sports world reacted swiftly Tuesday to the news of an 18-year-old gunman opening fire at an elementary school … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – The Miami Heat might not have enough to overcome the league’s best defense

NBA playoffs 2022 - The Miami Heat might not have enough to overcome the league's best defense

BOSTON — Midway through the third quarter Monday night as the Celtics were pushing their lead to as much as 32 points, Rudy Gobert couldn’t resist. “This Boston defense is tough” the Utah Jazz center tweeted. This was both innocuous and accurate at a time when the Celtics were smothering the Miami Heat and rewriting … Read more

Trailing Miami Heat, Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics seek to ‘combat some of their aggressiveness’

Trailing Miami Heat, Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics seek to 'combat some of their aggressiveness'

3:37 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — The Boston Celtics pride themselves on being the most physical team in every game they play. It’s something coach Ime Udoka has made a point of emphasis since taking over as the team’s coach last summer, and has played a huge part in Boston’s massive midseason turnaround. But … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 — Eye-catching outfits from the postseason

NBA playoffs 2022 -- Eye-catching outfits from the postseason

Pregame fashion has become woven into the fabric of the NBA, with some players building a reputation for their wardrobe selections. 1 Related The postseason has provided entertaining hoops on the court and eye-catching fits from players off it. Stars have shown up in various attires like boxing dresses, vibrant coats and sweaters. Suits, stuffed … Read more

Marcus Smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert headline NBA’s All-Defensive teams

Marcus Smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert headline NBA's All-Defensive teams

8:38 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo highlighted the 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive teams, which were announced on Friday night. Smart, the league’s 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, earned his third first-team nod. He was joined at the guard spot by … Read more