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

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

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

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

Miami Heat survives Jimmy Butler’s exit to earn gutsy win vs. Boston Celtics in Game 3

Miami Heat survives Jimmy Butler's exit to earn gutsy win vs.  Boston Celtics in Game 3

BOSTON — The Miami Heat took their Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics personally. That was the message coming out of a proud Heat locker room after a gutsy 109-103 win on Saturday night that gave them a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. After getting embarrassed throughout a lackluster Game 2 … 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

Boston Celtics swap Williamses, go small to stomp Miami Heat in Game 2

Boston Celtics swap Williamses, go small to stomp Miami Heat in Game 2

1:04 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — For the first few minutes of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, it appeared the Boston Celtics could be in some trouble. They left Miami’s shooters open for three quick 3-pointers. They allowed the Heat to get multiple second-chance opportunities. Robert Williams looked uncomfortable defending in space, … Read more