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The Celtics didn’t live up to their championship expectations in 2018-19, thumped 4-1 in the second round of the playoffs by the Bucks. Boston now enters a pivotal offseason with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford both holding player options to return and key reserves Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris entering free agency. After a season in which chemistry was an issue, it leaves team president Danny Ainge with tough choices.
When the buzzer sounded in Milwaukee, the question immediately became this: Has Kyrie Irving played his last game for the Boston Celtics? It’s very possible. Welcome to free agency, Kyrie. He’s now in the place that other big names like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson all will be whenever their respective seasons end, and they’ll all hear the same question about their futures. Are they staying or going? Time will tell.
The Boston Celtics are honoring Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died last week at the age of 79. The Celtics came out wearing T-shirts with Havlicek’s No. 17. The crowd observed a moment of silence before the national anthem. Havlicek played 16 years for the Celtics and is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. He was an eight-time NBA champion and the 1974 finals MVP.
Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge has had a mild heart attack and is expected to make a full recovery. The team says the 60-year-old executive received immediate medical attention in Milwaukee, where the Celtics were facing the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs. Ainge is returning to Boston. Ainge also had a mild heart attack in 2009.
Kevin Durant scored 35 points in outdueling James Harden and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 104-100 on Sunday in the opener of what is shaping up to be a sensational best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal.
The Bucks believe they are a very different team from the one that lost to the Celtics in seven games in the first round of the playoffs last season. The teams are back for a rematch, but this time with a trip to the Eastern Conference finals on the line. Both teams are coming off first-round sweeps, but this time its Milwaukee and not Boston that will have home-court advantage.
John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics great whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. He was 79.
Gordon Hayward scored 20 points and Marcus Morris started a decisive 3-point flurry late in the fourth quarter Sunday to give the Boston Celtics a series-clinching 110-106 victory at Indiana.
The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle. The injury was revealed in an MRI scan. He sustained the injury during the third quarter of Boston’s home loss to Orlando. The timetable for Smart’s return means he will be sidelined for Boston’s first-round series and the second round, as well, should the Celtics advance.
James Harden had 42 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets held on the beat the Boston Celtics 115-104 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory, at Boston. Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 40 or more points for the 24th time this season. Houston entered the day in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, a game behind of fourth-place Oklahoma City.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night.
Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists, Marcus Morris scored 19 points and the Boston Celtics beat Oklahoma City 134-129 on Sunday to snap the Thunder’s seven-game winning streak.
The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension with New Orleans, agent Rich Paul told The Associated Press on Monday.
Kevin Durant had 33 points and nine rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson had 21, including two key free throws for Golden State on Saturday night to beat the Boston Celtics 115-111 and give the Warriors their 10th win in a row.
Celtics center Aron Baynes will be out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his left hand against the Phoenix Suns. Baynes blocked a pass, shook his hand in visible pain and walked off the court straight to the locker room during a timeout early in the opening quarter.
Kyrie Irving scored Boston’s last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall in a point-guard showdown, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Kemba Walker scored 43 points, giving him 103 in his last two games, and the Charlotte Hornets battled back to beat the Boston Celtics 117-112 on Monday night.