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LeBron James has a long postseason history with the Celtics. He’ll be facing them for the sixth time in the playoffs when the Cleveland Cavaliers open the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday in Boston. James is trying to make the NBA Finals for the seventh straight time. The last time he failed to make them was because of the Celtics, who beat him in the 2010 playoffs. The Cavs are 8-0 in the postseason and haven’t played since May 7.
Cleveland rang up 116.3 points per game against Boston, led by 29.3 per game from LeBron James. The first three games were decided by six or fewer before the Cavaliers rolled to a 114-91 victory in Boston on April 5, a win that at the time had the defending champions in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage. Isaiah Thomas averaged 29.5 points for the Celtics against the Cavs. Boston did earn the top seed in the East, but the Cavs are favored to win the series.
Ever since the Boston Celtics broke up their Big Three in 2013, they’ve sat idly this time of year while LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard have battled for NBA championships. With Isaiah Thomas leading the charge, the Celtics have rejoined the fray. Now it’s time to see if they belong. Boston faces the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.
Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Kelly Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Boston Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.
The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. The Los Angeles Lakers don’t need to be first, but they sure better not be worse than third.
John Wall hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead points, then hopped atop the scorer’s table and yelled to celebrate the Washington Wizards’ 92-91 victory over the Boston Celtics that pushed their Eastern Conference semifinal to a Game 7.
The Boston Celtics showed up wearing black clothes ahead of Game 6 of their playoff series against the Washington Wizards. The Celtics’ attire could be seen as a nod to what the Wizards did before a regular-season matchup in January that became known as the “Funeral Game.”
Avery Bradley created a buzz with his playoff-career high 29 points. But it’s been the Boston guard’s consistency on defense during the first two rounds that have the top-seeded Celtics on the verge of an Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 on to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Al Horford added 19 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and handed out nine assists. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas can’t believe Draymond Green is calling anyone else a dirty player, let alone his Boston teammate Kelly Olynyk.
Danny Ainge has been to the NBA’s mountaintop; first as player winning a pair of championships in the 80s and then as the architect of the Big 3 that brought the Celtics their 17th NBA championship in 2008. But with the East’s top seed locked in 2-2 tie with Washington, the outcome of this series could also go a long way toward affirming the recent moves by Boston’s front office chief, or exposing the holes that still exist as his team chases banner No. 18.
The Kelly Olynyk-Kelly Oubre Jr. battle continues to simmer, with the Wizards crowd chanting for the suspended Oubre and booing the non-suspended Olynyk throughout Sunday night’s Game 4. The reverse figures to happen Wednesday night in Boston.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is getting some tips on his game from Kobe Bryant and praise from some of basketball’s biggest s tars. The 5-foot-9 Thomas, who has been coming with huge performances during the playoffs while coping with personal tragedy, says he’s been talking and texting with the five-time NBA champion to get tips about his game.
Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas plans to attend his sister’s funeral on Saturday without missing any games in Boston’s first-round playoff series against Chicago.
Isaiah Thomas took the floor to a deafening cheer for the Boston Celtics’ playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, just a day after his sister was killed in a car accident.
LeBron James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers ran past the Boston Celtics 114-91 on Wednesday night to move back into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth different player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night.
BOSTON– Isaiah Thomas scored 31 points, including the go-ahead free throws, as the Boston Celtics outlasted LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-99 on Wednesday night.
All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics has a shot at setting a franchise scoring record – and maybe even NBA MVP honors as well. Thomas is averaging 29.9 points per game and has led Boston to the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is a Thomas fan.
Paul Pierce walked back onto the parquet floor one last time, dropped to his knees at center court and gave the Boston Celtics leprechaun logo a big kiss.