Celtics beat Bucks on final night of regular season

Playoff time! Round 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs sees Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls take on Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics on April 16th at 6:30pm EST at the TD Garden.

The Celtics will host the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs. That win over the Cavs marked the Bulls' 20th straight regular season home win when the game was broadcast on TNT. No. 8 Portland; No. 2 San Antonio vs.

The NBA Playoffs is right around the corner. The defending champions went 23-23 in their last 46 games, tied for the 15th-best record during that stretch.

"They're an excellent team, but so are we", Brogdon said. I'm going to get beat at times, and I'm going to need guys to be there.

Key matchup: Who guards Antetokounmpo?

For the most part, Crowder has been able to keep his fiery temper from getting the best of him.

Scott Brooks has worked wonders in his first year coaching the Wizards and Washington's magical season will continue past the first round. For most of the season, there was one team ahead of the Celtics, and it was LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Their chances at changing that this season are looking good. 5-8, 6-8, whatever he is, the guy knows how to put the ball in the basket.

The Warriors (67-15) fine-tuned their preparations for the business end of the season with Kevin Durant and Steph Curry leading the way. Likewise, the Bucks got Giannis some much needed rest as he prepares to carry a heavy load in the series against the Raptors. But all the games were before the All-Star break, and the Trail Blazers played their best basketball after that. Perhaps the best backcourts in the West go head-to-head.

This will only help them, probably.

Jazz 101, Spurs 97: Gordon Hayward scored 14, and Utah held on for the win.

The Boston Celtics come in as one of the weakest top teams in the East in thirty years with 53 wins and a +2.7 point differential. But the Grizzlies are no easy out. And this has been Crowder's breakout season with the Celtics, averaging 13.9 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from 3-point range. Minnesota cut into the lead with a 6-2 spurt before Houston got consecutive 3-pointers from Harden and Eric Gordon to extend the lead to 113-99 midway through the quarter.

Season series: Rockets, 3-1. The matchup leaves fans to ponder several intriguing matchups and how the respective coaches will adjust. With no Jabari Parker by his side, the Greek Freak doesn't have the supporting cast to contend with a Raptors squad that is determined to prove that a year ago Conference Finals run was no fluke.

He was on pace for another triple-double at halftime with eight assists, five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes before Coach Billy Donovan made a decision to rest him for the second half. He showed bounce when he rebounded his own three-point miss and powered home a one-handed dunk in the second quarter.

Is Blake Griffin in his last days with the Los Angeles Clippers? With Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler this is their bread and butter.

"Yeah, but some of that stuff will be dependent on who you're playing, how they're playing, adjustments that both teams make throughout the series and those type of things", Stevens said.

  • Julie Sanders