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Celtics Avery Bradley Discusses Teams Woeful Playoff Performance

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Not many teams, if any, had the momentum that the Boston Celtics did when heading into the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs.

Now, Boston is facing an unlikely 0-2 hole in their series against the Chicago Bulls, leaving many to question if the Celtics have what it takes to bounce back.

Celtics guard Avery Bradley told the media that he heard Bulls guard, and former Celtics player, Rajon Rondo saying that the Celtics have given up as the teams entered the 4th quarter of Game 2.

“I looked around and a few times in the game guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themselves,” Bradley said. “But as a team, we have to stay together. The other team is looking at that. They’re using that as motivation for themselves.

“I could even hear Rondo, like, ‘Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.’ But you never can let a team see that. You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard, no matter what the outcome is.”

The Celtics know that heading into Chicago, down 0-2 in the series, is not an easy pill to swallow but they feel that they are up for the challenge.

“It’s not an ideal situation for us,” Celtics forward Jae Crowder said.

“You don’t put yourself down 0-2 at home. But it’s not the end of the world for us. We have the unit to go to Chicago and take Game 3. It’s not ideal, but we feel like we can bounce back.”

“Jae said it best,” Boston forward Al Horford said. “That’s all we have. Game 3 is a must-win for us.”

Boston head coach Brad Stevens, who now holds a 2-10 record in the NBA playoffs, knows that Game 3 is a big game, a critical game for the team and insists he will be fully prepared for Friday’s challenge.

“We have to get ready to play great on Friday,” Stevens said. “That’s what our focus has to be. We don’t have any other choice. And that’s what we said in the locker room, and that’s it.

“We’ll dissect the film, we’ll go through it, we’ll figure out what we didn’t do well — and there’ll be quite a lot — and go from there. But the Zipser, Mirotic, [Bobby] Portis, those guys have had huge impacts on the first two games of this series. I mean, I expect it from [Dwyane] Wade, right? I mean, I think we all do. Last year, I think he hit less than 10 [3-pointers] during the regular season and then more than that in the first round of the playoffs. Like, this is who he is. And it’s who Rondo’s been throughout his career. I mean, the level that he’s playing at is terrific. And then [Jimmy] Butler [is] Butler. But those other guys are really impacting the series in a big way.”

While the Celtics have had to deal with a lot of adversity, including the death of Isaiah Thomas’ 22-year-old sister last weekend, Bradley refused to make any excuses for the team’s poor play.

“You can’t make any excuses,” said Bradley.

“Obviously, it’s heavy on everyone’s heart what happened to Isaiah and his family, and we were there for Isaiah. But we can’t continue to say that’s the reason. We just want to be there for him, continue to be there, and play hard.

“At the end of the day, we should want to play hard for each other and for him. Like, we can’t sit there and keep saying, ‘Oh, we’re down because too much is going on.’ We have to play hard, no matter what. You go through a lot throughout a season. You’re going to face a lot of adversity. And the best teams overcome any type of adversity. And that’s what type of team we need to be.”

The Celtics are hoping that they can do what the 1993 Phoenix Suns were able to do. The Suns were down 2 games against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Phoenix battled back to win the best-of-five series and went on to reach the NBA Finals

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Cavs’ Tyronn Lue Stresses Maintaining Urgency In Game 4

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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is making sure that his team doesn’t get too ahead of themselves after their Game 3 blowout win over the Boston Celtics, and is looking for the Cavs to maintain their sense of urgency ahead of Game 4 on Monday.

It will be interesting to see how the odds stack up as the Cavs and Celtics series continues, especially if Cleveland can even the series, and sites such as BetStars will certainly be worth keeping an eye on as the Eastern Conference Finals plays out.

“We know what it takes,” Lue said on Sunday, according to ESPN. “We did it before. We’ve got a lot of veterans, a veteran crew and they know what it takes to win. We can’t get satisfied with just one win, it’s just one, we’ve got to come out [Monday] night and duplicate it again.”

Lue used the film study to show his players the exact type of effort he wants to see as things progress in the series.

“Just remind them that this is the way we have to play,” Lue said of his approach with the team.

Naturally, the Cavs will be leaning on LeBron James’ performance to guide them in Game 4, and while James has been his usual, super-productive self offensively, he has amplified his play on the defensive side of the court, which sparked the rest of his teammates in Game 3’s victory.

“I thought [Saturday] night was one of LeBron’s best games I’ve seen in a long time as far as helping, closing out to Jaylen Brown’s chest, making him put it on the floor,” Lue explained. “Closing out to [Marcus] Morris. Closing out to [Marcus] Smart, so he did a really good job of just setting the tone of multiple efforts and that was good for us.”

The Cavs will be turning to their bench to put in another solid performance, mainly Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Clarkson in particular saw an uptick in his shot volume, but struggled, shooting just 3-for-11 from the field and 3-for-7 from 3 point land

“I don’t think he’s nervous,” Lue said. “He’s not scared or afraid at all. When you take 11 or 12 shots off the bench in the playoffs, you’re not scared, you’re not afraid, so that’s what he does.

“He’s just got to be smart, time and score when to do it, but he’s doing a good job of just trying to be aggressive and attacking and I think he will make shots.”

“When I’m on the court, it’s always just basically shooting it with confidence,” Clarkson said. “The more looks I get, I feel like they will go in.”

“Larry knows his job,” said Clarkson. “He’s going to screen, he’s going to roll, he’s going to get rebounds and he’s going to defend. I think his time is coming in this series.”

“His energy, his athleticism, his ability to switch and guard multiple positions is good for us,” Lue said. “When he’s rolling to the basket, he got a couple dunks last night, and when they pull in to help, now you’ve got Kyle Korver and JR making 3s. His athletic ability and his force rolling to the rim is really key for us.”

“We’re starting to figure out that LeBron doesn’t have to take 20-some shots to beat a great team by 30,” Nance said. “The rest of us are very good basketball players in our own right and it’s nice to show that.”

 

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2018

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Are you ready for the NBA Playoffs? Well, we have you covered with the full NBA Playoff schedule including game times, TV coverage info, matchups and dates.

Here is how things are breaking down, schedule wise, per NBA.com. NOTE: * = if necessary

Western Conference

No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 8 Minnesota Timberwolves

Game 1: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 15 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 23 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 7 San Antonio Spurs

Game 1: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 14 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans

Game 1: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 4: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 21 at 5 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: New Orleans Pelicans at Portland Trail Blazers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz

Game 1: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 21 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: April 29 at TBD

 

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 8 Washington Wizards

Game 1: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 14 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 17 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Game 3: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Game 4: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 22 at 6 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors: April 29 at TBD

 

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 15 at 1 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 2: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 17 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 22 at 1 p.m. ET on ABC

*Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs. No. 6 Miami Heat

Game 1: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 19 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 4: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 24 at TBD

*Game 6: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat: April 26 at TBD

*Game 7: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers: April 28 at TBD

 

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

Game 1: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 2: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 18 at 7 p.m. ET on TNT

Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 20 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT

*Game 5: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers: April 25 at TBD

*Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers: April 27 at TBD

*Game 7: Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers  April 29 at TBD

 

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Celtics’ Jaylen Browns Says Donald Trump Made It ‘More Acceptable for Racists to Speak Their Minds’

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Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown is speaking his mind about racism ahead of the Celtics game against the Philadelphia 76ers in London on Thursday, mainly pointing a finger of blame at President Donald Trump.

Brown asserts that Trump has only exacerbated racism issues, not helping.

“Racism definitely exists across America today. Of course it’s changed a lot—and my opportunities are far greater than they would have been 50 years ago” Brown said in an interview with Donald McRae of the Guardian.

“So some people think racism has dissipated or no longer exists. But it’s hidden in more strategic places. You have less people coming to your face and telling you certain things. But Trump has made it a lot more acceptable for racists to speak their minds.”

“Racism definitely still exists in the South,” Brown said. “I’ve experienced it through basketball. I’ve had people call me the n-word. I’ve had people come to basketball games dressed in monkey suits with a jersey on. I’ve had people paint their face black at my games. I’ve had people throw bananas in the stands.”

Brown had praise for Colin Kaepernick and Brown pointed toward Trump’s Twitter feud with LaVar Ball regarding the detainment of LiAngelo Ball for shoplifting in China as one of the issues he has with the president.

Brown also talked about his own experience with racism during his upbringing in Marietta, Georgia.

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