Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA White and Grant in for the Celtics. Ime Udoka sticking with his regular rotation of taking out Rob and Tatum first. Tatum will come back in before the end of Q1 when Brown will sit. The difference may be if Ime sticks with 8 and Rob comes back or if goes with 9 and plays Theis. – 1:29 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing Robert Williams with easily his best stint since coming back from knee surgery. Four points, five rebounds, a big presence at the rim, crushing on the offensive glass. Good sight for the Celtics. – 1:26 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm Jrue Holiday just picked up his second personal foul with 5:01 left in the first quarter. Both fouls came as he tried to take charges. First one, he was late. Second one looked like it could have been legit. – 1:26 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm After five minutes, the Bucks and Celtics are tied at 10. Giannis Antetokounmpo has two turnovers, but also hammered a dunk for the Bucks’ first bucket and also hit a mid-range jumper. Both teams have settled in here. Lots of nervous energy/adrenaline from both sides to start. – 1:21 PM
A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely While it’s wise for the Celtics to respect Giannis and what he can do defensively at the rim, at some point they need to look to finish at the rim and not just drive and kick. – 1:19 PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop Bucks win the opening tip. Ball goes to @Giannis Antetokounmpo in backcourt. Crowd starts to boo, then realizes, hey, you can’t hate Giannis. Hooting ceases. You can dislike what he does to your team, but you’ve got to respect the dude. – 1:18 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA I’m guessing we see the Bucks start out like this matchup-wise: Holiday – Tatum Matthews – Brown Giannis – Smart Portis – Horford Lopez – Rob That will allow Giannis to roam some, while Lopez can stay in the paint. – 1:06 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS I would’ve picked Celtics in seven if Khris Middleton was healthy. Without him, I went Celtics in five. – 1:06 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob Curious to see how effective Jrue Holiday can be offensively going up against Marcus Smart and Derrick White. If Holiday can hold his own and Brook Lopez can win the centre matchup, Bucks should be right there. We know Giannis is gonna be insanely good. GrayConn 1 needed, too. – 12:59 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA Celtics starters this afternoon: Robert Williams Al Horford Jayson Tatum Jaylen Brown Marcus Smart Bucks starters: Brook Lopez Bobby Portis Giannis Antetokounmpo Wesley Matthews Jrue Holiday – 12:53 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP Bucks at Celtics – TD Garden – May 1, 2022 – Game 1 Starters Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, R. Williams Milwaukee – Jrue Holiday, Wes Matthews, Bobby Portis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez OUT: Boston: None Milwaukee: Middleton, Hill pic.twitter.com/v61Clbe2NJ – 12:52 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP Another area where the Celtics were much better this year…afternoon games. Including the Tatum winner in Game 1 against the Nets, Boston was 9-2 in the early starts. The only losses by 4 on Christmas at Milwaukee and at the buzzer to Dallas on Kevin Garnett day. – 12:33 PM
David Thorpe @coachthorpe Had to do some family traveling this weekend so I’ve not been able to do any studying. That being said, due to injuries… Heat over Sixers(I likely would pick Philly otherwise) Celtics over Bucks Warriors over Grizzlies Suns over Mavericks – 12:15 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose Marc Spears was on the FAN the other day and said the Raptors had a chance to trade up and draft Nikola Jokic but opted not to because they had Gasol and Ibaka. This couldn’t be true because Jokic was drafted in 2014… but I wonder if he meant someone else and got mixed up🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/RV7jH91S0k – 11:36 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing Mike Budenholzer said the Bucks will use the same starting lineup they used against the Bulls. So they’ll have Portis next to Giannis and Lopez. Big lineup. – 11:36 AM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13 Bucks in 7. Heat in 6. Warriors in 6. Mavericks in 7. The Celtics and Suns could end up rolling thus making me look very dumb (wouldn’t be the first time!). But I believe in Giannis and Luka. – 11:27 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing Ime Udoka said the Celtics feel like they will have “favorable matchups” in certain places during this series. – 11:24 AM
Jay King @ByJayKing Ime Udoka said Jaylen Brown went through all hamstring tests and it’s just as strong as usual. “They feel good about where he’s at and where he tested … no limitations at all.” – 11:23 AM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps Ime Udoka says Jaylen Brown is good to play today without restrictions due to his hamstring, Robert Williams is back in the starting lineup and Boston is back to its normal rotation. – 11:21 AM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski #Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said George Hill would not be ready for Game 1 vs. the #Celtics and that is the case, as the veteran point guard is out with an abdominal strain he originally suffered vs. Detroit on April 8. – 11:20 AM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA 70/30 Heat with Embiid’s injury, 55/45 Heat if Embiid only had the thumb issue, 60/40 Sixers or Embiid was 100%. 65/35 Celtics (would be 50/50ish if Middleton was healthy 58/42 Suns 51/49 Warriors (I’m expecting a great series here) – 10:32 AM
Sadly, a toxicology report on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins released this week shows that Haskins died like other promising young athletes, celebrities and everyday people: bad judgment in South Florida, party central.
Filipino NBA prospect Kai Sotto is set to work out with the New York Knicks and at least 11 other teams during this year’s NBA draft. Despite carrying the dream of “millions of Filipinos” back home on his shoulders, the 7-foot-2-inch center told Lakers Nation that he does not “really feel pressure anymore” since he loves what he is doing. “Ever since I’ve played basketball a lot of people have been watching me, especially from the Philippines back home,” Sotto was quoted as saying.
Mark Haynes, a beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, was put on indefinite leave after a group of angry fans unearthed his past homophobic, sexist and racist tweets. Haynes caught the ire of Warriors fans after he answered a question about Warriors point guard Steph Curry being a “frontrunner” – someone who only celebrates and performs well when their team is in the lead – during the recent Western Conference Finals Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, which saw the Warriors win with a final score of 126 to 117. “Why was Curry [a] frontrunner today?” someone asked Haynes during a live audio conversation via Twitter Spaces.
Jim “Bones” Mackay finished his laundry, packed his car and began the four-hour drive from Southern Hills to Colonial, this time with a special souvenir riding shotgun. This was the first time he left the golf course with the pin flag from the 18th hole, where Justin Thomas rapped in the final par putt to capture the PGA Championship in a three-hole playoff. The tradition is for the caddie to get the flag — his trophy — except that Phil Mickelson had his own tradition of flags going on the kitchen wall of his late grandfather, starting with his first PGA Tour title he won as an amateur.
The Mavs are attempting to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, a feat 146 others have failed to accomplish. Dallas took a step in that direction with a 119-109 win in Tuesday's Game 4 at the ...