The NBA awaits an unprecedented entry into the NBA Playoffs when the controversial play-in tournament will decide if two of the league’s marquee franchises in the Celtics and Lakers make it to round one. Adam Silver and league executives will watch nervously as two of the most popular franchises, who would’ve easily made the postseason in a normal format, could lose two fluke games and be out in a season where ratings already dropped.
Childhood friends Jayson Tatum and Bradley Beal have cherished every head-to-head matchup of their NBA careers, but Tuesday night’s meeting will be their most anticipated battle to date. For the first time in their lives, the St. Louis natives will be pitted against each other in a postseason duel under the NBA’s new play-in format, as Tatum’s seventh-place Celtics will play host to Beal’s eighth-place Wizards.
Throughout this season, Celtics fans were asked at the conclusion of each month to vote on Twitter for their top moment of the month. Their voices (and fingers) have officially been heard. We’ve taken the top moments from February, March, April and May, as voted by the fans, and combined them with our choice for the December-January games to give you a list of five.