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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) drives toward the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) looks on in the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Celtics have reason for optimism despite sweep by Cavs

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — The reconstruction of the Boston Celtics is ahead of schedule. Being swept in the first round can’t brush away that reality. The Celtics were a long shot to even reach the playoffs in a season with numerous personnel changes. Once they got there, they weren’t expected to be as competitive as they were against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers. But they got to the postseason and battled the Cavs to the very end of Game 4. And they are in good shape to keep progressing with a wealth of draft picks, plenty of space under the salary cap and a young coach who has …

Clippers beat Spurs to even series

Monday, April 27, 2015

Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat San Antonio, 114-105, to even their first-round series at two games apiece. J.J. Redick scored 17 points for the Clippers and Austin Rivers provided an unexpected boost off the bench with a postseason career-high 16 points. Game 5 of the only series that …

Celtics swept as James scores 27 in 101-93 victory

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left two players with potentially serious injuries and Cleveland wondering if Kevin Love would be ready …

James scores 31, Cavs beat Celts for 3-0 series lead

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since …

Larry Bird, Big Papi on board of Boston Olympic bid committee

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Larry Bird and David Ortiz are members of the board that will try to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston. The Boston basketball and baseball stars will be joined by two dozen other athletes and …

Rajon Rondo finished with Mavs, knee bumps Parsons from playoffs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DALLAS — Rajon Rondo is out in Dallas. Rick Carlisle made that clear when asked if he thought the free agent-to-be would wear a Mavericks uniform again. “No, I don’t,” the coach said. The Mavericks announced Wednesday that …

LeBron scores 30, Cavaliers hold off Celtics 99-91 in Game 2

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CLEVELAND — The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James showed them the door. James scored 30 points — 15 in the fourth quarter — and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off …

Former OSU star Jared Sullinger lives his playoff dream with Celtics

Monday, April 20, 2015

CLEVELAND — When the Boston Celtics sent out a news release on Feb. 22 that he had been lost for the regular season, Jared Sullinger believed it. The former All-American at Ohio State admitted he virtually gave up …

‘Big 3’ lead Cavaliers past Celtics 113-100 in Game 1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CLEVELAND — More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big 3. We …

LeBron begins new quest to end Cleveland’s title drought

Friday, April 17, 2015

CLEVELAND — For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights …

Inside the NBA playoffs

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 ATLANTA HAWKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 BROOKLYN NETS (38-44) Season Series: Hawks, 4-0. Atlanta led by at least 14 in every game, once by as much as 39. Brooklyn never led any of the four games by more than eight points. Story Line: Can …

Celtics win 6th straight, beat Bucks 105-100

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Kelly Olynyk needed five stitches to close a gash to his face after taking an elbow while going for a rebound. Starting for the injured Avery Bradley, Gigi Datome made big buckets in extended time in …

Jae Crowder’s long fall-away lifts Celtics over Raptors, 95-93

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics knew they were in the playoffs. Now they can start thinking about a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away shot from deep on the right …