Boston Celtics ‘out-toughed’ as Miami Heat use huge third quarter to take Game 1 behind Jimmy Butler

Boston Celtics 'out-toughed' as Miami Heat use huge third quarter to take Game 1 behind Jimmy Butler

1:37 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — The Boston Celtics exited their locker room at halftime Tuesday night in control of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. But then the third quarter happened. And, after the Miami Heat demolished the Celtics, outscoring them 39-14 and using their physicality to send Boston into a death … Read more

Al Horford (health and safety), Marcus Smart (foot) won’t be available for Boston Celtics’ series opener against Miami Heat

Al Horford (health and safety), Marcus Smart (foot) won't be available for Boston Celtics' series opener against Miami Heat

6:03 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Boston Celtics starters Marcus Smart (midfoot sprain) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols) missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat in Miami on Tuesday night. The team made the announcement about two-and-a-half hours before tipoff. Smart suffered the sprain in Game 7 against … Read more

LeBron James Twitter Q&A – Still planning to play with Bronny; names Luka Doncic as his favorite player

LeBron James Twitter Q&A - Still planning to play with Bronny;  names Luka Doncic as his favorite player

12:13 AM ET Tory BarronESPNEditor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re probably privy to the fact LeBron James and the Los … Read more

Suns, Bucks and ‘space ball’: The biggest story of the NBA playoffs and what it means for last year’s Finals teams

Suns, Bucks and 'space ball': The biggest story of the NBA playoffs and what it means for last year's Finals teams

OK, so… now what? The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns met in the NBA Finals last season, and each squad had high hopes of being back there this June. Instead, they both lost seventh games on Sunday and head into the offseason with some lingering structural questions. In some respects, this is normal. The reality … Read more

Milwaukee Bucks ‘definitely could’ve used’ Khris Middleton in Round 2 loss to Boston Celtics

Milwaukee Bucks 'definitely could've used' Khris Middleton in Round 2 loss to Boston Celtics

9:38 PM ET jamal necklaceESPN BOSTON — To successfully defend their NBA championship, the Milwaukee Bucks knew they needed a combination of strong player performances, health and, perhaps, a little bit of luck. But the absence of forward Khris Middleton loomed wide throughout their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics and was ultimately … Read more

NBA Game 7 expert picks, odds for Bucks at Celtics, Mavericks at Suns

NBA Game 7 expert picks, odds for Bucks at Celtics, Mavericks at Suns

Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic have been stellar in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. All three enter Game 7s on Sunday. Oh, and the team with the best record in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns, is also fighting for its playoff life. There’s a lot to like about Sunday’s NBA doubleheader. … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – What to watch in Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns-Dallas Mavericks Game 7s

NBA playoffs 2022 - What to watch in Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns-Dallas Mavericks Game 7s

Which NBA contenders will join the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors in the conference finals? Sunday’s Game 7s feature two series that could not be more different. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) have each bruised their way into their finale, each winning classics on the opponent’s floor behind superstar … Read more

Devin Booker says Phoenix Suns are ‘locked in’ ahead of Game 7

Devin Booker says Phoenix Suns are 'locked in' ahead of Game 7

PHOENIX — On the plane ride back home after losing in blowout fashion to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, Suns star Devin Booker joined a card game with teammates Chris Paul and Jae Crowder and discussed their Game 7 challenge ahead. Paul has played in seven Game 7s before, … Read more

Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green suffered torn ACL, LCL in season-ending loss to Miami Heat

Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green suffered torn ACL, LCL in season-ending loss to Miami Heat

4:10 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CAMDEN, NJ — The Philadelphia 76ers announced that forward Danny Green tore the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral cruciate ligament in his left knee in Philadelphia’s season-ending loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Green was injured when 76ers superstar Joel … Read more