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The unheralded moves that kept the Boston Celtics’ season alive and thriving

BOSTON — During a rare quiet moment amid the Boston Celtics‘ summer of roster-turnover chaos, Danny Ainge stopped to study his new-look squad. The Celtics had signed free-agent Gordon Hayward earlier that month, but Ainge still couldn’t shake a feeling that his team needed another ball handler with Isaiah Thomas‘ lingering hip injury. (Ainge was unaware that almost at that exact moment, Kyrie Irving was asking the Cleveland Cavaliers to find the trade that would deliver him to Boston in August.) Before overtime in Game 1 between the Celtics and…

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Kevin Durant proving to be the difference for Warriors in Round 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors tapped their deep reservoir of rangy defenders to strangle the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their first-round series. “That was the most stifling defense that we’ve faced all year long,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Following that double-digit defeat, Popovich sought a simple fix. “We’ve got to have more of an attitude on the court and handle that defense a lot better than we did, basically,” he said before Monday’s Game 2 at Oracle Arena. “Shooting better would be nice, too.”…

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John Wall — Washington Wizards weren’t playing up to potential in opener

TORONTO — John Wall leaned back into his seat on the Toronto Raptors old practice court, sunglasses on and looking relaxed. Despite the fact that the Washington Wizards trail the top-seeded Raptors 1-0 in this best-of-seven series, Wall remains confident that the eighth-seeded Wizards played far from their best basketball in Game 1’s 114-106 Raptors win. What the Wizards’ point guard doesn’t know is when his full All-Star explosiveness will return after missing two months following left knee surgery. But he’s certain he can still show what he can do…

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Paul George has outstanding playoff debut for Oklahoma City Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two days ago, Paul George started an answer to a question about the responsibility of guarding Donovan Mitchell while maintaining his offensive aggressiveness and stopped himself. “Y’all ain’t met Playoff P yet, huh?” George said with a smile. George, who has made a name for himself with sparkling playoff performances, had set himself up. With the memes probably chambered and ready, George was either going to live up to it or feel the wrath. With 36 points on 13-of-20 shooting, including 8-of-11 on 3-pointers (an OKC franchise…

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Tom Thibodeau says Minnesota Timberwolves need more from Karl-Anthony Towns after eight points in Game 1 loss

HOUSTON — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau called for All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns to play with more energy after Towns was an offensive afterthought in his playoff debut. Towns scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in the Timberwolves’ 104-101 loss to the Houston Rockets in Sunday’s Game 1. Thibodeau noted that the Rockets’ strategy of switching and double-teaming Towns was effective, but he put much of the onus for the off night on the 22-year-old big man’s shoulders. “He’s got to be more active,” Thibodeau said. The Minnesota Timberwolves kept…

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Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard still not cleared by his medical team

SAN FRANCISCO — Gregg Popovich reiterated that Kawhi Leonard’s continued absence from the San Antonio Spurs during their run in the Western Conference playoffs stems from the lack of clearance from the star forward’s medical team for a return to the court. Popovich was asked Sunday whether he expected Leonard to rejoin the team at some point during the postseason. “You’ll have to ask Kawhi and his group that question,” Popovich said. “So far, they say that he’s not ready to go. So we can’t do anything until that happens….

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Anthony Davis of New Orleans Pelicans gets first playoff win after big Game 1 against Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Anthony Davis has delivered many impressive performances, but his terrific showing Saturday night came with a first: a playoff victory. Building off his strong finish to the regular season, Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 97-95 Game 1 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. It was the Pelicans’ first postseason win since 2011 and the first of Davis’ six-year career. “It means a lot to get that monkey off your back and get your…

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New Orleans Pelicans frontcourt is the difference in road playoff win

PORTLAND, Ore. — The New Orleans Pelicans needed to sweat out the franchise’s first playoff win since 2011 — the first under the Pelicans moniker they adopted before the 2013-14 season and the first of Anthony Davis‘ career. The last time New Orleans reached the postseason, in 2014-15, the Pelicans led the eventual champion Golden State Warriors by 20 points at the start of the third quarter of Game 3 only to lose the game in overtime and eventually get swept. Game 1 of New Orleans’ series with the Portland…

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LeBron James on playoffs — ‘Go out and try to dominate’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — For as decorated a career as LeBron James has enjoyed, he has been at his absolute best in one particular realm: the first round of the NBA playoffs. James’ teams are 48-7 in the first round and have won 21 games in a row coming into the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ series opener against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). James, who made his postseason debut in 2006, has never lost a first-round series (12-0) or Game 1 of an opening series. Does James feel any…

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