Lakers fail to match the energy, speed of revved up Rockets in Game 1 — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — So much fatigue. So much for playing tiny lineups. So much for an entire organization feeling crushing pressure to advance. The Lakers won the tip-off against the small-ball Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their second-round series Friday, and then every perceived advantage they had entering the night vanished. The…

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The Bucks are down 3-0 to the Heat, and that means big questions about Giannis Antetokounmpo — Aaron’s Blog

The Milwaukee bucks and their superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were the Eastern Conference favorites to make the NBA Finals when the playoffs started, but last night they dropped their third straight game to the Heat and are now on the brink of elimination. Last season, the Bucks won 60 games and finish first in the […]

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The Rays just keep winning — Tampa Bay Pro Sports

Just win baby. That seems to the Rays mantra as they play their way through the 60 game season. It doesn’t seem to matter who goes down with an injury, its the next man up philosophy, and the Rays just keep winning. Josh Fleming became the first Rays pitcher in history to win his first […] first three consecutive starts as he got the decision in the Rays 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

The Rays just keep winning — Tampa Bay Pro Sports

Stevens: Celtics have licked their wounds, prepared to compete — Celtics Wire

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens believes the team has moved past their Game 3 loss and are ready to fight for the win in Game 4.

Stevens: Celtics have licked their wounds, prepared to compete — Celtics Wire

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has complete confidence in his team, even after their unexpected, last-second loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their second-round series with the reigning NBA champs.

“We have a really competitive group; we have a really intrinsically motivated group,” explained the Celtics coach

“At the end of the day, in basketball, as long as there’s time on the clock anything can happen and we were on the unfortunate end of the tough loss last night.”

“So, you you lick your wounds; you’re feeling whatever emotions you’re feeling — and then you move on and you try your best. Do what you can to control what you can, to be the best you can. And for some people it’s putting a chip on that shoulder, is the way to go about it. For others, it’s just being able to focus a little bit more on the task at hand.”

“In that moment, everybody’s a little bit different in that, but at the end of the day, I love this group,” offered Stevens. “I love their competitive spirit.”

For Boston’s Theis, better overall play the remedy for Game 3 loss https://t.co/c3VCtIfKg1

— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) September 5, 2020

In the Indiana native’s mind, there is zero doubt the Celtics will leave the floor after Game 4 having played their best basketball.

“They’re going to bring it; they’re going to give everything they have, and if we get beat, we get beat,” said Stevens. “The last night wasn’t the way we wanted it to end, but we’re looking forward to get a chance to compete again, because we like to compete.”

Compete they shall, with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 pm Eastern Time; a win here would almost certainly sew up the series for the Celtics, with only a handful of teams ever coming back from a 3-1 postseason deficit.

We’ll try not to think about what might happen next should the Raptors tie it up instead.

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Lakers’ Rajon Rondo tries to shake the rust in uneven return — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — With Rajon Rondo, the story is always refracted depending on the eye of the beholder. Some fans saw his return – an eight-point, four-assist, four-turnover debut after a month and a half on the shelf – as a rusty disappointment. But Rondo’s Laker teammates hope it’s just a starting point for…

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Speedy small-ball Rockets run past Lakers to 112-97 Game 1 win — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Houston used speed and penetration to get into the paint and break down the Lakers.

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Celtics and Raptors Play Pivotal Game Four on Saturday Night — The NBA Life

Thursday night’s 104-103 Raptors’ miracle win down in the Orlando Bubble is not one I will ever forget. First, take a look at the shot that kept the World Champions alive a little bit longer. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!??!?! pic.twitter.com/9dfLglhKM5 — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 4, 2020 Next, consider that while Jayson Tatum had 18-9-6 […]

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Jimmy Butler outscores Milwaukee in dominant fourth quarter, Miami leads series 3-0 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Fourth-quarter scoring: Jimmy Butler 17, Milwaukee Bucks 13. Or, Giannis Antetokounmpo 4, Miami Heat 40.

Jimmy Butler outscores Milwaukee in dominant fourth quarter, Miami leads series 3-0 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports