What they’re saying before Lakers, Nuggets, Game 4 — Press Telegram

Follow Southern California Newspaper Group’s Kyle Goon as he covers the Lakers Inside the Bubble in Orlando. Updates and social media reaction of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals best-of-seven playoff series between the Lakers and Nuggets. The Lakers lead the series, 2-1. Tip-off at 6 p.m. PREVIEWS AND WHAT THEY’RE SAYING BEFORE THE…

What they’re saying before Lakers, Nuggets, Game 4 — Press Telegram

Tyler Herro Breaks Heat Rookie Playoff Scoring Record — LEAGUE ALERTS

In last night’s game 4 win over the Boston Celtics, rookie sensation Tyler Herro broke… The post Tyler Herro Breaks Heat Rookie Playoff Scoring Record appeared first on LEAGUE ALERTS.

Tyler Herro Breaks Heat Rookie Playoff Scoring Record — LEAGUE ALERTS

Bam Adebayo Injury: Here’s Latest Update On Heat Forward’s Wrist — NESN.com

The Miami Heat experienced an injury scare in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. But as it turns out, the severity of the situation appears to be very minor. Bam Adebayo appeared to hurt his wrist late in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. After tangling up […]

Bam Adebayo Injury: Here’s Latest Update On Heat Forward’s Wrist — NESN.com

The Miami Heat experienced an injury scare in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

But as it turns out, the severity of the situation appears to be very minor.

Bam Adebayo appeared to hurt his wrist late in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. After tangling up with Daniel Theis under the basket on a Jimmy Butler free-throw attempt, Adebayo began to favor his wrist and was noticeably letting his arm dangle throughout the remainder of the game. The first-year All-Star, however, stayed in and finished the contest.

After the game, Adebayo provided the backstory on the injury and confidently declared his status for Game 5.

Ok. The Bam story. He got dinged up in Game 3, got it aggravated tonight, he will get treatment, sources tell AP that he is fine and is playing Friday.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 24, 2020

That’s obviously great news for the Heat, who can finish off the Celtics and advance to the NBA Finals on Friday. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.

Celtics Notes: Boston Gives Honest Assessment Of Game 4 Loss Vs. Heat — NESN.com

Sign In Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro showcased a great individual effort to propel his team to a 112-109 Game 4 victory Wednesday night. But that wasn’t the sole reason the Celtics now face a 3-1 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals. That would be letting Boston off the hook far too easy. Boston didn’t…

Celtics Notes: Boston Gives Honest Assessment Of Game 4 Loss Vs. Heat — NESN.com

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro showcased a great individual effort to propel his team to a 112-109 Game 4 victory Wednesday night.

But that wasn’t the sole reason the Celtics now face a 3-1 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals. That would be letting Boston off the hook far too easy.

Boston didn’t control what they could have. The team came out flat and was out-hustled for key rebounds late, which Miami almost always made them pay for. The arguably biggest factor was Boston’s own offensive miscues — committing seven fourth-quarter turnovers with 19 (!) in the game.

“There’s so many different aspects,” Kemba Walker said during his postgame press conference when asked the biggest factor behind the loss, as seen on NBC Sports Boston’s postgame coverage. “Definitely some turnovers, offensive rebounds. They definitely had a lot of opportunities to score the basketball. So yeah, a lot of different things.”

Head coach Brad Stevens had a similar reaction.

“They turned us over in the fourth quarter. Those were huge plays, against the zone,” Stevens said. “We got to do a better job with handling the ball. We got to do a better job with taking care of it. But I thought that and just the rebounding, those multiple possessions where they got multiple rebounds, and our first-half shooting, probably did us in tonight.”

“… Herro’s shot-making tonight was, in addition to the things we just talked about that were our own issues, was the difference in the game. Jimmy (Butler) was great late. (Bam) Adebayo was his typical self. (Goran) Dragic made some big plays, but Herro was ridiculously good tonight. The rim must’ve looked like the ocean to him.”

Jaylen Brown added: “(I) think (Miami) made some tough shots. Think they made a lot of tough shots, the rookie Tyler Herro made a lot of tough shots. I think that’s what stands out the most.”

Herro concluded with 37 points, 17 of which came in the fourth. Boston, however, took an 85-84 lead with just shy of nine minutes left in the fourth. It ultimately disappeared due to their turnovers and mistakes down the stretch.More NBA:Celtics Wrap: Tyler Herro Leads Heat To Game 4 Win, 3-1 Series Lead

Here are some other notes from Wednesday’s Celtics-Heat game:

— Boston shot 40% from the field in the first half as the Heat took a then eight-point lead before holding a 50-44 advantage at the break.

Celtics players were at a loss for what happened, and why after four days off, they came out looking the way they did.

“I can’t explain why,” Walker said. “I don’t know, to be honest… But at the end of the day, we just have to be better.”

Stevens even said Boston was fortunate to trail just six at half.

“I thought our first half, we looked, for whatever reason, we didn’t look crisp,” Stevens said. “And obviously that showed itself in our shooting numbers. I thought we were lucky to be 50-44 at halftime, to be candid. … For whatever reason our first half just wasn’t as good as it’s been.”

— Tatum fit that slow start, as well.

The NBA All-Star didn’t score during his first 22 minutes of game action, before a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the third quarter.

“I wasn’t aggressive enough. I didn’t score in the first half, that’s unacceptable. So, I know I have to play better,” Tatum said. “It’s tough. Like I said, they played better than us in the first half. Second half we picked it up but they were already in a rhythm, and they felt good about themselves a lot of guys made a number of good plays, and it’s tough to come back from.”

— And just like that, Game 5 is just around the corner.

One message that was echoed throughout the team was the fact that the Celtics have to turn the page quickly as it’s now ‘Win Or Go Home’ time. And while their 3-1 deficit may be daunting, the Celtics are just looking at playing their best game yet on Friday, nothing more.

“I don’t know the historical odds are, or whatever that, and that doesn’t really matter. The situation we’re in we have to play well Friday. We don’t have to win three games on Friday, we have to win one. That’s going to be our focus, that’s going to be our attention,” Stevens said.

— Game 5 will be held Friday with tip off set for 8:30 p.m. ET.More NBA:Celtics Give Emotional Reactions To Decision In Breonna Taylor Case

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Blue Jays on the brink of clinching after blowout win over Yankees — Toronto Sun

BUFFALO – They can read the standings and adhere to the slim caution of the magic number still lurking, but when the Blue Jays arrived here at Sahlen Field on Wednesday afternoon, there was a fresh excitement. Read More

Blue Jays on the brink of clinching after blowout win over Yankees — Toronto Sun

By Rob Longley

BUFFALO — They can read the standings and adhere to the slim caution of the magic number still lurking, but when the Blue Jays arrived here at Sahlen Field on Wednesday afternoon, there was a fresh excitement.

With all but the most feint of mathematical probabilities in the way of clinching a playoff spot, the Jays could smell it. And perhaps there was a whiff of blood in the air as well as they laid a 14-1 beating on the New York Yankees.

Second-year manager Charlie Montoyo said felt it as soon as he walked into the clubhouse hours before first pitch. So, too, did his versatile lead-off man Cavan Biggio, who didn’t want to get ahead of himself but acknowledged the imminent accomplishment.

And that feeling carried onto the field for a statement blow-out to reduce that magic number to one with four games to play.

The clinching celebration was denied as both the Angels and Mariners clung to life with wins, but it’s now near impossible to envision a scenario where the Jays don’t return to the post-season for the first time since 2016.

And with ace Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound for Thursday’s series finale against the Yankees, playoff fever will be spiking.

“I’m going to sleep good tonight knowing he’s going tomorrow,” Montoyo said after Wednesday’s game when asked of about having the big lefty on tap with the stakes so high.

The fact that the imminent thrill of October baseball arrived this year is further encouragement for the young Jays, who have not lacked in self-belief.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said Biggio, who scored Wednesday’s first run after drawing a leadoff walk in the first then drove in two more in the Jays eight-run sixth. “I think we’re just scratching the surface on what we’re going to be able to do at this level.

“To see it coming this early on in our careers gives us a little glimpse of what we can end up doing in the future.”
Montoyo was of the same mind, candidly acknowledging that he didn’t think that true playoff contention would come for his team until 2021.

That they are on the brink of it now — and sure they took advantage of the expanded playoff format — is both a bonus and a boost to the confidence of a team that is driven by its young core.

“I’m very proud of my team to be in this position at this time, to be in a position to clinch a playoff spot,” Montoyo said. “No one expected us to be here and you can feel the vibe in there.

“This is a great experience for them. Just going through this for the first time, it’s petty cool for these kids. You can see it. This is going to help them from now until they retire.”

Though the Jays had fallen from form somewhat last week, some swagger is returning. From the outset of a challenging season — one that had then turfed from their Canadian home and denied shared arrangements in other major league cities — the team has responded favourably and thrived.

“You can make it as bad as it is or as good as you want,” Biggio said of the hurdles they’ve negotiated. “Going into the season and our situation not being able to play in Toronto and coming into Buffalo … we could have easily looked at it like, man, our backs are up against the wall. It’s okay if we don’t win this year, it’s kind of a crazy year.

“But the way we took it was is we’re here for each other. The biggest thing we’ve had is chemistry.”

They are close enough to feel it now, just a win on Thursday to set up a weekend to reset and prepare for a playoff opener next Tuesday.https://www.youtube.com/embed/IUgq0BKD818?embed_config={%27relatedChannels%27:%20[],%27autonav%27:true}&autoplay=0&playsinline=1

Once that playoff spot is verified — as presumptive as that may be, the odds against it happening are prohibitive — the Jays feel they can make some noise. Put it this way, a potential first-round date with the Tampa Bay Rays doesn’t intimidate them given how tough they played their division rivals earlier in the season.

“We’ve got to get there first,” Biggio cautioned. “That being said, I think this team plays with a lot of excitement and a lot of energy. The cool part of this team is we’re never really out of a game.”

And now just a game away from getting to play at the next level.

POST-GAME NOTES

It was a mixed bag from Jays starter Robbie Ray, though he probably did enough to move himself into some playoff work. Ray allowed just one run on three hits but with an elevated pitch count of 90 lasted just four innings. … Montoyo won’t be tipping his hand for a while, but we could see Ray splitting a start with Matt Shoemaker in the post-season … Not so fast, Alejandro Kirk, Danny Jansen sees you. The regular Jays catcher had a four-hit night with a single, double and a pair of home runs. “I just tried to be aggressive on him and try to put the barrel on it,” Jansen said of the first dinger, a line-drive shot over the wall in left off of Masahiro Tanaka … Something about the sixth. The Jays put up eight in that inning on Wednesday following up the 10-spot they inflicted on the Yankees here on Sept. 7 … After a season-long six-game losing streak the Jays are building momentum again with wins in three of their past four to improve to 29-27 … Solid relief effort from Ross Stripling who pitched four shutout innings to close things out … Besides a chance to clinch on Thursday, the Jays could salvage a split on the 10-game season series with the Yanks currently holding a 5-4 edge.

TORONTO FC 1, NEW YORK CITY FC 0: SUMMARY AND QUOTES

TORONTO FC (1) – NEW YORK CITY FC (0) POST MATCH SUMMARY

SCORING SUMMARY

TFC – Alejandro Pozuelo 90’ (PK)

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

NYCFC – Alexander Callens 23’ (caution)

TFC – Pablo Piatti 25’ (caution)

NYCFC – Valentin Castellanos 36’ (caution)

TFC – Nick DeLeon 40’ (caution)

TFC – Jozy Altidore 56’ (caution)

TFC – Jayden Nelson 64’ (caution)

NYCFC – James Sands 72’ (caution)

NYCFC – Nicolas Acevedo 89’ (caution)

RECORDS

TORONTO FC:             7-2-4   25 PTS.

NEW YORK CITY FC:   5-6-2   17 PTS.

MEDIA NOTES

  • Chris Mavinga made his 100th appearance for Toronto FC tonight (all competitions), he becomes the 12th player in club history to make 100 appearances for TFC
  • Jozy Altidore made his 150th appearance for Toronto FC tonight (all competitions), he ranks 6th on the club’s all-time appearance list
  • With the clean sheet tonight, Alex Bono ties a club record with 28 clean sheets (all competitions)
  • Tony Gallacher made his Toronto FC and MLS debut in tonight’s match

LINE-UPS

TORONTO FC – Alex Bono; Richie Laryea, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Mavinga, Tony Gallacher (Justin Morrow 61’); Jonathan Osorio (C), Nick DeLeon (Erickson Gallardo HT’), Pablo Piatti, Alejandro Pozuelo; Ayo Akinola (Patrick Mullins 87’), Jozy Altidore (Jayden Nelson 61’)

Substitutes Not Used: Quentin Westberg, Eriq Zavaleta, Laurent Ciman, Jacob Shaffelburg, Tsubasa Endoh

NEW YORK CITY FC – Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Gudmundur Thorarinsson (Ronald Matarrita 70’); James Sands, Keaton Parks, Jesus Medina (Alexandru Mitrita 70’), Valentin Castellanos (Heber 57’) (Nicolas Acevedo 88’), Alexander Ring (C); Gary Mackay-Steven (Ismael Tajouri-Shradi 70’)

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Stuver, Sebastien Ibeagha, Joe Scally, Tony Rocha

GREG VANNEY – HEAD COACH, TORONTO FC

Was this a case of a good team winning on a night when it didn’t play its best?

“Yeah very much so. We had a bit of a makeshift group, a makeshift midfield. We tried something a little bit at first just to get … because we just don’t have many midfielders, to get a couple forwards on the field. The game just worked out that way. We just didn’t have much possession and because of that it wasn’t a good shape for us to defend in. So, we had to make some adjustments. Credit to the guys, because guys are playing roles that they don’t usually play. They are doing things defensively that they don’t necessarily always do. The guys, they just gutted it out, they grinded it and they did whatever they had to do. Bones made some big saves, and we had a few chances through the course of the game as well. Even though the game wasn’t perfect, for me, wins like tonight are sometimes more valuable than the wins you get when you play teams off the field. Just for our group, we know we have a group that can play good soccer and tonight is just a character win. I think the guys feel more proud of this win than sometimes, you know, the other wins when we play well. So, I’m really proud of that, just the effort and just a couple of adjustments which slowed them down on the attack in the second half, which gave us a little bit of a chance to recover from a first half that was quite wide open.

Did you have a hunch that Alex was the right man to play against NYCFC tonight? Was it his turn?

“I don’t know if it was his turn. It was something that we had kind of mapped out. We’re just getting these guys opportunities. We’ve got to get everybody games. This season has to be something where everybody is able to move forward. Bones been outstanding in training. He was very good in the game against New England when he played earlier in the year. So, you know he’s showing why he’s capable of playing. So, we’re going to keep getting him games in order to keep both of them ready to go at all times. And we’ve got to continue to build in our depth, so tonight we saw a few more guys that haven’t played in a little while. But they came on and helped contribute towards an important win. So, we’ve got to do that with the goalkeeper position. We’ve got to do that with other positions. We have to turn around in four days and we emptied the tank tonight for sure. And we’re going to turn around and do it again against another good team. So that’s just the nature of where we’re at right now and the way the league is setting up.”

How important was it, after the way the game ended the other night, for the group to get the late result today, and get the win? And then talk a little bit about Jayden’s performance…

“Yeah, it was big. You know there’s obviously been games this year where we’ve had leads and we didn’t close out. We’ve talked about that this week ad nauseum. Just closing out games. But I also think it was just the character of the whole game, just hanging in there. Again, problem solving throughout the course of the game, figuring out better ways to deal with situations. Again, we’re a bit of a makeshift midfield, guys in different positions, and everybody just had to put in the work. So, huge win as far as that.  As far as Jayden, I thought he came in and he kind of grew into the game. At first, it’s a tough game to come into. Because we don’t necessarily have control the ball and control of the midfield. So, he came into the game with a lot of defensive work. I think he learned, even as the game was going, he was learning a little bit positionally. He met the competitive level of the game. He made some good solid plays down the stretch. So, I think these experiences are important. This is where these guys are going to learn. Tonight, was a big game and a big win and he was a contributor. I’m proud of him and he’s going to keep earning his chances.”

What does it say about Alex, being that was just his second start since May 2019?

“Alex has been extremely focused all season. You know, in fairness to him, he trains hard every day.  His mentality has been great just. He’s just buying his time for his opportunity. And the two opportunities gotten so far this year, in what’s obviously been a stop-start season, he’s been fantastic. So, I think a lot of that is a tribute to just where his mind has been during the season. He just works every day. He is working to get better and he’s been a top team guy. And so, when he’s got his opportunity, he’s answered the bell and shown his quality. So, I’m proud of this guy because he’s hanging in there and he’s really doing the work, and tonight he was huge. He really made some huge saves for us.”

ALEX BONO – GOALKEEPER, TORONTO FC

Impressive performance tonight, what’s been the key for you to stay sharp and focused

“I feel like I’m training as well as I ever have and that’s the honest opinion that I feel. I feel really good about my game right now, I feel really confident about where I’m at. Everything seems to be coming together for me. That helps with confidence and obviously everyone knows confidence is a big part of goalkeeping. That’s something that I lacked a lot of in the last few years but from the middle of last year on I felt really good about the way I’ve been playing and really good about my shape, feel like I’m in shape, feel like I’m in form right now I’m grateful to get a game here and happy we were able to get all three points.”

Is that the type of gutsy win that you can build off of?

“Yeah. The game by no means went the way we wanted it to. We adjusted and at a certain point we realized that it wasn’t going to be a game where we could play through them and play out of the back a lot. I told the guys early, we got caught in the back last game, let’s play up early, let’s let the big guys eat, let Jozy and Ayo eat and give them a chance to play us into the game because first 10-15 minutes we were just kind of launching it and letting those two fight and scrap and trying to pick up second balls and that kind of set the tone for our physicality and our fight going into the game. That was the plan from the start by no means was it an awesome performance from us but we found a way and that’s what this is going to be about for the rest of the season it’s extraordinary circumstances and for us to be able to fight and scrap and get three points on the road and not having been in Toronto for a while, that’s what it’s going to be about.”

-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-

Celtics fall in Game 4 to Miami, 112-109 — Boston Herald

Much has been made of the Celtics’ so-called core five this week. They’re the unit Brad Stevens goes with late in games, with Daniel Theis plugged in depending on the matchup, and Wednesday night the combination of Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward simply didn’t have a timely answer. Especially…

Celtics fall in Game 4 to Miami, 112-109 — Boston Herald