Hill, Bucks build 3-1 series edge on Celtics

BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS- JANUARY 02 Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at TD Garden

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If any of these guys excused their lazy, sloppy, undisciplined, selfish play during the regular season by saying, "we'll be better in the playoffs", well, they just had conclusive evidence presented to them that the bad habits they spent seven months acquiring could not be discarded just because they were now in The Playoffs.

As the player who took the biggest shot in Cleveland sports history, Irving will always be welcome around town as far as I'm concerned. "Didn't know what it was going to be like, so definitely I've learned a lot, and my approach will be different from here on out". Then, the team regressed to the mean and stumbled to just a fourth place finish in the Eastern Conference.

Yea, how foolish of the Bucks to try to win games and secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs!

There is not one single way to answer this question.

"It's just business was tough, it was tough, dealing with all the talent we had, different guys wanted to be in the limelight, guys in the limelight, s-- like that - it's been a lot". However, the criticism of Irving is certainly a very fair assessment of the situation, and it rings especially true after how poorly he played in the series against Milwaukee.

The Celtics ended their 2019 season by putting on a show that, if it had been planned to demonstrate everything that was wrong with them, could not have been better scripted. I know, I know, but hear me out.

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With head coaches accepting five-year deals from other teams, the Lakers reportedly only offered Lue a three-year, $18 million deal.

Does this come as much of a surprise after his comments following Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals? "Their bench comes in, they've had no dropoff". The Celtics did not have that.

While it seems rather unlikely that James actually ends up playing for any other team besides the Lakers this season, it is interesting to note that James does not have a no-trade clause in his current contract. Celtics fans appreciate the work more than the results, so they expect nothing less than maximum effort.

"Going into Game 3 was more pressure, but we were able to get that one". What is the common theme here?

Marcus Smart has one particular word for anyone blaming Kyrie Irving for Celtics' series loss against the Bucks.

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