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Raptors take advantage of short-handed Celtics, now one win from East’s No. 1 seed

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Man, did the Toronto Raptors need that. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Raps, who went from touting their belief that they can win an NBA championship this season to ripping off three high-profile losses to fellow Eastern Conference contenders — two to LeBron James‘ Cleveland Cavaliers, and one to the Boston Celtics — to give fans cause for concern that the bad not-so-old days were here again. Making matters worse, as Toronto wound its way through a five-losses-in-eight-games rough patch, the injury-plagued Celtics somehow managed to go on a run despite playing without a slew of important players, ripping off six straight wins prior to Tuesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Doctor: Procedure ‘should completely fix’ Kyrie’s knee

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It has been 11 days since Kyrie Irving underwent a "minimally invasive procedure" to address the soreness he was experiencing in his left knee. Following the procedure on March 24, the Celtics revealed it involved the removal of a tension wire left from the surgery Irving had performed in 2015 when he suffered a left kneecap fracture in the 2015 NBA Finals. "That's a very good sign that that's what the surgery was about," said Dr. Chris Chihlas, an orthopedic specialist with Southcoast Health.

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Raptors-Celtics, Cavs-76ers are big East games this week

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Philadelphia wants to open the playoffs at home. Toronto wants home-court advantage all the way to the NBA Finals. How they get through some marquee games this week will go a long way in determining if they reach those goals. For the Raptors, it's a game Wednesday against the team right behind them. For the red-hot 76ers, it's the one just in front of them: LeBron James and the reigning East champs from Cleveland on Friday. Toronto hosts Boston, with both teams playing for the second straight night. The Raptors lost Tuesday in Cleveland and Boston later fell in Milwaukee, keeping the Raptors two games ahead with five to play. A win Wednesday and the Raptors will be on the verge of locking up

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Stevens: Allen ‘a real plus’ for Celtics in first NBA start

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Allen got that chance on Tuesday in Boston's 106-102 loss at Milwaukee, courtesy of injuries and illnesses which continue to ravage the Celtics roster with the latest victim being Terry Rozier (left ankle) who is questionable for Wednesday's game at Toronto. "It felt good to get your first career start in the NBA," Allen, who played a career-high 23 minutes, told reporters after scoring two points on 1-for-4 shooting to go with two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. Allen, drafted by the Celtics with the 53rd overall pick in last June's NBA draft in large part because of his potential defensively, has spent most of this season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA's Gatorade League.

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Bucks inch closer to playoff spot, beat short-handed Celtics

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Giannis Antetokounmpo chased down the Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown from behind and swatted what would have been a momentum-swinging layup against the backboard with 53 seconds left in a tight game. The Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 106-102 win on Tuesday night, getting a confidence boost against a short-handed opponent they could face in the first round of the playoffs. ''I think we match up well with them,'' Antetokounmpo said.

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Brown’s solid performance not enough as Celtics fall short vs Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Greek Freak was too much for the Boston Celtics, filling up the stat sheet in several categories. Jaylen Brown: Whether it was pulling up for jumpers, going to the rim or being rewarded with free throws, Jaylen Brown delivered a solid performance for the Celtics. Khris Middleton: His shot-making early on set the tone for the Bucks, with the Celtics never really getting him under control.

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