An improbable Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers is in reach for the Boston Celtics. The only thing delaying it is one more victory against a Philadelphia 76ers team intent on not becoming the latest to join a dubious NBA club. Toronto was swept by Cleveland on Monday to become the 130th consecutive team in NBA history to fail to overcome a 3-0 deficit.
BOSTON – The memory of eliminating the Heat is not far from Brett Brown's mind. After all, the Sixers did so less than two weeks ago. The Sixers traveled to Boston on Monday night following their 103-92 win.
The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly finalizing a deal with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego to make him their new head coach. According to ESPN, a formal agreement is expected to be reached later Tuesday. Borrego met with Hornets owner Michael Jordan over the weekend after being a finalist for the job with Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga.
Jim Rome gives his take on the Philadelphia 76ers 103-92 Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid didn't try to squash any bad blood with Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier when asked about the pair's in-game scuffle Monday night. The 7-foot Embiid and the 6-foot-2 Rozier had to be separated after a spat late in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference playoff series that resulted in technical fouls assessed to both players. The encounter began when Embiid attempted to take the ball from Rozier after the latter was called for an offensive foul.
The band got back together on the Season 2 finale of Kevin Can Wait (1.0/4) as Adam Sandler and Chris Rock made guest appearances on the CBS comedy but the real rock stars of the night had to be LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. While the Kevin James show was down just a tenth from its Season 1 ender of May 8 last year, King James led the Ohio team to a crushing 128-93 win over the Toronto Raptors to sweep their NBA Conference Semifinal 4-0. Part of the doubleheader on TNT, the Cavs’ victory drew a 4.5 in metered market ratings to win the night on cable and see a rise of 41% over last year’s comparable Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz match-up.
The Sixers' 103-92 Game 4 win over the Celtics will forever be known as The T.J. McConnell Game (see story). There are a few reasons to think the success Brett Brown and the Sixers had by inserting McConnell in place of Robert Covington might be sustainable. Marcus Smart said the Celtics actually expected McConnell to be in the lineup, but McConnell still managed to have a major impact.
LeBron James said the Cleveland Cavaliers will stay "humble" about the prospect of challenging for the NBA title after completing a clean sweep of the Toronto Raptors. The outstanding James scored 29 points, with 11 assists and eight rebounds to set up a showdown with the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers.
The National Basketball Association was staring at the specter of two series sweeps in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Toronto Raptors entered the postseason with high hopes, securing the No. 1 seed for the first time in franchise history. Would this be the first time they also got over the hump against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Well after the Philadelphia 76ers ensured that this promising, process-trusting season wouldn’t end in a sweep, the big man from the franchise’s last team to reach the NBA Finals was still hanging out in the hallway at Wells Fargo Center, slightly perturbed. Dikembe Mutombo spotted Joel Embiid leaving the interview room with his entourage, marched his direction, and soon, that raspy baritone drowned out any other noise emanating from the arena. “How long are you going to make me wait for you?” Mutombo shouted to Embiid.