Most of Boston's regulars got a chance to watch some basketball – both on and off the court. Following an easy season-ending 110-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, their plans finally could turn to the ''Greek Freak'' and the Milwaukee Bucks. Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics in their regular season finale.
The Celtics have their first-round opponent. Boston will take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in what has been a pretty even matchup as the two teams split the season series. As for playoff history between the two sides, the Celtics have the 4-1 edge.
Dario Saric scored 24 points, Justin Anderson added 25 points off the bench, and the Philadelphia 76ers roared into the postseason with a 130-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center to secure the third overall seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers closed the regular season on a 16-game winning streak, the longest ever for a team entering the postseason, winning half of those games with All-Star center Joel Embiid sidelined by a facial fracture.
BOSTON – Aron Baynes led a short-handed Boston lineup with a career-best 26 points and 14 rebounds, carrying the Celtics to a 110-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in the regular season finale.Jonathan Gibson scored 18 points, Guerschon
With Kyrie Irving ruled out for the playoffs on top of a host of injuries to other players, the Boston Celtics have become the preferred choice for many Wizards fans for their first-round opponent in the 2018 NBA playoffs. The fact Washington beat the Celtics by double digits on Tuesday night only strengthened that notion. It's not that he prefers another team instead, he strongly believes the Celtics should not be considered vulnerable just because of their injuries.
As Nikola Jokic (left) and Karl-Anthony Towns go, so go the postseason hopes of the Nuggets and Wolves. Wednesday marks the final day of the 2017-18 NBA regular season … and 177 days after the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers got us started, there’s still some business left to be sorted out before we can move into the playoffs. Eight of them will have a bearing on seeding, including one winner-take-all matchup — the 8 p.m. ET tilt between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets that will lock in the final contestant in the 2018 postseason field.
The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history. As if to put an emphatic stamp on their staggering turnaround from a 10-72 debacle just two seasons ago , the Sixers set a team record with their 15th consecutive victory, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 121-113 on Tuesday night in the penultimate game of the regular season.
The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history. As if to put an emphatic stamp on their staggering turnaround from a 10-72 debacle just two seasons ago , the Sixers set a team record with their 15th consecutive victory, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 121-113 on Tuesday night in the penultimate game of the regular season. The Sixers can wrap up the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, which could pay big dividends in the postseason.
It was a disappointing night for the Celtics, Rozier included. Facing a team like that is exactly what the Celtics need, especially coming off a disappointing loss to Washington on Tuesday night in large part because the Wizards simply out-worked them and played with greater effort, more consistently.
The Utah Jazz moved one win closer to the number three playoff seed in the Western Conference with a crushing 119-79 win over reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors. Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell posted 22 points for the high-flying Jazz on Tuesday. Mitchell also set a rookie record for three-pointers, having gone four of five beyond the arc to take his season tally to 186 successful threes – surpassing Damian Lillard's record.