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Celtics already taking first steps to next season’s juggernaut

Celtics already taking first steps to next season’s juggernaut

A 53-win conference finalist plus an All-Star forward plus the consensus top talent in the NBA Draft. Yes, the Celtics remain in the final four of the playoffs this season - pending three more LeBron tours de force - but their big plans are for next ...

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James wrapped up his postgame news conference, popped a toothpick in his mouth and pushed back from the podium as if he had just completed a satisfying meal. The Cavaliers beat the Celtics by 44 points - the largest margin of defeat ever for a No. 1 seed in the playoffs. A game that Isaiah Thomas promised would be different was ultimately more of the same.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - While acknowledging the quality of the opponent is different, Boston's Gerald Green says the Celtics have "been in this situation before. BOSTON -- LeBron James says he did not know he was left off the list announcing the three finalists for NBA MVP before leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 130-86 win over the Boston Celtics to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Lakers have the No. 2 pick in June's NBA draft, and with the Celtics expected to take Washington's Markelle Fultz at No. BOSTON (AP) - An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record.

BOSTON -- All-Star Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas aggravated a hip injury in the first half of Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, sat out the second half, and is uncertain for Sunday's Game 3. Boston coach Brad Stevens said Thomas ... CLEVELAND, Ohio - Isaiah Thomas said on the off day between Game 1 and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals that Boston does not fear the Cavaliers, who dominated the Celtics Wednesday night.

There are a few different ways to look at Friday's Game 2 Eastern Conference Finals encounter between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. No. 1: Thomas: Celtics not 'scared' of Cavs -- Given the way the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, one might think Boston is concerned about its chances in the series.
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