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How Warriors had their fingerprints all over Celtics' 2024 NBA Championship

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Standing atop pieces of green and white confetti on the TD Garden parquet floor, a relieved Jayson Tatum shook his head.

“What they gonna say now? What they gonna say now?” Tatum said before later repeating the phrase while celebrating with his mother.

Sounds familiar.

Two years earlier, in the same building, a champagne-soaked Steph ...Read more

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Cigars, champagne and ski goggles: Inside the Celtics' unforgettable locker-room celebration

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BOSTON — It’s late Monday night, less than an hour after the Celtics clinched their latest championship by blowing out the Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The postgame party at TD Garden is underway.

In the back of Boston’s champagne-soaked locker room, a tall, slender man stands for a few moments above the fray in a navy blazer ...Read more

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Nuggets championship odds 2025: What sportsbooks think of Denver's chances after Celtics' NBA Finals win

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The Boston Celtics captured their 18th NBA championship after beating the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. While Boston celebrates, the other 29 teams — including the Nuggets — are looking ahead to the 2024-25 season.

So, what are Denver Bronco's chances of winning its second title in three years? If oddsmakers are to be believed, they’re ...Read more

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Mirjam Swanson: Why Paul George and the Clippers might be breaking up

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Now that the Boston Celtics’ championship is out of the way, we can finally get to what you’ve all been waiting for: NBA free agency.

The league has poured a little accelerant on this year’s fun and decreed that for the first time teams can begin negotiating with upcoming free agents on their own rosters the day after the last game of the...Read more

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Lynx find early keys to success

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Alanna Smith was sitting next to Natisha Hiedeman on the Minnesota Lynx bench at the team's first preseason game on May 3. Both were new to the team, Smith via free agency, Hiedeman via trade. They'd known each other two, maybe three weeks.

"And [Hiedeman] goes, 'I love you guys,' " Smith said. "The regular season wasn't even started. So, the ...Read more

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By the numbers: Which title team was more dominant, UConn or the Celtics?

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HARTFORD, Conn. — It’s been quite a year for New England basketball fans.

First, the UConn men’s basketball team dominated the rest of the competition en route to a sixth NCAA title and second in a row. Then, just up the road, the Boston Celtics punctuated a 64-win regular season with a 16-3 tear through the NBA playoffs, coasting to an ...Read more

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Celtics clear favorites to win 2025 NBA title, but path looks tougher

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LAS VEGAS — The Boston Celtics are the clear favorites to become the first team to win back-to-back NBA championships since the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

The Celtics won their 18th NBA title Monday with a 106-88 Game 5 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The victory helped Boston break a tie for the most championships in league ...Read more

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Jeff Van Gundy joins Clippers as lead assistant to coach Tyronn Lue

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LOS ANGELES — Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy and the Clippers have agreed on a deal for him to become the top assistant on head coach Tyronn Lue's staff, people with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak on the matter confirmed to The Los Angeles Times.

Van Gundy's priority will be as the Clippers' defensive coordinator, a ...Read more

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Ex-Laker Darius Morris died of coronary heart disease, L.A. County medical examiner says

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LOS ANGELES — Former Lakers and Clippers guard Darius Morris died at age 33 of coronary artery disease, although the "effects of cocaine, hydrocodone and ethanol" were listed as "other significant conditions," according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.

Morris, who played for the Lakers alongside his mentor Kobe Bryant...Read more

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Everything you need to know about the Nets entering the NBA offseason

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The Boston Celtics hoisted the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy at TD Garden on Monday night, officially bringing the 2023-24 NBA season to an end. And now that the offseason is here, it is time for the Brooklyn Nets — and other teams eager to build toward championship contention — to get back to work.

With a new coaching staff in place,...Read more

Jordan Horston finding ways to spark Storm despite inconsistent role

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The Storm’s 2023 season was akin to a dumpster fire, but it wasn’t a total loss.

Yes, they were next-to-last in the WNBA at 11-29 — their most defeats in franchise history.

But the ending of a Big Three partnership that delivered two titles allowed Jewell Loyd to step out of the shadow cast by departing stars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart...Read more

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Dom Amore: In a region of champions, Dan Hurley's UConn Huskies are the dynasty in residence

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BOSTON — Through the gates near Pesky’s Pole and up the right field line, the UConn men’s basketball team swaggered into Fenway Park, right into the middle of The Greatest Rivalry in Sports.

In this part of the world, at least in this column, that’s an official title that’s still valid, even if Red Sox-Yankees is currently a rivalry ...Read more

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Ken Sugiura: Hawks' apparent interest in Donovan Clingan could be boon for franchise

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ATLANTA — It could be a smoke screen or recycled rumor. Or maybe there’s a nugget of truth.

And that’s that the Hawks, who hold the first overall pick, are leaning toward Connecticut center Donovan Clingan in next week’s draft. Two officials with NBA teams (not the Hawks) told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday that they believe ...Read more

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David Murphy: The argument for the Sixers signing Paul George actually makes some sense

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PHILADELPHIA — The argument for handing Paul George a four-year, $216 million-plus contract is a lot of things.

It is compelling. It is sensible. It is rational.

It is also extremely difficult for me to accept.

But I’m getting there.

When the Sixers first floated the idea of making George their primary target this offseason, my reaction ...Read more

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Andrew Callahan: These Celtics will live forever, NBA champions again

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BOSTON — No more doubts.

No more questions.

No more qualifiers.

The Boston Celtics are NBA champions, the best in all of basketball, once again.

The Celtics completed their quest for basketball immortality Monday night by mauling the Mavericks, 106-88, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals; the final stroke of their season-long masterpiece.

It was ...Read more

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Jaylen Brown named NBA Finals MVP after spectacular series vs. Mavs

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BOSTON — Jaylen Brown said it best. It was a full-team effort for the Celtics to clinch their 18th banner with a 106-88 Game 5 win over the Mavericks in the NBA Finals.

Jayson Tatum led the game with 31 points and 11 assists. Jrue Holiday collected a team-leading 11 rebounds. Sam Hauser buried two first-half 3s with a steal. Payton Pritchard ...Read more

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Mavericks: 'We need to regroup' after Game 5 loss

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The Dallas Mavericks were just a minor distraction to the Boston Celtics in their pursuit of banner 18.

The Celtics opened a 21-point halftime lead Monday and rolled to an 106-88 victory over the Mavericks in the deciding Game 5 of the NBA Finals before a celebratory crowd at the TD Garden.

The Mavericks displayed little of the execution and ...Read more

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An NBA draft freefall could leave Heat with decision similar to Caron Butler, Justise Winslow

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MIAMI — Part of NBA draft preparation is being prepared for the unexpected — an element the Miami Heat have had considerable experience with over the years.

This time around, they’re prepared.

Even while holding the No. 15 pick in the first round on June 26, the Heat have worked out a player who at one point was projected as the ...Read more

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WNBA Commissioner's Cup title game between Liberty, Lynx moved to UBS Arena due to NBA draft

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NEW YORK — The Commissioner’s Cup championship game between the Minnesota Lynx and Liberty on June 25 has been moved from Barclays Center to UBS Arena on Long Island, the league announced Monday.

With the NBA draft set to take place at Barclays Center on June 26, the venue is unable to host the WNBA’s Commissioner’s Cup Final a day ...Read more