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BOSTON — Home Sweet Home.
The words the Celtics have lived by in this year’s NBA playoffs.
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Conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers down to a best-of-three.
The Celtics have gone 9-0 at home in these playoffs and won 10 in a row at home dating back to the regular season. For the year, they are 36-14 at
home, a .720 winning percentage.
Just as they had done in the opening series with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics won the first two games at home and then lost two in a row on the
road, where they have just one victory in the playoffs. They then won 5 and 7 at home and lost 6 at Milwaukee.
And just like that series, Boston doesn’t have to win a road game to advance.
“I think our focus is just on the next game, on Game 5,” the Celtics’ Al Horford said after Monday’s game. “All season but specifically all
playoffs, we’ve been taking it game to game. We can’t look at it that way (of trying to win two of three). Right now, we’re fighting for our
playoff lives, and our focus as a group is Wednesday http://www.lionsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-sylvester-williams-jersey , Game 5 at home.”
LeBron James went off for 44 points in Game 4 and had help from his friends — Tristan Thompson standing out on the inside (and running the floor)
and Kyle Korver on the outside, and even blocking three Jaylen Brown shots. George Hill was great.
But, as usual, it all came down to James — and his team’s ability to set him up in mismatches, notably with smaller guard Terry Rozier.
“If you look at the four teams in the postseason now,” said James, averaging 33.7 points per game in this postseason, “Houston is trying to find
mismatches, Golden State is trying to find mismatches, Boston, and us as well. We’re all trying to find mismatches for us to try to be successful
offensively. It’s not much of a secret.”
The Cavs have a win in four games at TD Garden this year and are 9-5 there over the past four seasons.
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better than that.”
The Celtics were hardly thrilled with the officiating in the two games in Cleveland and were outspoken about it.
“I don’t really want to speak on that and get a fine,” said Marcus Morris, one of the guys trying to guard James. “At the end of the day I
work hard, work my (butt) off to defend this position. The ticky-tack fouls — it is what it is.
“It’s tough. you’re already playing against the best player in the league, and you can be a little bit physical, it’s tough to guard him. You
can’t do anything and it’s fouls, fouls. We almost had to give up baskets.”
Morris leads the NBA with 52 fouls in this postseason.
In off-court news Tuesday, Boston’s Jayson Tatum became the first Celtic to make All-Rookie first team since Paul Pierce in 1998-99. And while Ben
Simmons and Donovan Mitchell were unanimous, Tatum missed by a single vote, prompting Stevens to say, “Somebody made a mistake.”
Both Kevin Love and Jeff Green are playing with minor injuries Jaire Alexander Color Rush Jersey , while the Celtics, missing Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis for the entire
postseason, are also without backup point guard Shane Larkin. Out with a shoulder injury suffered in the second round, Larkin might return in this
series, but is not likely to make it back for Game 5.
Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night and the “if necessary” Game 7 would be back in Boston on Sunday night.
Lance Lynn gets the start Friday night when the Minnesota Twins continue a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field.
Lynn’s 2018 season has not gone anywhere near the way he may have envisioned when he hit the free-agent market for the first time last fall, ending
a six-year run with the Cardinals.
Instead of landing a lucrative, multi-year deal he went unsigned until late in spring training, when he agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract
with the Minnesota Twins — approximately $5.4 million less than he would have earned under the Cardinals’ one-year qualifying offer he turned down
After an abbreviated spring camp, Lynn got off to an abysmal start. He went 0-3 in his first five outings Royce Freeman Color Rush Jersey , posting an 8.37 ERA
in those contests but finally got into a groove when the calendar flipped to May. He went 5-2 with a 2.88 ERA over his next nine turns.
Lynn, who is 5-7 with a 5.49 ERA for the season, continues his hit-or-miss season Friday after losing his last two starts. He is fresh off his worst
outing of the season when he allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks, failing to get out of the second inning in an 11-10 loss at Wrigley
Field on Sunday.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester homered off Lynn during a disastrous second inning that also included Lynn failing to cover first on a routine grounder, which
kept the inning going long enough for the Cubs to take a big lead.
“We gave them an extra out,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said of Lynn’s gaffe. “I think that was the biggest thing that stuck out to me. An
offense like that, outs when you don’t get them, that was problematic to me. The arithmetic says that was an extra five runs because of that
Lynn is 1-1 with a 7.30 ERA in three games (two starts) versus Baltimore.
The Twins snapped a six-game losing streak in the series opener Thursday night and, in turn, extended the misery for the Orioles, who have lost three
in a row and 10 of their last 11.
They’ll turn to Dylan Bundy (6-7 Brent Suter
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on the mound for the first time since suffering a sprained left ankle June 23.
He went 3-7 with a 4.46 ERA through his first 12 starts of the season but got hot in June, posting a 1.98 ERA while going 3-0 in four starts before
suffering the injury while running the bases after collecting his first big league hit.
His return comes as the Orioles need to decide a course of action ahead of the trade deadline. At 24-62, Baltimore owns the worst record in baseball
and will almost certainly be a seller as the deadline approaches.
The 25-year-old Dylan is in his third full big league season and still has three more years of team control, making him an intriguing candidate for a
The Twins’ Logan Morrison has two home runs in 15 at-bats versus Bundy, who is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA in four career games (three starts) versus
Minnesota. Bundy faced the Twins in his first start of this season, giving up five hits over seven shutout innings in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory on