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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra gestures as he watches play against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics, Heat agree: A 2-0 lead in East finals means nothing

Sep. 18, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — If there was a sliver of consolation for the Boston Celtics on Friday, it probably could have been found within the understanding that a 2-0 lead for the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals doesn’t guarantee anything. The Celtics learned that two years ago...

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) leaps to make a pass over Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker (8), Brad Wanamaker (9) and Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead

Sep. 17, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Down by 14 in Game 1, the Miami Heat found a way. Down by 17 in Game 2, they did it again Thursday night. And after making the Boston Celtics lose another big lead on the court — as well as their cool in the postgame locker room — the unheralded Heat are two wins...

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra gestures to his team during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat, Celtics both see ways to improve before Game 2

Sep. 16, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — On the first off day of this season’s Eastern Conference finals, it might have been difficult to tell on Wednesday which team was holding the 1-0 lead in the series. Based on what was said after practices, anyway. “We need to play better,” Miami coach Erik...

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler, bottom left, and Jae Crowder (99) look on as Bam Adebayo (13) blocks a shot attempt by Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) in the closing seconds of overtime of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Bam! Adebayo's block helps Heat win Game 1 over Celtics

Sep. 15, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jayson Tatum thought he had a dunk to tie the game. Bam Adebayo had other ideas — and in the biggest moment of his young NBA career, Miami’s All-Star big man more than rose to the occasion. Jimmy Butler’s three-point play with 12 seconds left put Miami...

Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker shoots against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics' Walker, Heat's Butler waited years for East finals

Sep. 14, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler entered the NBA on the same night. They’ve paid their dues since the 2011 NBA draft. Butler is a five-time All-Star, Walker a four-time selection. Walker has the better scoring numbers, Butler the better defensive numbers. Butler leads with...

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after his team defeated the Toronto Raptors during an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Celtics won 92-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics' young core heads back to East finals, once again

Sep. 12, 2020 2:27 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Smart is 26. Jaylen Brown is 23. Jayson Tatum is 22. The Boston Celtics aren’t old, by any measure. That doesn’t mean they are lacking for experience — or don’t already know what it’s like to play in the Eastern Conference finals....

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after his team defeated the Toronto Raptors during an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Celtics won 92-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics oust Raptors in Game 7, head to East finals vs. Heat

Sep. 12, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It took every bit of seven games, but Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. And they dethroned the NBA champions to get there. Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 21 and the Celtics topped the Toronto Raptors 92-87 on Friday...

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) exchanges works with members of th eToronto Raptors following an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Raptors defeated the Celtics 125-122. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Game 7 for Celtics-Raptors, and Clippers look to advance

Sep. 10, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — An exhausting, double-overtime Game 6 had just concluded and neither Boston nor Toronto would leave the floor. Marcus Smart had some things to say to the Raptors. Fred VanVleet had some things to say to the Celtics. The scrum decided nothing — just like the first six...

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) celebrates after being fouled by Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

On to Game 7: Raptors survive Celtics in double-OT thriller

Sep. 9, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors faced a sizable early deficit. They trailed in the fourth quarter. And again in the first overtime. And again in the second overtime. Exhausted and on the brink, the reigning NBA champions rose to the moment. Next up: Game 7, for a spot in the Eastern...

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) tries to get a shot over Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka (9) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics look to knock out champion Raptors in Game 6

Sep. 8, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Lowry is obviously aware that the Toronto Raptors must win the next two games to get back to the Eastern Conference finals. He doesn’t want the Raptors thinking past Wednesday, however. The season is on the line for the reigning NBA champions, who trail the Boston...