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NBA Finals, season on schedule thanks to replacement players

Jun. 06, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

Adam Silver was on his phone constantly in late December. At that time, the NBA had more than 100 players sidelined by virus-related issues, along with some head coaches, assistant coaches, referees and team staffers. The NHL had just paused its season. The NBA commissioner wondered...

For Heat, no championship made season feel like 'a waste'

May. 30, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A frustrated Bam Adebayo tore his jersey apart as he walked off the court after the final buzzer. Erik Spoelstra made no effort to hide his sadness about how the Miami Heat's season ended. Kyle Lowry said the year was wasted. The hope was to spend Tuesday flying to the...

Heat go cold in Game 7 against Boston, and pay the price

May. 30, 2022 00:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler followed up one amazing performance with another. It just wasn't enough for the Miami Heat. The last shot of Butler's season was a 3-pointer that missed — and in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, that's the way most of the shots...

Celtics reach NBA Finals, hold off Heat 100-96 in Game 7

May. 30, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Not this time. After being thwarted on the doorstep of the NBA Finals three other times in the previous five seasons, the Boston Celtics have broken through. The beasts of the East, again. And now a chance at an NBA title awaits. Eastern...

Game 7: Heat, Celtics set to finally decide East champion

May. 28, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Erik Spoelstra didn’t even have to finish the sentence. The Miami Heat coach was speaking in the locker room after a season-extending win in Boston, players and staff standing around him in a semicircle. “There’s no two better words,” Spoelstra said. ...

Butler scores 47 points, Heat beat Celtics to force Game 7

May. 28, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Kyle Lowry listened politely while Jimmy Butler shared the credit for Miami’s Game 6 victory until his fellow All-Star took the humility too far and called his 47-point, elimination-avoiding performance “decent.” “It’s (expletive) incredible,” Lowry...

Heat's Herro out, Celtics' Smart, Williams available to play

May. 27, 2022 19:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Heat guard Tyler Herro remained sidelined because of a strained left groin as Miami tries to stave off elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night. The reigning sixth man of the year hasn't played since Game 3 of the Heat's matchup with the...

Celtics head home looking to close out top-seeded Heat

May. 26, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum wants experience to be the Celtics’ guide as they return home with a chance to wrap up their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010. Tatum was a rookie during Boston’s run to Eastern Conference finals in 2018, when it grabbed a 3-2 series lead over...

Celtics run past Heat 93-80, move a win from NBA Finals

May. 26, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Boston Celtics know the formula. They believe their defense, as has been the case time and again in these playoffs, will eventually wear down teams. Hard to argue. Jaylen Brown scored 25 points, Jayson Tatum added 22 and the Celtics are now one win...

Heat, Celtics now in a best-of-3 to decide the East title

May. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Back. Forth. Back. Forth. The Miami Heat want to see that pattern continue. The Boston Celtics hope to break that trend. And the team that prevails Wednesday night will be one game away from the NBA Finals. The Eastern Conference finals has been nothing...