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'The connectivity is showing': How Boston discovered the blueprint that changed its season
Boston couldn't have gotten to the East finals without an identity overhaul.[read more]

The Celtics outlasted Giannis Antetokounmpo and his postseason for the ages
Without their second star, Khris Middleton, it was an accomplishment itself for Giannis and the Bucks to get this far. An even bigger one? That the Celtics were able to withstand it.[read more]

School is cool: Stephen Curry joins ranks of athletes who returned for college degrees
Putting the student in student-athlete. After leaving school early, these pro players went to great lengths to obtain their diplomas.[read more]

Ousted Bucks 'definitely could've used' Middleton
Despite another impressive series from Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks were eliminated Sunday after a Game 7 loss to the Celtics, ending a postseason round in which the defending NBA champs were without Khris Middleton.[read more]

Kerr: Payton (elbow) 'a longshot' to play in WCF
It seems unlikely, but Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II -- working his way back from an elbow injury -- might be able to return during the latter portion of the Western Conference finals, coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday.[read more]

GM: Grizz will spend to keep Morant, core intact
General manager Zach Kleiman said Sunday the Grizzlies are willing to pay the necessary price to keep Ja Morant and the team's core together.[read more]

Kerr clears league's protocols, rejoins Warriors
Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who tested positive for COVID-19 just two hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, has cleared the league's safety protocols and rejoined the Warriors on Sunday as they prepare for the next round.[read more]

Williams' historic 3-point effort keys Celtics' win
With Grant Williams leading the way, the Celtics eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon, and for the fourth time in the past six seasons, Boston is headed to the Eastern Conference finals.[read more]

Luka all smiles after Mavs demolish Suns in G7
Mavericks star Luka Doncic authored a dominant performance on Sunday night, in leading Dallas to a Game 7 victory over the defending Western Conference-champion Phoenix Suns, setting up a date with the resurgent Golden State Warriors in the next round.[read more]

Harden's addition did not make Philly 'unstoppable'
The 76ers traded for the James Harden of old. The present version is a major reason their playoffs are over.[read more]