Celtics can now begin thinking about NBA championship

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum celebrates after Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Indianapolis. The Celtics won 105-102.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INDIANAPOLIS — The Boston Celtics completed one quest Monday night by returning to the NBA Finals. Now, they’ll chase an even bigger goal,…

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Celtics sweep Pacers, return to NBA Finals

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, celebrates with teammate guard Jrue Holiday (4) after Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Indianapolis. The Celtics won 105-102.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy) INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick White’s tiebreaking 3-pointer with 43 seconds left gave Boston the lead and the…

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Closers Doncic, Irving have Mavericks on verge of NBA Finals

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, left, and Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) DALLAS — Kyrie Irving screamed at the crowd, then turned and grabbed Luka Doncic in a…

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Celtics escape Pacers in Game 1 of NBA Eastern Conference finals

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) puts up a 3-point shot to score and tie the game against the Indiana Pacers with seconds left in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) BOSTON — Jayson Tatum scored 36 points, including 10 in overtime after…

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Young set of NBA stars take over NBA playoffs and will be disputing berths in NBA Finals

Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton (left) and Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards. | PHOTOS: AFP and AP The NBA conference finals starting on Tuesday will showcase a new generation of stars as Boston takes on Indiana in the East and Dallas clashes with Minnesota in the West for a place in the Finals. Boston’s 26-year-old Jayson Tatum and 27-year-old…

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Nuggets fifth straight NBA champ to falter in title repeat quest

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic reacts after being called for a foul in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA second-round playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER — As the shock of blowing their 20-point Game 7 lead settled in, Denver Nuggets coach…

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Title favorite Celtics, underdog Pacers meet in NBA East Finals

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Boston. The Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference finals (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) BOSTON — So much about the journey the Boston Celtics…

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NBA: Timberwolves reach West finals overflowing with talent, tenacity

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards reacts after hitting a basket over Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER — The Minnesota Timberwolves reached the Western Conference finals brimming with talent, trust and tenacity after…

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High-octane Pacers back in NBA Eastern Conference finals

Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) and guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) celebrate following Game 7 in an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the New York Knicks, Sunday, May 19, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson) NEW YORK — The Indiana Pacers are headed back to the NBA Eastern Conference finals and don’t plan…

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NBA: Young Thunder brimming with optimism after playoff exit

Dallas Mavericks forward Derrick Jones Jr. (55) walks away after Oklahoma City Thunder’s Luguentz Dort (5) was issued a foul, as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) looks on in the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City…

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