Basketball: Top-seed Boston book Bulls contest

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 20, 2017

To earn the No. 1 spot, all the Celtics needed on Wednesday night was a win on the final day of the regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden, or a Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Toronto Raptors.

After 81 games, we still don't know if the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics will hold homecourt advantage throughout the entire Eastern Conference playoffs.

For a team with nothing to play for in their final regular season game, the Milwaukee Bucks showed a surprising amount of pluck on Wednesday night, and refused to give up easily.

The Celtics built a 27-point lead in the third quarter, but a 37-point quarter and then another charge in the fourth got the Nets, who scored 40 in the first half, to within six in the fourth. The defending National Basketball Association champions opted not to push for the top seed, resting LeBron James for the last two games.

"For three quarters, it was a ballgame".

"We got a big playoff run coming for you guys", he said.

When asked about the current situation, Head Coach Brad Stevens told Celtics media that, "The focus for us has to be the things we can control". (10) after Prince was introduced in the starting lineup before the Hawks game against the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena. After a basket by Gary Payton II, the Celtics ran off the next 18 points.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were rested as Deron Williams top-scored for Cleveland with 35 points, but he also had 10 turnovers. Everyone knows that. What might not be common knowledge, however, is just how much the Celtics have struggled to score with him off the floor. "But that wasn't the deciding factor in any moves".

Jimmy Butler averaged 23.9 points per game this season, his third consecutive season averaging at least 20 points. When you're a 53-win team and the top seed, you're no longer a fun little story.

"It's very special. I mean, for me it is". The playoffs are a bear, and having the No. 1 seed is a target with the expectations. That's the way I'm looking at it.

Boston and Chicago split four regular season meetings. The NBA didn't start keeping track of blocks or steals until the 1973-74 season.

He was on pace for another triple-double at halftime with eight assists, five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes before Coach Billy Donovan made a decision to rest him for the second half. Afterward, he said he was "100 percent". "We're going to have our hands full, but I guess it's the playoffs, that's what's supposed to be the case". The Cavs did get forward Tristan Thompson back after he missed four games with a sprained right thumb.

The rest of the East was already locked into its positions before Wednesday: Toronto at No. 3, Washington at No. 4, Atlanta at No. 5, and Milwaukee at No. 6. Totals 37-84 14-17 94. Totals 41-91 18-26 112.

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