NBA playoffs 2017: Today’s scores, schedule, news and live updates

Get the latest NBA scores and updated playoff schedule below. We’ll also bring you news, updates and video highlights before, during and after each game.

The Cavaliers advanced to the second round of the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday by completing a four-game sweep of the Pacers. In the west, the Rockets took a 3-1 series lead against the Thunder with a chaotic Game 4 victory in Oklahoma City. The Celtics-Bulls series is tied 2-2 after another win by the road team, and the Jazz evened their series vs. the Clippers at 2-2 with a win in Salt Lake City.

There are three NBA playoff games Monday night: The Raptors took a 3-2 lead in their Cheap Rugby Jerseys series by routing the Bucks 118-93 in Toronto; and the Hawks evened their series vs. the Wizards 2-2 with a 111-101 victory in Atlanta.

George received similar criticism after Game 1 when he said he should be the one taking last-second shots after C.J. Miles attempted the game-winner and missed. To his credit, a day later he admitted Miles made the right play, but that quote didn’t get near as much publicity.

Saying George hates his teammates was an easy assumption following back-to-back games of criticism, but that doesn’t mean it was the reality. He was asked specifically about those players, and gave his honest opinion. He understandably wants the best out of teammates in order to win the series.

While there’s still a real possibility George leaves Indiana in the near future (either through trade or free agency), he’s dedicated to the team at the moment. He wants to win just as much as anyone.

Pacers’ Paul George fires back at media’s ‘complete ignorance’

After Game 2 of the Pacers’ NBA playoff series against the Cavs, Paul George made comments about his teammates that many viewed as critical. He said Lance Stephenson needs to “control himself” and said Myles Turner needs to “take it to the next level.”

Numerous outlets ran with the quotes, but George wasn’t happy with how he was portrayed. Many headlines claimed the All-Star was unhappy with his team, and that these quotes were evidence he wanted to leave the Pacers.

“Complete ignorance,” George said Wednesday when Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys asked to respond to the criticism. “Everybody knows how close I am with my teammates, and to really make that the highlight of the series — I said that only to motivate us and to win the series. That’s what this thing is about. Winning. And trying to bring a championship to Indy and try to get out of this first round. That was the only story that needed to be written about.

“For them to say I’m a selfish teammate or I don’t think about my teammates, or Cheap Retro Jerseys NBA I’m throwing my teammates under the bus — I didn’t say anything bad about my teammates other than what [the media] asked that I think my teammates can do down the stretch to help this team win. I didn’t say anything that was even close to throwing them under the bus.”

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas upset at refs after finishing with 0 free throws

Standing at under 6 feet tall, Isaiah Thomas finds it difficult to navigate his way through the trees on his way to the basket. When he does decide to go that route, he’s often fouled, as he shot 649 free throws in the regular season (fifth-highest total in the league).

The free-throw line is where Thomas shines, as he shot 90 percent from there, second-best among eligible players. But in Game 5 of the Celtics’ playoff series against the Wizards, Thomas didn’t go to the line once, and the point guard was not happy about it after the game.

“But it’s just, I don’t like it when they make stuff up. … If I didn’t do a good job or I didn’t do something [correctly], then I understand that. That’s your job. You got to write it. But when you make stuff up, that’s the part that I don’t get that kind of makes me mad.”

The media criticism reached a boiling point when Lue made the choice to bench starters LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love so they could get some rest. The media, fellow coaches and players from around the league weighed in, with many opinions bashing Lue’s choice.

“That’s why I know that the media has to do what they have to do, because when you Cheap Quality NBA Jerseys rest him, they cry, ‘Oh, he should play! [Michael] Jordan would never sit!’ And then you play him 42 minutes: ‘He’s playing too much!'” Lue said. “Like, what? So if you don’t play, you mad. If you play too much, you mad. … And I’ve come to the realization that it is what it is. That’s why I just try to tune Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys the outside noise out.”

Florida forward Devin Robinson enters NBA Draft

Gators forward Devin Robinson will forgo his final season at Florida to enter the NBA Draft.

Robinson, a 6-8 slasher, averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds last season while helping Florida reach the Elite Eight.

After the game, Westbrook was asked about his box score line. Decked out in the Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys most Russell Westbrook attire there is, a black-and-white speckled suit with a bandana, he responded, I don’t give a f— about my line. We lost. (GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNING!)

He can’t be pleased, down 2-0 in the series when this game looked to be Oklahoma City’s until the final frame. But he will have a tough time blaming anyone other than himself for the game’s finish.

Westbrook’s game was well-rounded as usual with 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and he was on his way to another great scoring night on 13-of-25 shooting through three quarters. The forced looks changed the outlook of his overall performance, however; more importantly, they allowed the Rockets to come back and win a game that wasn’t theirs.

The Celtics showed up in Chicago to shrink the Bulls’ advantage in the series to 2-1. The Thunder outlasted the Rockets after James Harden’s potential game-winner hit the rim and bounced safely to the ground. Chris Paul turned into the Point God, saving the Clippers and giving LA home-court advantage Cheap Lions Jerseys once again.

Let’s take a look at what happened in each playoff game, along with the turning points Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys and X-factors that helped shape the final scores.

Pau Gasol joins rare NBA company with 20,000th career point

The 35-year-old is a three-time first-team all-defense choice. More notoriously, he’s the reason the league now bans gambling on team flights. It all goes back to an incident during which he lumped up teammate O.J. Mayo over a card game. As the story goes, Mayo owed Allen $7,500 but refused to pay and began selling out about how he wasn’t going to do so while claiming he was a better player and boasting about being a lottery pick.

Here’s how Allen responded, according to an ESPN.com article penned by Chris Broussard:

…Allen had enough and struck Mayo in the face. He then landed a succession of blows to Mayo’s eye, mouth, shoulder and the side of his head. Mayo was able to get off a swing, but Allen ducked to avoid it and then clocked Mayo once more for good measure.

Gasol, who has also played on the Grizzlies, Lakers and Bulls during his so far 15 Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys years in the league, is undoubtedly in elite company.

Turning point: At the end of the third quarter, the Thunder held a 77-72 lead. Coach Billy Donovan tried to give Westbrook, who played 42 of a possible 48 minutes, a short break before subbing him back in for the rest of the game. Donovan used a five-man lineup of Oladipo-Abrines-McDermott-Grant-Gibson. Less Cheap Kings Jerseys than three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Rockets were ahead 86-81. Yep, just like that.

OKC was outscored 27-9 in the six minutes Westbrook sat in Game 5. For the entire series, the Thunder finished plus-15 with Westbrook on the floor and minus-58 when he sat. Yes, the offense dropped significantly without a singular driving force like Westbrook available, but as ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh pointed out prior to Game 5, the defense was even worse. Donovan didn’t stagger Steven Adams’ minutes and separate him from Westbrook this series, and the Thunder’s defensive efficiency plummeted as a result.

Charles Barkley: Isaiah Thomas crying ‘makes me uncomfortable’

Charles Barkley seems to be missing a sensitivity chip.

Before the Celtics took on the Bulls in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Sunday, the Inside the NBA analyst discussed how he felt uncomfortable about Boston star Isaiah Thomas crying during warmups.

Thomas’ 22-year-old sister, Chyna, died in a car wreck in Washington State Saturday morning, so it’s only natural he’s playing with a heavy heart. It’s impressive he’s able to play at all. But Barkley said Thomas shouldn’t be in the lineup if he can’t keep emotions in check.

The score was 55-46, Warriors, at the half, by the way. The Warriors then went out and held the Blazers to six points over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third period. (UPDATE: The Warriors held the Blazers to 35 points for the entire second half and cruised to a 110-81 victory. Golden State now leads the first-round series 2-0.)

A quick scan of the not-fancy regular-season stats shows how far off Barkley was. True, Golden State was 11th-best in the NBA with 104.3 points allowed per game, but it was first in field goal defense (43.5 percent), steals (9.6 per game), blocked shots (6.7 per game) and turnovers forced (15.5). It also was third in defensive rebounds per game (35.0).

The nerdy stats explain it, too: The defending West champs were second in the league in defensive rating (104.57 points per 100 possessions), just behind the Spurs.

See, Chuck, the Dubs play fast, and they shoot early and often, which leads Cheap Jordan Jerseys China to lots of possessions on both ends. So while the points per game look iffy, the rest Cheap Kids Football Jerseys of the fundamentals are strong.

I’ve asked this before, and I’ll ask it again: Does Chuck even watch basketball?

Shaquille O’Neal to pay for funeral of teen who accidentally shot himself on Instagram

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will cover funeral expenses for Malachi Hemphill, a 13-year-old Georgia teen who accidentally shot himself on social media this past week.

After the game, the Celtics’ Avery Bradley said Rondo was calling them out near the end of the game.

I looked around and a few times in the game guys were putting their heads down, I think getting down on themselves. But as a team, we have to stay together. The other team is looking at that. They’re using that as motivation for themselves. I could even hear Rondo, like, ‘Yeah, they gave up. They gave up.’ But you never can let a team see that. You have to continue to be positive and go out there and play hard, no matter what the outcome is.

Perhaps the best example of this was in the fourth quarter when Marcus Smart Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys appeared to flip off a fan in the crowd after bricking a 3-pointer. Immediately after that, Rondo lobbed the ball up to Cristiano Felicio for an alley-oop.

The Celtics will need to improve on the court, and apparently their mindset, before Game 3 if they want a chance to get back in this series.

What happened: Toronto treated this one with the appropriate amount of urgency from the beginning and looked like the team that won 51 games during the regular season. The Raptors hit the Bucks with a 17-0 run in the first quarter to set the tone and didn’t drop their intensity from there. Despite Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys dealing with stiffness in his back, Kyle Lowry had his strongest performance of the series, posting a double-double (16 points, 10 assists) and finishing a team-high plus-29 for the game.

Russell Westbrook fined $15K for dropping f-bomb

As the the significance of the games intensifies, so will the chippiness of the exchanges among competitors in the heat of battle. At some point, it might (read: probably will) jump off. You never know. In anticipation of the inevitable, we thought we’d gift you with a guide to separate the authentic from the fugazi, the ones who’ll talk about it from the ones who’ll be about it, the studio gangstas from the Roscoe P. Coldchains, the Danny Grangers — remember when he suddenly tried to become an enforcer in the 2012 playoffs against the Heat? — from the … well, you get the picture.

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Russell Westbrook has been fined 15,000 for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview, the NBA announced on Friday.

The moment came after the Thunder’s 115-111 Game 2 loss to the Rockets in Houston, when a reporter asked Westbrook about his 51-point triple-double performance.

I guess if you cuss you get fined, he said. So soon as somebody else cuss, then Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth make sure when they cuss at me, I hope they get fined too. It is what it is, but I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.

The Rockets currently have a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder.

Despite Porzingis’ frustrations, a trade is highly unlikely: He’s the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada centerpiece of the Knicks, and the lone bright spot on a team that has dealt with unflattering drama between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson — not to mention the drama between owner James Dolan and Charles Oakley. Trading Porzingis would only add to the team’s dysfunction.

Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $25K for flipping off fan

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Celtics guard Marcus Smart let his emotions get the best of him late in a home playoff loss to the Bulls on Tuesday, and now he’s paying for it.

Late in the fourth quarter after missing a 3-pointer, Smart appeared to flip off, point at and shush a fan on the sideline. In wake of the incident, the NBA announced Wednesday it levied a $25,000 fine against Smart.

Obviously, I’ve been told of the gesture, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday during a conference call. I saw a brief video clip of it but, from my clip, from the angle that I saw, I couldn’t tell. But obviously if he made a gesture, it’s unacceptable and that will be handled Cheap Heat Jerseys by the league.

It was a frustrating night all around for Celtics players and fans during a Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys 111-97 loss, dropping Boston to a 2-0 deficit in the opening-round series.

Game 3 is Friday in Chicago.

Washington’s NFL team just benefitted from a Supreme Court decision permitting disparaging trademarks

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling on Monday that should benefit the Washington NFL team’s bid to regain trademark protection for the term “Redskins.” In Matal v. Tam, the Cheap Jerseys Ireland Court ruled that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, and is thus unconstitutional. All eight Justices joined in part of the decision, with four offering a concurring opinion on part of it. All agreed the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act was a problem.

Here’s what that looks like in practice. When Bogaerts is ahead in the count, he hits .309 with a .364 slugging percentage. When he’s behind in the count, he hits .303 with a .487 slugging percentage. When you watch Bogaerts hit, there are times when he’s ahead in the count 2-0 or 3-1 and you’re thinking, “All right, time to crush one,” and he gets a hittable pitch and either takes it (ARG!) or slaps it into the outfield for a single. Singles are great, but for strong hitters in hitters’ counts who get a hittable pitch, singles are a missed opportunity.

But there’s another side to that coin: When you don’t change your approach, you get better at executing it. Think of a pitcher who only throws one pitch. He’s going to be incredibly good at that one pitch, right? That’s Bogaerts. He’s what you get if you turned Mark Trumbo inside Cheap Jerseys NBA China out.