Suns, Bucks and ‘space ball’: The biggest story of the NBA playoffs and what it means for last year’s Finals teams

OK, so… now what? The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns met in the NBA Finals last season, and each squad had high hopes of being back there this June. Instead, they both lost seventh games on Sunday and head into the offseason with some lingering structural questions. In some respects, this is normal. The reality … Read more

Milwaukee Bucks ‘definitely could’ve used’ Khris Middleton in Round 2 loss to Boston Celtics

9:38 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN BOSTON – To successfully defend their NBA championship, the Milwaukee Bucks knew they needed a combination of strong player performances, health and, perhaps, a little bit of luck. But the absence of forward Khris Middleton loomed large throughout their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics and was ultimately … Read more

Grant Williams leads Boston Celtics past Milwaukee Bucks in convincing Game 7 victory in NBA playoffs

6:25 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN BOSTON – Grant Williams had never taken more than eight 3-pointers in a game before this series. He’d never made more than six. He’d never led the Boston Celtics in scoring. All of those things changed Sunday in the NBA playoffs. “Grant won us a playoff game tonight,” Jayson Tatum … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – What to watch in Boston Celtics-Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns-Dallas Mavericks Game 7s

Which NBA contenders will join the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors in the conference finals? Sunday’s Game 7s feature two series that could not be more different. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks (3:30 pm ET, ABC) have each bruised their way into their finale, each winning classics on the opponent’s floor behind superstar … Read more

Jrue Holiday’s defensive genius lifts Bucks over Celtics in crucial Game 5 victory: ‘He’s a winner’

BOSTON – Everything Jrue Holiday does on defense is done with a purpose. “What’s the point of trying to steal the ball if you’re just going to hit it out of bounds?” Holiday asked The Athletic in March. When Holiday dropped that musing in the middle of an in-depth 30-minute conversation about his defense, the … Read more

Milwaukee Bucks stage late rally sealed by Jrue Holiday’s heroics for Game 5 win over Boston Celtics, lead in East semis

1:13 AM ET Jamal CollierESPN BOSTON – The Milwaukee Bucks leaned on their championship pedigree in Game 5 on Wednesday night, rallying from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to escape Boston with a 110-107 victory against the Celtics and take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The winner of Game 5 in a … Read more

The Bucks’ Game 5 win over the Celtics was defined by 10 seconds of Jrue Holiday’s defensive heroics

BOSTON – The relationship between Giannis Antetokounmpo and teammate Khris Middleton, now nine years in, is well-known for its depth and trust. But about that Jrue Holiday relationship … “It’s blooming, it’s blooming!” Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks finished off a jaw-dropping display of clutch play in stealing a 110-107 Game 5 victory over … Read more

Bob Lanier, NBA force who left big shoes to fill, dies at 73

Bob Lanier, the left-handed big man who muscled up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the NBA’s top players of the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 73. The NBA said Lanier died after a short illness. The Hall of Famer had worked for the league as a global ambassador. The Athletic reported … Read more

NBA great Bob Lanier, Hall of Fame center for Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, dies at 73

Bob Lanier, the left-handed big man who muscled up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the NBA’s top players of the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 73. The NBA said in a statement that the legendary NBA center died Tuesday after a short illness. The Hall of Famer and eight-time NBA All-Star … Read more

Bucks GM Jon Horst on Game 3: ‘That wasn’t a quality playoff basketball game, and I think officiating played a role’

Following the Bucks’ 103-101 victory in Game 3, the Celtics were unhappy with the game’s officials. They believed Bucks guard Jrue Holiday fouled Celtics guard Marcus Smart on a 3-point attempt with 4.6 seconds remaining and that Smart deserved three free throws. Smart and head coach Ime Udoka passionately argued their position on the court, … Read more