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

Thompson: Now, we learn if these Warriors are championship worthy after getting embarrassed in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The characteristics of the past championship teams have just been imputed onto this edition of the Warriors. Largely because the three best players – Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are still in the core – it is often concluded this is a continuation of the dynastic era of three titles … Read more

Joel Embiid needs to carry the 76ers to victory

It’s do or die time for Joel Embiid and the Sixers.Image: Getty Images Joel Embiid’s MVP-caliber season could come crashing down tonight if he can’t lead his Philadelphia 76ers to a win over the Miami Heat. If Philly gets sent packing in the semifinals again, this will be the fourth time in five years that’s … Read more

Bucks put Celtics on the brink, display championship pedigree

BOSTON – What happened? No, really—what just happened? The Bucks beat the Celtics 110–107 on Wednesday, seizing a 3–2 lead in the series. And, seriously—how did that happen? “We beat ourselves,” said Boston guard Marcus Smart. Said coach Ime Udoka, “We know we gave up a golden opportunity tonight.” Added forward Jaylen Brown, “We gave … 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

Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic officially named NBA MVP

DENVER – Nikola Jokic plays for Denver. And for Serbia. Both places can once again make the same claim: For the second consecutive season, they’re home to the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. The league announced Wednesday night that Jokic had won back-to-back MVP awards. The Nuggets ‘big man is the second consecutive international player to … 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