Celtics clinch No. 1 seed in East

The defending NBA Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, mailed it in to close the regular season and fell to a No. 2 seed.

Ainge said if Boston doesn't respect their opponents and give a full effort for 48 minutes every night, they're in for an early end to the season.

The Bulls and Celtics split the season series two wins apiece, with the home team winning each game.

LeBron James won't be playing for the Cavaliers against the Toronto Raptors and the Bucks announced that All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, guard Matthew Dellavedova, Khris Middleton, and Tony Snell didn't travel to Boston to rest, as Milwaukee already has its playoff spot clinched and appears indifferent about the seed.

Let's hit a few other notes out of Friday's practice as Boston prepares for its first-round playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls, which begins Sunday night at TD Garden.

The Bulls destroyed the Brooklyn Nets 112-73 on Wednesday night to make it into the playoffs.

Pacers 104, Hawks 86: Paul George finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague added 19 points and IN clinched a playoff spot. Miami was 11-30 in the first half of the season, then 30-11 in the second.

Now, he might help keep the Heat out of the playoffs.

Our numbers say: At 52.9%, the Jazz aren't much better than a toss-up against the San Antonio Spurs at home.

San Antonio and the Memphis Grizzlies will lock horns in the west. No. 6 Oklahoma City.

Thomas hasn't proved himself as a victor in the postseason, but he's highly motivated to do so this year, especially after a regular season in which he put himself in the MVP conversation with his offensive wizardry. "We're going to have our hands full, but I guess it's the playoffs, that's what's supposed to be the case". "Now we have to turn the page and get ready for Toronto". They were a team built to rig their regular season record because of their depth and ability to win the second nights of back-to-backs. Just ask Thomas, who directly credits Horford for helping take his game to the next level.

And yet the legend of "National TV Rondo" has been passed on to a new generation of Celtics, including Isaiah Thomas, who emerged as the new face of the franchise in the aftermath of Rondo's being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in December 2014.

Simply put, the Boston Celtics must find balance when Thomas is not on the floor and have to find a player to take pressure off of him during crucial points in the game during the playoffs.

But Thomas was on the bench with eight minutes left in the fourth, with the Celtics trailing 88-87.

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