JJ Redick scored 28 points and Marco Belinelli added 25, while rookie Ben Simmons nearly grabbed a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Where the hell did the Minnesota Timberwolves come from? There are dozens of questions waiting to be answered.
The matchup: Toronto has been a consistent playoff contender for years now, but a second half decline by the Celtics and Cleveland's struggles have allowed them to seize control of the top spot in the eastern conference. The Raptors since they destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the season has been the Eastern Conference's best team.
The matchup: If you've been following the Thunder at all this season, you know how insane it's been. This season came with just as many surprises as it did disappointments. The Celtics are LUCKY - LUCKY mind you to have the #2 seed because of how the season has gone.
No. 1: Can LeBron get back to the finals? But they are very very thin on the bench.
After the long NBA season, we are finally here, the NBA Playoffs. All but one of the remaining titles went to teamsseeded second or third going into the postseason - and even several of those were clearly the best team (see: the 2012 Miami Heat with their Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh; the 2001 and 2002 Los Angeles Lakers featuring Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal; the 1993 Chicago Bulls claiming their third straight title led by Michael Jordan).
What other first-round matchup are you looking forward to? The 76ers are going into the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak.
As for Melas' selection, well, he has one heck of a reason for going with a Rockets-Clippers game from January that was decided by 11 points. The Cavaliers are only a No. 4 seed after enduring a season of dysfunction, but the King is ready to take this team on his back. The NBA's grueling seven-game series nearly always favor the higher seed who also have the benefit of home-court advantage. Also rounding out the conference are likely Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers, who shocked everyone by locking up the fifth seed despite trading away Paul George this summer. Granted LBJ has righted the ship more often than not, but it's the Pacers. Houston swept all four meetings with Minnesota this season. Which is probably what will happen. Stephen Curry is expected to miss the first round due to injury, but Kawhi Leonard is still out after much speculation surrounding his health all season for the San Antonio Spurs. Malcolm Brodgon is back from injury and Jabari Parker is starting to show flashes of why he was drafted so high. All the big teams have questions surrounding them and the rest have pieces that could cause an upset. Assuming they get past Minnesota, the Rockets could be derailed in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a perplexing squad that has pretty much spent all season trying to figure out how to mesh the huge talents of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. There will not be a shortage of points in this series. But can the Blazers match up with Pelicans center Anthony Davis? No Boogie should mean no series victory. He's averaged 29.8 Points Per Game since the All-Star Break when he's had to carry a heavier load following Demarcus Cousins' Achilles injury.
What's the Best First Round Series?
. They're unstoppable. As the great Marv Albert would say "They're sensational!" You could argue last year's squad with Gordon Hayward was, but don't you want to jump on the 'wagon with Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert (owner of a top-3 National Basketball Association nickname, the Stifle Tower), Ricky Rubio and his beard, playoff hero Joe Ingles ... maybe they should be higher on the list? The teams split their four-game regular-season series. Leave some comments and let's start the chatter!
He says the U.S.is likely to deploy more than missiles in a military action against President Bashar Assad and his Russian allies. Some stocked up on food and prepared underground shelters while others taunted the USA president to go through with his threats.
Iran's involvement in Syria in support of Assad has alarmed Israel, which has said it will counter any threat. Israel said its "combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israeli territory".
Either way, Poirier perfectly showcased not only his toughness but his evolution as a fighter both physically and mentally. Up and comer middleweight Israel Adesanya of New Zealand won a split decision over Italian Marvin Vettori .
Mr Trudeau said in a press conference that it was "unfortunate" military action was needed to degrade the use of chemical weapons. Western diplomats said they were ready to allow time for negotiations to make every effort to bring Russian Federation aboard.
Authorities, who originally had said the body was a child's, anticipate that an autopsy will be performed early next week. Argyropoulos wrote that as a family friend she initially thought Jennifer Hart was a loving mother.
But in this instance it provided a penalty kick to Madrid and near certain Champions League elimination for Juventus . Said Agnelli: "A goal-line official behind the line isn't the same thing as an official in front of a video replay.
How many people have been waiting for a gold iPhone X? If you've been holding out for a gold iPhone X , you may be in luck. Leaks have become more common under CEO Tim Cook , but this memo claims numerous supply chain leaks have been stopped.
Decked out in his protective mask, Embiid was in attendance for Game 1 Saturday to ring the ceremonial bell prior to tip-off. Don't be surprised if the Heat are there at the end of the game with a chance to put an end to the 76ers' streak today.
The Scotsman got back on his feet and continued racing before collapsing again, this time hitting his head on a roadside barrier. Sports commentator Steve Cram said it was "a disgrace" that it took so long for any paramedics to attend to Hawkins.
The Australian, who had already passed Raikkonen, then picked off Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas to clinch a stunning win. Ricciardo, however, made no mistake when handed the opportunity with a superb demonstration in overtaking.
Stormy Daniels's attorney asked to join in on the hearing, as he said he believes items seized were in regards to his client. The 23-page filing also revealed that investigators have been gathering evidence for some time as part of a grand-jury probe.
Formula One: Ferrari leads way in China
Hamilton was never a force to reckon with this time, however, qualifying only fourth and losing a place immediately at the start. Lap 2/56 - Williams driver Lance Stroll had the best start on the day, moving up to 12th after starting 18th in the grid.
UN Chief Presses Security Council For Action Over Syria
He highlighted the Palestinian-Israeli divide, the Sunni-Shiite divide, which is evident from the Gulf to the Mediterranean. Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement welcomed the strikes as an appropriate response to the suspected chemical attack.
Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei
The Malaysian was off to a great start and by the break, he lead Srikanth 11-5. "In one week, I played him two times in finals". Kidambi Srikanth tried to make a comeback with a couple of points but he fell short to the incredible grit of the Malaysian.
Russian Federation slams joint airstrikes in Syria
Russian Federation has warned the US and its allies against any steps that could destabilize the situation in Syria . Independent chemical weapons inspectors are en route to the Eastern Ghouta area to look for evidence.
Medical Test Of Unnao Rape Survivor Conducted
Our government will not compromise on the zero-tolerance policy it has followed against crime and corruption since the beginning. The state government has taken action against the erring doctors and they have been suspended.
Gun right supporters rally in Hartford
At the rally, he said that teachers should be allowed to use firearms to protect students if necessary. The rally in Indianapolis was part of a nationwide effort to have rallies in all 50 USA capitals.
Mets Catcher Travis D'Arnaud Opts For Tommy John Surgery
NY said before Friday's game against Milwaukee that Plawecki was being put on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Thursday. During the Mets' 2015 World Series season, he broke his right hand after being hit by a pitch, missing 46 games.