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Report: C's know which players Durant wants

Report: C's know which players Durant wants

The big question for the Celtics this offseason: What will it take to bring Kevin Durant to Boston?

It appears the Green Team might have an idea.

During an appearance on WEEI, Butch Sterns revealed that Durant’s representatives have told the Celtics organization which guys he wants to play with.

“I have this on pretty good authority: The Celtics have sat with his agent and other representatives of Durant. The Celtics do know — I don’t know who it is — but they do know who he would prefer to be brought here in a LeBron-Chris Bosh-Dwyane Wade-like way. Because that’s how it works in the NBA. You need to know who the guy or guys that that guy wants, which would be a factor

“Now, I don’t know if Durant’s told them that. But the Celtics know. They know. They’ve been told what group of guys he would want to come here.”

It’s unclear if other teams have received a similar list from Durant’s camp, but on the surface it appears Durant could be at least entertaining the idea of joining the Celtics.
 

About last night: Kawhi pushes Bucks to brink of elimination

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About last night: Kawhi pushes Bucks to brink of elimination

WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

Blakely: Raptors take control of Eastern Conference Finals 

Less than a week ago, the Toronto Raptors were an overmatched, underperforming hot mess against a Milwaukee Bucks squad that was clicking on all levels. 

Today? 

The tide of the series has turned dramatically with the Raptors now having won three straight over Milwaukee to be within one win of advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. 

Kawhi Leonard continues to be arguably the best player in the postseason, and was sensational in Game 5 with 35 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. 

But the true difference-maker was Raptors reserve Fred VanVleet, who had 21 points, including seven 3-pointers, the same number of made 3’s by the entire Milwaukee starting five. 

With steady play by veteran Kyle Lowry (17 points, seven rebounds, six assists) and Pascal Siakam (14 points, 13 rebounds, three blocked shots), the Raptors have gone from a disaster to being a win away from venturing into unchartered territory: the NBA Finals. 

Forsberg: Troll job goes to waste 

Biggest disappointment for the Bucks has to be wasting the amazing troll job by owner’s daughter Mallory Edens, who wore a Pusha-T T-shirt courtside as a hilarious shot at Drake. 

Well, that and losing three straight games for the first time all season. Not ideal timing there for Milwaukee. 

But cyborg Kawhi Leonard continues to come up with all the big plays and his big-game experience and poise is accentuated compared to these young Bucks.

SO... THAT HAPPENED


NUMBER OF NOTE

35 — Kawhi Leonard has seven games with at least 35 points this postseason. The only other player in the last 20 years to have seven 35-point games before the NBA Finals? LeBron James, on three separate occasions.

THEY SAID IT

"This isn't the sexy answer, but from the first day of training camp we've been saying we're going to stay level. A s---ty preseason game is just gonna get written off. A great win at Golden State, same thing. A terrible game in San Antonio, 'Let's bounce back.' And we've done it all year. We've kept it even-keeled."

— Raptors head coach Nick Nurse to ESPN, on storming back to move within one game of the NBA Finals

THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD

  • Raptors 105, Bucks 99 (TOR leads series 3-2)

WHAT WE'LL BE WATCHING

BlakelyDurant-drama continues… 

The he-said, he-said back and forth between Kevin Durant and FS1’s Chris Broussard makes for good theater

But more than anything else, it serves as a timely distraction from what’s really going on with the Golden State Warriors. 

Whether they will own it or not, his absence has in many ways brought this group closer together, a team that’s embracing the fact that they need one another more than ever with Durant’s uncertain return.

He is a brilliant basketball player, one whose presence makes the Warriors damn near unbeatable this time of year. 

But the social media beef he and Broussard are involved with, only cements the perception that Durant is overly sensitive when it comes to being criticized or questioned by the media. 

As I said earlier, it makes for good theatre. But Durant returning to the floor for the NBA Finals?

That’s the show that everyone is eager to see him involved with this time of year.

Forsberg: Backed against the wall 

Love Giannis’ attitude after the loss, and now Game 6 can’t come soon enough.

“We're gonna come back to Milwaukee being pissed,” Giannis told reporters. Now it’s time to go show it.

The Bucks had a chance to step on Toronto’s throats early in Game 5 and let the Raptors off the ropes. Are the Bucks just not ready for the moment yet? We’ll find out when they have to fight for their lives on the road.

Selfishly, we want two more games out of this series. 

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Brian Windhorst believes LeBron James will recruit Kyrie Irving to the Lakers

Brian Windhorst believes LeBron James will recruit Kyrie Irving to the Lakers

If Kyrie Irving leaves the Celtics in free agency after committing to the team before the start of the season, it probably won't sit well with the organization and its fans. If he leaves to go the Lakers, Boston's arch-rival? Oh boy. 

On the Stephen A. Smith show Thursday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst said he thinks Kyrie Irving is considering the Lakers as a free agent destination, and that former teammate LeBron James will attempt to recruit him to LA. 

Windhorst also notes that he thinks the Knicks and Nets are higher on Irving's list than the Lakers, but believes their play styles mesh well despite their personality differences. Irving and James won a championship in 2016 by coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the 73-win Warriors, and made a run of three consecutive Finals appearances. Then Irving requested a trade after the 2016-17 season in an effort to get out from under James' shadow. 

However, less than two weeks ago, Smith claimed he had sources telling him there was, 'No way in hell' Irving would join the Lakers this summer.

The 2018-19 season did not end the way Irving or the Celtics expected it to coming out of training camp, but it doesn't seem like noise suggesting Irving's departure is as ironclad as a public declaration of his intent to re-sign, even if it was eight months ago. 

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