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Celtics to face Bucks in first round of playoffs

Celtics to face Bucks in first round of playoffs

The Celtics have their first-round opponent.

Boston will take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in what has been a pretty even matchup as the two teams split the season series. As for playoff history between the two sides, the Celtics have the 4-1 edge.

THE SERIES SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, APRIL 15: Game 1 at Boston, 1 p.m.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17: Game 2 at Boston, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20: Game 3 at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22: Game 4 at Milwaukee, 1 p.m.
xTUESDAY, APRIL 24: Game 5 at Boston, TBA
xTHURSDAY, APRIL 26: Game 6 at Milwaukee, TBA
xSATURDAY, APRIL 28: Game 7 at Boston, TBA

x -- if necessary

Somehow, someway, the Celtics will need to figure out how to stop Antetokounmpo from wreaking havoc as he's done against them all season. The Greek Freak averaged 33.5 points and 10.8 rebounds against Boston in four games.

Take a look at how the rest of the Eastern Conference bracket shapes up below:

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Baynes dominates en route to C's season sweep of Nets

Baynes dominates en route to C's season sweep of Nets

BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 110-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets which gave the Celtics (55-27) a season sweep  of the Nets (28-54) for the second straight season. 

STARS

Aron Baynes: The lone starter to play, Baynes was as dominant as we’ve seen him in a Celtics uniform, finishing with a career-high 26 points along with 14 rebounds.

 

STUDS

Shane Larkin: Getting the start with Terry Rozier (rest) out, Shane Larkin flirted with a triple-double before finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Guerschon Yabusele: The Dancing Bear was among the many Celtics players to benefit from an increased opportunity to play. He tallied 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting along with four rebounds and two steals. 

Nik Stauskas: He had 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting on a night when the Nets could do little offensively.

Jonathan Gibson: This dude’s on a 10-day contract? Jonathan Gibson continues to turn heads with long-range, quick-trigger shooting. He finished with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

 

DUDS

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: This was not a good night for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a much better player than what we saw on Wednesday night. He was scoreless while missing all five of his field goal attempts.

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Bench-clearing brawl ensues between Red Sox and Yankees after Joe Kelly drills Tyler Austin

Bench-clearing brawl ensues between Red Sox and Yankees after Joe Kelly drills Tyler Austin

BOSTON — The Red Sox apparently aren’t tolerating high slides, as they might have last April. And they’re not waiting to express their feelings.

Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly and Yankees DH Tyler Austin were ejected Wednesday night after the benches cleared for the second time, with punches thrown during Round Two.

Austin in the third inning irked the Red Sox with a slide into second base, as his left foot caught shortstop Brock Holt’s right leg. Move ahead four innings with the Yanks leading 10-6 and Kelly was out for revenge. With one out, he appeared to miss with an intent pitch in the second pitch of the at-bat. On the fourth pitch, he got Austin in the back. 

Austin slammed down his bat and started to walk toward the mound. Kelly was seen on camera saying “Come on” to Austin while beckoning Austin with his hand. Austin picked up steam and went at Kelly. Austin didn’t seem to land any blows on Kelly and went to the ground, and Kelly may have successfully got a punch in with Austin on the ground.

Austin later was seen on camera landing a punch to the left side of third-base coach Carlos Febles’ head in a scene with a lot of people bunched together. Febles stayed in the game.

The teams lingered on the field for a while. Phil Nevin, the Yankees third-base coach, started pointing and screaming at the Red Sox dugout after the sides had dispersed, unhappy with something.

On a frosty night in front of 32,400, Sox-Yanks hasn't been this heated in years.

In the first dust-up, there were two runners on when Tyler Wade dropped down a bunt fielded by Rafael Devers, who threw on to Holt covering at second base. Austin was on first base.

Austin, who had just singled to grow the Yankees lead to 5-1 with none out in the third, had his left foot above the ground and it made contact with Holt’s right leg, which was on the base. The two exchanged words and quickly, the bullpens cleared, but the confrontation didn’t escalate.

The umpires on the field determined the play was not a double-play attempt and was therefore non-reviewable, per the rules.

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