Celtics vs. Bucks: Boston faces most significant moment of Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown era after Game 5 collapse

The Boston Celtics could see the finish line. A 3-2 lead was right there if they could just keep their wits about them and stay on their feet. And then one stumble. Then another, and another, and suddenly, improbably, the Milwaukee Bucks nipped them at the tape to steal control of the East semifinal series. 

“We gave it away,” Jaylen Brown said. “That’s how we lost it.”

Now, the action shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 6 and one of the most significant moments of the Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown era. 

The duo, which has been together since Tatum arrived in the 2017 draft, has already made a number of deep playoff runs together. There was the surprise trip to the Eastern Conference finals in Tatum’s rookie season in 2018, where they ultimately lost Game 7 at home to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They got back to the ECF in 2020 in the bubble, but were not fully healthy and couldn’t take care of business against the Miami Heat in a strange environment. 

Both of those defeats were frustrating, but they felt like positive stepping stones for a young team at the time. The reins hadn’t fully been handed to Tatum and Brown, and in neither season were the Celtics likely to actually win the title if they broke through to the Finals — certainly not in 2018 against the Golden State Warriors at the height of their powers, and probably not against the LeBron and Anthony Davis-led Lakers in 2020.

None of those caveats apply this time around. This is well and truly Tatum and Brown’s team, and it would be a massive disappointment if they bow out in the second round, even to the defending champions. The title race is wide open this season, and

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2022 NBA playoff picture: Mavericks clinch top-four seed; Celtics vs. Bucks for No. 2 seed on Thursday

The Brooklyn Nets rallied past the New York Knicks on Wednesday and continue to control their own destiny for the No. 7 seed. The Nets trail the Cleveland Cavaliers, the current No. 7 seed, by one game and they play each other on Friday. If Brooklyn wins, it would also secure the tiebreaker. 

Also in the East, the 2-seed Boston Celtics hit the 50-win mark and remain tied in the loss column with No. 3 Milwaukee and No. 4 Philadelphia. The Celtics play the Bucks on Thursday in a game that will go a long way in sussing out this three-team logjam. 

We’re going to be keeping close tabs on the playoff race with daily updates the rest of the way. Below is where things stand entering play on Thursday, April 7.

NOTE: Our SportsLine model, developed by predictive data engineer Stephen Oh, simulates the entire season 10,000 times and is constantly updating to reflect changing circumstances to produce the most unbiased and precise projections imaginable


Phoenix has clinched the No. 1 overall seed. 

  • Current first-round matchup: TBD (play-in results)  

The Grizzlies have clinched the No. 2 seed. 

The Warriors remain one game up on No. 4 Dallas in the loss column with three to play. Golden State has clinched a top-four seed. 

  • Projected seed: 3
  • Current first-round matchup: Nuggets
  • Tiebreaker vs. No. 4 Mavericks: Dallas has clinched with 3-1 head-to-head advantage

4. Dallas Mavericks 

The Mavericks clinched a top-four seed with their win over Detroit on Wednesday. Dallas is one game back of No. 3 Golden State in the loss column with two to play, and

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Registration now open for Central Bucks esports league

Mom and dad, cease seeking to get your little ones to place down that X-Box controller. Playing video game titles right after faculty could really land them a job in computer system science, broadcasting or even business.

Just question leaders in the Central Bucks Faculty District, which previously this thirty day period opened registration for a new esports league for Fortnite and Minecraft players. Superintendent Abram Lucabaugh explained the new extracurricular connects to “a variety of tutorial spots,” which include organization instruction, laptop science and artwork.

Partnering with Warminster-based Metro Esports, the league usually takes a thing Lucabaugh stated most college students now have interaction with and connects it to their college and group.

“I’m generally searching for ways to maximize our students’ obtain and possibility to join to things that establish community. … (Central Bucks and Metro) genuinely saw the probable for this to be a landing stage for our college students and build greater community, and also tap into a little something that is extremely appropriate for learners,” Lucabaugh explained before this month.

This winter’s very first period commences on Feb. 1 with the battle royale sport Fortnite for learners 13 and in excess of, and the open-environment builder Minecraft for students throughout all elementary, middle and large universities.

Ari Evans, Metro’s esports director, reported each of the six-7 days seasons, which run year round, will consist of one aggressive video game for middle and superior university college students and a single relaxed recreation for all ages.

Evans stated the district is focusing on online games that can be performed throughout a number of platforms, like personal personal computers and sport consoles, and are either no cost to engage in or inexpensive.

Depending on the model, Minecraft can offer for about $25 and Fortnite is free to download. 

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