Such domination is no surprise to anyone. These one-sided playoffs are historic in nature. The losing team came back to win ATS and SU in six out of the last 10 instances - more specifically Western Conference teams who lost by 25 or more are 6-2 SU and ATS in the next conference finals game since 2007.
James, who is seeking to reach his seventh straight National Basketball Association finals, scored 15 in the fourth quarter en route to his seventh straight 30-point game. Kyrie Irving had just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, and usually dependable sharpshooters J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver were a combined 2 for 8 as coach Tyronn Lue used a different second unit to start the second quarter with James resting.
One game doesn't decide the series and, even though the Cavaliers are likely to advance, the Celtics have a squad that can give Cleveland a decent challenge when they play at their highest level. "We have to be ready for it", he said. Brown has been an aggressive rebounder during these playoffs, and Thompson is the best offensive rebounder they have faced yet.
Tottenham face Hull at the KCOM Stadium in their final game of the season where the 17-time England global will look to add more goals to his tally and secure his hold on the Golden Boot. "The team worked so hard in the last pre-season to try to first of all settle the principles and play how we play". 'It is going to be a lively game.
Coach-less Novak Djokovic's campaign at the Madrid Open tennis tournament appeared to be ending too soon before the Serbian World No.2 discovered his mojo in the third set to beat a fighting Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in a second round encounter here Wednesday.
Tottenham were beaten to the Premier League title by Chelsea last week but the Lilywhites have been in superb form throughout the season under Mauricio Pochettino. England global Kane, who hopes to add to his tally against relegated Hull on Sunday, told Sky Sports: "I've been thinking a lot about getting on the scoresheet this week.
The Slovenia worldwide has established himself as first-choice at Atletico in recent years and could be interested in a move to Old Trafford. Losing De Gea would be a big disappointment for United fans but bringing in Oblak as his replacement would certainly ease the blow as I think he'd be a superb signing if they could pull it off.
But it has certainly served me well for the future when hopefully one day I become a manager. "John took this decision to continue to play regularly and play every game, and for this reason he preferred to leave Chelsea and to play every game I do not know where".
Channing Frye scored 10 points, as well. The Cavs were 16-for-41 from three-point range. "Give credit to ( Raptors coach Dwane) Casey, he had them ready to play, they came out and competed. The margin reached 12, but Wall roared from there with all 14 of his first-half points coming in the second quarter. A 3 by Toronto's Fred Van Vleet cut it to 87-86 at 9:51 of the fourth, but James answered with a 3.
The Browns posted a video on Twitter of Garrett filling out the contract while Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" played in the background. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport , Garrett's contract is for four years and worth $30.4 million, with a signing bonus of $20.25 million.
The experienced centre-back has been struggling with a rib injury and has been linked with a move to Inter or AC Milan when his contract expires at the end of the campaign. He said on his club's website: " I'm happy to have made the Champions League final. The tough-tackling centre-back said in the Spanish press: "He's a great friend and we have great relationship from when he was here, but I'm not going to gift him anything on the pitch".
Arsenal go into the game packed full of confidence, however as stated, their fate relies on the form of both Liverpool a Manchester City above them. "I'm quite surprised", he said. Sanchez scored two poachers' efforts in the last 20 minutes to break the resistance of outstanding goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and hand the Gunners a lifeline in their chase for a 21st consecutive top-four Premier League finish.
Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points from the bench as the Boston Celtics outmuscled the Washington Wizards 115-105 to clinch their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Monday. "They have a lot of guys that play physical defense, and others guys who space the floor and knock down shots", Wall said. But Olynyk then took over.
The fear among those Arsenal fans who want Wenger out is that the Frenchman will use the strong finish to the season as evidence he's turned the team around. It's a good opportunity to show your character, how you come back and how you recover from that. "It is hard to accept this game is lost - we need to find that clinical edge".
For two- and- a- half quarters of their game one Western Conference Finals matchup in Golden State, the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Warriors. An annihilation occurred: Warriors 136, Spurs 100 , a 36-point destruction that pushed the Warriors up 2-0 in the West Finals - and two wins from a third straight NBA Finals - as the series shifts to San Antonio .
Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for the Predators, who improved to 9-2 in this National Hockey League postseason. With his second-period goal and 35th of his playoff career, Ducks RW Corey Perry tied Teemu Selanne for second on the franchise's all-time playoff goals list.
Jose Mourinho has criticised the Premier League for not moving Manchester United's final game of the domestic season to give them more preparation time for next week's Europa League final against Ajax. "I never saw that with Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City past year". "They showed me that they want to be in the final, they want to be an option".
The 2017 National Basketball Association draft lottery was held on Tuesday, which means we're that much closer to the National Basketball Association draft on June 22nd. While the Celtics and Lakers were the big winners, it wasn't just those franchises that had a lot at stake last night. " Markelle Fultz is the flawless pick for them", Ball said.
Thomas and Fultz have known each other for years, as both played at the University of Washington. But the latter is sure the two could work together. Now, I would try to persuade Gordon to sign as a free agent - you don't have to trade for him. "I have to be in attack mode, just put the pressure on the defense, see what happens".
A relentless Spurs team made light work of holding dethroned Premier League champions Leicester in a 6-1 thrashing at the King Power stadium. He's one of the best strikers in the world. "I just wanted to get one or two tonight to take it to the final game but to score the extra two at the end made it the ideal night". Now he is a massive player, one of the most important players in England.
Hamilton was delighted with his performance. In a ding-dong contest, first Vettel forced Hamilton wide at Turn One after he emerged from his second stop next to the Mercedes. In the 2017 Drivers' Championship, Vettel maintains the lead spot with 104 points. The Australian said: "I'm happy to be back on the podium today, it's the first one of the season for me which is nice but actually the race was quite a lonely one".
Conte hadn't planned to watch Tottenham's fate, preferring to go out for dinner with his wife and daughter, but if he was checking for updates from Stratford his dessert would have tasted even sweeter. "But to beat a team like Spurs , you need more than that and we showed also quality, especially in the second half". "Maybe we were a little desperate tonight after they scored".
Allen was not interviewed during the ESPN broadcast, but he was in the background during interviews of other top Draft picks. They were guaranteed no worse than the No. The Knicks, represented at the proceedings in a private room at the New York Hilton Midtown by a dapper Walt Frazier, could finish anywhere in the order from first to tenth.
The injury prone 28-year-old has been a dominant presence in West Ham's front line when available, but has only managed 22 games in claret and blue this season , as he has spent large periods of the campaign on the sidelines. The last West Ham player to score more than 10 goals in a Premier League season was Bobby Zamora (11) in 2006-07, meaning the club will have gone nine successive seasons without one of their squad scoring more than 10 times in the competition.
The famous double could be secured within a fortnight against Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. It was only Batshuayi's second Premier League goal for Chelsea since joining for £33million from Marseille last summer and the 23-year-old is yet to start a league game for the club.
City look nearly certain to achieve the bare minimum of a top-four place and could only finish below Arsenal if they lost at Watford, Arsenal won and there was a five-goal swing, with Wenger's side scoring more than City on the day. "Hopefully he will be here a long time". Arsenal must beat Everton in Sunday's final round of fixtures and hope that Liverpool drop points at home to relegated Middlesbrough - an unlikely scenario, but Wenger was bullish about his team's prospects.
They were up again minutes later as Zabaleta, the popular Argentina right back who will leave City in the off-season after nine years, came on the 61st minute to a rip-roaring reception for his last home game. Zabaleta's name was chanted throughout by the crowd, even though he started on the bench. "We made 71 points and were second". He's an exceptional professional and someone who has been extremely reliable.
The Rockets' 3-point shooting, a hallmark of their success in the regular season, got back on track Sunday when they made 19 of 43, led by six from Gordon. "We've got options, we can move some people around". "For whatever reason, today guys had their heads down after missing a few shots". So weird, in fact, that Thomas' postgame comments were critical of how the game was officiated.
More than a dozen former New York Yankees, of course including the rest of the Core Four, were at Yankee Stadium Sunday night to see Derek Jeter get his No. In fact, the only game that Jeter ever played in which the Yankees were mathematically out of playoff contention was his final home game in 2014, showing just how much Jeter was the quintessential superstar.
They have missed the chance to finish in the top four after that defeat at the Lane but they still have to play the Europa League final to contest. "If we lose the final, we don't play Champions League. Pogba's absence probably doesn't change things too much for United, as it was quite likely he wouldn't start anyway. Sky reporter Geoff Shreeves asked three questions of the United manager and then tried to follow up with a fourth, saying: 'Jose, before you go...' - only for Mourinho to ...
Speaking at the lottery Tuesday night, Embiid said one of those guys paired with the team they already have will be a threat to James and the Cavs. The big man was a star for the Sixers when he did get to play, as he averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 31 contests, all while being subjected to a minutes restriction.
In 1992-93, Teddy Sheringham scored 22 league goals. It was stated that Kane could cost as much as Griezmann's £86m ($111m) release clause. Slaven Bilic's side now sit 12th in the Premier League table with a final-day fixture away to Burnley left to play.
Zabaleta joined City from Espanyol for £6.45 million (RM35.9 million) on August 31, 2008, a day before the Abu Dhabi United Group, led by billionaire Sheikh Mansour, completed a takeover that transformed the club's fortunes. They also have players of a superior quality so look for them polish off the Baggies 3-0. Pep Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus has plenty to improve on and feels his open-mindedness will allow him to thrive at City.
The 39-year-old has won praise for his impact at the club since replacing Mike Phelan in January, although he was unsuccessful in his efforts to steer them away from relegation from the Premier League. Since the Pozzo family from Italy bought the club in 2012, Watford has had a vast turnover of players many on loan and hired seven managers. However, the Hornets are 16th in the Premier League, and have faded in the tail end of the season, losing their past five games on the bounce, ...
David De Gea and Eric Bailly are two regulars who may be rested ahead of the showpiece final on May 24, while Mourinho is also likely to rotate his attacking trio. Mary's. With one eye on their Europa League final date in Stockholm, Mourinho admits he has had to be clever in the way he uses his squad. I don't want to field a team where people think we aren't fighting for the result - we are fighting for the result .
The St. Louis Blues could have been preparing for Game 7 of a second-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Johansen scored 3:15 into the third, and the Predators advanced to the conference finals in their fourth try by taking their series against the Blues in six games.
Mourinho wanted the game moved, as neither United nor Palace have anything else to play for, but with that not an option, United are just going to miss it as best they can. We will have Demi Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Josh Harrop, Matty Willock, Angel Gomes and Zachary Dearnley. "We have a few on crutches but everybody goes".
Kane, though, claimed Spurs would not suffer like West Ham have at their new ground, the Olympic Stadium, where they have dropped 32 points this season compared to the north Londoners' four. When people say 'we gambled, ' we didn't gamble, we didn't choose Europa League. When I have 14, 15 players I can't do it. I think I am very lucky guy because to share the history of such a club in that special moment is so lucky to be here.
Harry Kane is likely to start in attack as he chases down his second Golden Boot victory in as many seasons, and some of the fringe players will be out to earn their keep for next season. Among them are Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Leicester have lost to Manchester United, Liverpool , Chelsea, Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City this season.
LeBron James scored 35 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six assists to lead the Cavaliers, who won the National Basketball Association championship last season and will play either the Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference Finals.
De Bruyne curled home a attractive finish from the edge of the area just two minutes later to double the lead following slick buildup play involving most of City's attackers. I think we have quality enough to have been there until the end". Manager Tony Pulis said: "The lads have got two days off now, they need that to clear their minds".
De Gea is valued at £60m by the Premier League club - a world-record figure for a goalkeeper. Louis van Gaal initially signed the experienced shot-stopper as De Gea looked close to moving to Madrid in 2015 before the deal fell through late on, but now he may finally be ready to step in as the Spanish giants come back in for their long-term target.
We are building a very exciting project and there is no reason for players like Harry to leave. I will stay here, don't worry. On July 3rd, we have pre-season. "We played fast, we pressed them, we made it hard for them and we created chances". "Maybe we change the formation". Everything is in place for us to be winning trophies.
Even if I get another red card, then that (is what) happens. I don't think the atmosphere is consistent, ' he added. Seventeen matches in seven weeks with 16 players is impossible. I liked very, very much the individual performances and I also liked them collectively. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka could miss Wednesday's Premier League game at Southampton due to a recurring ankle injury, manager Arsene Wenger said after his side's 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
The Italian said he and his squad had only "started to do our work". With very few minutes on the pitch in his first season at the Bridge, and one league goal prior to the game at West Brom. "If I say I'm not thinking about winning the double, I am a liar", Luiz told the club's website. We have the same ambition. Conte was fearless enough to switch to 3-4-3 and Chelsea never looked back as he got the best out of players who needed a new motivator and master tactician to get them firing ...
Michael Pineda (4-2) allowed three runs and six hits over six-plus innings. Kansas City took advantage of a double play that wasn't turned to score a pair of runs in the second inning. I knew when he hit it that it would have to be blown pretty good to get foul. "It's never easy to swallow when you're not able to get out of an inning and you had a real good opportunity a couple of times to get out of that inning".
On the veteran front, The Vertical reported the Celtics are focused on signing free-agent swingman Gordon Hayward , rather than pursuing a trade for the Bulls' Jimmy Butler (or the Pacers' Paul George , everyone's presumed soon-to-be-Laker) that would cost a small fortune in draft picks and assets.
On the other hand, Djokovic can not afford to lose early in Rome as he in racing in time to hit peak form ahead of his title defence at Roland Garros . Third seed Stan Wawrinka became the latest high-profile casualty at the Italian Open on Thursday when the Swiss was knocked out in the third round by American John Isner .
Sharapova won the title in Birmingham in 2004 and 2005. The Austrian won 6-4 6-3 against the 14-time Grand Slam tournament victor in Rome for only his second victory in six meetings between the two. In the women's tournament Simona Halep continued her good run on clay as she booked a spot in the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over qualifier Anett Kontaveit.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with the veteran quarterback, the team announced Friday. Ryan Fitzpatrick's best season was in 2015 when he started every game for the New York Jets. In 12 starts, he completed 59.4% of his passes for 1,905 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Fitzpatrick's season was defined by shaky stylings under center, and his six-interception performance in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs represented a low point.