Grizzlies stay alive while Bucks shock Celtics, plus what we already know about the NFL schedule release

Happy Thursday, everybody. Hope you got at least a couple of hours of sleep after a really wild night of sports.

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Never ignore the heart of a champ. The Milwaukee Bucks outscored the Celtics 11-2 over the last 2 minutes to stun Boston, 110-107, and take a 3-2 series lead.

  • The Bucks routed by 14 — 93-79 — with 10 minutes to go however outscored the Celtics 31-14 from there on out.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 11 rebounds to blaze a trail.
  • After a Bobby Portis putback provided Milwaukee a 108-107 lead with 11 seconds left, Jrue Holiday developed 2 game-saving defensive plays: initially, an extraordinary block on a Marcus Smart layup effort. Then, after 2 Pat Connaughton complimentary tosses, Holiday took the ball from Smart to seal the video game.

This was most likely the very best video game of the playoffs up until now. You had top quality shot making on both ends of the court from the video game’s greatest stars, Al Horford with another age-defying dunk, Antetokounmpo for a short time having fun with blood diminishing his face after taking an elbow, and, eventually, a sensational return from the protecting champs that revealed they’re not rather all set to quit their crown right now.

This Bucks’ return consisted of a bit of whatever, composes NBA press reporter Jack Maloney.

  • Maloney: “They turned around a 14-point deficit thanks to some big-time shot making, a dominant performance on the offensive glass and a little bit of luck. … All told, the Bucks went a perfect 6-for-6 from downtown in the fourth quarter. … Eight of the Bucks’ whopping 17 offensive rebounds came in the fourth quarter, and nine of their 20 second-chance points came in the frame.”

More on that luck in simply a 2nd… however another thing: they Bucks are an ideal 8-0 in possible closeout video games under Mike Budenholzer. They can transfer to 9-0 on Friday.


Many individuals left the Memphis Grizzlies for dead after Ja Morant‘s injury in a blowout Game 3 loss and subsequent Game 4 loss without him readily available. But that “many people” does not consist of the only individuals that matter: The Grizzlies themselves. Memphis controlled Golden State so completely last night that the last rating appears like a misprint: Grizzlies 134, Warriors 95.

  • The 39-point success is the biggest in group playoff history.
  • Seven Grizzlies scored in double figures, led by Jaren Jackson Jr., Tyus Jones and Desmond Bane all with 21 points.
  • Including playoffs, Memphis is 21-6 without Morant this season.

The Grizzlies’ season might still pertain to an end Friday, however that does not make last night’s outright dominance any less outstanding.

Honorable points out

And not such an excellent early morning for…

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This is almost as bad as it obtains from the Warriors. The rating (once again… 134-95!) promotes itself, and it even in some way makes it look closer than it was. Golden State routed by 27 at halftime and by as much as 55 total. In regards to worst playoff efforts ever, this one is definitely up there.

  • It’s the fifth-largest postseason loss in franchise history.
  • The Warriors never ever led.
  • Klay Thompson led the group with 19 points. He likewise, in some way, signed up an unreasonable minus-45 plus/minus, the worst variety of his profession.

While ball game is really stunning, it’s likewise worrying that this now makes it 2 video games in a row where the Warriors have not looked terrific. The Warriors hardly snuck by the Morant-less Grizzlies in Game 4 in San Francisco, then they kipped down this effort with an opportunity to close things out. It’s a quite bad search for a group that a person would believe has genuine champion goals, composes NBA specialist Sam Quinn.

  • Quinn: “Let’s focus on the competitive portion of the game, which was the first three quarters. At that point, the Grizzlies led by so many points that even if you took away all 17 of their 3-pointers after three quarters, they’d still hold a one-point 68-67 lead. They won the third quarter by a preposterous 25 points. It took them little more than a half to outscore their 98-point total from Game 4. This may not be the worst playoff loss in NBA history, but it’s not far off, either.”


If you’re a Celtics fan, to begin with, I’m sorry about last night, and 2nd, picture the following circumstance:

  • Your 2 greatest stars — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown — integrate for 60 points.
  • Your 3 bench gamers — Daniel Theis, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard — integrate for 24 points on ridiculous 11-for-13 shooting.
  • You force Antetokounmpo into 7 turnovers.
  • You win the turnover fight, the points in the paint fight and the quick break points fight, and you shoot almost 8 percent much better than your challenger.
  • You lead by 14 at house with 10 minutes to go.

Most of the time, that would be a win, right? Not last night, when the Celtics required it to be. There are lots of things they will be sorry for about last night. Perhaps the greatest will be quiting 17 offending rebounds, the worst of which came when Smart and Brown run into each other attempting to rebound a missed out on complimentary toss, permitting Portis’ game-winning shot. You can argue that the Bucks got fortunate on this play, and others.

But you make your own luck in the playoffs, and the Celtics just didn’t do enough down the stretch.

Not so respectable points out

NFL will launch schedule tonight. Here’s what we currently understand 🏈

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Happy NFL Schedule Release day, everybody! We currently understand the challengers for each group (you can have a look at your preferred group’s challengers and analysis here), and we have actually been getting little bits of the schedule over the previous couple of weeks, however we lastly discover all 272 video games tonight.

You can have a look at all the video games we currently understand right here, however here are a couple of I’m eagerly anticipating:

  • Week 2: Chargers at Chiefs (Thursday) — Justin Herbert vs. Patrick Mahomes on Thursday night? Sign me up.
  • Week 2: Titans at Bills (Monday) — The protecting AFC South champs satisfy the protecting AFC East champs.
  • Week 10: Cowboys at Packers (Sunday) — Aaron Rodgers appears to do something wonderful each time these groups satisfy.
  • Week 11: 49ers at Cardinals in Mexico City (Monday) — It’s most likely the very best of the 5 global video games.
  • Week 16: Broncos at Rams (Sunday – Christmas) — Russell Wilson vs. Matthew Stafford will be enjoyable.

I likewise enjoyed our NFL expert Jason La Canfora’s proposition to make the NFL schedule release much more enjoyable. It might be coming faster instead of later on, provided how the schedule expose has actually developed.

Coppa Italia last: Inter Milan beats Juventus in extra-time thriller ⚽

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There’s been lots of high-drama competition soccer over the previous couple of weeks, and Juventus vs Inter Milan in the other day’s Coppa Italia last was no exception. After connecting things up late, Inter scored two times in additional time to win 4-2.

  • Nicolò Barella scored in the 6th minute to provide Inter an early lead.
  • But Alex Sandro (50′) and Dusan Vlahovic (52′) struck back early in the 2nd half to provide Juventus the lead.
  • Hakan Calhanoglu transformed a penalty shot in the 80th minute to connect things up and require additional time.
  • In additional time, Ivan Perisic scored a penalty shot in the 99th minute and after that a sensational left-footed strike in the 102nd.

It’s Inter’s initially Coppa Italia title considering that 2011. Conversely, this will mark the very first year Juventus ends up trophy-less throughout all competitors because that very same 2010-11 season.

With the win, Inter keeps their expect the domestic treble alive, having actually now caught the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana and sitting 2 points behind A.C. Milan for the lead in Serie A with 2 matches staying.

What we’re enjoying Thursday 📺

And likewise…

🏈 2022 NFL schedule release — Here’s how to view.

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