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Boston, MA - 4/28/2016 - Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas is triple teamed by Atlanta Hawks (L-R) Dennis Schroder, Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Scott during the first quarter of Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston, MA April 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Reporter:

HAWKS 104, CELTICS 92

Hawks put heart-wrenching end to Celtics’ season

Guard Isaiah Thomas was in tears after Boston dropped Game 6 and was eliminated from the playoffs.

epa05280630 Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (R) and Golden State Warriors guard Ian Clark (L) react after Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sank a three point shot during the second half of the NBA Western playoffs game five between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 27 April 2016. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO CORBIS OUT

NBA NOTEBOOK

Warriors advanced easily, even without Curry

Curry is expected to miss most of the next series with a sprained right knee.

Boston, MA - 4/28/2016 - Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas (L) is consoled by teammate Jared Sullinger (R) as he comes out of the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter of Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston, MA April 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Reporter:

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Jared Sullinger wants to stay with Celtics

As a restricted free agent, the Celtics will have the option of matching any offer Sullinger receives.

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27: Courtney Lee #1 of the Charlotte Hornets celebrates winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NBA Playoff Roundup

Hornets stun Heat to take 3-2 series lead

Courtney Lee’s late 3-pointer proves decisive in Charlotte’s 90-88 win in Miami Wednesday night.

Golden State Warriors interim coach Luke Walton talks with referee Dedric Taylor on the sidelines during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Sports Log

Warriors’ Walton can talk with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy.

Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague drives through a double-team by Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Atlanta. The Hawks won 110-83 and lead the series 3-2. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP)

Celtics-Hawks has been a coaching chess match

Two tacticians — Brad Stevens and Mike Budenholzer — have made constant adjustments and countermoves in their playoff series.

The original Isaiah Thomas was a patriot, not a Celtic

The Celtic guard’s namesake scored his points as a printer and a voice for freedom in colonial times.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas continued scuffling with Hawks guard Dennis Schroder before leaving in the second half with a sprained ankle.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics wasted a great opportunity in Game 5

After the Hawks left an opening early, Boston failed to take advantage.

Mike Scott came off the bench to spark the Hawks, hitting 7 of 9 shots and finishing with 17 points.

Hawks slow to warm up, but then they never cooled off

After hitting just 6 of its first 34 shots, Atlanta scorched the Celtics the rest of the way.

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics and Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks pass by one another during Hawks free throws in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas leaves game with ankle sprain

He limped off the court with less than nine minutes to play in the game.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas limped off the court in the fourth quarter after suffering an ankle injury.

Hawks 110, Celtics 83

It goes from bad to worse for Celtics in Game 5

Late in the Hawks’ rout, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas suffered an ankle injury, although he says he’ll play in Game 6.

With the game out of hand, the vibe on the Celtics’ bench in the fourth quarter was not upbeat.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Celtics are back on the brink — again

In a series of ebbs and flows, the Hawks demolished Boston in Game 5 to take command.

Raptors guard Norman Powell dunked for 2 of his 10 points.

Raptors 102, Pacers 99

Raptors rally to beat Pacers, take 3-2 series lead

DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help Toronto erase a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit.

NBA Coach of the Year voting

The complete breakdown of vote totals in 2016 NBA Coach of the Year voting.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers (right) will have to do without stars Blake Griffin (left) and Chris Paul.

NBA notes: Banged-up Clippers lose Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his quadriceps tendon, and Paul had surgery on his broken hand and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Brad Stevens led the Celtics to a 48-34 record, finishing in a four-way tie for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Celtics Notebook

Brad Stevens finishes sixth in Coach of the Year voting

The award went to Golden State’s Steve Kerr, whose team set a record with 73 victories.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson, left, has the ball stripped by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Clippers guard Chris Paul could be out for season

The All-star guard broke his right hand, while center Blake Griffin aggravated a left quad injury in Monday’s loss.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates a fourth quarter basket with LeBron James #23 in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 24, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Cleveland won the game 100-98 to win the series. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

If Celtics win first-round series, Cavaliers await starting May 2

The second-round series begins in Cleveland.

Kemba Walker scored 11 consecutive points for the Hornets in the fourth quarter and finished with 34 points.

NBA roundup: Hornets pull even with Heat in Game 4

Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points for Charlotte in its 89-85 win.

The Hawks know they wasted a magnificent performance by Paul Millsap (4) in Game 4. Millsap finished with 45 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Celtics need to strike while Hawks are vulnerable

After Boston won the last two games, the pressure is on Atlanta.

It’s time for the Celtics to regroup after pulling out an overtime win over the Hawks in Game 4, tying the first-round series.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Celtics take their momentum on the road

They need to win at least one game in Atlanta to advance.

Jonas Jerebko showed off his reach by challenging this shot by the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore during Game 4.

Celtics have been counting on Jonas Jerebko

The forward has answered Brad Stevens’s call for a reliable shooter and versatile defender.

Stephen Curry injured his right knee at the end of the first half Sunday and didn’t play the rest of the game.

Stephen Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained MCL

The Warriors star will miss the rest of the first round of the playoffs and likely at least the first four games in Round 2.

Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger, right, greets New England Patriot's Rob Gronkowski before game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston, Sunday, April, 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Patriots out in force to support Celtics in playoffs

A contingent of Patriots, including coach Bill Belichick and tight end Rob Gronkowski, was on hand Sunday at TD Garden.

Isaiah Thomas’s sons steal show at postgame press conference

The Celtics guard’s boys were more than happy to give reporters a few choice quotes late Sunday night.

With Byron Scott gone, the Lakers will be looking for their fifth coach since 2011.

SPORTS LOG

Byron Scott out as Lakers coach

In two seasons coaching in Los Angeles, Scott had a record of 38-126.

Stephen Curry limped off the court at the end of the first half after spraining his right knee.

NBA roundup: Warriors push Rockets to brink

Despite a knee injury to Stephen Curry, Golden State still prevailed, 121-94.

Celtics players began to celebrate late in overtime after Isaiah Thomas’s 3-pointer sealed the victory.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Give the Celtics an A for (team) effort

In a superstar-driven league, Brad Stevens’s squad keeps getting contributions from everyone.

Atlanta’s Paul Millsap dominated the game — until Marcus Smart took over primary defensive duties late.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Marcus Smart’s takeover put Celtics over the top

Smart scored 11 consecutive points during a crucial stretch and also shut down Hawks star Paul Millsap.

While being guarded by Isaiah Thomas, Hawks guard Jeff Teague lost control of the ball with a chance to win in regulation.

Hawks let opportunity slip away in Game 4

Atlanta opted for Jeff Teague over Paul Millsap on the final play of regulation.

Isaiah Thomas slipped between three Hawks on his way to the basket in the first quarter.

CELTICS 104, HAWKS 95 (OT)

Brad Stevens plays a hunch, and it pays off

Boston needed overtime to pull out a big win and overcome Paul Millsap’s big night.

Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk grabbed a rebound during the first quarter.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Kelly Olynyk returns to the court after missing 2 games

Olynyk hadn’t played or practiced since aggravating a shoulder injury during Game 1.

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount shook hands with Celtics employees before Friday’s playoff game.

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Boldfacers fill the stands for Celtics-Hawks

Patriots players made up a large contingent of VIPs for Friday’s playoff game at TD Garden.

Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook (left) and Enes Kanter were vocal during the fourth quarter.

NBA roundup: Thunder push Mavericks to the brink

Oklahoma City’s 119-108 victory over Dallas on Saturday gave the Thunder a 3-1 series lead.

Hawks backup point guard Dennis Schroder has drawn comparisons to a young Rajon Rondo.

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

Dennis Schroder doesn’t mind being the bad guy

The Hawks’ confident, competitive point guard won’t be backing down in Game 4.

Marcus Smart, hitting the deck with Isaiah Thomas, was fined for flopping on a later play.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Marcus Smart fined $5,000 for flopping

“I was just trying to make winning plays for my team,” Smart said.

Isaiah Thomas was lucky to avoid being suspended for Game 4.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Celtics caught a break with no Isaiah suspension

The rules are pretty clear: You punch a player in the head, the NBA suspends you for the next game.

Isaiah Thomas and Hawks guard Dennis Schroder engaged in a brief scuffle during a chippy Game 3.

Isaiah Thomas avoids suspension, but series getting feisty

The NBA gave Thomas a flagrant-1 foul for his dust-up with Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder on Friday.

Kent Bazemore is coming up on free agency, but he might just stay put in Atlanta.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

Kent Bazemore has found a warm spot in Atlanta

After bouncing around the league, the swingman feels at home.

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder get into a scuffle, with both being called for technical fouls during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 22, 2016, in Boston. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP)

Isaiah Thomas could be punished for dustup with Dennis Schroder

The two point guards received technical fouls for their altercation, and the incident could be reviewed by the NBA.

Boston, MA - 4/22/2016 - Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas (L) drives past Atlanta Hawks Jeff Teague during the first quarter at TD Garden in their third playoff game in Boston, MA April 22, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Celtics Reporter:

Christopher L. Gasper

Behind Isaiah Thomas, Celtics make a series of it

The Celtics are far from finished in their first-round playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks.

Boston, MA - 4/22/2016 - Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas reacts to the crowd during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden in their third playoff game in Boston, MA April 22, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Celtics Reporter:

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

When Celtics needed Isaiah Thomas’s best, they got it

The guard scored a career-high 42 points to help compensate for the struggles of his teammates.

04/22/16: Boston, MA: The Celtics Isaiah Thomas hits a fourth quarter three pointer over the Hawks Jeff Teague that put Boston ahead 108-101 with less than two minutes in the game that also gave him 40 points in the game. The Boston Celtics hosted the Atlanta Hawks in Game Three of an NBA Eastern Conference Quarter Final Playoff basketball game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Celtics-Hawks

Hawks didn’t meet Celtics’ urgency in Game 3

“We need to be better,” said coach Mike Budenholzer after Atlanta fell into an early hole.

Boston, MA - 4/22/2016 - Boston Celtics Jonas Jerebko (R) reacts after a foul is called on him as Celtics teammate Evan Turner also reacts during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden in their third playoff game in Boston, MA April 22, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: Celtics Reporter:

Celtics Notebook

Jonas Jerebko and Evan Turner start Game 3

Coach Brad Stevens unveils a substantial shakeup against Hawks.

AUBURN HILLS, MI - April 22: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates his late fourth quarter three pointer with LeBron James #23 while playing the Detroit Pistons in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 22, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

NBA playoff roundup

Cavaliers push Pistons to the brink

Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in 2008 against Boston.

04/22/16: Boston, MA: The Celtics Isaiah Thomas gets the hero treatment from the fans as he heads for the locker room following the Boston victory. The Boston Celtics hosted the Atlanta Hawks in Game Three of an NBA Eastern Conference Quarter Final Playoff basketball game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Celtics-Hawks

CELTICS 111, HAWKS 103

For Celtics, a new game plan means a new result

Isaiah Thomas had 42 points and a starting lineup change paid dividends for Boston, which now trails the series, 2-1.