Celtics’ chances in this series ride with the long shots

Cleveland, OH May 21, 2017: The Celtics Marcus Smart gets a hand from head coach Brad Stevens after Boston's victory. The Boston Celtics visited the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Three of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series at the Quicken Loans Arena. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

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In these Eastern finals, if your 3-pointers are falling, your opponent probably will, too.

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// What does the Red Sox’ start say about their playoff chances?

The inconsistency has been somewhere between puzzling and maddening to both observers and members of the team alike.

NBA Playoffs: Celtics 111, Cavaliers 108


// Magic had titles, but LeBron reigns supreme

The only argument on Magic’s behalf is based on nostalgia, when the biggest games aired on CBS and Tommy Heinsohn had to pretend to be impartial.

Boston Celtics' Amir Johnson (90) grabs a rebound against Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Amir Johnson might miss Game 4 with shoulder injury

The Celtics center sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder when he got tangled with Tristan Thompson.

// Celtics brought LeBron James back down to earth

Boston escaped with a last-second win while holding Cleveland’s star to just 11 points.

// Isaiah’s college coach sees huge upside in adding Fultz

‘There’s a certain amount of humility, but yet a huge chip on both of their shoulders,’ said Lorenzo Romar of Isaiah Thomas and Markelle Fultz

July 1, 2016 - Guerschon Yabusel (cq) of the Boston Celtics practices at Healthpoint in Waltham, Mass. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe. Section: Sports.

Celtics draft pick Guerschon Yabusele has surgery to remove bone spurs

He will not take part in summer league play, assistant general manager Mike Zarren said.

// Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer evokes memories of Don Nelson

Bradley’s shot took a high bounce off the rim, just the way Nellie’s did in another important game back in 1969.


// A comeback fueled by (Celtic) pride

This is the way you want your team to rally from a massive deficit.


// Demoralized and without their star, Celtics do the improbable

After two brutal games in Boston and a rough start to Game 3, dignity was restored.

Avery Bradley (right) had the look of a stone-cold assassin after hitting his game-winning 3-pointer. Al Horford couldn’t contain his excitement.

Game 3: Celtics 111, Cavaliers 108

A stunning finish after a stunning comeback

Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer rattled through the net with 0.1 seconds left, completing the Celtics’ rally from a 21-point hole.

// For LeBron James, Game 3 was a king-sized struggle

The Cavaliers superstar finished with 11 points and had as many turnovers as assists.

Cincinnati, Ohio-May 5, 2017-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- Bronson Arroyo of the Cincinnati Reds pitching at the Great American Ballpark. He is the only member of the 2004 World Championship Red Sox team to be still playing in the major leagues.

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Bronson Arroyo is the last ‘Idiot’ standing

The 40-year-old righty is back with the Reds, getting the last laugh on his 2004 Red Sox teammates.

// Mitch Moreland has been a regular standout for Red Sox

Signed to be a platoon player, he has earned the job of everyday first baseman.


// Rick Porcello has regressed only in record, not performance

Stats from his first nine starts this year are similar to those at the same point last season. But he was 7-2 then, and 2-5 now.

Red Sox 12, Athletics 3

// Red Sox try aggressive approach against Athletics

Boston clobbered Oakland in the last of their four-game set.

Eduardo Rodriguez picked up the Red Sox bullpen with eight strong innings Sunday afternoon in Oakland.

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Eduardo Rodriguez comes through when Red Sox need him

Just when the Red Sox needed a win and some rest for the bullpen, Rodriguez delivered an eight-inning performance.


// LeBron James credits Isaiah Thomas for his perseverance

James can relate to Celtics’ plight, having played the 2015 Finals without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

// Brad Stevens knew at halftime comeback was possible

The Celtics coach had an important message for his players before they outscored the Cavaliers in the second half.

// Celtics’ odds of winning this series after winning Game 3? Not great

The Celtics may have rallied to win Game 3, but many people seem to think they are just delaying the inevitable.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 21: Jonas Jerebko #8 of the Boston Celtics and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react in the second half during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Giving credit where it’s due for Celtics’ comeback

From Jonas Jerebko to Al Horford, several players made essential contributions in Boston’s Game 3 upset.

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// Isaiah Thomas pleaded with Celtics medical staff to keep playing

Brad Stevens said Thomas will see hip specialists soon to help determine if he will need surgery on his labral tear.


// With his teammates scoring, eight innings enough for Eduardo Rodriguez

An extended break in top of the ninth inning meant the lefthander didn’t come out to complete the game.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 21: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot on Mike Condon #1 of the Ottawa Senators during the second period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 21, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Penguins 7, Senators 0

Penguins drop hammer on Senators

Pittsburgh takes a 3-2 series lead with a runaway victory.

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// Warriors have Spurs cornered

Golden State has amassed a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals against the undermanned Spurs.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Cloud Computing #2 ridden by Javier Castellano (L) beats Classic Empire #5 ridden by Julien Leparoux to win the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Preakness runner-up Classic Empire pointed to Belmont

It’s undecided if Cloud Computing, which won Saturday’s race, will head to New York.


// Revolution finally have Crew’s number

New England (4-4-4) had been shut out three straight times by Columbus (6-6-1).