The Celtics are now one victory away from the NBA Finals

Boston seized control early in Game 5 and never relinquished it, taking a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_052318_celticcavs32_spts.jpg This win, although ugly offensively, truly reflected the Celtics’ identity

This was the way the Celtics beat opponents in the regular season.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan-19491.tif Jayson Tatum, the unstoppable force for the Celtics

The rookie poured in 24 points and turned in a magical Game 5 performance for Boston.

ST PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 23: David Price #24 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 23, 2018 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida.(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)


David Price sharp again as Red Sox topple Rays

Xander Bogaerts’s run-scoring double was the key hit in a three-run ninth as Boston won its fourth straight game.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_celbos11_spts.jpg Tyronn Lue said LeBron James ‘looked a little tired’

James sat toward the end of the second quarter, unusual for him, and didn’t play at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_clebos1_spts.jpg Marcus Morris has dust-up with Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr.

Morris knocked Nance out of bounds trying to block a shot, then Nance got up and pushed Morris in the back.

Boston, MA: 5-14-18: Red Sox DH Blake Swihart reacts after striking out to end the bottom of the second inning, A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy has the balll at right. The Boston hosted the Oakland Athletics in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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Where does Blake Swihart go when Dustin Pedroia returns?

Although Dave Dombrowski isn’t saying, a trade is one avenue he will consider.

ST PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 22: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 22, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez will pass on Home Run Derby

Since the event started in 1985, the only Red Sox player to win a Derby title was David Ortiz in 2010.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/961874426.jpg An 11-year-old aspiring point guard from Scituate helped warm up Marcus Morris

Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen saw Jimmy Tolton and motioned for him to come onto the court, where Allen was helping Morris warm up.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017 file photo, several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots fans have burned team gear in protest after a number of players kneeled during the national anthem before last weekend's game. More than 100 people came out to Swansea, Massachusetts, on Thursday, Sept. 28 to throw Patriots T-shirts and other team apparel into a fire pit as they waved American flags and sang patriotic songs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

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NFL teams face fines over national anthem protests under new policy

Players can remain in the locker room if they wish, but teams will be fined if players protest on the field.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki-buhockeycoachquinn_sports525-19493-U841403279398xwF--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Rangers name BU’s David Quinn their new coach

Quinn, who had been Jack Parker’s successor at BU, takes over a rebuilding program in New York.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cb14_spts-001.jpg Al Horford has showed his range as a defender with the Celtics

Horford was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team on Wednesday.

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady smiles after winning the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Foxborough, Mass. Brady may not like strawberries, but he has skills when it comes to chugging beer. Appearing Monday, March 12, 2018, on CBS's

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What’s up with the photo posted on Tom Brady’s Instagram today?

The photo was posted along with the caption “Dreamworks,” and it opened a can of worms of speculation.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/b22dce2debd2408a89368091a99775eb-b22dce2debd2408a89368091a99775eb-0.jpg Robert Kraft says Tom Brady is ‘very excited about minicamp’

The Patriots owner also expects Rob Gronkowski to be at the team’s mandatory practices in June.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/5d7ff168866447f6993cea1406dd2e36-5d7ff168866447f6993cea1406dd2e36-19499.jpg NFL owners adopt new rules for kickoffs

The changes are designed not only to make kickoffs safer but to foster more exciting returns.

Capitals 4, Lightning 0

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/0e938e43ceec453894b5f43a5f5611cd-0e938e43ceec453894b5f43a5f5611cd-0.jpg Capitals were lights out vs. Lightning in Game 7

Washington routed top-seeded Tampa Bay on the road to earn first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1998.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_lastdayatsuffolkdowns_sports501.jpg Suffolk Downs group plans to conduct racing at Great Barrington in 2019

Suffolk’s parent company will lease the Western Massachusetts track, which will need upgrading.

Bob Cousy likes this year’s edition of the Celtics, and he believes the intensity of playoff basketball favors them. Cousy had some pointed comments on the Celtics and Cavaliers in Game 4 Monday.

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Bob Cousy isn’t missing a trick during the Celtics-Cavs series

At 89, the NBA legend is keeping a sharp eye on his old team, and for the most part, he likes what he sees a lot.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/961862838.jpg Jeff Gordon elected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

First-ballot Hall of Fame driver led the 2019 class with %96 percent of the vote.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2e610c7b4d6c44a88026e9dd8bbee143-2e610c7b4d6c44a88026e9dd8bbee143-0.jpg Safety and subjectivity are at the center of NFL’s new rule on helmet hits

NFL players who initiate contact with their helmets are subject to ejection but application of the rule may be messy.

New England Patriots defensive end Derek Rivers (95) steps on the field at NFL football training camp, Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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After lost season, Derek Rivers is raring to go with Patriots

The defensive end, coming off knee surgery, feels blessed to be back playing football after a lengthy rehab.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/tlumacki_patriotsoffseasonpractice_sports146-001.jpg Danny Etling is thrown right into the mix at Patriots OTA

The rookie quarterback and Brian Hoyer worked on chemistry with a large group of receivers.

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A Connecticut high school baseball game was decided by rock-paper-scissors

After their SCC tournament game was rained out, North Haven and Amity found another way to settle the score.

Christopher L. Gasper

Gasper began as a full-time columnist in 2012, and is host of the Globe’s Season Ticket podcast. He previously covered the Patriots beat for the Globe.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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