“Do I think the jumps we’ve seen have been a little ridiculous? Yes, absolutely. But there’s just such a strong desire and connection to that set.”
"His ability to read the game, clock management, shot-making. He's done it for a long time," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. "Right now, he's probably critiquing himself and picking at some things he could do a lot better. He makes a lot of our stuff look better because he's been in these situations before and understands the moment."
Leonard finished with 45 points on 18-of-25 shooting, becoming the fourth player in NBA history, per Elias Sports Bureau research, to score at least 45 points and shoot 70% or better when facing elimination (Jamal Murray, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain).Chicago Bulls Face Coverings
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Trae Young is officially a lifelong New York Knicks villain after drilling a late 3 and taking a bow at Madison Square Garden while eliminating the Knicks.Brooklyn Nets Face Coverings
“The excitement and vision of us playing together, I think that’s what we were missing the whole season,” Harden said. “That’s what was more exciting. We weren’t even worried about the playoff run. We were just happy to be on the court together. It’s great to get one series out of the way.”Washington Wizards Face Coverings
That was all Denver needed to lay waste to Lillard and the Blazers in six games. It is hard to lose scoring 122.9 points per 100 possessions on nearly 60% shooting for a series, although Portland nearly managed that, which should raise questions about the Nuggets' defense against a more balanced team.
The path to an offseason roster overhaul in Boston will largely be paved by trades, with some players hitting free agency who may or may not be back. On the trade front, guard Kemba Walker has already been put out there as a trade candidate.Golden State Warriors Face Coverings
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