Basketball Wiretap

Jimmy Butler Knee Injury Not Considered Serious, May Not Miss Next Game

May 22, 2022 1:17 AM

Jimmy Butler's knee injury is not considered as serious and he may not miss a game, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

It is not clear when Butler suffered the injury, though he did not warm up for the second half of Game 3.

The Heat currently lead the Celtics 2-1 in the series.

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Tags: Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

PJ Tucker To Undergo MRI On Left Knee On Friday

May 20, 2022 1:07 AM

PJ Tucker is set to undergo an MRI on his left knee on Friday morning, reported Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Tucker reportedly suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Heat's Game 2 loss in the Eastern Conference finals. 

Game 3 is set for Saturday. 

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Heat-Celtics Game 1 Averages 6 Million Viewers, Up 13% From Last Season

May 19, 2022 12:35 AM

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat averaged over 6 million viewers and peaked at 6.9 million, according to Nielsen.

It is the most-watched Eastern Conference finals Game 1 since 2018, and a 13% increase from last season.

The strong number comes on the heels of Game 7 between the Celtics and Bucks being the most-watched Eastern Conference semifinal game since 2012. 

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Kyle Lowry Ruled Out For Game 2; Max Strus, Gabe Vincent Listed As Questionable

May 19, 2022 12:23 AM

The Miami Heat ruled Kyle Lowry out for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals due to a hamstring injury.

Lowry last played in Game 4 of the conference semifinals against the Sixers.

Gabe Vincent and Max Strus were also announced as questionable with hamstring injuries. Both players started in Game 1. 

Miami Heat

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Warriors Join Six Other Teams In Winning 21 Playoff Series In 10-Season Span

May 18, 2022 12:06 PM

The Golden State Warriors have become the seventh team in NBA history to win 21 or more playoff series in a 10-season span. Golden State has won 20 of their last 22 playoff series dating back to the 2015 playoffs.

The previous teams to win at least 21 series are the following teams:

  • 1960s Celtics
  • 1980s Celtics
  • 1980s Lakers
  • 1990s Bulls
  • 2000s Spurs
  • 2000s Lakers

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Celtics-Bucks Game 7 Was Most Watched Eastern Conference Semifinals Since 2012

May 18, 2022 1:09 AM

The Boston Celtics' win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 on Sunday was the most viewed Eastern Conference semifinals since 2012.

The game averaged 7.4 million viewers and peaked at over 9.5 million.

This was also the most viewed Conference Semifinals in eight years, averaging 3.7 million viewers per game. That number represents a 14% increase from 2021.

This year's playoff coverage on TNT is also the most watched since the 2018 season, averaging 3.8 million viewers. 


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2022 NBA Playoffs PER (Second Round Players Only)

May 16, 2022 8:20 AM

Jimmy Butler has the highest PER in the 2022 NBA Playoffs of the players that played through the second round, followed by Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Doncic has a career PER of 29.4, which is second amongst active players behind LeBron James. 

2022 NBA Playoffs PER
1. Jimmy Butler: 31.8
2. Luka Doncic: 31.0
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 27.3
4. Ja Morant: 24.8
5. Stephen Curry: 24.2
6. Chris Paul: 23.2
7. Brandon Clarke: 22.9
8. Jalen Brunson: 21.6
9. Gary Payton II: 21.4
10. Jayson Tatum: 19.8
11. Joel Embiid: 19.3
12. Robert Williams: 19.3
13. Bam Adebayo: 19.1
14. Jordan Poole: 19.1
15. Jaylen Brown: 18.8
16. Devin Booker: 18.5
17. Al Horford: 17.8
18. Tyrese Maxey: 17.2
19. Tobias Harris: 16.5
20. Desmond Bane: 16.4
21. Jaren Jackson Jr: 16.3
22. Maxi Kleber: 16.2
23. Andrew Wiggins: 16.0
24. Klay Thompson: 15.8
25. Spencer Dinwiddie: 15.3

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Jaylen Brown After Grant Williams Hits 7 3s In Game 7 Win: 'Call Him Grant Curry'

May 16, 2022 2:04 AM

Grant Williams scored 27 points, including hitting 7 3s, as the Boston Celtics eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The 27 points represents a career high for Williams, with his 7 3s tied for an NBA record for most three-pointers in a Game 7.

"Call him Grant Curry now," said Jaylen Brown afterwards.

Williams was initially defended by Brook Lopez, who left him open to defend the paint. The Celtics as a team shot 22-of-54 from 3 in Game 7, with the Bucks shooting 4-of-32.

The number represents the largest 3-point differential for a Game 7 in NBA history. In total, the Celtics made 110 3-pointers in the series compared to the Bucks' 57 - also representing the largest 3-point differential between two teams in a playoff series in NBA history.

The Celtics are making their fourth Eastern Conference finals appearance in six seasons. 

Game 1 against the Heat is on Tuesday.

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Gary Payton II Return For Conference Finals Is Possible But 'A Long Shot'

May 16, 2022 1:49 AM

Steve Kerr left the door open for Gary Payton II to potentially return to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

"We're not ruling him out for the whole conference finals, but we're not saying he's going to play, either," said Kerr on Sunday. "It would be a long shot for him to play, but I think it's a possibility."

Payton was initially ruled out for 3-5 weeks with a left elbow fracture

Payton is no longer wearing a brace.

Payton added that he patched things up with Dillon Brooks.

"It's all good," Payton said. "It's a basketball play. I know he didn't mean it. No hard feelings, no bad blood."

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Steve Kerr Rejoins Warriors After Clearing Health & Safety Protocols

May 16, 2022 1:37 AM

Steve Kerr cleared the league's health & safety protocols and rejoined the Golden State Warriors ahead of the Western Conference finals.

Kerr tested positive for COVID-19 before Game 4 of the conference semifinals, and missed three games.

Kerr said he experienced minor symptoms.

Kerr went on to praise interim Mike Brown, who was named head coach of the Kings.

 "Mike was fantastic," Kerr said. "The whole staff was great. For Mike, in particular, what a difficult spot to be put into, especially given that he had just been hired by Sacramento."

The Warriors play the Mavs starting Wednesday. 

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Jayson Tatum Scores 46 Points As Celtics Force Game 7

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Erik Spoelstra Calls Jimmy Butler A 'Great Competitor' After Heat Close Out Series

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Mike Budenholzer Praises 'Instinctive' Jrue Holiday Following Game 5 Win

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Warriors-Grizzlies Remains Most Watched Playoff Series For Conference Semis

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Steve Kerr 'Remains Unlikely' To Be Cleared From Protocol For Game 6

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Ja Morant Diagnosed With Bone Bruise, Doubtful For Remainder Of Playoffs

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Al Horford Says Giannis Antetokounmpo Stare 'Got Me Going' Following Game 4 Win

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Chris Paul Says He Has To 'Figure Out How To Be Better' Following Game 4 Loss

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Dorian Finney-Smith After Hitting 8 3s In Game 4 Win: 'They're Telling Me To Shoot It'

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Fan Removed From Game 4 After Harassing Members Of Chris Paul's Family

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No Action Taken From NBA Against Jordan Poole On Ja Morant Play

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Ja Morant Likely To Miss Game 4 With Right Knee Injury

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Klay Thompson Following 30-Point Game 3 Win: 'We're Capable Of Nights Like This'

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Taylor Jenkins Says Ja Morant Getting Evaluated For Knee Injury, Adds 'There Was A Grab'

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He Played 'Within My Strengths' Following Game 3 Win

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Sixers Fined $50K For Violating Injury Reporting Rules Over Joel Embiid Game 3 Status

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Marcus Smart To Start Game 3, Will Play Without Any Limitations

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Jason Kidd Says 'Everybody Joined The Party' After Game 3 Win

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James Harden On Joel Embiid After Game 3 Win: 'That's Why He's The MVP'

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Marcus Smart Probable For Game 3 Return

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