"It felt like winning Game Seven last night". Game 2 is on Friday night before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.
"I have to be in attack mode, just put the pressure on the defense, see what happens. It's pretty unbelievable", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage. Over the next several weeks the Lakers will be working tirelessly to presumably pick a top choice and a second choice on their draft board in case Boston selects their primary choice. But there is a small, small chance Miami could end up with a top-three pick.
Colangelo, the Sixers' president of basketball operations, is hoping the player they add will fit well with the team's uptempo pace.
Jackson, who played one year at Kansas and has a similar build to the Lakers first-round draft pick last year, Brandon Ingram, averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range in 35 games. It's a Boston team that many wrote off after the Celtics fell into a 0-2, first-round hole against the Bulls.
The timing was ideal for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league. "We jumped up one more spot". There are probably plenty of teams that want the third overall pick, and some of those teams could give up a good combination of picks and players to get that pick.
The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the pingpong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. They've got some really good players in this draft.
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Popovich made that abundantly clear in his pointed remarks after Game 2 when he lamented the team's lack of intensity and belief. Simmons was the lone bright spot for the Spurs, scoring 22 points but his supporting cast was non-existent.
Regardless of what happens in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics are in a insane good position.
"It was fun", said Ainge at the team's training facility in Waltham after the lottery selection ended.
Their victory made it three consecutive years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. It is very unlikely for Boston to go anywhere besides Markelle Fultz or Josh Jackson, or trade the pick.
The Los Angeles Lakers meanwhile discovered they will get second pick.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a prime spot for post-Kobe Bryant redemption as they could walk away with a top young talent or trade that pick along with Jordan Clarkson to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
Here's a first look at how The News' Rod Beard projects the first round will shake out. "We won five in a row and everybody thought we were insane".
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