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Pressure's on James, Cavs in Game 6 vs. Celtics

Pressure's on James, Cavs in Game 6 vs. Celtics

The Sports Xchange

May 24 The Cleveland Cavaliers face elimination against the Boston Celtics on Friday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. And no player is better when his back is against the wall than James. FULL STORY

Dubs-Rockets series heads back to Houston tied 2-2

Dubs-Rockets series heads back to Houston tied 2-2

The Sports Xchange

May 23 Any lauding of the Houston Rockets' resilience in Game 4 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena begins with an acknowledgment of their defense, with cliched adjectives serving the general purpose of explaining how they overcame a double-digit, fourth-quarter FULL STORY

Celtics return to friendly confines for crucial Game 5

Celtics return to friendly confines for crucial Game 5

The Sports Xchange

May 22 Now Boston has the value of the parquet, the banners and the wild home fans with the Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers down to a best-of-three. FULL STORY

Cavs need James' defense versus Celtics

Cavs need James' defense versus Celtics

The Sports Xchange

May 20 The Celtics lead this series 2-1, and Game 4 is Monday in Cleveland. Boston has never blown a 2-0 lead in 37 tries. But they were startled by how well the Cavs played Saturday and how poorly things went for them. FULL STORY

Rockets look to even series against Warriors

Rockets look to even series against Warriors

The Sports Xchange

May 15 It required two minutes and 23 seconds for all the Rockets had worked for to be torn asunder, for their unrelenting charge to the best record in the Western Conference to be rendered moot, and the home-court advantage that accompanied that accomplishment to be blithely FULL STORY

Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

The Sports Xchange

May 14 LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers know they have to be better in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night at TD Garden. FULL STORY

Rockets, Warriors will need defense, too

Rockets, Warriors will need defense, too

The Sports Xchange

May 13 Nearly lost amid the cliched responses Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul uses to deflect the usual array of mundane questions was one nugget that perfectly encapsulates the Western Conference Finals. FULL STORY

Banged-up Celtics to square off with Cavaliers

Banged-up Celtics to square off with Cavaliers

The Sports Xchange

May 12 All season long, the Houston Rockets and NBA champion Golden State Warriors ran 1-2 in the Western Conference, eventually ending up in the conference finals with little resistance. FULL STORY

76ers ready to battle Celtics, history

76ers ready to battle Celtics, history

The Sports Xchange

May 08 Having survived to play at least one more game, the Philadelphia 76ers continue to battle history when they visit the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. FULL STORY

Rockets aim to close out series vs. Jazz

Rockets aim to close out series vs. Jazz

The Sports Xchange

May 07 And even with a preponderance of evidence undergirding their dramatic improvement defensively, the Rockets' reputation remains cleaved to 3s and offensive efficiency, so much so that following the defensive clinic they orchestrated in Game 4 FULL STORY