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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

Raptors face serious questions down 3-0 to Cavaliers

Raptors face serious questions down 3-0 to Cavaliers

The Sports Xchange

May 06 The Raptors are in a 3-0 hole to the Cleveland Cavaliers in this Eastern Conference semifinal series. They were in the same situation at this time a year ago and the Cavs busted out the brooms. FULL STORY

Celtics not "caught up" with 3-0 lead over 76ers

Celtics not "caught up" with 3-0 lead over 76ers

The Sports Xchange

May 06 Heading into Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers up 3-0, the Boston Celtics aren't about to get caught looking past a team that entered the series winners in 20 of 21 games. FULL STORY

Rockets try to make quick work of Jazz

Rockets try to make quick work of Jazz

The Sports Xchange

May 06 For the second time in their playoff series with Utah, the Rockets raced to a lopsided win after dismantling the Jazz on both ends of the court before halftime. Houston surged ahead of Utah in a 113-92 victory in Game 3 on Friday by hitting a flurry of shots FULL STORY