Bulls' Butler can't wait to guard Celtics' Thomas

BOSTON - Crowder 6-12 1-2 16, Johnson 6-7 2-3 16, Horford 5-8 2-2 12, Thomas 3-11 5-6 13, Bradley 4-9 0-0 8, Green 6-15 4-4 18, Brown 5-10 0-1 10, Jerebko 0-2 0-2 0, Olynyk 3-9 0-0 8, Zeller 2-4 1-2 5, Smart 1-3 2-2 5, Rozier 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-1 1-2 1.

Cleveland and Toronto finished with identical 51-31 records, but the Cavs won the first three games of the regular season series, which is the tie-breaker.

But chances are that LeBron James won't mind the Cavs being a No. 2 seed much.

Still, the Celtics coach appreciates those accomplishments.

Nader, whom the Celtics selected 58th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 40 games for the Red Claws this season. Afterward, he said he was "100 percent". If not, then we'll do it over and over again 'til somebody is there if I'm beat. Paul George will help Indy get one on their home court, but Irving, James and Love will heat up in time to take care of the Pacers fairly quickly.

Horford signed a maximum contract to join the C's last summer, and while he hasn't exactly put up maximum contract numbers, he's managed to contribute in other ways. The Blazers, who will face Golden State in the opening round of the playoffs, rested starters Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

Thomas was held scoreless until he hit a pair of free throws with 2:17 left in the half.

The expectation for the Boston Celtics was to finish third in the conference behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors but the 18-time champions have certainly exceeded people's expectations.

THE Chicago Bulls top scorer Jimmy Butler is looking forward to facing the Boston Celtics in their first-round matchup in the NBA Playoffs not to make buckets but to try and shut down spitfire guard Isaiah Thomas.

Heat 110, Wizards 102: Goran Dragic scored 28 points and Hassan Whiteside added 24 points and 18 rebounds, but Miami was eliminated from the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Cleveland can still be No. 1 with a win and a Boston loss. IN (which plays Atlanta) and Chicago (which plays Brooklyn) control their destinies.

The Celtics are the top seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs, but until they prove they can win a postseason series, there are still some concerns surrounding the team. Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game while registering a player efficiency rating of 26.59.

The power forward averaged 13 points and nine rebounds against Boston this season, often taking advantage of the Celtics' struggles on the glass, where they finished 27th with a rebounding rate of 48.5. Robertson also endorsed Westbrook for MVP. The type of guys we have, the coaches, I know the amount of work we put in, the work our coaching staff puts in.

LA Clippers (50-31) are now seated in the fourth position and will claim the spot with either a win over the Sacramento Kings or a loss for the Jazz (50-31) at home against the San Antonio Spurs. They won the NBA Finals defeating the Kobe Bryant and Lakers in 6 games.

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