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3 things we learned from Celtics-Warriors NBA Finals Game 5 on Monday

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals on Monday and have a 3-2 series lead before heading to Boston in Game 6 on Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

MondayThe 2022 NBA Finals was a series that went back and forth in terms of momentum swings between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. Entering Game 5 on Monday, neither side had suffered back-to-back losses and both the Celtics and Warriors were the top two teams in the league when it came to picking up a win straight away from a loss. Early in the first quarter and throughout the second quarter of Game 5, Stephen Curry really struggled to get anything going offensively for the Warriors, with Marcus Smart's face guarding every single ball, but it didn't matter because Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and, surprisingly, Draymond Green stepped in to carry the load offensively. Not only did the Warriors play a near-picture-perfect defense, they also caused a stir at both ends of the court and went into the dressing room at halftime with 12 points and 51-39. The third quarter of that series belonged to Golden State as they faced Boston in the third on Monday night +49, but in Game 5 it was the Celtics who controlled the start of the second half. In the first and second quarters, the Celtics combined for a 3-13 from three-point range and missed their first 12 shots from beyond the arc. In the third quarter, Boston shot 6-8 from three-point range and they made eight consecutive three-pointers on a point that stretches back to the end of the second quarter! With that barrage of threes from the perimeter, the Celtics quickly erased their 12-point halftime deficit with a 13-2 run and even went 5 points ahead, a 21-point turnaround form than the Warriors in the first half led at 16. The Warriors led by a point early in the fourth quarter and had flashbacks to their second-half collapse in Game 1 of that series on their home court. With Curry still struggling, this game would boil down to who wanted it more, and in Game 5 Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors clearly wanted it more. The Celtics looked absolutely gassed in the fourth quarter after going all out in the third to get back in that game and Wiggins took advantage of that. The former No. 1 overall pick and All-Star forward constantly attacked the Celtics defense regardless of who was guarding him and finished Game 5 with 26 points on 12-23 shots and 13 rebounds, his second straight game with a double-double. With a 104-94 win on their home turf, the Golden State Warriors now lead this NBA Finals series 3-2 and are just one win away from reigning supreme in the basketball world! Thursday night's Game 6 in Boston should be another thrilling and thrilling battle between two of the league's best teams, and based on what we learned from Monday's Game 5, it's not hard to believe that Thursday's game will be very could arguably be the last game of the 2021-22 NBA season. Didn't we all crown Stephen Curry as the Finals MVP presumptive after his 43-point performance on the road in Boston in Game 4 of this series? I mean, yeah, we all named Curry the finals MVP presumptive based on his performances in every game in that series, but Andrew Wiggins made his presence felt in that series very quietly ahead of Monday night's game. Game 5 was Wiggin's coming out party, if you will, and without every single one of his points and rebounds, the outcome of that game is vastly different, most likely in the Boston Celtics' favour. Andrew Wiggins' ability to not only score from dribbling and be a secondary playmaker, but also to be Jayson Tatum's main defender of the series tipped the balance of the series for the Warriors. Tatum, who was selected to the All-NBA First Team and finished seventh in the league this season with an average of 26.9 points per game, was held against the Warriors at 23.2 points per game, 36.7% shooting from ground and he has an average of 3.6 turnovers per game. Say what you will about the intensity with which Draymond Green, Marcus Smart and others play defensively, but Wiggins has done a masterful job defending Tatum this series and neither Tatum nor the Celtics have an answer how to score against Wiggins. In addition to his defensive instincts and ability to limit the Celtics' superstar, Andrew Wiggins was also arguably the second-best scoring weapon with the Warriors alongside Stephen Curry, and he was the best not only for the Warriors but in that regard as well Rebounder series period! With 26 points and 13 rebounds in 43 minutes Monday night, Wiggins recorded his second 20-point game of the NBA Finals and his second straight double-double. Wiggins was arguably the most important and best defender in that series, he was arguably the second best offensive talent, and he was arguably the best rebounder in that series. Stephen Curry is one of the all-time greats and definitely deserves to be Finals MVP should he complete Game 6 for the Golden State Warriors, but if you're talking about who had the biggest impact of that series, it was Andreas Wiggins . In Game 5, the Boston Celtics won 14-2 in the playoffs when they had 15 or fewer turnovers in a game. In Game 5 the Celtics turned the ball a total of 18 times and guess what, the numbers don't lie! Boston lost that one as mentioned 104-94, which means they are now in the playoffs 0-7 if they turn over 16 or more times. However, for the Celtics, their turnovers directly affect their defense as they are not the most gifted offensive team. Some nights, scoring isn't a priority for Boston, especially when they're struggling to hit three-pointers like they did in Game 5 against the Warriors. If you look at the Celtics' three NBA Finals losses to the Warriors, not only did they flip the ball 19 times in Game 2, 16 times in Game 4, and now 18 times in Game 5, but in all three of those losses did they fail to surpass 100 points on offense. Golden State is one of the most talented offensive teams in the league and the last thing you want to do when you're the Celtics is load your defense more to make stops as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the two greatest shooters of all Times run around the edge chasing their shots. After Game 5, the Celtics have now turned the ball a total of 78 times in the first five games of the NBA Finals, and those 78 turnovers went straight to 103 points for the Warriors. Just to put this in perspective, Golden State totaled 100 points in Game 3 and just 104 points in Game 5, resulting in a 10-point win. Turnovers have led directly to the downfall of the Boston Celtics in this series and if they continue to be careless with basketball they will lose Game 6 and this NBA Finals series on their home ground. After a 43-point performance, the Boston Celtics knew they had to stop Stephen Curry if they were going to have any chance of winning Game 5. Boston was more than content going 4-on-4 and taking Curry out of the picture, which is why the two-time MVP ended up 7-22 from the floor and 0-9 from three-pointers with just 16 points and his Streak of 233 consecutive games ended with a made three-pointer. If you had told me these were going to be Steph Curry's numbers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, I would have predicted the Celtics would win that game by 15-20 points, maybe even more given how they played! Well, the Celtics lost by 10 points, and not just because Andrew Wiggins rose tremendously and arguably had his best game in a Warriors uniform, but because the depth of the Warriors really came out. Andrew Wiggins had 26 points, Klay Thompson had 21 points, Draymond Green had 8 points and came off the bench, Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole combined for 29 points on a 10-16 shooting, 4-9 from three-point range ! Payton and Poole's bank shot in that game was crucial for the Warriors and there wasn't a greater moment in that game when Jordan Poole hit another long buzzer-beater to end the third quarter, giving the Warriors a one-point instead -Vorsprung put two points behind in the fourth quarter. Gary Payton II finished work +16 off the bench in 26 minutes and made a huge impression for the Warriors defensively with his 3 steals and gave them the opportunity to switch every single ball screen, which really limited the Celtics' attacking ability to color out the perimeter. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum had a ton of success in Games 1 and 3 of this series, pulling out their defender in isolation sets and either attacking him downhill to the rim or rolling off a ball screen and getting to the rim with their defenders behind them. In Game 5, however, the Celtics always saw a player ahead of them, resulting in Boston taking a lot of contested, low-percentage shots to the offensive end of the ground. Gary Payton II, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins were a big part of that Warriors defensive effort, and their overall depth really surpassed Boston's overall starting unit. Bank depth has been an issue for the Celtics all year, and with Grant Williams, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard Boston not giving any performance from the bench in Game 5, they now face a "championship point" in favor of the Golden State Warriors. * Here's what Draymond Green said after Game 5 about Andrew Wiggins: Draymond Green met with the media after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night. * Klay Thompson viral quote about Boston after Game 5: Klay Thompson met with the media and made a viral quote after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

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The Full Story of Ezra Miller's Controversial Career

Ezra Miller has been involved in many controversies throughout her career, including grooming allegations from Gibson Iron Eyes' parents, who filed a protective order. Here's a full timeline of everything that happened. (Author: Gardener)

Ezra Miller'sFrom the early days of the beloved "Perks of Being A Wallflower" to rising stardom in Hollywood, Ezra Miller was to be a queer blockbuster movie star, an eccentric flower child living in Vermont who plays "The Flash," and an activist who... used gender-based violence and indigenous communities. Instead, the 2020s ushered in a different breed of Ezra Miller, caught on video physically assaulting a fan in an Icelandic bar and accused of grooming an 18-year-old Sioux activist. Miller went from indie darling to Harry Potter paychecks in an instant, and is reportedly on the run with an 18-year-old. Here is a timeline to understand how we got here. 1992–2008: Ezra Miller grew up in New Jersey with her father, publisher Robert S. Miller of Workman Publishing; her mother Marta, a dancer; and her two older sisters. They were born with a speech impediment, so they turned to opera to focus on "breath control and manipulation," Miller told The Daily Beast in 2017. Summer 2001: Miller stars in the Robert Wilson and Philip Glass opera White Raven. May 18, 2008: Antonio Campos' drama Afterschool premieres in Cannes, in which Miller plays Robert, an internet-addicted loner who fetishizes cell phone footage. After accidentally filming the deaths of twins at his boarding school, he is hired to make a video honoring the girls. "It was a great movie experience because it was so shitty and like a psychotic filmmaking process with young kids," they say in a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "And then I just got addicted to film." After the film's release, Miller dropped out of Hoboken's Hudson School during her junior year. May 12, 2011: Fresh off small TV and small film roles, Miller breaks through with "We Need to Talk About Kevin." Miller plays the title role in the film, which tells the story of a mother (Tilda Swinton) grappling with the horrors committed by her teenage son. Directed by Lynne Ramsay, the film becomes a Cannes darling and cements Miller as a rising talent. During filming, Miller refrained from speaking to her mother throughout the shoot in order to better inhabit the mind of her psychopathic character. "In those moments when my mind was able to escape Kevin's, I had this growing appreciation for everything my mom did right," they told New York Magazine in 2012. "But that love and empathy back into the." Bringing to the forefront of my brain The relationship with my mother would have been extremely detrimental to me or the film, so it was really important that she, uh, keep her distance." June 28, 2011: Miller is a passenger in a vehicle that is due to stopped by a busted brake light in Pittsburgh while filming "Perks of Being a Wallflower." The police found 20 grams of marijuana on Miller. The then 18-year-old was charged with drug possession, but the judge dropped the case. The actor instead faces two subpoenas for disorderly conduct and is fined $600. "I don't feel like I need to hide the fact that I smoke pot," they told New York Magazine. "It's a harmless herbal compound that enhances sensory perception." November 17, 2011: "I, like the rest of my generation, have been hopeless through the last decade of my life," says Miller, speaking at the "Occupy Wall Street Day of Action” spoke. September 8, 2012: Perks of Being a Wallflower bows at the Toronto International Film Festival. Miller plays Patrick Stewart, a gay high school senior who, along with Sam (Emma Watson), takes depressed freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) under his wing. The film, based on a popular coming-of-age novel, takes Miller into the realm of the teenage heartthrob and household name. During the Perks press tour, Miller opens up about bullying at school and officially comes out. "I'm queer," they tell Out Magazine. "I just want kids to persevere in all situations," they continue. “A lot of [teenagers] made me want to end my own life, just give up. It feels like the whole world - because it is. For example, you can do anything you want if you can survive.” For example, you can do anything you want if you can survive.” March 25, 2013: Greenpeace announces that Miller will travel to the North Pole in early April to raise a "Flag for the Future" - a capsule containing a petition with nearly three million signatures to protect the Arctic. October 15, 2014: Miller is cast as the Flash in the DC Comics cinematic universe, beating Grant Gustin, who plays the character in the CW series of the same name. "Barry Allen is the Silver Age hero who is pursuing a lot of really interesting discoveries in physics," Miller told MTV News in 2015, who was created by our comic book myth engine to break through that event horizon so it could be explored in the imagination ... I think that's an interesting idea. January 26, 2015: Kyle Patrick Alvarez Stanford Prison Experiment premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The film examines the 1971 psychology experiment conducted by a Stanford professor, Philip Zimbardo, in which male volunteers were randomly assigned the roles of prisons or guards. In a starring role, Miller portrays one of the prisoners. March 31, 2015: Miller releases her first official EP with the band Sons of an Illustrious Father, with whom they have been associated since 2011, and describes the band as helping them explore their relationship to the world and to mental illness. “I think there were a lot of mental illnesses that I didn't deal with or deal with in the band's earliest days. I was 15 or 16, I didn't really have a way to monitor myself, and I also worked in film and had this weird kind of exposure," they told Vulture in 2018. "I felt insecure about this relationship with the world and what it would actually mean for me, up to that point I felt insecure in my decisions to take this path and I felt insecure about how it had the potential to transform me." really separate from people i love. June 24, 2015: Miller is in talks for a role in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is Miller's second role in a major studio franchise. Miller makes his first appearance as the Flash. July 26, 2016: They perform an emotional and sometimes weird piano version of Rihanna's "Work" at San Diego Comic Con. August 1, 2016: Premiere of "Suicide Squad". Miller makes his second appearance as the Flash. November 10, 2016: Miller plays Credence Barebone in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film also stars Johnny Depp, despite the fact that his recent big-budget films have been decidedly flops, his struggles with substance abuse and his ongoing allegations of domestic violence. July 23, 2017: After asking fans why their character Flash would have trouble getting drunk at a San Diego Comic Con event, someone in the crowd correctly answers that Flash's metabolism makes it difficult to get tipsy . Another fan jokingly asks Miller to smell her breath to be sure. Miller responds by kissing the fan on the mouth without clear consent, according to reports from TMZ. November 13, 2017: Miller is allowed to reprise her role as Flash in Zack Snyder's Justice League. July 24, 2018: Miller stars as Toadette from "Mario Kart" and gives "Clevver News" a bizarre red carpet interview. With her gang of mushrooms in tow, Miller answers questions in gibberish and rushes off when the interviewer asks if they need a cocktail. August 16, 2018: Miller and her band are interviewed by 14-year-old activist Gibson (formerly Tokata) Iron Eyes for Sleek Magazine. Iron Eyes first met Miller when they protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. November 7, 2018: In a Hollywood Reporter profile, they open up about their gender and an alleged experience in which they suffered sexual harassment. "I don't identify as a man. I don't identify as a woman. I hardly identify as a human.” Miller claims a director and producer offered to trade sexual favors for a role in a film when they were underage. In the same interview, Miller asks the author if she would like to see the crossbow that Miller's character used to murder several classmates in We Need to Talk About Kevin. November 15, 2018: They pose for Playboy and talk about gender, sexuality, art and Me Too. "It's really important to acknowledge the diversity of voices that have experienced this shit, and that's all genders, all abilities, all types of people. April 1, 2020: In a since-deleted tweet, a disturbing video claims to show Miller choking a woman and throwing her to the ground at Prikið Kaffihús, a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. Variety confirms the altercation took place at the trendy bar and employees identify Miller in the video escorting them from the premises. The seven-second clip made the rounds on Twitter on April 6 and features a person saying, "Oh, you want to fight? Is that what you want to do?” to a woman in a bar. Person identified as Miller then grabs the woman by the neck and throws her to the ground. "Woah bro," says the person filming the incident. "Brothers." A source at the bar told Variety the situation began after "pushy" fans confronted Miller, to the point that Miller physically assaulted the woman. Restaurant staff escort Miller off the premises. They will not be investigated by authorities after the incident, police have confirmed to The Wrap. January 28, 2022: In a now-deleted video posted to her Instagram account, Miller urges members of a North Carolina affiliate of the Ku Klux Klan to "kill themselves" with their own guns, or "we'll do it." for you If that's what you want." It's unclear if Miller is responding to any specific incident. The video is going viral on social media. I PROMISE you'll never guess what Ezra is going to say in this video @ 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/k1rszvbSjl— 𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗖Ʊ𝗥𝗬 (@theeSNYDERVERSE) January 27, 2022 March 4, 2022: Asking for It premieres The sexual assault revenge film and co-stars Ezsey Miller, Vanneser Hudgens, Kinesa Clemons and Alexandra Shipp March 27, 2022: "The Flash Enters the Speed ​​Force" in the Snyder Cut of "Justice League" wins Oscar Fan Favorite Moment March 27, 2022: Miller is arrested in Hawaii and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after a physical altercation ing with guests in a karaoke bar. In a public statement from the Hawaii Police Department's Hilo Patrol, police allege that Miller became "excited" when guests began singing a karaoke version of "Shallow" from "A Star is Born." They began yelling "obscenities" at guests, grabbed a microphone from a woman singing karaoke and later pounced on a man playing darts, according to police. "The bar owner has repeatedly asked Miller to calm down, to no avail," police said. Miller's $500 bail is paid by a couple they live with in a hostel. A video of a confrontation with the police in Hawaii weeks ago circulated via TMZ. March 29, 2022: The couple who lived at the hostel with Miller filed a restraining order against the actor. In documents obtained by Radar Online, the couple are asking the court to order Miller not to contact her in any form and to stay away from her home and work. After the incident at the karaoke bar, the couple allege that Miller returned home and threatened the couple, saying, "I'm going to bury you and your bitch wife." The petition alleges that Miller took the woman's passport and wallet stole the man's card, which includes his credit cards, social security card, and driver's license. A judge granted the couple the restraining order the next day. The order will be discontinued in mid-April. April 6, 2022: Sources tell Rolling Stone that Warner Bros. "According to a knowledgeable source, the consensus in the room has been to pause future projects Miller is involved in, including possible appearances in the DC Expanded Universe." , reports Rolling Stone. An inside source says that Miller had "frequent meltdowns" during last year's production of The Flash, although the sources stress that Miller didn't yell or have violent outbursts. April 19, 2022: Three weeks after her March arrest, the actor was arrested again in Hawaii for allegedly throwing a chair that hit a woman at a private party, leaving the 26-year-old woman with a half-inch laceration her forehead was left behind. In a public statement from the Hawaii Police Department, authorities say Miller was arrested around 1:30 a.m. during a traffic stop and released from custody around 4 a.m. pending further investigation. May 16, 2022: Music producer Oliver Ignatious and rapper Ghais Guevara allege Miller stole the music they were working on and posted it to social media without attribution. Ignatious and Miller met weeks before their first arrest in Hawaii in both the Northeast and Hawaii to work on new music together. Ignatious plans to file a court order for Miller to have the music removed. The link to the songs will no longer appear in Miller's Instagram bio. June 8, 2022: The parents of 18-year-old non-binary activist Gibson Iron Eyes accuse Miller of grooming their child. In court documents obtained by TMZ from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, Gibson's parents, attorney and activist Chase Iron Eyes, and pediatrician Sara Jumping Eagle are asking the court for intervention, alleging that Miller had been involved with their child since he was 12 Has. A The judge signed the motion for a protection order, which states that Miller must not contact the child, Sara or Chase or be within 100 yards of their residence. Gibson and Miller met while both protesting for the LandBack Reclamation Movement. According to court documents, Miller Gibson allegedly flew to London in 2017 to visit the set of Fantastic Beasts. Gibson was 14 at the time and Ezra was 25. Her parents allege that Miller attempted to sleep in the same bed as Gibson and provided Gibson with alcohol, marijuana, and LSD. The parents continue to accuse the actor of influencing Gibson's decision to drop out of his private school in Massachusetts in December 2021. (Miller offered to pay her tuition when Gibson was 16, and her parents believe it created a "sense of indebtedness"). They add that when they flew to Vermont to check on Gibson in January, their child had bruises on his body and did not have his own driver's license, car keys, or bank card. Gibson and Ezra have been traveling together ever since, Gibson's parents claim. They were spotted together in a video in Hawaii, according to TMZ. "Ezra uses violence, intimidation, threats of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions and drugs to control young Tokata," court documents said. Gibson issued a statement on Instagram on June 6 accusing her parents of being "transphobic" and denying the allegations. "I dropped out of Barden five months ago, my friend and comrade William died shortly thereafter, my spirit was incredibly impacted and I needed space and time to process the grief," the statement said. "Throughout the aforementioned era, my comrade Ezra Miller has offered nothing but loving support and invaluable protection during this time of loss." to think coherently or to contradict opinions about my own relatives who are concerned about my well-being," Gibson continued. "I am now aware of the severity of the emotional and psychological manipulation I had to endure at my parents' home." The day before, Gibson had posted a video to Instagram of himself and Miller smoking cigarettes. June 9, 2022: Gibson's parents say Miller and Gibson remain "on the run" while the court could not "locate or serve" the actor because their whereabouts are unknown. Gibson posts a video statement on Instagram saying that "no one controls my Instagram account" and expressing disappointment at the press coverage. I worked really hard to make it really clear what's going on," they said in the video. "If the statements are too contrary to the assumptions that we have gathered and decided upon, I would like to say that it is nobody's business and nobody owes a story. June 10, 2022: Miller has yet to be served, Gibson's parents tell the Los Angeles Times.

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The stock market is in bear territory. What does that mean?

The loosely defined investment benchmark carries enormous psychological weight and can make a real difference in a consumer's financial plans. (Author: Gardener)

The stock market is in bear territory. The S&P 500 fell 3.9 percent on the day, entering a bear market. The volatility that has rocked Wall Street since the start of 2022 manifested itself with astonishing intensity this week, and now a hearty chunk of the gains from the pandemic era are gone, taking 401(k) and other investors into the fear-mongering Journey. On Monday, the S&P 500 plunged nearly 4 percent to transition into a bear market - meaning the index has lost 20 percent of its value since its last peak - signaling the end of the frenetic stock rally that preceded the pandemic-related collapse in markets followed . And because some see it as a harbinger of a recession, it can add to investor anxiety and potentially trigger even bigger losses. According to Dan Ives, chief executive of Wedbush Securities, investors are facing what is likely the "most complex macro backdrop" in a century as the economy grapples with the coronavirus crisis, supply chain collapses, a war in Ukraine, runaway inflation and rising interest rates. While no one knows how long a bear market will last, past bears can provide some insight into what it means for the broader economy. Here's why: A bear market is a loosely defined investment benchmark that carries enormous psychological weight, says Rod von Lipsey of UBS Private Wealth Management. It's worse than a "correction" equivalent to a drop of at least 10 percent and underscores Wall Street's pessimism and concern that a recession -- if the economy contracts for two straight quarters -- could soon follow. But potentially losing more than 20 cents for every dollar invested -- as a bear market indicates -- can create some panic in an investor's mind, Von Lipsey said. For consumers putting money aside, such a big drop can make a real difference in their lives and financial plans. Bear markets are also important because any recovery requires significant growth. For example, after a 20 percent loss, the stock market would need to rise 25 percent to break even. "The amount you fall is likely to have a greater impact on investor confidence, as well as the timeframe required to recoup anything that's been lost," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. How long do bear markets last? But past bear markets offer some clues. There have been 14 bear markets since World War II, including this one. Stovall says it takes an average of 23 months for the recovery to recoup what was lost during the previous bear market. The last bear market - from mid-February to late March 2020 - lasted just 33 days. Apart from this unusual downturn, there has not been a sustained bear market since 2009, at the end of the financial crisis. While market watchers use bear markets as an indicator of a possible recession, they tend to favor other economic signals, such as government bond yields, to predict a downturn. "Although most bear markets have been followed by recessions, this has not always been the case, and for every previous bear market that has occurred over the past century, each has been eventually accompanied by a longer and stronger bull market," said Nicole Tanenbaum of Dame Financial Management. Why is the stock index important? The S&P 500 is a stock index that tracks the performance of 500 large and representative companies and is a widely used measure of financial performance over time. Although investors and analysts follow other indexes, the S&P 500 is considered the best indicator of Wall Street's performance; so much so that when people say "stock market," they're generally talking about the S&P 500. The index includes big tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Meta Platforms, Facebook's parent company, as well as well-known brands like Berkshire Hathaway, Walmart, Visa, and Home Depot. To be included on the list, a company must have a minimum market capitalization of $14.6 billion, according to S&P's latest guidelines. Investors typically view it as a more reliable measure of what's happening in the economy and stock market compared to other indices, says MissionSquare Retirement's Wayne Wicker. It tends to be less volatile than the Nasdaq index, which includes many growth-oriented tech stocks. The S&P 500 index has "a much broader representation of the general economy than the Dow Jones index," Wicker said of the blue-chip index, which represents 30 companies. When markets are chaotic, financial advisors seem to agree on one thing: don't panic. "Panic is almost a guarantee of losing," says Michael Farr, a D.C. resident investment advisor at wealth management firm Farr, Miller and Washington. If you want to be a successful long-term investor, you should be willing to "suffer and endure periods like this," says Farr, adding, "I promise Warren Buffett isn't panicking... he's looking forward to finding great companies for sale." to see and think about what to buy.” The first step, says Wicker, is to take a deep breath and weigh risks. Today's stock market is very different from last year's. It makes sense to have an investing game plan that takes the current market into account. If you have a financial advisor or accountant, you should speak to that person right away, Wicker and Farr said. If you don't, here's something to keep in mind: Markets tend to improve over the long term. Wicker notes that S&P 500 returns over the past five years are still around 70% when you include dividends, even factoring in the market chaos of 2020 and the current bear market. If you're able and willing to be patient with your investments, those holding on could find themselves well-positioned for a potential recovery. Bitcoin has lost 25 percent of its value in the past week alone, and it's hard to predict when it will bottom out. It can be similarly difficult to call the bottom of the stock market. "I think it's important that individuals don't take drastic steps at this point in their investing year, but rather take modest and more conservative measures," Wicker said. Look for opportunities to diversify. "Don't be the guy who sells at the bottom and regrets it for years," says Farr. Instead of exiting, you might want to consider ways to diversify your holdings. One way to diversify is to keep more cash on hand. George Ball, chairman of Houston-based investment firm Sanders Morris Harris, recommends that individual investors keep between 10 and 20 percent of their portfolio in cash. Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary suggested in a May 3 column that the Treasury Department's inflation-linked savings bonds offer a great option for "investors with money left over who are looking for safety."

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Paul Heyman adds a big stipulation to Riddle vs. Roman Reigns on Friday night

Riddle must win or never get another shot at Reign's undisputed title (Author: Gardener)

Paul HeymanLess than a week after his opportunity to win the undisputed championship, Riddle faced a raise in the stakes for his SmackDown match with Roman Reigns. On Monday's Raw, Paul Heyman announced that not only would Riddle face Reigns on Friday night, but if he suffered a loss he would never get another shot at the title. Riddle would add some momentum to the match with a big win over Ciampa. More importantly, however, was the message he sent Heyman that Reigns would have to kill him to prevent him from getting a win on Friday. The show opened with an appearance by Paul Heyman on Miz TV. Miz spoke about the history of Money in the Bank and the likelihood of a successful payout based on the history of past winners. Heyman said that if you make money against Roman Reigns, your chances of success drop to zero. Heyman then said that he had appealed to WWE management to add a condition to Riddle's undisputed championship challenge against Roman Reigns on Friday's SmackDown. This brought Riddle to the ring to say he didn't care about terms because Reigns would have to kill him to stop him from winning the title. Heyman then stated that Riddle will either win and become champion or never get another shot at the title. riddle def. Ciampa via pinfall with an RKO. Riddle now brings a little more momentum to Friday night's match with Reigns. Monday was another step in that development, but WWE will likely look for an escape hatch on Friday, with Riddle winning via disqualification or a count-out where the condition becomes meaningless. Still, between a fun match with Ciampa and a good interaction with Heyman, there's little wrong with how Monday night was handled. * Defeated Jimmy Uso. The match began after the Street Profits interrupted the Usos' attempt to attack Riddle after the opening segment of Miz TV. * AJ Styles attacked Seth Rollins during an interview. Rollins called Cody Rhodes a virus when explaining his attack last week. He said he would do the same to Styles if Styles got in his way at Money in the Bank, after which Styles attacked him saying it was for Cody. * Asuka punched Becky Lynch after Lynch attacked Dana Brooke before their scheduled match. * Defeated Alexa Bliss & Liv Morgan. Doudrop & Nikki A.S.H. via Pinfall, when Bliss Nikki A.S.H. with DDT. * Ezekiel def. * MVP Def. Cedric Alexander via pinfall after hitting the playmaker. After the very short match in which Omos interfered, Omos jumped into the ring to throw Alexander out. * Defeated Seth Rollins. AJ Styles via pinfall in a Money in the Bank qualifier with a winning shot. * Bianca Belair's promo was interrupted by The Judgment Day. Belair said she plans to show Rhea Ripley that she doesn't just "walk the road" when they face off at Money in the Bank. Ripley and Judgment Day said they speak through their actions, not words, like when they eliminated Edge from their group last week. Mustafa Ali via pinfall with the chaos theory. * Bobby Lashley faced Theory in a pose down.

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Where to buy Boston Game 6 tickets for the 2022 NBA Finals?

Tickets for Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Game 6 in the 2022 NBA Finals range from $669 to $100,000. (Author: Gardener)

NBA FinalsThe Boston Celtics will travel to Boston one last time in the NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, June 16 in Game 6. The Warriors took the lead in the series after winning Game 5 104-94 on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors to victory with 26 points and 13 rebounds and Klay Thompson had 21 points. Celtics have a chance to refute and re-tie the series on Thursday at their home pitch in Boston. Fans looking to buy tickets for this game can check out StubHub, VividSeats, and TicketNetwork. Fans purchasing tickets through VividSeats will receive a $20 discount on a $200 ticket purchase by using promo code MassLive20 at checkout. Tickets for this game range from $732 to $100,000 on StubHub, $585 to $80,838 on VividSeats, and $761 to $18,908 on TicketNetwork. As of June 14, ticket starting prices are $732 at StubHub, $585 at VividSeats, and $761 at TicketNetwork. Fans can also buy Celtics and Warriors gear on Fanatics. The series won't end until Thursday or maybe Sunday. A champion will be crowned, an NBA Finals MVP trophy will be raised, one side will spray a few gallons of champagne, and the other side will embark on a summer of lawsuits. But this much is already clear: Even without a single game decided in single digits in the first five competitions, these 2022 NBA Finals are on the verge of going down the abyss as classics. It's Golden State 3, Boston 2 going into Game 6 Thursday night at the Celtics' home stadium. The Warriors took the lead in the series on Monday in San Francisco with a 104-94 win. This was the latest in a long list of gut-checking moments in this series, and the first time either of these teams found a way to win games in a row in this clash. "It feels good," said Golden State's Klay Thompson. In Game 5, things looked easy for his team early on as the Warriors soon had a 16-point lead and went into halftime with a 12-point lead. Boston roared back in the third, taking as much as a five-point lead before Golden State restored order and retired in the fourth -- the latest entry on a list of wild back-and-forth swings that defined this series. Even the most prolific 3-point shooter of all time, the Warriors' Stephen Curry, shot all nine of his attempts in Game 5 from deep scoring average. "Our team struggled a lot," said Golden State's Jordan Poole after Game 5. That was the story of these NBA Finals -- the guys with more fights come out victorious. That really was the story for Boston in these playoffs. The Celtics won a Game 7 of Round 2 to oust defending champions Milwaukee. Was headed in the Eastern Conference Finals to win a Game 7 in Miami to get here. And now they know they have to win another Game 7 if they want to win this title. "The message for the boys is to go home confident, rest and prepare to bring it back here," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. That's what we don't have throughout a whole game, consistent effort, sustained effort, more offensively than anything. The Celtics' 48-18 run to turn a 15-point deficit in the third quarter into a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter in Game 1. The 35-14 in the third quarter that the Warriors turned into an easy Game 2 win This was how the Celtics squandered a big lead and then beat the Warriors 34-17 to end Game 3. Curry scored 43 points while screaming at the crowd to lead Golden State to an away win in Game 4. Celtics fans had to be disappointed, sure, but Game 5 didn't disappoint. "We've got our backs against the wall," said the Celtics' Al Horford. "We've got to see what we're made of." Boston started the game by missing his first 12 attempts at 3-pointers, then made his next eight from across the arc, a dichotomy unlike any seen in history of the NBA Finals. Most of those eight marks came in a third-quarter breakout that gave the Celtics the lead. In the final game of the third quarter, Poole needed a 33-foot-3 pointer from Poole, who beat the clock to put Golden State at 75-74. Poole's shot was part of a 13-0 run that decided things on Monday and now the Warriors know a title - which would be their fourth in eight years - is just one win away. After seeing Kevin Durant get injured and then going to Brooklyn after seeing Klay Thompson get injured in the 2019 finals - exactly three years to the day after Monday - and then get hurt again on the way back after he had fallen to the bottom of the NBA in 2020 and then just missed the playoffs last year, the Warriors are on the brink. "Here we are," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. But we also know how difficult it will be. If this series has proved anything, this victory will not be easy. * Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum 'is like a young version' of Kevin Durant, says Draymond Green hoch'

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3 things we learned from Celtics-Warriors NBA Finals Game 5 on Monday

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals on Monday and have a 3-2 series lead before heading to Boston in Game 6 on Thursday. (Author: Gardener)

MondayThe Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals on Monday and have a 3-2 series lead before heading to Boston in Game 6 on Thursday. The 2022 NBA Finals was a series that went back and forth in terms of momentum swings between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. Entering Game 5 on Monday, neither side had suffered back-to-back losses and both the Celtics and Warriors were the top two teams in the league when it came to picking up a win straight away from a loss. Early in the first quarter and throughout the second quarter of Game 5, Stephen Curry really struggled to get anything going offensively for the Warriors, with Marcus Smart's face guarding every single ball, but it didn't matter because Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and, surprisingly, Draymond Green stepped in to carry the load offensively. Not only did the Warriors play a near-picture-perfect defense, they also caused a stir at both ends of the court and went into the dressing room at halftime with 12 points and 51-39. The third quarter of that series belonged to Golden State as they faced Boston in the third on Monday night +49, but in Game 5 it was the Celtics who controlled the start of the second half. In the first and second quarters, the Celtics combined for a 3-13 from three-point range and missed their first 12 shots from beyond the arc. In the third quarter, Boston shot 6-8 from three-point range and they made eight consecutive three-pointers on a point that stretches back to the end of the second quarter! With that barrage of threes from the perimeter, the Celtics quickly erased their 12-point halftime deficit with a 13-2 run and even went 5 points ahead, a 21-point turnaround form than the Warriors in the first half led at 16. The Warriors led by a point early in the fourth quarter and had flashbacks to their second-half collapse in Game 1 of that series on their home court. With Curry still struggling, this game would boil down to who wanted it more, and in Game 5 Andrew Wiggins and the Warriors clearly wanted it more. The Celtics looked absolutely gassed in the fourth quarter after going all out in the third to get back in that game and Wiggins took advantage of that. The former No. 1 overall pick and All-Star forward constantly attacked the Celtics defense regardless of who was guarding him and finished Game 5 with 26 points on 12-23 shots and 13 rebounds, his second straight game with a double-double. With a 104-94 win on their home turf, the Golden State Warriors now lead this NBA Finals series 3-2 and are just one win away from reigning supreme in the basketball world! Thursday night's Game 6 in Boston should be another thrilling and thrilling battle between two of the league's best teams, and based on what we learned from Monday's Game 5, it's not hard to believe that Thursday's game will be very could arguably be the last game of the 2021-22 NBA season. Didn't we all crown Stephen Curry as the Finals MVP presumptive after his 43-point performance on the road in Boston in Game 4 of this series? I mean, yeah, we all named Curry the finals MVP presumptive based on his performances in every game in that series, but Andrew Wiggins made his presence felt in that series very quietly ahead of Monday night's game. Game 5 was Wiggin's coming out party, if you will, and without every single one of his points and rebounds, the outcome of that game is vastly different, most likely in the Boston Celtics' favour. Andrew Wiggins' ability to not only score from dribbling and be a secondary playmaker, but also to be Jayson Tatum's main defender of the series tipped the balance of the series for the Warriors. Tatum, who was selected to the All-NBA First Team and finished seventh in the league this season with an average of 26.9 points per game, was held against the Warriors at 23.2 points per game, 36.7% shooting from ground and he has an average of 3.6 turnovers per game. Say what you will about the intensity with which Draymond Green, Marcus Smart and others play defensively, but Wiggins has done a masterful job defending Tatum this series and neither Tatum nor the Celtics have an answer how to score against Wiggins. In addition to his defensive instincts and ability to limit the Celtics' superstar, Andrew Wiggins was also arguably the second-best scoring weapon with the Warriors alongside Stephen Curry, and he was the best not only for the Warriors but in that regard as well Rebounder series period! With 26 points and 13 rebounds in 43 minutes Monday night, Wiggins recorded his second 20-point game of the NBA Finals and his second straight double-double. Wiggins was arguably the most important and best defender in that series, he was arguably the second best offensive talent, and he was arguably the best rebounder in that series. Stephen Curry is one of the all-time greats and definitely deserves to be Finals MVP should he complete Game 6 for the Golden State Warriors, but if you're talking about who had the biggest impact of that series, it was Andreas Wiggins . In Game 5, the Boston Celtics won 14-2 in the playoffs when they had 15 or fewer turnovers in a game. In Game 5 the Celtics turned the ball a total of 18 times and guess what, the numbers don't lie! Boston lost that one as mentioned 104-94, which means they are now in the playoffs 0-7 if they turn over 16 or more times. However, for the Celtics, their turnovers directly affect their defense as they are not the most gifted offensive team. Some nights, scoring isn't a priority for Boston, especially when they're struggling to hit three-pointers like they did in Game 5 against the Warriors. If you look at the Celtics' three NBA Finals losses to the Warriors, not only did they flip the ball 19 times in Game 2, 16 times in Game 4, and now 18 times in Game 5, but in all three of those losses did they fail to surpass 100 points on offense. Golden State is one of the most talented offensive teams in the league and the last thing you want to do when you're the Celtics is load your defense more to make stops as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the two greatest shooters of all Times run around the edge chasing their shots. After Game 5, the Celtics have now turned the ball a total of 78 times in the first five games of the NBA Finals, and those 78 turnovers went straight to 103 points for the Warriors. Just to put this in perspective, Golden State totaled 100 points in Game 3 and just 104 points in Game 5, resulting in a 10-point win. Turnovers have led directly to the downfall of the Boston Celtics in this series and if they continue to be careless with basketball they will lose Game 6 and this NBA Finals series on their home ground. After a 43-point performance, the Boston Celtics knew they had to stop Stephen Curry if they were going to have any chance of winning Game 5. Boston was more than content going 4-on-4 and taking Curry out of the picture, which is why the two-time MVP ended up 7-22 from the floor and 0-9 from three-pointers with just 16 points and his Streak of 233 consecutive games ended with a made three-pointer. If you had told me these were going to be Steph Curry's numbers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, I would have predicted the Celtics would win that game by 15-20 points, maybe even more given how they played! Well, the Celtics lost by 10 points, and not just because Andrew Wiggins rose tremendously and arguably had his best game in a Warriors uniform, but because the depth of the Warriors really came out. Andrew Wiggins had 26 points, Klay Thompson had 21 points, Draymond Green had 8 points and came off the bench, Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole combined for 29 points on a 10-16 shooting, 4-9 from three-point range ! Payton and Poole's bank shot in that game was crucial for the Warriors and there wasn't a greater moment in that game when Jordan Poole hit another long buzzer-beater to end the third quarter, giving the Warriors a one-point instead -Vorsprung put two points behind in the fourth quarter. Gary Payton II finished work +16 off the bench in 26 minutes and made a huge impression for the Warriors defensively with his 3 steals and gave them the opportunity to switch every single ball screen, which really limited the Celtics' attacking ability to color out the perimeter. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum had a ton of success in Games 1 and 3 of this series, pulling out their defender in isolation sets and either attacking him downhill to the rim or rolling off a ball screen and getting to the rim with their defenders behind them. In Game 5, however, the Celtics always saw a player ahead of them, resulting in Boston taking a lot of contested, low-percentage shots to the offensive end of the ground. Gary Payton II, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins were a big part of that Warriors defensive effort, and their overall depth really surpassed Boston's overall starting unit. Bank depth has been an issue for the Celtics all year, and with Grant Williams, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard Boston not giving any performance from the bench in Game 5, they now face a "championship point" in favor of the Golden State Warriors. * Here's what Draymond Green said after Game 5 about Andrew Wiggins: Draymond Green met with the media after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night. * Klay Thompson viral quote about Boston after Game 5: Klay Thompson met with the media and made a viral quote after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

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Celtics present the Warriors with the NBA title

Boston's turnover problems could cost them in the finals. (Author: Gardener)

NBAJust under five minutes remained in Game 5 on Monday when a slight confrontation ensued: Jayson Tatum, preparing for a practice shot as the Celtics went into the group for a time-out, was hampered by Draymond Green and fellow warrior Gary Payton II pursued . And it prompted Tatum to hold onto the ball all the way to his place on the bench as he refused to let Green have it. Going 5-1 in the crucial fourth period, Tatum essentially took his ball and went home in that order. And in a way, that would be a much safer, better strategy than what ultimately came out and lost the game for the Celtics in Game 5. Boston turned the ball a whopping 18 times, with the Warriors now one win away from a fourth title in eight years - redeemed for 22 points. In contrast, Golden State, which has long struggled with turnovers and has given away the ball more than anyone other than Houston this season, committed just six giveaways that night. * Tatum had finally made it * Stephen Curry really hadn't made it, shooting 0 for 9 from three, marking the first time in his playoff career that he failed to hit a green far more aggressively than in the In both Boston games, Otto Porter assisted with a nice backdoor cut to open the game while Tatum spun the ball wide on Boston's first possession. Golden State got a lot of offense early on, even without Curry scoring much early on. Meanwhile, the Celtics struggled, throwing the ball all over the gym while missing their first 12 attempts from deep. Green and Klay Thompson were solid helpers up the defensive line as the Celtics decided to go all the way in the teeth of Golden State's attack. Some of the mistakes were self-inflicted and looked like the lazy, head-scratching lollipop passes the Celtics often made in the three series leading up to this one. However you slice it, the additional possessions they presented to the Warriors were surprisingly costly in the following senses: The Celtics enjoy an unmistakable advantage of scale in the series; One they should capitalize on even more given Golden State's Kevon Looney struggled early. But in Boston, which turns it over so frequently -- both by shortening its own possessions and allowing the Warriors to run in transition -- the Celtics are leaving on the table whatever opportunities they might have for second-chance points and chances for hitting the dubs as gift wrap without the fearsome Robert Williams floating around their basket. Aside from the fact that he was great in the dunker spot when the Celtics' offense broke the Warriors enough -- Williams has shot 16-to-18, or 89% that series -- he was also an eraser on defense. According to NBA tracking data, Golden State shot almost 13 percentage points worse than average from six yards in the finals when Williams is nearby. More importantly, Williams is up 31 in the series so far, meaning Boston was 31 points better in his 126 minutes on the court despite playing at less than 100 percent. (The Celtics were beaten by 21 points in the 18 minutes he didn't play in Game 5.) Overall, Boston turned the ball 75 times in the Finals, 11 times more than the turn-prone Warriors. We can analyze everything under the sun, from Tatum's struggles inside the arc to Jaylen Brown's occasional ball-handling issues to Al Horford's and Derrick White's lack of offensive production. But the only number that matters in this mess of a series of defenses by this elite in general is turnovers. If Tatum and Brown can spray the ball around without committing them -- like they did in the third period -- the Celtics win. That was the case in Game 1, when the duo managed a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio with 18 dimes and 6 miscues. Such was the case in Game 3 when Tatum and Brown combined for 14 assists against just four turnovers. And unsurprisingly, Boston took part in these competitions. Golden State won Games 2, 4 and 5 as the Celtics' Stars had assist-to-turnover ratios of 1-1, 1-1 and 8-9 respectively. If Golden State manages to win its fourth title in eight years, Curry's performance -- even with the gunfights in Game 5 -- will be considered one of the best gunnery displays we've seen on this stage to date, especially without the game. In, game-out help from a totally reliable second star. (We don't mean that disrespectfully, Andrew Wiggins.) Still, what Ime Udoka said after Game 4 stands: The Celtics could have easily gone 3-1 despite Curry's searing performances if only they'd played as offensively as they did are able to flip it over without forcing as much of the action. If you follow this script, you can win Boston Game 6. The Celtics just have to be like Tatum on their way to that timeout huddle: refuse to hand it over to the Warriors like they've done so many times during these Finals. * Howard Beck wrote a few articles about the Warriors during this finals run, including one following yesterday's Golden State win that once again brings them to the brink of collapse. He also looked back at the Finals MVP voting in 2015 and analyzed whether Curry should have won Andre Iguodala, who received the award that year. * Rohan Nadkarni delved into something that has intrigued me for a while: the specific details behind how and why the NBA playoffs are a vastly different sport than the NBA regular season. * Chris Mannix wrote an article this morning about Wiggins' redemption run during this postseason, culminating in Game 5 with a tremendous performance of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Separately, Mannix dug deep for a behind-the-scenes Daily Cover story on the Celtics, and how exactly they made it to the Finals in the first place after being a sub-.500 club for the first week and a half of January. If you have specific questions, just reply to this email or send a message to [email protected] and I may answer them in a future issue.

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Celtics' young stars remain confident in their title chances after losing Game 5

Monday's loss marked the first time the Celtics have lost back-to-back games in the entire postseason. Read more at Boston.com. (Author: Gardener)

Game 5Outside of a 35-point third quarter, the Celtics' offense looked dead in their 104-94 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It's the seventh time they've committed 16 or more turnovers in a game this postseason and lost all seven times. The Celtics also booked the game with a poor shooting quarter. They scored 16 points on 7-of-22 shooting in the first quarter. For the second game in a row, they had poor shooting performance in the fourth quarter. They scored just five points in the first over eight minutes of game four before scoring 20 points in 4-of-15 shooting for that period. Jayson Tatum, who actually had his best shooting performance of the series on Monday by scoring 27 points on 50 percent shooting, scored just five points on 1-of-5 shooting, blew a few shots in the air and missed back-to-back free throws. Jaylen Brown scored five points on 1-of-5 shooting while committing two turnovers. He ended up having a bad night, scoring 18 points in 5-of-18 shooting with a game high of five turnovers. The Stars' coach Ime Udoka didn't dismiss the idea that the two could be tired, leading to a poor game on the track. Brown, who played alongside Tatum until the final minute of the second half in Game 5, didn't want to excuse his performance on Monday night with fatigue. I trusted myself to be out there," Udoka said. “We made some good plays throughout the game. Tatum admitted he felt tired in the fourth quarter but also believed he could have played better. "I had a couple of shots that were short," Tatum said. I mean, you're going to be a little more tired in the fourth quarter than in the first quarter. “Some of these shots require you to get your legs under you a little more. One reason the Celtics might have been feeling tired in the fourth quarter was because of the hole they had pushed themselves into early. As the Celtics missed shots and turned the ball over, the Warriors took a 24-8 lead at one point in the first quarter — which was later nullified by the Celtics' third-quarter run that gave them the lead. Golden State looked far more energetic than Boston in the opening minutes of Game 5, and Tatum and Brown know that can't happen. Of course we have to start better and not dig a hole, ”said Tatum. We played extremely well in the third quarter. We were six or seven at one point. "I don't know how to answer that question," Brown added when asked about the slow start. “We come out every night and try to do the best job we can. As I said, thanks to Golden State. I felt like we were looking good, but tonight it wasn't going our way.” Monday's loss marked the first time the Celtics lost back-to-back games in the entire postseason. It was also the first time the Celtics lost back-to-back games since January, with Tatum and Brown playing in both games before their tear led them to the title shot. Despite losing Games 4 and 5 in similar fashion, Brown's "faith is higher than ever." "I have no choice. At that point, it's win or go home," Brown said. I still feel like we have so much better basketball to play that we haven't played in the last two games. “I hope that in the next two games we play Celtic basketball and do our best as I know we can. I know the city will be behind us. It's going to be a big game 6. Tatum is focused on one game at a time. "You know, I've said it before: you better be confident, right? We don't have to win two in one day," Tatum said. “We only have to win one game on Thursday. Must win on Thursday. That's all we have to worry about right now.” Game 6 on Thursday will be the fourth elimination game the Celtics will play this postseason. They played two of those against the Bucks after losing 3-2 in that series. They also needed to win Game 7 in Miami to beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Now they need to bat twice in a row, which has broken their trends - and a team looking to win their fourth title in eight seasons.

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The Golden State Warriors take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals

The Warriors snatched a raucous win in Game 5. Three takeaways from an ugly Celtics loss and how Boston can win Game 6. (Author: Gardener)

The Golden State WarriorsThe Golden State Warriors clinched a roaring victory in Game 5 Monday night when they defeated the Boston Celtics 104-94 in San Francisco. The Warriors have a chance to win the franchise's seventh title when the NBA Finals return East for a crucial Game 6. The free throw shooting was bad. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were bad. The Celtics looked unwilling or unable to get the moment. It's worth noting that Boston has been here before. They missed a costly game 6 against the Heat in the next round. This fledgling Celtics team struggled to take charge in the postseason, and here against the Warriors it's the same old story. The 21-22 Celtics are inconsistent, but they're also surprisingly resilient. Game 6 is another opportunity for Boston to shock the world and steady the ship. That means putting to bed the problems we saw in Game 5 completely. Stop me if you heard this: Turnovers were a big problem for the Celtics in Game 5. The C's dished out 18 very expensive giveaways, often completely casual. And once again Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were firmly in the mix here; The duo gave up nine turnovers alone. The Celtics simply fed the Warriors extra possessions, and Golden State took thirteen more shots on the night. Free throws, meanwhile, also challenged the Celtics. Boston shot an icy 21-31 from the free throw line, an absolutely devastating number in a ten-point game. On the other side of the ball, the Warriors only had six freebies all night. Likewise, Golden State went 13-15 at the foul line. The dubs played with aplomb and care just as the Celtics faltered. At times during the second and third quarters of Game 5 it looked like the C's would take over. But execution and consistency eluded Boston. The little things matter in the NBA Finals, especially against a disciplined and experienced team like the Warriors. Boston didn't just shoot itself in the foot by ignoring key details and not getting stuck. Game 5 presented a crucial opportunity for the Celtics, a unicorn of circumstances, but the club failed to capitalize. Steph Curry shot an impossible 0-9 from three. As a team, the Dubs went 9-40 from the Deep, a historically poor performance. And yet the Cs lost the game. Credit warriors for their flexibility and resilience. The club's superstar point guard didn't really come to play on Monday night, but the side didn't blink. Curry made a reasonable 22 shots from the field, instead letting Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson pilot the ship. The team made it to the Celtics on the brink. For the Celtics it was a missed opportunity at the highest level. We may never see such a poor postseason shooting performance from Steph Curry again. In the third quarter of Game 5, we saw the model for how the Celtics can still win the 2022 NBA title. During this time, Boston put in a strong defense and correctly executed his offense. This is what made basketball fans in the hub so angry. The Celtics have the talent, depth and flexibility to win and it really seems like a mental mountain for Boston to try to climb. That Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the rest of the C's looked exhausted and confused isn't new history. Tatum and Brown are one of the youngest star duos to ever reach the NBA Finals. In Game 6 against the Bucks, the Celtics exploded with their backs to the wall. Tatum alone had 46 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Or maybe the Celtics are running out of Cinderella magic. But for the same reason, Boston has what it takes to win Game 6. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire.

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The Celtics still have a championship within reach, but they have to be the best version of themselves

When the Celtics fall short, they will always wonder what would have happened if they hadn't been so self-destructive in Games 4 and 5 of the NBA Finals. (Author: Gardener)

the NBA FinalsKlay Thompson (left) and the Warriors lead 3-2 over Jaylen Brown and the Celtics in the NBA Finals. SAN FRANCISCO — Ime Udoka has garnered some attention during these NBA Finals because he is blunt and — oh, let's use "alive" as a euphemism — telling his team what he thinks when they do poorly, selfish or something … and you know. But as tempting as it may be for the Celtics coach to break out the thesaurus and pepper it with all the derisive adjectives that come to mind after Monday's insane 104-94 loss to the Warriors in Game 5, a different kind of Frankness is warranted as this often remarkable but too often frustrating season hangs on the brink. Udoka must summon a Herb Brooks speech before game 6. No, not the fictional speech beautifully delivered by actor Kurt Russell when portraying Brooks, the 1980 United States hockey coach, in the film Miracle. Not the one that begins before the Soviet Union's overwhelming excitement: "Great moments are born from great opportunities..." I'm talking about the one the real Brooks delivered in the gold medal game against Finland that followed: "If you lose the game", Brooks said, "You're taking it to your [expletive] grave." He paused and repeated, "Your [expletive] graves." The US scored three goals in the third period to secure a 4-2 win. Perhaps the circumstances will not be so difficult for the Celtics should they lose this series. Or no matter what they achieve in the rest of their basketball career, they will always wonder what would have happened if they hadn't been so self-destructive in Games 4 and 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals. The Celtics are a relatively young team at heart, apart from 36-year-old Al Horford. Perhaps there are other ways to raise an 18th banner as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown grow into their prime. But it's such an unrelenting drudgery just getting here — sweeping Kevin Durant and the Nets in the first round, beating Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Champion Bucks in the conference semifinals, outlasting a tough, top-seeded Heat team in the East Finals and then Going 2-1 in the NBA Finals, only to lose the next two games with bizarre but hardly uncharacteristic passages of grotesque basketball — that only a fool would forget to respect the journey. The opportunity was there and the Celtics didn't take it. It's so difficult to arrive at this moment when a championship is within reach. But too often the Celtics have played the fool in the last two games. In Game 3 they led 94-90 with 5 minutes and 18 seconds left. They hit one of their last eight shots and lost 107-97, wasting their chance to take a 3-1 lead against the proud Warriors. Then, to open Game 4, they shot 8 of 23 in the first quarter, missed all five of their 3-point attempts en route to missing their first 12, missed their only free throw, and had more turnovers (4) than assists ( 3). The Celtics finally found out, albeit too briefly. They somehow avoided their usually miserable third quarter, scoring the first 10 points and eventually leveling with a 3-pointer from Marcus Smart 55-55 before taking their first lead of the night with a Horford 3 at 6:27. The Warriors blew up a 24-8 run and scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter, and the Celtics went all in with all their lousy old routines -- "I got this" attack, losing composure to the officials, and Carelessness with the ball (they had 18 turnovers and 18 assists in Game 5). The Celtics say they trust each other on the pitch and have learned lessons from their 18-21 start to the season. So why do those ugly mistakes come back when just a little discipline and composure would take them to the brink of achieving a championship dream? They play as if they believe there are bonus points for difficulty. The Celtics should be the deeper team in this series. The Warriors have the best player in Curry, the theory goes, but the Celtics have more quality players. Yet here we are, and the Warriors look like the deeper, more well-rounded team. Andrew Wiggins (26 points, 13 rebounds in Game 5) is doing the things Jaylen Brown should be doing, while Jaylen Brown (5 for 18 from the field, 5 turnovers) is doing the things Ricky Davis used to do. Klay Thompson has hit 9 of 21 3s in the last two games, and at least seven of those felt like daggers. It seems like the Celtics are doing everything the hard way and that could lead to their downfall. You know who the warriors remind me of? They're not quite what they once were, but no moment is too great for them, and they can still summon greatness. It's easy to forget when they're driving you crazy with the same old nonsense that made you turn them off in January, but they've done some extraordinary things to get to this point. You won Game 7 in Miami. They looked convincing as the superior team. You can win game 6.

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