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Jayson Tatum and the Celtics have another chance at greatness this season

NBA Finals: Jayson Tatum and the Celtics have another chance at greatness this season (Author: Gardener)

seasonJayson Tatum started his night with a turnover and ended it with an airball. Two quarters in between, the Boston Celtics forward looked like the superstar he'd become in that playoff run, but Tatum and his young teammates undoubtedly left a championship on the table in Games 4 and 5 of the NBA Finals. These Celtics will live long after that series of back-to-back fourth-quarter meltdowns if they can't salvage their season, and the All-NBA face of the franchise's first team will wear defeat like it or not. That's how the league works, especially since Tatum was involved in two unexplained late-game disappearances. The latter converted another five-point lead into a 104-94 loss and a 3-2 deficit in the series on Monday. This is the time where we have to look each other in the eye and find out," said Boston's Al Horford. I have to find out. The Celtics still have a chance Thursday of not becoming the footnote of a Golden State Warriors dynasty , and two if they force a third game in a row 7 against a more experienced team. Tatum has answered the call in three previous elimination games and he has to do it twice more so as not to carry the stink of a lost title. said Tatum, who had 22 of his 27 points in three quarters in Game 5. "We don't need to win two in one day. We only won one game on Thursday. Need to win on Thursday. That's all we're worried about right now to have to do." Since a 2-1 advantage against the three-time champions and a 94-90 lead with five minutes left in Game 4, Boston's three pillars are withered in this best-of-seven with two chances to take control -Sentence. In the last five minutes of Game 4 and the first 8 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 5, Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart missed a combined 12 of their 13 shots and recorded five turnovers. Golden State surpassed Boston 35-8 in those two highest-pressure periods of the series. The Celtics trailed just a minute in the second half of Game 4 before being outplayed 17-3 in the final five minutes by a 107 -97 loss Boston used a 35-point third quarter in Game 5 to turn a 12-point halftime deficit into a five-point lead, but a buzzer-hitting 3-pointer from Jordan Poole gave the Warriors a 75-74 Advantage Entering the fourth quarter, the Celtics watched that lead grow to 93-79 over the next 8 minutes and 18 seconds nds. During those sweeping runs totaling 13 1/2 minutes, here's the performance from Boston's biggest stars: Tatum attempted 21 team-best field goals in the five fourth quarters of the Finals and netted just five of them. In the first three playoff rounds, Tatum had 114 points (on splits of 54/49/88) over 17 fourth quarters - league-best only by his co-star Brown's 120 points (on splits of 62/67/65). Their brilliance in crunchtime has gotten the Celtics this far, and their shortcomings in the same situations throughout this series is why they now need to be eliminated in Game 6 at TD Garden on Thursday. Both have been outplayed by once-forgotten Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins in the last two games. "All season it's been like us against everyone," Brown said, still exuding confidence. My faith is greater than ever, so I'm looking forward to Game 6.” Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum struggled at times to score against the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals. Tatum's shooting fights in this series are particularly puzzling: After five games, he's now 19-40 from 3-point range (47.5%) and 19-82 from mid-arc (23.2%). lingering effects of the stinger he originally suffered on his shooting shoulder in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which has since worsened several times. Double teams and Wiggins' defensive efforts might help explain Tatum's 10 turnovers in the last two games (part of a record 95 turnovers in a single playoff run), but neither are excuses for missing layups against a team, from whose trainer has repeatedly said he lacks rim protection. There are few other reasons for Tatum's pass to the fans in the front row on Boston's firs t possession of Monday's game. Tatum has played 943 minutes in 23 games in the playoffs at the top of the league, 67 more than Brown and nearly 200 more than Klay Thompson, who leads the Warriors with 751 minutes in 21 games. The only perimeter players in history to have as many playoff minutes in a single season with a usage rate as high as Tatum's (29%) are Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade. Neither of them did so after two truncated offseasons in the third year of a global pandemic. Curry is 10 years older than Tatum and has had the ball more often in these playoffs. You'd think the youth serve Tatum, but the Celtics star has more contact offensively than Curry and takes on more responsibility on defense. Few players, if any, have ever carried such a heavy load in the playoffs at 24. For what it's worth, Celtics coach Ime Udoka said fatigue in the fourth quarter of Game 5 might have been a factor because they expended so much energy after a lackluster start, but he would attribute Boston's lack of energy to the 23 games shove in 58 days. "I don't think that's the reason at all," he said. Tatum needs to tap into whatever reserves he has left in his tank Thursday because there won't be a Game 7 if he and the Celtics can't end a fourth quarter with the same vigor they're building their lead with. We've seen Tatum carry Boston in an elimination game 6 before as he scored 46 points in an away win over defending champions Milwaukee Bucks - the most impressive feat of his young career - but a month and 11 more increasingly pressured playoff games have passed between. Boston's inexperience will make a fuss if Golden State makes that comeback, but Tatum has earned his playoff scars in two Game 7 wins in the last two rounds, and there's little consolation in citing youth as an excuse for a Finals loss . In Game 6, legends are truly made in the face of elimination against an aging dynasty. Ben Rohrbach is a senior editor at Yahoo Sports. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter!

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The Celtics returned to their worst selves on the biggest stage and now there is no room for error or excuses

You either win two or go home, and these Celtics don't seem up to the task. (Author: Gardener)

twoIme Udoka (left), Marcus Smart (center) and the Celtics focused too much on the officials rather than the game. SAN FRANCISCO — The Celtics have returned to their early season form, with coach Ime Udoka having no idea what to expect from his team on any given night. Still, the Celtics approached the biggest game of their career as if it were a preseason scrimmage where the Golden State Warriors could get their way, make the opening statement, and force them into pursuit. Dan Shaughnessy: It's not over for the Celtics, but it sure feels like it after this missed opportunity. They responded with a brilliant third quarter only to fall apart in the fourth. Jayson Tatum missed free throws. Marcus Smart lost his temper after catching a technician after a Warriors foul. The turnover save continued, with the Celtics skimming low-percent passes or simply losing their dribbling. Their 104-94 loss to the Warriors at the Chase Center was the definition of disheartening. The Celtics played an excellent defense against Stephen Curry but had no answer for Andrew Wiggins. They were able to reach the free throw line but missed 10 attempts including Tatum's 2 for 6 nights at the line. Tatum displayed flashes while playing a statement game but was then plagued with stupid turnovers and possible fatigue. In rhythm, his stepback, open 3-point attempt, sailed out without touching anything, an embarrassing airball. They committed an inexcusable 18 turnovers - Golden State had seven - and earned a total of 4 points from their second unit. Perhaps Tatum and Brown are under too much pressure at this point in their careers. Brown started missing eight of his first 10 shots and never looked comfortable. Tatum, looking to atone for his disappointing Game 4, didn't score until the 2:06 mark of the first period and was never the best player on the floor. That was Wiggins, who finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds and got everything he wanted offensively. This vaunted Celtics defense is showing cracks. The Warriors beat Boston with the added passing or dribbling penetration for floaters. Instant Analysis: Celtics show fight in 3rd quarter, but Warriors have their backs to the wall, and other observations from Game 5. Additionally, the Warriors were 32 of 48 on 2-point shots. They get past Boston's initial defensive line and score in the paint. The Celtics don't seem capable of doing the same. Offensively they are only closed when the 3-point shot falls. For example, the Celtics were 5 to 23 from across the arc in the first, second and fourth quarters. As they rallied to take the lead in a 35-point third period, they were 6-9. Golden State won despite missing 31 of 40 3-point attempts. The warriors can do more than shoot the three. The Celtics can't do it at this point, that's the difference in the series. "I think they did some things to get us out of our spots," Brown said. “But overall the physicality has to be better from the jump. We just have to be stronger, more physical, more dominant, get to the color and get someone to stop you. Why did his team fall 24-8 behind in such an important game? Why can the Warriors convert on their midrange jumpers but the Celtics shoot bricks? "Yes, this beginning is difficult to explain," said a stunned Udoka. “I mean, we lacked physicality early on. They brought the fight to us a little earlier. Then the fatigue in the fourth could have played a role. Turnovers, missed free throws, some of the things obvious, talking to the refs a little too much didn't help us in the fourth. Again, the Celtics were influenced by a shaky office. Jordan Poole flopped to Smart before an inbounds pass and drew an offensive foul. Smart was knocked off by a forearm from Klay Thompson, and officers didn't make a call, allowing Thompson to shoot and make an undisputed 3-pointer. But Boston attempted 16 more free throws than the Warriors. The officials did not miss 10 of these free throws. How it happened: Celtics push back but fall apart late and lose to Warriors 104-94, in Game 5 the Celtics just screw up. They allow themselves to be swayed by any external distraction while the warriors just keep going. It's a shame because when they're committed and focused, the Celtics are the more talented team. "Yeah, not our best moment," said striker Al Horford of the lack of composure. "As you know, I feel like we were able to fend off those things, especially during the playoffs. For whatever reason, tonight I feel like we got it. It's one of those things that we kind of brought back. We can't let this affect our game, the way things are played.” Most demoralizing, the Celtics made up for all their first-half slips with a brilliant third quarter and a 5-point lead built up before collapsing again in the late quarter, where they stopped play after a missed shot by Tatum, allowing Jordan Poole to end the period with a 38-foot bank shot for a 1-point lead. The Celtics would never lead again. They collapsed in the fourth quarter, exhausted from a long season, with too much focus on the referees, unable to defeat a team proud of their performance. So here they are, no more wiggle room, no more room for sloppy starts or stupid turnovers.

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Celtics have their backs to the wall after being faded out in 4th place

The Celtics are once again close to progressing into Thursday's Game 6 after falling apart in the fourth quarter against the Warriors on Monday night. (Author: Gardener)

4thSAN FRANCISCO — So many things went in the Boston Celtics' favor in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has not scored a 3 in a postseason game for the first time. After struggling with his shot throughout the series, Jayson Tatum had a good night of shooting. And for a change, the Celtics not only weren't destroyed by the Warriors in the third quarter — they outplayed Golden State during the frame. But after all that, the emotion emanating from the Celtics was one of regret as Boston scored five points in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and watched Golden State pull away in a 104-94 win and the Warriors one chance to wrap up the series on Thursday night at TD Garden. "Obviously we're a little discouraged after achieving such a good third place to come out fourth and not play like we should have," said Al Horford. “We felt we had chances, kind of started playing like we played earlier in the game. This is the time to look each other in the eye and we need to find out. We have to find out. It seemed there might somehow be a tomorrow for Boston after Game 5 — despite the Celtics' dreadful start to the game, while the Warriors came out of the gates like a house of fire, sending the Chase Center into round after round of thunderous applause with their frenetic game, the Celtics spent the first few minutes moving around the field as if it were a February regular season game and not Game 5 of the Finals. Turnovers - the telltale statistic of Boston's postseason - reared their ugly head once the Celtics signed 18 in Game 5 and continued the trend in these playoffs of going 14-2 when they have 15 or fewer turnovers and now 0-7 when they have 16 or more. And while many of them were a trademark Celtics- Fashion where Boston carelessly tosses t the ball around, they were also a product of Golden State speeding up the Celtics and throwing them off the rhythm that Boston was so successful at maintaining stops when it's best. "Thanks to her," Jaylen Brown said. “Another game with too many turnovers. It was also another game where both Brown and Tatum were outplayed by a Warrior. Brown missed firing all night and finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists, but went 5-18 out of bounds and 0-5 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Tatum eventually shot the ball well, going 10-20 from the field and 5-9 from 3-point range but had four turnovers and went 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter when it looked like he was tiring in a game he played 44 minutes been. "We rode them a little longer," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka when asked about Boston's fourth-quarter fade after getting back into the game. "Fatigue might have played a part in that, be it physically or in some of the decision making, turnovers there. It kind of went with the hot hands that got us back in the game turned the expected script on its head for the last time in this playoffs, by scoring the first 10 points of the second half and completely outplaying Golden State in the third quarter after outplaying them by 49 points in their first four games during that period. State scored eight points in the last 80 seconds of the third quarter to take the Regaining the lead heading into the fourth, then beating Boston 18-5 in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter to end the game - and push the Celtics And while Golden State once again deserved credit for how the Celtics fell apart, it was it's also recent memory - even within a game - of how wildly this Boston team is swinging back and forth During the game, the Celtics demolished eight straight games, producing one clean look after another. And when they tore the Warriors apart in the third quarter, they repeatedly and crisply executed their game plan. Then the fourth quarter started and everything fell apart. As you saw in Q3, whenever we're not stagnant, competing against the crowd, it can look pretty easy to get the shots we want. “Like I said, we just need to be carried over from game to game. A 35-point third quarter, if we're moving the ball, getting in lane, penetrating, kicking, getting the wide-open shots we want, we have to have that carry over into the fourth. Basically only having 14 or so until the young people were late was obviously a night and day quarter of the third and fourth." But even after all that, Boston remains hopeful it can dig itself out of that hole. Well, in part because Boston has been in that position multiple times this postseason."I said it before: you better be confident, right?" Tatum asked. "We don't have to win two in one day. We just have to on Thursday win a game. We have to win on Thursday. That's all we have to worry about right now." The Celtics trailed 3-2 to defending champions Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals before hitting the road and Won Game 6 in Milwaukee — in which Tatum scored 46 points — and then returned home and won Game 7. Boston then took to the streets and won Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, though the Celti cs endured an almost historic collapse in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to win this game. Now the Celtics must dig another hole to hang Banner 18 in the rafters of TD Garden. "I have no choice," Brown said when asked why he was more confident than ever in his team's chances of winning an NBA title after Monday's loss. At this point it's win or go home. 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.

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Celtics have their backs to the wall after being faded out in 4th place

The Celtics find themselves with their backs "against the wall" as they enter Game 6 on Thursday after being faded out in the fourth quarter against the Warriors on Monday night. (Author: Gardener)

4thSAN FRANCISCO — So many things went in the Boston Celtics' favor in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has not scored a 3 in a postseason game for the first time. After struggling with his shot throughout the series, Jayson Tatum had a good night of shooting. And for a change, the Celtics not only weren't destroyed by the Warriors in the third quarter — they outplayed Golden State during the frame. But after all that, the emotion emanating from the Celtics was one of regret as Boston scored five points in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter and watched Golden State pull away to a 104-94 win and give the Warriors a chance to wrap up the series on Thursday night at TD Garden. "Obviously we're a little discouraged after achieving such a good third place to come out fourth and not play like we should have," said Al Horford. “We felt we had chances, kind of started playing like we played earlier in the game. This is the time to look each other in the eye and we need to find out. We have to find out. It seemed there might somehow be a tomorrow for Boston after Game 5 — despite the Celtics' dreadful start to the game, while the Warriors came out of the gates like a house of fire, sending the Chase Center into round after round of thunderous applause with their frenetic The Celtics spent the first few minutes moving around the court as if it were a February regular season game and not Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Turnovers - the telltale statistic of Boston's postseason - reared its ugly head. The Celtics signed in game 5 18 and continued the trend in these playoffs of going 14-2 when they have 15 turnovers or fewer, and now 0-7 when they have 16 turnovers or more. And while many of them came in brand Celtics Mode, with Boston carefree tossi It was also a Golden State product that sped up the Celtics and threw them off the rhythm that Boston so successfully maintains when it's at its best. We just have to keep recognizing the game, seeing the game, and making in-game adjustments. “Another game with too many turnovers. It was also another game where both Brown and Tatum were outplayed by a Warrior. Brown missed firing all night and finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists, but went 5-18 out of bounds and 0-5 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Tatum eventually shot the ball well, going 10-20 from the field and 5-9 from 3-point range but had four turnovers and went 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter when it looked like he was tiring in a game he played 44 minutes been. "We rode them a little longer," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka when asked about Boston's fourth-quarter fade after getting back into the game. "Fatigue might have played a part in that, be it physically or in some of the decision making, turnovers there. It kind of went with the hot hands that got us back in the game turned the expected script on its head for the last time in this playoffs, by scoring the first 10 points of the second half and completely outplaying Golden State in the third quarter after outplaying them by 49 points in their first four games during that period. State scored eight points in the last 80 seconds of the third quarter to take the Regaining the lead heading into the fourth, then beating Boston 18-5 in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter to end the game - and push the Celtics And while Golden State once again deserved credit for how the Celtics fell apart, it was it's also recent memory - even within a game - of how wildly this Boston team is swinging back and forth During the game, the Celtics demolished eight straight games, producing one clean look after another. And when they tore the Warriors apart in the third quarter, they repeatedly and crisply executed their game plan. Then the fourth quarter started and everything fell apart. As you saw in Q3, whenever we're not stagnant, competing against the crowd, it can look pretty easy to get the shots we want. “Like I said, we just need to be carried over from game to game. A 35-point third quarter, if we're moving the ball, getting in lane, penetrating, kicking, getting the wide-open shots we want, we have to have that carry over into the fourth. Basically only having 14 or so until the young people were late was obviously a night and day quarter of the third and fourth." But even after all that, Boston remains hopeful it can dig itself out of that hole. Well, in part because Boston has been in that position multiple times this postseason."I said it before: you better be confident, right?" Tatum asked. "We don't have to win two in one day. We just have to on Thursday win a game. We have to win on Thursday. That's all we have to worry about right now." The Celtics trailed 3-2 to defending champions Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals before hitting the road and Won Game 6 — including Tatum, who scored 46 points in Game 6 in Milwaukee — and then returned home and won Game 7. Boston then hit the road and won Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miam i Heat, although the Celtics had to endure a near-historic meltdown in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to win that game. Now the Celtics must dig another hole to hang Banner 18 in the rafters of TD Garden. "I have no choice," Brown said when asked why he was more confident than ever in his team's chances of winning an NBA title after Monday's loss. At this point it's win or go home. 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.

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Warriors shake off the Celtics' run in the third quarter for a 3-2 lead

If the NBA Finals is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 wins the Larry O'Brien Trophy 73.3 percent of the time. After struggling to find their rhythm and committing nine turnovers in the first half, the Celtics beat the Warriors 19-4 to start the third quarter, winning their first lead and... (Author: Gardener)

the third quarterIf the NBA Finals is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 wins the Larry O'Brien Trophy 73.3 percent of the time. After the Celtics struggled to find their rhythm and commit nine turnovers in the first half, the Celtics beat the Warriors 19-4 to start the third quarter, earning their first lead and giving hope that the stats in the above verse would swing in their favor. But when Jordan Poole threw in a three on the buzzer to give Golden State the lead in the final frame, the Warriors took control of the game and never let go. It's the first time Boston has lost back-to-back games this postseason. Celtics struggle to find rhythm offensively; Warriors feed on home crowd in first frame The Warriors repeatedly made the Celtics pay with their off-ball activities, including Andrew Wiggins and Otto Porter, who made basket cuts to give Golden State an early 12-4 advantage. The Warriors started the game shooting 6/9 while Boston was 2/7, lacking activity on and off the ball and struggling to get into rhythm. The first three of the game didn't come until Klay Thompson drilled one at 5:14, extending Golden State's lead to 17-6. Looking for a spark, Jaylen Brown came from staggered screens of Derrick White and Al Horford, attacking downhill and getting a layup and a trip to the free-throw line. However, Brown missed the foul shot and kept the score at 17-8. Despite the Celtics' early offensive struggles, when Jayson Tatum was substituted for Grant Williams at 4:54 in the first frame, they didn't have much firepower left on the ground. The lineup consisted of Brown, Williams, White, Horford and Marcus Smart. Ime Udoka responded by introducing Tatum, Robert Williams and Payton Pritchard about two minutes later. Stephen Curry challenged the Time Lord on the edge in the closing seconds of the first quarter. There was contact with the body, but as Williams adhered to the rule of verticality, no foul was called. However, Golden State retained possession despite the ball clearly going past Curry. Williams then fouled Wiggins after the inbounds and before the period ended. Curry missed the free throw for the technical error and Wiggins went 1/2 at the line giving the Warriors a 27-16 lead in the second quarter. Committing four turnovers that resulted in six points for Golden State didn't help Boston's cause either. If you're looking for a positive, Jayson Tatum started the game at 3/3 and produced six points. But the Celtics need to play with more activity and push offensively to take a 3-2 lead in series. Celtics reduced the deficit to single digits, but turnovers still stand in their way At the 9:57 mark in the second quarter, Tatum threw in a careless pass after a three-pointer from Jordan Poole, which was picked by Draymond Green. Green went 2/2 at the line and gave the Warriors a 32-18 lead. Smart attacked the basket for two points on the edge, Tatum raised for a 20-foot jump shot over Poole and Smart beat Nemanja Bjelica for a bucket from close range that made it 32-24; a 6-0 run that prompted Steve Kerr to time out. With 5:41 left, Green ended a narrow 4:30 scoring drought for the Warriors and extended a floater to extend the home team's lead to 34-26. Tatum knocked down the Celtics' first three of the game with 4:34 left in the first half, improving them to 1/13 from beyond the arc. Boston's next possession, an assertive Tatum fired into the gap and then kicked the ball to Horford for another three. This was followed by his first foray to the free throw line, but he went 0/2 and preserved a 41-32 score. With 1:46 left, Horford went 1/2 at the line and put the Celtics at 3/7 on free throws. But the Warriors threw the last shot of the half, using layups from Wiggins and Curry to extend their lead to 51-39 at the break. That layup by Wiggins earned him a game-high 16 points. The Warriors had a much easier time hitting quality shots, and they turned nine Boston turnovers into 13 points. The Celtics' most trusted players, Brown (3), Tatum (2) and Smart (2), were most responsible for not tending to the ball. Conversely, the hosts committed only three turnovers, resulting in two guest points. And, as noted, while neither team shot more than 20 percent from beyond the arc, Golden State went 8/10 at the free throw line, while Boston ended the half at 4/9 on fouls. But the Celtics helped themselves by converting four offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points. Tatum had 13 points on 6/9 shooting, Robert Williams had eight and Smart contributed seven, but Brown stuck on four points, going on 2/10 and making consistent hard shots. The Celtics need to play with more energy, on- and off-ball activity, and force themselves to keep up with the Warriors, known for their third-quarter runs and prevail in the final frame. Celtics win the third quarter but cannot hold the lead Brown scored the first four points of the second half and went 4/4 at the free throw line. That included after he picked up a pass from Green and pulled the third foul on Thompson. Then came a Tatum three on the left wing to 51:46. Tatum drilled one down from the top of the key the next time out, the fifth straight three for Boston and closing the gap at 51-49. At the 7:52 mark, Tatum buried another shot from beyond the arc, taking Otto Porter out of dribble and conceding with another try over the break. With a Thompson floater coming almost a minute before that, the deficit narrowed to 53-52. At 6:55 in the third frame, Smart made an open three from the top, leveling the game at 55. The Boston trio continued as Tatum drove and Horford kicked in for a three-pointer from above that set the break that gave the Celtics their first lead of the night, 58-55. At that point, they surpassed Golden State 19-4 in the third quarter. The two teams then traded second-chance baskets, starting with a smart three, followed by Robert Williams, who accidentally tipped a miss by Wiggins from beyond the arc, then conceded Brown picked up a floater from Tatum that didn't go through the net. Brown's tip-in gave the visitors a 63-59 lead with 5-10 left in the third. At the 3:55 mark, Grant Williams followed a rejection of a Curry pull-up three with a three-pointer play, increasing the Celtics' lead to 66-61. But Thompson ended a 0/14 Warriors drought beyond the arc, drilling back-to-back threes. With 54.4 seconds left, Green shoved the ball into the transition and delivered a bounce pass to Gary Payton II for a layup that gave Golden State a 72-71 lead. But Brown responded with a layup while being fouled by Green, his third staff. Brown then took the free throw and put Boston back in the lead, 74-72. But Poole used a three on the buzzer, giving the Warriors a 75-74 lead and momentum that kicked in in the final frame. The Celtics won the third quarter 35-24 but lost the lead to a buzzer-beater stab. The Celtics' Gas Tanks Run Out In The Fourth Quarter At the 9:31 mark, Thompson ousted Smart and buried an open three, giving Golden State a 7-0 run and an 82-74 lead, the night's biggest. After a timeout in Boston, a frustrated Smart was given a tech while arguing about the lack of a foul call on the other end. Poole took the free throw and extended the Warriors' lead to 83-74. You can guess who was called for the foul. Poole then buried a mid-range jump shot to make it 85-74. But after a miss by Kevon Looney, Brown scored the Celtics' first points of the quarter on an 8-21 layup to play. With 6:06 left, Brown grabbed his rebound and was fouled and shot, but the officials didn't allow him a continuation. He didn't, and Tatum then fired a mid-range jump shot and potentially lost as much as three points. At the 3:01 mark, Green was denied by a Smart layup attempt, although Kerr challenged the call. Smart then made both free throws, reducing the deficit to 95-84. With 2:10 to go, Wiggins made the point with a thunderous one-handed jam, extending Golden State's lead to 99-84. By the time the final buzzer sounded and the Warriors clinched a 104-94 win, they had beaten the Celtics in three of four quarters. Despite being outplayed 35-24 in the third frame, Poole's buzzer beater put them back in the lead, a draining punch Boston didn't counter. The Celtics have committed 18 turnovers in the loss, resulting in 22 Golden State points. And even though Boston hit 31 free throws for the Warriors' 15, he went 21/31 at the line and left ten points on the board. Tatum led all contestants to defeat with 27 points. Smart had 20 points but tied with Tatum in turnovers and Brown had 18 but had 18 shots. He went 0/8 on threes but made 8/10 free throws on a night when nobody else on either team attempted more than four. Those three didn't get enough help on goal, and as Boston's primary ball carrier, they had 13 of the team's 18 giveaways. As for Golden State, Wiggins performed with 16 points on 22 shots despite Currys and delivered the team's best 26 points paired with 13 rebounds. The Warriors were the better team in three out of four quarters. Overall, they played more energetically and powerfully and handled the ball better (seven turnovers). They are the team that deserves to return to Boston with a 3-2 lead. The question is, can the Celtics, who have been scrambling to protect their home court, avoid the Warriors enjoying a championship celebration at TD Garden and send that series back to bay for Game 7. Game 6 of the NBA Finals is Thursday night. Inside The Celtics will contain content related to the game before, during and after the game. [Film Room] Keys to Celtics bring Jayson Tatum into Game 5 of NBA Finals Celtics address the reasons for their stagnant offense in Game 4 of the loss to Warriors [Film Room] In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Jaylen Brown scored evenly and supported and shown how he Can lift the Celtics roof Celtics feed on home crowd in Game 3 Win Over Warriors: "They give us so much energy and so much juice" The anatomy of the Celtics fourth quarter comeback in Game 1 the NBA Finals

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Boston Celtics 94-104 Golden State Warriors - live!

Minute Report: The Warriors lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after turnovers cost the Celtics in San Francisco (Author: Gardener)

Boston CelticsBy continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson reacts after scoring in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. Minute report: The Warriors lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after turnovers cost the Celtics in San Francisco. This is where the difference in experience comes into play. The Celtics had a chance in Game 5, but they kept making turnovers, missing free throws and letting the refs interfere. Instead, a potential win ends in a double-digit loss and they need to win Game 6 at home on Thursday just to extend the streak. The Guardian will continue our coverage of the 2022 NBA Finals to the bitter end, but that concludes today's live blog. Thank you to everyone who followed us today as the Golden State Warriors secured a 3-2 series advantage, especially those who contributed. As expected, the Celtics unleash the bench players. Nesmith gets to the line twice, takes 3 of 4 free throws and Luke Kornet hits a three that means absolutely nothing. The Warriors win Game 5 of the NBA Finals! The Golden State Warriors are now one win away from winning the 2022 NBA Finals! Brown takes two free throws. Thompson hits the dagger three. Payton taps a Curry miss and the Celtics call a timeout, presumably to fend off the dogs. Kerr's challenge is unsuccessful and Green fouls for the third time in five attempts from an NBA Finals game. Smart hits both free throws. Curry scores for the Warriors and now I call that for Golden State. Wiggins' big night continues as he hits a jumper to give the Warriors a 14-point lead. Tatum briefly calms the crowd with a three-pointer, but Payton hits a two-pointer straight back. There's a sixth foul on Green, but Kerr wants a challenge. Brown missed a three-pointer on the Celtics' possession from the break. Curry, against whom the Celtics defense has worked wonders, misses a three-pointer of his own. Celtics get two trips to the free throw line. Brown does one out of two. Tatum misses both. You just can't do that this late in the game if you have time on your side. Curry scores at the other end and Boston takes a time out, but that feels like it's about to close. The Celtics have their 18th turnover of the game and it's a killer for them (or any other team). They prevent the Warriors from scoring, but the clock is not on their side. Never mind, they can't even do that now as Wiggins makes another flop. And Tatum makes his second free throw. Wiggins hits a layup for the dubs. Plus, Green records his fifth foul. Tatum reaches the line where he takes his first free throw before the Warriors call a timeout. Marcus Smart with a technical foul. Arguing with the umpires has been a problem for Boston for all series. Poole hits the free throw. Then he conceded an offensive foul. Oh wow and now Poole hits a jumper. Celtics still haven't scored. How important do you think it is to win this game? Grant Williams is called for a foul. Not a solid start for Boston. Phew, that Tatum trip didn't help. Thompson hits a three and that's an eight-point lead from nowhere. Celtics call a time-out. White fouls Poole and puts him on the line. He takes both free throws. Tatum's attempt to score first doesn't go in, but Wiggins does. Yes, I have to share this: Jordan Poole with another long-distance buzzer beater on ABC! pic.twitter.com/zkrcFE2uxC - NBA (@NBA) June 14, 2022 Celtics 74-75 Warriors, end of the third quarter Poole banks in a 33-foot jumper on the buzzer to give Golden State a one-point lead after three points to procure quarters! Jordan Poole hits a three! Payton might be saying, He hits a shot to put Golden State ahead for a few seconds before Brown responds with a layup, draw foul, and a free throw. Smart commits a foul on Thompson. He misses the first free throw and takes the second. Thompson hits another three! It's a one point game! They knew that at this end they would not remain silent for too long. Grant Williams has a sequence of his own: a block, a shot from a Robert Williams rebound, and a draw foul. He completes the three-point game with a free throw. Curry hits a floater to reduce the Celtics' lead to one. Smart fails to score on his first try, but the Cs get the rebound and he nails a three. Looney keeps the Warriors at bay by scoring near the basket, but Brown taps Tatum's miss! That's the message of this Warriors' third quarter. Smart is called for a foul. Thompson goes to the line for free throws. Wiggins catches a foul. Smart hits a threesome and we start all over again. Never mind, Horford hits another three for the lead! Warriors take time off, and it's probably a good decision on their part. Eventually, Warriors score in the third, Thompson hits a pull-up jumper. Tatum hits another three and so it's a one-possession game. A dazed Steve Kerr calls for a timeout for the Warriors. Offensive foul on Curry. Celtics have a chance of a tie but Smart misses a jumper. Tatum with a three-pointer and suddenly it's a five-pointer! Brilliant start to the second half for Boston. Thompson immediately picks up a foul and puts Brown on the line. Start of the second half Thompson immediately catches a foul and puts Brown on the line. Will the Warriors win this game on defense or will the Celtics lose it on bad decisions? Through four games into the Finals... — Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) June 14, 2022 The Celtics will appear to need to reverse those trends in the third quarter if they are to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this postseason. All he's done with the Warriors is rekindle his career. Now he's scoring 16 points and picking up seven rebounds in the first half of an NBA Finals Game 4. The bad news for Boston is that they came out listless and the Warriors comfortably led most of the first half. The other bad news for Boston is that the Warriors are the best team in the NBA in the third quarter. Wiggins, the best player in the game so far, makes an easy layup. White gets one of two free throws after a foul. Curry scores, Smart turns the ball around, Green misses the last shot. The Celtics are playing a much better second quarter and somehow the Warriors' lead is a point higher than after the first. Celtics finally get to the line. Horford makes one of two free throws. Curry scores next Golden State side. Well that will help Tatum with a layup. You'll never believe it, but Curry took both free throws. So much for taking advantage of free throws. At this end, everything was golden state. Smart scores with a threesome. Boston takes a time-out after Smart Curry fouls on free throws. Finally a Celtics player hits a three! It's Tatum. Of course, Payton scores a two-pointer at right-back. Oh, maybe that's a trend: Horford connects and that's back-to-back threes after laying a goose egg from a long distance to start the game. Curry misses a three. Instead, Wiggins tries to get one the old-fashioned way, hitting a floater, catching a foul and knocking down a free throw. The Warriors lead is 11 again. Okay, Celtics are only six points behind. Thompson catches a foul here, putting Boston in the bonus. With the long ball not working, that could be part of their strategy for the rest of this quarter. Brown, on the other hand, concedes his first personal foul. Porter and Tatum both miss a three and Green hits a jumper. Finally, the Warriors score here, courtesy of Green. Warriors cannot score for ball possession. Tatum is attempting a three-pointer, and those just don't go down for Boston. Kind of like a brick contest here, so when Williams gets the ball, he just puts one down. Celtics take away Warriors' lead. Marcus Smart hits a jumper to reduce the lead to single digits and force the Warriors to time out. Warriors aren't playing great here, but they're doing what they have to do while the Celtics keep fighting. Celtics haven't hit a single three-pointer so far this game, which they need to do against Golden State. Draymond Green fouls Robert Williams, who hits two free throws, but Jordan Poole hits his first basket of the game at the other end. Green then intercepts a terrible Tatum pass, forcing Williams to foul Green at the rim to prevent an easy layup. Green makes both free throws on the line. Marcus Smart makes a floater for Boston. Finally, a poor turnover for Golden State, snatched up by Derrick White. White misses a three but a loose ball foul on Poole means they retain possession. Tatum hits a knight on this second chance. Celtics get the ball to start the second. Pritchard misses a three but a foul on Nemanja Bjelica allows them to keep the ball. Department Celtics are shooting 34 percent in the first quarter, going 0 of 5 of 3, only one free throw attempt and four turnovers. They're lucky they're only 11 down. — Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) June 14, 2022 Celtics 16-27 Warriors, end of first quarter Disastrous end for the Celtics: Williams is called for a foul just before the buzzer sounds . It's a shooting foul that puts Wiggins on the line. Also, Boston head coach Ime Udoka is called out for a technical foul for arguing about it. So much for the momentum for the Celtics for this quarter-end mini-run. Curry misses - somehow - the technical free throw. Wiggins only makes one of his free throws. So this could have been worse, but still terrible game management at the end of the quarter. Tatum with back-to-back marks. The Celtics will need him badly if they want to get back into this game. Wiggins scores. Do those back-to-back shots from Tatum hitting a layup. Robert Williams gets a put back and cuts the Warriors' lead to ten points. Payton Pritchard comes into play and immediately goes out. Curry has a lucky jump on a jumper and then Tatum FINALLY tries (and makes) a shot. Brown is called for a foul, Payton's turn. He hits both free throws. He hits both free throws. He hits both free throws. Still waiting for the Cs to realize the game has started. And Payton hits a threesome. This could be over prematurely if the Celtics don't wake up. Tatum zero shots or assists, one turnover, leaves game -11. I'm starting to wonder if he'll ever show up for the NBA Finals. — Jason Timpf (@_JasonLT) June 14, 2022 Not ideal for Boston. The Celtics are doing a great job limiting Curry, the problem is the rest of the Warriors are burning them this time. We get a Warriors timeout after Payton secures a rebound on a Marcus Smart miss. Second foul on Looney, we'll see if that's a factor. This time Brown drives through the Warriors defense for a layup and gets a third foul on Looney. He has a chance for a three-point game but cannot concede the free throw. And a long-distance brand from Thompson. Finally, the Celtics score. Finally, the Celtics score. Horford hits a hook shot to put the Celtics on the board after an endless drought. For the Celtics, Derrick White is probably the right move. Horford misses a shot after the time-out. So far nothing has happened for Boston. Thompson hits a jumper, of course, and the Warriors already have a ten-point lead. I see the Celtics have decided to do the third quarter early tonight - Dr. Daniel from Sport, Esq. (@DanielfromSport) June 14, 2022 Maybe it's outside of their system? Brown and Wiggins trade failed three-pointers. After a brief offensive boost, it looks like both teams will find a defensive rhythm here. After Wiggins blocks Brown, Green (looking better here than he has been since Game 2) dives, forcing Boston to an early timeout. Her offense was completely lifeless against Golden State. Green hits a layup. Then Brown turns the ball over. Wiggins gets a jumper in the paint and early on it feels like it's all warriors. Brown scored first for the Celtics, promptly followed by a reply from Wiggins. Draymond Green is called fouling smart for an early foul. Boston can't score for possession. Curry hits a layup for Golden State. Warriors win the opening tip. Porter starts with a layup. The true MVP of this series is the one who chose the Gang Starr songs that ABC played to transition from the pregame show to the actual broadcast. Michael Wilbon also lets the Warriors score 120 points today. Before the series started, I predicted the Warriors in 6. Right now it feels a lot like this is going to be seven games, but with my prediction still in play I'm committed to sticking with it. So that means the Warriors win today. We might have an overtime thriller this time, it feels like this series deserves one. Warriors 120-114 Celtics. Kevon Looney is more likely to be on the bench than Draymond Green, which is an interesting move by the Warriors, but one can imagine Looney will play starting minutes. However, Porter had a fantastic streak and earned starting honors. If this series is going to be Jayson Tatum vs. Steph Curry, then of course it's not a contest. Tatum alternated between good and underperforming games, in part due to how the Warriors defended him. In the final, Jayson Tatum shoots: He and Ime Udoka outlined the roots of his struggles: https://t.co/mmZq8lNzfC pic.twitter.com/nG8SGD7Y1V - CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) June 12, 2022 Stephen A. Smith walks off the Predicting that Curry could win Finals MVP even if he loses. Crab Rangoon, things like that.” — David Roth (@david_j_roth) June 13, 2012 We have our officials for the game and Celtics fans may not be too happy about that. The Celtics are 3-12 in their last 15 playoff games the Tony Brothers officiated https://t.co/HbKkZef3N5— Dante Turo (@DanteOnDeck) June 13, 2022 Question from a Brit who doesn't know much about basketball and it's haunting because he's become a GSW supporter because of Steve Kerr: how big is home field advantage usually since the evidence from this streak is that if both teams won and lost at home it doesn't make a difference? It usually makes a big one Difference! Home teams feed on crowd energy, officials tend to favor them and they don't have to put up with the hassle of familiarizing themselves with another city and stadium. It just wasn't a factor in this particular one Series mainly because the Celtics are really weird team that play better on the road than at home. Just like they play better after losses than after wins. The Boston Celtics had a golden opportunity to reclaim a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals on Friday, but Steph Curry had other thoughts. Curry looked like top Curry in Game 4, dropping 43 points and picking up 10 rebounds in a performance that could guarantee him his first Finals MVP should the Warriors win two of the next three. The Celtics had 16 turnovers in contention, which was par for the course for them throughout these Finals and indeed this entire postseason. However, should they manage to miss Banner 18, Boston will need to assess whether better ball security will come as their core gains more experience or whether they need a roster overhaul. So far this series has gone as most of us could have predicted. In the first four games, the road team and home team managed to go 2-2. This final game was no coincidence, these are the two best teams in basketball. Now we're breaking new ground: one of these teams has to win two of the next three games. The Warriors have home field advantage, but the Celtics are the best road team in the NBA. The Celtics are the more talented team, but the Warriors managed to capitalize on their experience gap. Boston has the best defense, Golden State has the best player. Tonight's Game 5 should settle things, but its winner can't afford to rest as each team has the ability to beat the other back-to-back (although the Celtics haven't been beaten back-to-back this postseason, this is no guarantee of invincibility). We'd love to hear from you during today's game. You can email us at [email protected] or tweet us at @HunterFelt and we'll use your thoughts on this liveblog. It's Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center! Before we start tonight's coverage, here's how things have played out so far - and what's to come with the series' 2-2 draw. The Celtics used a huge fourth quarter to roar past the Warriors in the series opener. Boston took a 2-1 lead thanks to strong performances from their core players. Game 4: Golden State Warriors 107-97 Boston Celtics. Game 4: Golden State Warriors 107-97 Boston Celtics. Game 4: Golden State Warriors 107-97 Boston Celtics. Stephen Curry was at his best with 43 points and exited the series 2-2. Game 5: Tonight, 9 p.m. ET at the Golden State. Game 6: Thursday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET in Boston. Game 7 (if required): Sunday, June 19, 8 p.m. ET at the Golden State. Australian news live updates: Queensland on brink of power outage again as eastern states grapple with severe cold

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The New Judgment Day

We'll be hearing about the new look of Judgment Day after they took on Edge last week. (Author: Gardener)

EdgeHe mentioned that this year's winner would be up against Roman Reigns and Heyman said that person would fail. Heyman pocketed Reign's upcoming title defense on Friday's SmackDown against "Riddle of all people." Heyman went to WWE management and suggested they raise the stakes. Riddle wanted the news straight out of the horse's ass. Heyman said Riddle had some balls to interrupt him and Miz. Riddle asked Miz how his balls were doing. Riddle warned Heyman that he and Reigns had no idea what he was capable of, but they would find out on Friday. Riddle fired, saying he didn't care what the condition was because Reigns would have to kill him to retain the title. Heyman respected Riddle but didn't think he could beat Reigns. Heyman didn't even think Riddle could beat his opponent tonight. Heyman set the stipulation: if Riddle doesn't beat Reigns on Friday, he doesn't get another title fight as long as Reigns is the champion. The Usos surrounded the ring but the Street Profits came out to even things out. (Also because Montez Ford has a scheduled match against Jimmy Uso next.) Jimmy gave Ford a vertical suplex to the edge of the ring, leading to the break. Ford fought back with a back suplex and they traded punches until Ford hit an enziguri for two followed by a spinebuster for two. Jimmy shoved Ford into the ring post, but Ford dodged a splash and Jimmy hit the post himself. Ford brought Jimmy down with a hurricanrana from the top, but Jimmy got to his knees on a frog splash and rolled up for the pinfall win. There was a long video synopsis of last week's angle between Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. Kevin Patrick sat down with Rollins for an interview. Patrick mentioned what happened last week and Rollins laughed. Patrick asked if he felt any regrets. Rollins said he meant every word he said in the ring last week, but he also thought Cody Rhodes was a virus. Rollins felt no remorse - he felt pride. Rollins said one of the biggest moments of his career was his MITB cash-in, and he's looking to top that moment. Patrick said he wouldn't be able to do that until he beat AJ Styles in their qualifier tonight. Rollins said Styles wasn't up to his level. If Styles wanted to stand in his way, he could face the same fate as Rhodes. Rollins cackled like a fool until Styles stormed in and knocked him out. Styles said, "This is for Cody." The match didn't happen. Both women performed regularly, but Lynch attacked Brooke before the bell could ring. Lynch herded Brooke into the barricade before stomping her head on the commentary box. Lynch never said that about Brooke's little 24/7 championship, telling her, "You can keep that." Lynch also recalled that the last time she was in an MITB match, she was cheated and robbed. She said this year everything would be different. They played clips of Alexa Bliss winning the 2018 MITB match (just after Lynch was pushed off a ladder) and Nikki ASH winning 2021. Morgan avoided a senton, but Nikki knocked her down with a kick. Nikki took the time to brag, so Bliss dropped her with a DDT for the pinfall win. Bliss and Morgan qualify for MITB. There was a video synopsis of Finn Bálor joining Judgment Day and turning on Edge. Owens dodged a flying knee and followed with a superkick, a cannonball and Swanton for a nearfall about 25 seconds into the game. Ezekiel hit back and hit a spinebuster for two. Ezekiel took Owens on his shoulders and gave him a damn attitude adjustment onto the steel steps (not the flat part of the steps - the edge of the top step). Still, Owens hit a Frog Splash from the apron during a break and was in control after the break. Owens wants a senton, but Ezekiel knees up. Ezekiel followed up with a modified Fallaway Slam, Stinger Splash, and Jumping Knee Strike. Ezekiel attempted a running splash when Owens was leaning against the post, but Owens moved and Ezekiel hit it (this is a spot they almost never do, but it was essentially the same spot that Jimmy Uso and Montez Ford did before to have). Owens fell out of the ring and yelled at the announcers about Elias. - After the match, an excited Ezekiel said he wasn't done with Owens but was also looking at MITB. Ezekiel said he wasn't the only one excited - he announced Elias would be returning to Raw next week. MVP cut a promo for Cedric Alexander saying Omos would win MITB. Omos threw Alexander out of the ring after the match. AJ Styles said MITB is the only thing he's missed in his career and he wants it now more than ever. He wanted to win it to annoy Rollins after what he did to Rhodes. Styles said he wasn't at Rollins' level because Rollins was below him. Elsewhere, Rollins laughed at Styles' mood. Rollins dedicated tonight's eventual win to Rhodes. Styles dominated until they did one of my least favorite things: Rollins escaped outside, so Styles ran after him until he got caught in an attack as he was returning to the ring. Rollins followed with a suicide dive that sent Styles over the announcer table and us on a break. Sections of the crowd chanted "Cody" to Rollins as he stood upright until Styles hit back with punches and a facebuster for two. Rollins responded with a superkick for two. Styles countered a stomp into a calf crusher, but Rollins suffered a broken rope. Rollins hit an enziguri, but Styles came right back with a Pelé kick. They traded strikes and counters until Styles gave Rollins a vertical suplex into the turnbuckles for two. Rollins set up a pedigree, but Styles converted to a Fireman's carry neckbreaker for a nearfall. Rollins hit a bucklebomb but missed a frog splash. Styles went for Styles Clash, but Rollins countered and rocked him for the pinfall win. (I believe Rollins pinned Styles while holding his bad leg.) A great match in which they played many of their usual spots and counters. They fought back and forth until Ciampa stomped on Riddle's foot and hit a DDT to briefly get the heat. Riddle attempted an RKO, but Ciampa blocked it and applied an ankle lock. He grabbed Riddle's toe and slammed him to the mat before executing a running knee strike for a nearfall. Riddle hit a ripcord knee, floating bro, and RKO for the pinfall win. Patrick interviewed Belair. He asked her if she was ready to face this new version of Rhea Ripley. Belair opened up about fighting Ripley in the past and the mutual respect they had for each other. However, Ripley seems soulless since joining Judgment Day. Ripley might intimidate everyone else in the background with her act, but Belair wasn't afraid. Belair would go the path at MITB and keep her title. Ripley, Finn Bálor and Damian Priest appeared on the screen. Ripley said they did what they wanted, when they wanted, and Bálor said they knocked Edge off his pedestal. Priest said Edge contradicted his own statements and sealed his own fate. Ripley said Belair was just trying to convince herself when she watched the E.S.T. Ripley didn't claim to intimidate anyone, she just did it. She had her teeth knocked out last week and loved it. Ripley planned to exit MITB as a two-time champion. The theory told Sarah Schrieber that he would prove Bobby Lashley wasn't up to his level. (Yes, Rollins and Styles used to say that about each other.) The theory would also prove he was Vince McMahon's best investment. Ali hit a Tornado DDT and went upstairs but distracted himself by kicking Otis' hands as Otis was trying to pull Gable out of the ring. Gable followed immediately with the Chaos Theory suplex for the pinfall win. Mahaan missed an attack and went shoulder first into the ring post. Rey tried to take advantage as Mahaan got back in the ring, but Mahaan hit an awkward looking gutbuster and used the Cervical Clutch for the submission win (Rey quickly knocked off). Theory tried to take over the segment but Pearce told him to start posing or he would be disqualified. Theory struck his poses and Lashley applauded sarcastically. Lashley told him he would pose-down him, beat him in the ring and take the US title. Lashley struck his poses. Theory urged the crowd to cheer for the winner and they cheered Lashley. Theory dropped him out of the ring with a dropkick and posed with his title belt while the umpires checked Lashley.

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from June 13th

Judgment Day sent a loud and clear message to the rest of the WWE Roster a week ago when Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest joined new member Finn Balor in a shocking take on Edge... (Author: Gardener)

June 13thJudgment Day sent a loud and clear message to the rest of the WWE Roster a week ago when Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest joined new member Finn Balor in a shocking takedown on Edge. Yours wasn't the only promo segment scheduled for the show, as Seth Rollins took to the mic to discuss his despicable attack on Cody Rhodes. Those two heel-heavy segments headlined a broadcast that continued the march towards the Money in the Bank premiere live at the July 2 event. What was still going on and how was it affecting the flagship show ahead of one of the most popular extravaganzas of the year?Find out now with this recap of Monday's USA Network presentation.The Miz kicked off the show Monday with an edition of Miz TV featuring Special Advisor to WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman.Miz walked the Rules of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and their potential impact on Reigns, while Heyman focused on Friday's episode of SmackDown and the defense of the Tribal Chiefs. Cue Riddle, who interrupted proceedings and vowed to win the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship, only to be hit by one important stipulation: a loss on Friday night and he'll never be again to fight for the title. This produced The Usos, followed by the Street Profits for the first match of the night. Montez Ford battled Jimmy Uso in the night's opener, trying to build on the momentum the Profits gained in a week-ago win over The Usos in a non-title match. Ford fought valiantly, overcoming his opponent's oppressive offense to roll late. Unfortunately, Uso used Ford's momentum against him, pulling his knees up during a frog splash attempt and curling him in for the win. The match was really strong, with Ford standing out as a guy ready to take the leap to the next level of competition. He's building muscle, his in-ring game is at its best and management are giving him opportunities to express himself. He didn't win here, but he probably shouldn't have. The Usos need some momentum after losing recent games and a lone win brought on by a random knee raise hardly hurts street profits. Sure, but the result was neither harmful nor bad. The revelation in the opening promo that Riddle won't be able to challenge for the Reigns title again if he loses Friday night is a great addition to the game that ups the ante and will draw viewers into the show. Heyman cut Miz's introduction from him and provided his own intro. Heyman teased higher stakes for Friday's match between Reigns and No. 1 contender Riddle, only to be interrupted by The Original Bro. "He's gotta kill me to keep me from winning that WWE Undisputed Universal Championship, BRO!" A heated Riddle promised the special counsel. Graves spoke about Ford's growing muscles and whether it was affecting his stamina in a nice analysis from a guy who's been aloof this past month. Becky Lynch for the 24/7 Championship During a sit-down interview with Kevin Patrick, Seth “Freaking” Rollins tried to justify his actions from a week ago by blaming Cody Rhodes and claiming that everything is fine now that he The American Nightmare from WWE. Rollins said the Money in the Bank match was next up, starting with the weak AJ Styles. The Phenomenal One showed up and knocked Rollins out of his chair to end the segment. This was continued excellence from The Visionary, whose character work is approaching the enduring greatness of his work in the ring. He's believable and that's a result of how much he throws himself into his on-screen personality. The match with Styles later tonight will be substantial, especially given Rollins' recent career-defining role. The 24/7 Championship match between Dana Brooke and Becky Lynch never got off the ground as Big Time Becks brutally attacked the title holder and beat her in the ring before revealing that the title was never at stake. Instead, she needs to squeeze a whole lot of anger out of her system. This brought Asuka out into a brawl that ended with the heel escaping to the floor. Lynch needed this. Big Time Becks looks like a rejuvenated competitor who's just as likely to win money in the bank in July as anyone. While this might not be the most interesting or welcome result, she definitely has the star power to justify such a win. That is, of course, if she qualifies for the fight and WWE instead no longer settles on the one-on-one rivalry with The Empress of Tomorrow worthy of a high-profile feud match. A for Rollins' promo; B for Lynch's explosive punches at Brooke "Cody's a virus," Rollins said, trying to justify his cowardly attack on the injured Superstar last week. "This is for Cody!" Styles said after knocking Rollins out of his chair. Lynch jumped in front of Brooke, to considerable cheers, proving where the fans' loyalty lay in this one. Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan vs. Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. The Raw brand's first two contenders to qualify for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match on July 2 were decided in tag team action Monday night as Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss battled Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H.Bliss and Morgan showed great tag team chemistry as they overcame the onslaught of their driven opponents to achieve the win. It was interesting to see WWE decide two qualifiers in tag team action, but it was also a nice twist on the formulaic way the company typically fills the field for annual ranked matches. There are clearly no plans at all to take women's tag team wrestling seriously, which is a major disappointment given that Bliss and Morgan are a tandem that could very easily bring the tag team titles to G for months, with great fanfare . As it is, both Bliss and Morgan will become instant favorites to win the Money in the Bank briefcase and re-enter the women's title shot. Being a babyface makes Bianca Belair less likely to either win or cash, but they should both be on the shortlist of potential winners. Foreshadowing a future program with Big Time Becks.A.S.H. arrived in new black and gold gear in an ode to major comic book heroes, whose outfits have gone darker to reflect their new attitude. A great thing. The rivalry between Kevin Owens and Ezekiel wrote its latest chapter in a rematch from Hell in a Cell on Monday night. Owens shrugged off a nasty punch from a Death Valley rider on the ring steps before the commercial break to take control of the fight. He punched, punched and punished his opponent, but the babyface grabbed a single opening and rolled into the ring at just the right moment, beating the referee's count and angering Owens. The match was good for what it was, but it was definitely a step back fight at the last Premium Live Event. Ezekiel's post-match revelation that his brother Elias will be returning to Raw next week gives fans a snag for next Monday night, but also begs the question: How will WWE pull through? However they do it, hopefully it comes in a segment that's surprisingly entertaining, similar to this story arc. Next, "Nigerian giant" accompanied Omo's MVP to the square circle, where the future Hall of Famer for Hurt crushed Business member Cedric Alexander in a match that did nothing to the benefit of all concerned. If anything, he somehow managed to devalue the former cruiserweight champion, something previously thought impossible given his non-existent status in the company. Alexander is better than that and should tear down the house in matches against the best wrestlers in the world. For now, he's stuck taking on the role of the preeminent improvement talent on the Monday night list. C+ for Ezekiel vs. MVP "The last honest man in WWE!" Graves exclaimed as Owens entered the arena. The push from Owens on the steel steps was... ouch. Ezekiel teased a Money in the Bank ladder match appearance and while that seems relatively unlikely, next week's Elias reveal certainly has the potential to make for huge TV fun. Money in the Bank Qualifier: AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins At one point, Seth Rollins was vocal about the impact AJ Styles had on his career. On Monday, he fought his mentor for the right to advance to the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match. The Phenomenal had other plans to avenge his friend Cody Rhodes and silence The Visionary in the process. In a late physical encounter, Styles pinched his knee and Rollins took advantage by grounding the former WWE Champion with a chop block. However, Styles weathered the storm and avoided a frog spatter off the heel. In a contest where every man took considerable risks, often for the worse, a good old-fashioned reversal ensued when Rollins countered a sunset flip and rolled up for the win. This was as good as you would expect from these two. The action was great, the late-match take with Styles' calf crusher was over-dramatic, and Rollins, so cleverly pulling out the win with a simple rollup reversal, was great. Best of all, WWE for once resisted the urge to let the heel go through chicanes instead of proving he was the better wrestler. Rollins won by defeating one of the all-time bests in the middle of the ring that night. This bolsters his claims and lends credence to his often garrulous babble, proving he's as great as he is blatant. top. Due to his status as the heart of the Raw brand, Rollins is an instant favorite to win Money in the Bank on July 2nd. said Graves. "Another great line on the way to becoming a baseball reference. The finish was executed brilliantly, with one wrestler delving deep into his playbook after all else had failed to throw his opponent off course. If you've forgotten that Ciampa was a member of the Raw roster, WWE reminded you Monday night when the former NXT World Champion fought The Original Bro.Ciampa was denied entry, was not announced for a match with the #1 contender, and neither was he Even as Riddle's new-found rival The Miz looked on from the announcer's table, despite a dramatic near-fall from the Boston native, Riddle hit back and scored the win with the RKO, giving him momentum ahead of his shot at the title on Friday night's SmackDown Enhancement Match, it continued Ciampa's unsatisfactory use but managed to overcome Riddle strongly and definitively. Considering the efforts and contributions that have gone into making The Original Bro a star over the last year, banging on a guy who made the leap from NXT to being one of the brand's icons was the right decision, but has not yet received a push. After the break, Judgment Day interrupted a promo by Raw women's champion Bianca Belair, cutting more of the generic, foreboding promos that had become a staple of the group. Considering Finn Balor's arrival led to Edge's departure and he took over the leadership role, the fact that he wasn't given anything substantial to say is a little concerning. Still, Rhea Ripley got the most say and she slammed it out of the park, executing it near to perfection and stoking anticipation of a showdown between her and fellow NXT Exporter Belair. Their upcoming match could be one of the best women's matches of the year, although WWE Creative should really reconsider ever presenting Judgment Day like it did Monday night. Especially from a hot angle. C+ for Riddle vs Ciampa; B- for the promo segmentCiampa, Riddle jumped in front of the bell, laying on determination and desperation to secure a much-needed win. The Miz didn't interfere at all, leaving one wondering why he was sitting in the comments and his presence hinting at a major feud between them once the Bro gets his title fight on Friday's SmackDown against Reigns. Mustafa Ali rose from top contender for the US Championship to wrestle an unannounced, low profile match against the equally underrated Chad Gable while the massive Otis watched from ringside. Thanks to Gable and Ali's above-average talent, there was nothing wrong with this match. The crowd wasn't overly enthusiastic about it, nor should it have been. Worst of all, Ali continued his downward spiral, falling from No. 1 contender to losing to tag team specialist Gable, minus a temporary distraction from Otis. The continuation of the rivalry between Rey Mysterio and Veer Mahan continued, with the latter continuing his path of destruction so far on the main roster. Mahan dominated the action and locked Mysterio in the Cervical Clutch, seemingly putting an end to their feud. If recent WWE trends are any indication, it just means the program will continue for a few more weeks while overstepping its welcome and doing nothing to benefit either of them. Mahan looks like a beast, but it's time to take him past the Mysterios and on to something more interesting than the one-dimensional rivalry he's been a part of up to this point. MysterioThe Mysterios always come through no matter how many times they lose, as evidenced by the pop that accompanied them. Otis intervened late and created a brief distraction which Gable took advantage of, pinning Ali with Chaos Theory for the win.

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Britney Spears has issued a restraining order against ex Jason Alexander after he broke into her home

Britney Spears' attorney Mathew Rosengart has told PEOPLE that Jason Alexander is currently "locked up" and has been charged with a stalking crime (Author: Gardener)

Jason AlexanderBritney Spears has issued a restraining order against her ex-husband Jason Alexander days after he broke into her home just before their wedding ceremony. On Thursday, 40-year-old Alexander was arrested by the Ventura Sheriff's Department ahead of the Grammy Award-winner's planned wedding to Sam Asghari. Spears' attorney, Mathew Rosengart, has now told PEOPLE that her restraining order against Alexander has been "released." Rosengart adds that "he has been charged with stalking and is incarcerated". "I thank the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and Attorney's Office for their good work and professionalism and for the seriousness with which they are taking this matter," Rosengart said. RELATED: Britney Spears and Sam Asghari signed a prenup confirming he won't receive any of their previous earnings. Alexander appeared virtually at his court hearing on Monday and pleaded not guilty, the outlet added. In addition to the felony stalking, Alexander was charged with trespassing and refusal to leave private property, vandalism, and battery, according to his booking form with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. RELATED: Britney Spears and Sam Asghari share more photos from their fairytale wedding The deposit for these charges is $20,000. During Thursday's incident, Alexander went live on Instagram as he roamed the property and revealed their wedding decorations, which were still being arranged by party planners. He could be heard calling her name and claiming to security that he was invited to the wedding. "So guys, here's the inside scoop on the Taurus wedding. Jason Alexander, what's up,” he said, greeting the workers and even shaking hands with them. "My name is Jason Alexander. Britney invited me here,” Alexander claimed. "Britney Spears invited me here. Spears' assistant, Vicky T, who was alerted to the fan intrusion on Instagram, later gave an update, assuring that the 40-year-old "Circus" singer was unharmed. "I've got everything done I can keep everyone safe while I'm out of the country," Vicky wrote on her Instagram story. "Thank you to all the absolutely amazing and incredible fans who brought so much to my attention. Spears was married to childhood friend Alexander for 55 hours in January 2004 after the couple eloped at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Alexander previously pleaded guilty in January to violating a protective order and aggravating stalking of an unidentified woman, TMZ reported at the time. Spears' wedding ended up going smoothly, and she and Asghari, 28, said "I do" in front of an audience of about 60 guests, including Drew Barrymore, Madonna, Paris Hilton and Selena Gomez. “Britney walked down the aisle herself. She looked absolutely stunning in her head dress," a source told PEOPLE. The insider added: "It was the happiest night for Britney. She wanted a fairy tale wedding and she got it. Britney looked stunning. She looks forward to a future with Sam.”

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Here's how the Lone Star College Cy-Fair celebrates National Adopt-A-Cat Month

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month, and Lone Star College-CyFair hosts cat festivals throughout the month to celebrate. (Author: Gardener)

National Adopt-A-Cat MonthThe Lone Star College-CyFair Library hosts activities throughout June. The Lone Star College-CyFair Library hosts activities throughout June. In a June 6 press release, Lone Star College-CyFair announced that in celebration of National Adopt-A-Cat Month this June at 9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, its librarians will host a variety of cat-themed programs, presentations, book clubs, organize competitions and events. In addition to weekly online events such as Cat Book Recommendations with Ms. Laurie on Wednesdays at 10am, Caturday Story Time and Crafting with Kitties at Special Pals Rescue on Saturdays at 10am and 1pm respectively, the library at LSC-CyFair has other events planned. June 8: The Houston Grand Opera will teach an artist's storybook opera at 2 p.m. in Kids' Corner. and 3 p.m. The workshop will provide visitors with information on caring for native cats. Local experts will share their experiences, host demonstrations, offer tips and provide resources to advocate for cats and kittens in Room 131 from 10am to 11am. June 15: A book club for tweens meets at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. June 18: The Caturday Cat Cafe in LSC-CyFairs Library Room 131 hosts cats for adoption from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Purr Paws Rescue. The event also features cat-themed games, a cat toy craft station, drinks and confectionery from Voodoo Donuts. June 26: A virtual tour and Q&A of The Kitty Bodega is scheduled online at 1:00 p.m. June 28: A live webex of #CatLoversBookClub meets online at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the events, or to find out more about the cat meme contest, take-home crafts for kids, or the June 25 POP Cats: Houston Meetup, visit the LSC-CyFair Library website or contact us

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