If Rangers win Game 6, Justin Bieber Show could be bumped again

Not everyone in New York will be thrilled if the Rangers make it into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It turns out that Madison Square Garden has a Justin... (Author: Gardener)

RangersNot everyone in New York will be thrilled if the Rangers make it into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It turns out that a Justin Bieber makeup concert is scheduled at Madison Square Garden for Tuesday, the same night that the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning could face off for the last time. Tampa Bay has a one-game lead over New York (3-2) and if they can hold off the Rangers on Saturday night and solidify the streak, they don't need a seventh-place finish. Eager Bieber fans hoping to keep their Tuesday night date with the superstar may not have to wait long when the singer gets the boot. Sports Illustrated reports that if the June 14 concert was rescheduled for the final hockey game, it would be moved to the next day, June 15. Bieber is back in town for two concerts, Monday and Tuesday, after having to cancel shows in July 2021.


Rangers vs. Lightning Game 6 Prediction, Betting Odds for NHL Eastern Conference Finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the NY Rangers in Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday. This preview contains our best bet of the game. (Author: Gardener)

The Tampa Bay provides with exclusive sports betting content including tips, analysis, tools and sports betting offers to help bettors get in on the action. The Tampa Bay Lightning meets the NY Rangers in Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Amalie Arena. ET. Featuring players such as Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Ross Colton, the Lightning are attempting to defeat a Rangers team that includes Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Artemi Panarin. This Rangers vs Lightning Game 6 bet preview, featuring our best bet of the game, was provided by BetMGM and powered by Dimers. BetMGM is giving new users $200 if either the Rangers or Lightning score in Game 6. Game 6 of the 2022 NHL Eastern Conference Finals will be held at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. The winner of the best-of-seven series between the Lightning and the Rangers advances to the Stanley Cup Finals. Odds and odds are best available at time of publication and are subject to change. BetMGM has the best NY Rangers vs Tampa Bay betting promo, giving new users $200 if either team scores. 10,000 flashes. Dimers' independent predictive analysis model, known as DimersBOT, gives Lightning a 60% chance of defeating the Rangers in Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. Additionally, according to DimersBOT, Rangers (+1.5) have a 64% chance of covering the puck line. The 5.5 goal over/under is a 51% chance of going under. Predictions and probabilities correct at time of publication and are subject to change. Our best bet for Rangers vs. Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals is over 5.5 goals (+125). Click ➡️ here ⬅️ to bet at BetMGM. Although an Under is more likely to beat on this occasion, Over 5.5 is our best bet given the better odds available (+125). NHL Player Props are an exciting way to bet on Rangers vs Lightning without necessarily betting on the outcome of Game 6 itself. Who will score at all times in the NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay game? Below are the most likely scorers for Rangers and Lightning. Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov will most likely score the first goal in Game 6, according to DimersBOT. DimersBOT gives Kucherov a 9.7% chance of scoring the first goal on Saturday. The Lightning Star has a 40.3% chance to score at any time. Click ➡️ Here ⬅️ to unlock a $200 bonus win or lose when you place a $5 bet on NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay. Saturday's matchup between the Rangers and Lightning in the 2022 NHL Eastern Conference Finals at the Amalie Arena is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET. Click ➡️ Here ⬅️ ️ To Unlock FanDuel Sportsbook's New Betting $5 Get $200 Offer And Place A Bet On Rangers vs. Phillies Prediction Saturday MLB Betting Odds Braves Prediction Saturday MLB Betting Odds


New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 6 Odds, Tips and Predictions

The New York Rangers are attempting to stave off the elimination against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals playoff series on Saturday. Puck drop from the Amalie Arena is scheduled for 8pm. ET (ESPN). Below we loot (Author: Gardener)

New York RangersTampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates with teammates his winning goal against the New York Rangers in the third period of game five of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers are attempting to stave off the elimination against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals playoff series on Saturday. Tampa leads the series 3-2. Puck drop from the Amalie Arena is scheduled for 8pm. ET (ESPN). Below we look at the Rangers vs Lightning Game 6 odds and lines, and meet our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets. Tampa has really turned the tide of this series in the last 2 games. They clinched a 4-1 home win in Game 4 at home on Tuesday and won the hearts of Rangers with a 3-1 away win on Thursday. Tampa trailed 1-0 before equalizing in the 2nd period with less than 3 minutes left. RW Ondrej Palat scored with a deflection 1:50 before the end of the game to take the lead and the Lightning pulled up an empty goal to seal it less than a minute later. That was the Rangers' first loss at home since Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round. Tampa also lost its first home game of the playoffs and has not lost on home ice since. Rangers C Mika Zibanejad is without a point in the last 2 games after posting an 8 game point streak. That needs to change if Rangers are to force a game. 7. Tipico Sportsbook odds; For a full list, visit the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Hub. He hasn't conceded more than 3 goals in 15 straight games, but he can't score at the other end either. Vassy has saved 86 of 90 shots in the last 3 games. Vasilevskiy is 6-1 at home in this playoff with 1.79 GAA and 0.946 SV%. I really feel like the Rangers are stunned by the late exploits and stagger onto the knockout punch. If it goes to overtime, however, all bets are closed. Tampa has beaten the Rangers 7-2 in the last two games and has won 4 of 6 home wins by 2 or more goals. This is a game with momentum, and Tampa is capturing it. The Under are favored 4-0 in the last 4 blitzes and favored at home. It has also conceded money in the last 4, Rangers have been underdogs. LEAN UNDER 5.5 (-150) or wait for the puck to drop and place a live bet. However, LW Pat Maroon scored 2:38 in Game 4 in Tampa, so don't get too greedy for the return you want. Sign up for ESPN+ now! Bet online legally with a trusted partner: Tipico Sportsbook, the Official Sportsbook Partner of Sportsbook Wire in CO, NJ and soon IA. Bet now! If you're looking for more sports betting tips and tricks, access all of our content on and BetFTW, or try our USA TODAY Parlay Calculator. Please gamble responsibly. Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. Tipico has no control over, nor is such revenue in any way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or reporting. General terms and conditions see gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).


Who Will Win Game 6 of Lightning Rangers?

What does Tampa Bay have to do to close it? We break it all down here. (Author: Gardener)

Tampa BayThe 2022 NHL Eastern Conference Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers has advanced to Game 6 with two-time Stanley Cup champions Lightning holding a 3-2 lead. The Colorado Avalanche are expecting the series winner, who could be the Lightning after Saturday night's game. What does Tampa Bay have to do to close it? We break everything here. What must the Lightning do to end this streak? Emily Kaplan, NHL Reporter: The Lightning have returned to their dominant form after a slow start to the series. That nine-day break between series was no joke — and I'm sure we'll be talking about it for Colorado when the Stanley Cup Finals get underway. The biggest change for Tampa Bay is puck management. The Lightning would force things when things didn't go their way and try to make something out of thin air, and they've cleaned that up since the middle of Game 2 (the turning point in this series). They need to keep knocking out Rangers players in front of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy - because as long as Vasilevskiy looks clean he'll stop almost anything - and keep generating quick breaks from the defensive. These guys are becoming the kings of late – game drama, scoring three crucial goals in under two minutes this postseason. Ondrej Palat scored two of those goals and as he told me after Game 5: If they play like they did in Game 4, they are confident that they can finish it at home. Arda Ocal, NHL Host: They looked sluggish in the first two games of this series against Rangers, but the long gap between series and the momentum in Rangers' stride probably had something to do with it. It looks like they've gone back to their dynastic ways again. Game 6 truly felt like a "playoff game" as both defenses were stingy, and Tampa Bay looked particularly solid defensively throughout the game. If this continues, if the Lightning match New York for speed and Vasilevskiy pulls off another great performance, this one could finish at six. Kristen Shilton, NHL Reporter: Tampa Bay weathered an early storm (no pun intended) with the Rangers coming to a head after that Game 7 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round. The last-minute goal Tampa Bay scored in Game 3 really gave them momentum, and New York hasn't recovered. The Lightning have remained calm under pressure and have never let the ups and downs dictate their confidence. The Blitz's defensive habit has really improved over the past few games; they take part of the burden from Vasilevskiy to save her; and even if they don't score many goals, they score when it counts. To wrap things up on Saturday, look for more recent updates from Tampa Bay's talent and expect Vasilevskiy to close the door once more. Also, count on coach Jon Cooper behind the bench to use the home ice to his advantage - and have a trick or two up his sleeve to throw Rangers off balance. Greg Wyshynski, NHL Reporter: Cooper explained why this series has become what it is. The Rangers had the better game in Games 1 and 2 because the Lightning were physically and mentally unfit after a nine-day break between rounds. He knew the sacking hurt Vasilevskiy the most, and he's been their best player since Game 2, posting a .956 save percentage (86 saves from 90 counters) in the last three games of the series. When the Blitz had committed 48 combined turnovers in the first two games of the series, the coach was loud and emphatic behind the scenes reminding them not to make plays that aren't there. They keep getting better and better as the series progresses, while the Rangers look physically exhausted. Continuing their championship in the 5-on-5, in which Rangers have scored twice since the first half of Game 2, keeping out of the play area of ​​the penalty area like they've done in the last two games and the Lightning will punch their ticket to Denver. What should Rangers do to counter in Game 6? Kaplan: As former Rangers player Brandon Dubinsky suggested on Twitter: maybe we need a guarantee from Mika Zibanejad. I was really impressed by their consistency in these playoffs, especially for such a young team. Adam Fox told me last round that maybe it's the naivety of the team - the players don't let the moment get the best of them. Very few teams can claim that. To win Game 6, the Rangers have to do all the little things that made them successful in Games 1 and 2: They have to win the puck fights on the boards, which prevents the Lightning from setting up their forecheck a few pucks in the net (and more traffic in front of Vasilevskiy) and letting Zibanejad do his thing on the power play instead of citing the media. That's her style. Öcal: As the slogan says, there is no stopping in New York. They twice trailed the Pittsburgh Penguins by multiple goals in elimination games, but rallied to win three straight elimination games. They were the only team to defeat the Hurricanes at home (and eliminate them from the playoffs). Now they meet the "Mr. Series clinching" Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has six career shutouts in these types of games, but... "There's no surrender in New York!" If there's a scenario where a team gets up off the mat and a Game 7 could force, then these Rangers are this postseason. Shilton: New York became the first team this postseason to beat Carolina at home, and they did it in a Game 7. That's energy worth being in Channeling Game 6 vs Tampa Bay New York was good early in this series, keeping the puck off Tampa Bay's top skaters and offensively jumping on the Lightning to disrupt their rhythm It's not easy, Tampa Bay uncomfortable to do but New York has had some success with it and got the results to match.Physically challenging Lightning, firing pucks at Vasilevskiy and establishing a good forecheck will help New York bring this series home.The Ra ngers need to avoid self-sabotage with too much thought about Tampa Bay's championship history. Wyshynski: You know that rejuvenation tank that Boba Fett uses to heal himself? Well, and some power plays. The Rangers have played a lot of hockey and expended a lot of energy this postseason, with two seven-game series that have seen them rally multiple times. It's a testament to their bravery that two of their last three losses have been one-shot-away games, lost at the end of regulation. So on that backlash in Game 6, Rangers need goalie Igor Shesterkin to limit the Lightning to a goal or less, and they need to get the extra they haven't managed in the last three losses. The best way to get there is on the power play, where Rangers still lead the playoffs in efficiency (31.5%) but have had just 3 minutes and 15 seconds of power play ice time in their last two games. Forward Andrew Copp told me, "You can't count on that," but if they're going to win Game 6, they've got to do it somehow. Kaplan: Rangers will play tight and desperate, but I think the Lightning will finish it off 3-1 at home. The last goal is an empty net hit. Shilton: New York really exceeded expectations in these playoffs. But I like Tampa Bay at home. It remains "No Quit in New York". It's just that the Lightning will have achieved the mandatory four wins, meaning the series is over, as is the Rangers season.


Nine Rangers nominated for All-Star Game voting

MLB fans can begin voting for starters for the Mid-Summer Classic, scheduled for July 19 in Los Angeles (Author: Gardener)

Nine RangersMLB fans can begin voting for starters for the Mid-Summer Classic, scheduled for July 19 in Los Angeles. The Texas Rangers have nine players on the American League All-Star Game ballot, which opened to the public on Wednesday. Rangers on the ballot include first baseman Nathaniel Lowe, second baseman Marcus Semien, shortstop Corey Seager, third baseman Brad Miller, catcher Jonah Heim, outfielders Kole Calhoun, Adolis García and Eli White, and hitter-designated Mitch Garver. Voting is open to fan voting and will remain open until 2pm. Eastern on June 30th. Fans can vote up to five times in a 24-hour period. MLB Network will announce the top vote winners at each position along with the top six fielders in each league at 5:00 p.m. ET on June 30th. The top voter in each league will be an All-Star Game starter, and the rest of the top voters will advance to the second voting phase. The second voting phase begins July 5 at 12 PM ET and ends at 2 PM. ET on July 8th. Fans can vote once and the starters will be announced on July 8th. The All-Star Game will be held on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. This is only the second time Dodger Stadium has hosted the game. Find out more about Inside the Rangers on Facebook and Twitter.


Texas, Gemini going offensive

In the Metrodome, the Rangers and the Twins produced a lot of offense, particularly from the lower ranks of the Texas order (Author: Gardener)

TexasOn this day in Texas Rangers history, the Rangers had a blast beating the Minnesota Twins in the Metrodome. It was June 10, 1986 and the Rangers scored a 14-10 win over the Twins. The two teams combined for 24 runs and 37 goals. Start with outfielder Pete Incaviglia, who started the game as a DH but never had an official at-bat. Odibie McDowell pinch-hit for him and went 0-for-4. Scott Fletcher later ran for McDowell but never had an official at-bat. First baseman Pete O'Brien had the only home run of the game for the Rangers, a solo shot in the seventh inning. It was part of a 3-on-5 match for O'Brien, who also drove in three runs. Midfielder George Wright, who finished sixth, was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. No. 7 hitter Tom Paciorek, who played at third base and is one of the few Rangers to be over 40, was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Toby Harrah hit in 8th place and was 3-for-5 with two carries and two RBI. Catcher Geno Petralli, hitting No. 9, had three hits in five at-bat, drove in five carries and scored two goals. The Rangers didn't finally take the lead until a seventh inning with three runs, and then extended their lead with three more runs in the ninth. Mickey Mahler started the game for Texas, but of course didn't win. Victory went to Jeff Russell, which was his first win of the season after two innings of relief. Are we missing a moment from that day in Texas Rangers history? Follow us on Twitter @PostinsPostcard and let us know what you want us to add.


Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers odds, tips and betting trends

At Saturday's Guaranteed Rate Field, the Texas Rangers (26-31) face the Chicago White Sox (27-29) with the first pitch at 2:10 p.m. ET. The White Sox are favored (-147 on the moneyline) if they host... (Author: Gardener)

Chicago White SoxAt Saturday's Guaranteed Rate Field, the Texas Rangers (26-31) will take on the Chicago White Sox (27-29) with the first pitch at 2:10 p.m. ET. The White Sox are favored (-147 on the money line) when hosting the Rangers (+126). The White Sox start Lucas Giolito (4-2) against the Rangers and Martin Perez (4-2). These teams meet again after the White Sox defeated the Rangers 8-3 yesterday. Kendall Graveman earned the win for the White Sox (1.0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 K), and Danny Mendick led offensively (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI). Prepare for the White Sox vs. Rangers game with everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's baseball action. Major League Baseball odds courtesy of Tipico Sportsbook. For a full list of sports betting odds, visit the USA TODAY Sports Betting Scores Odds Hub. White Sox (-147, stake $147 to win $100) Rangers (+126, stake $100 to win $126) Place your legal sports bets in CO and NJ with Tipico Sportsbook. USA TODAY Network Exclusive Offer: Deposit $10 and get $200 in betting credit instantly. This season, the White Sox have been preferred 36 times, winning 20, or 55.6% of those games. This season, Chicago has won six of their 16 games, or 37.5%, when favored by at least -147 on the moneyline. The bookmakers' money line implies a 59.5% chance of a White Sox victory. Chicago and their opponents have hit the over in 26 of their 60 games this season. The White Sox are 27-33-0 against the spread in their 60 chances this season. The White Sox's Giolito (4-2) will make his 10th start of the season. The right-hander gave up two earned runs and allowed eight hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. The 27-year-old has an ERA of 3.54 this season with 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 3.5 walks per nine in nine games. He has started nine games this season and made quality starts (6 or more IP, 3 or less ER) in four of them. Giolito has started nine games this season and played five or more innings six times. The Rangers batted .231 this season, 23rd in the MLB. They have a .385 team slugging percentage (19th in the league) with 73 home runs. The White Sox have hit 48 homers this season, which ranks 23rd in the league. Hitters for the White Sox rank 27th collectively in the majors with a team slugging percentage of .365. Chicago ranks 16th in the MLB with a team batting average of .240. The White Sox are among the lowest-scoring teams in the league, finishing 27th this season with just 212 runs (3.8 per game). Chicago has a .296 OBP this season, which ranks 25th in the MLB. The White Sox rank second in MLB in strikeouts per game, averaging 7.4 puffs per contest. Rangers have won 20, or 47.6%, of the 42 competitions they have described as underdogs this year. This season, Texas has won eight times in 19 chances when named as an underdog with at least +126 or worse on the moneyline. Rangers have a record of 33-25-0 against the spread this season. Perez (4-2 with a 1.56 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings) makes the start for Rangers, his 12th of the season. On his last time out on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, the left-hander pitched for 6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and giving up seven hits. The 31-year-old has a 1.56 ERA, with 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 11 games this season. Opposing sluggers have a batting average of .204 against him. Pérez is looking to build on a ninth-quality starting streak in this game. The White Sox opposing offense has a .240 collective batting average and is 18th in the league with 457 hits overall and 27th in MLB play with 212 runs scored. They have the 27th ranked slugging percentage (.365) and are 23rd overall in MLB with 48 home runs. Among qualified pitchers in MLB play this season, the 31-year-old ranks second with a 1.56 ERA, 12th place with a .966 WHIP and 44th place with a 7.3 K/9. The Rangers rank sixth in baseball with 73 home runs. They average 1.3 per game. So far this season, Rangers' slugging percentage sits 19th in the league at .385. Texas has the 23rd batting average in the majors (.231). The Rangers have the 21st most runs in baseball (238 overall, 4.2 per game). Texas ranks 28th in baseball with a .290 on-base percentage. The Rangers' 8.4 strikeouts per game ranks 13th in baseball. Place your legal online sports bets in CO and NJ at Tipico Sportsbook now. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. General terms and conditions see


Steph Curry, Warrior's top Celtics thriller in Game 4, tied the NBA Finals 2-2

Steph Curry scored 43 points to lead the Warriors to a 107-97 win that sends the series back to San Francisco with a 2-2 tie. (Author: Gardener)

Steph CurryBOSTON -- By the strictest definition, Game 4 wasn't a must for the Golden State Warriors. But it was also a game the Warriors couldn't afford to lose. A 3-1 series deficit against the Boston Celtics would have been disastrous. From NFL games to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. He scored a game-high 43 points and led the Warriors to a 107-97 win over Boston in Game 4 on Friday. Steph Curry recorded his second 40-point game of his career in the Finals, trailing 94-90 and 5:18 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a 10-0 run and took a 100-94 lead at a Curry 3 to play with 1:42. It was the best game of the final and the Celtics learned how difficult it will be to eliminate the Warriors. Golden State extended its winning streak of winning a playoff game en route to Series 27, and that win was badly needed. GAME 4 RECAP: How the Warriors achieved the decisive win The 2-2 series is now a best-of-3 with Game 5 on Monday in San Francisco (9 p.m. ET, ABC). Every shot Curry takes - no matter where he is - has a chance to get into play. Curry had his third 30-point game of the series, finishing with 43. He scored 14 points in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth, and had 12 of his 19 first-half points in the opening quarter. Curry made 14-to-26 shots from the field, including 7-to-14 on 3s. Stephen Curry's performance in Game 4 of the Finals to draw the series 2-2... This time, Curry had enough help to ensure his efforts weren't wasted. It was the second 40-point performance of Curry's career in the Finals. He's averaging 34.3 points in the Finals, and if the Warriors win two more games, Curry will be heading for his first Finals MVP award. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are a handful for the Warriors. Tatum had 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Brown had 21 points, including 10 in the second quarter. Both average over 22 points in Finals and are Finals MVP contenders if Boston wins the series. Both are prone to turnover, however, and Tatum had six and Brown had three on Friday. Boston's 16 turnovers resulted in 19 Warriors points. Golden State coach Steve Kerr started Otto Porter Jr. in place of Kevon Looney in Game 4, and Kerr didn't stay with that lineup for long. After two early offensive rebounds from the Celtics, Kerr went to Looney at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter. The Warriors beat the Celtics 21-16 for the rest of the quarter with Looney on the court. Earlier in the series, when asked about cast changes, Kerr said, "You never rule anything out. Do we have to change a combination, a lineup combination? The Warriors have been looking for more points this series after Curry. They finally got the help they needed in Game 4. Klay Thompson had 18 points and Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole had their best games of the series. Wiggins had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Poole had 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting. The Warriors were also able to neutralize Boston's greatness. They passed the Celtics 55-42 and surpassed them 19-12 on second chance points. With the Celtics 90-86, Kerr replaced Draymond Green with Wiggins, taking 7 :32 remained in the game. When Green came back into the game, the Celtics held a 97-94 lead with 3:41 to go. From that point on, Kerr Green was making frequent substitutions - taking him out for offensive possession and attempting to bring him back in for defensive possession Bring Green had just two points shooting 1-on-7. He ends a game with Wi Four steals, eight assists, nine boards. “Look, because of Boston's size and athleticism, it's a tough streak for him to score, but he's still affecting the game at a tremendous level. And he knows we'll do whatever it takes to win. A lot of people we did that tonight and you know we did it. And whatever it takes in Game 5, we're going to do that too. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Steph Curry, Warrior's Best Celtics Thriller From Game 4 to 2-2 in the NBA Finals: Five Key Takeaways


Celtics are back in a tight spot after offensive silenced to end Game 4

The Celtics are back against the wall again after squandering a chance to take a 3-1 lead over the Warriors in the NBA Finals. (Author: Gardener)

Game 4BOSTON -- The Celtics were just five minutes from taking a 3-1 lead over the Warriors in the NBA Finals. But the Celtics didn't take it. Instead, they let it slip completely. Their after-hours struggles resurfaced, the offense vanished, and Golden State snatched the win from Boston at the TD Garden. "Stagnant" was the keyword when someone at the Celtics was asked what happened after Friday night's 107-97 loss. Ime Udoka said his team searched for mismatches too much and then settled for threes. Maybe even "not available". After a 94-90 lead with a 5-18 lead, the Celtics missed their next six shots. The Warriors, meanwhile, went on a 10-0 run. Steph Curry accounted for half of Golden State's points during that run, scoring 10 of his 43 points in the final four minutes of the game to cap his incredible performance. After taking that lead, the Celtics only scored three more points the rest of the way. Al Horford's three-pointer to make it 100-97 was the only shot the Celtics made in the last five minutes. The Celtics offensive never really got into a rhythm on Friday night. For most of the evening no one really looked like they knew where to be if Boston had the ball, and far too often the boys just stood around. That's inexcusable in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. "I felt like we took ownership for granted," Al Horford said after the defeat. "I don't feel like we played as well as we did in the previous game and you really can't. We definitely need to get better and be a little tighter as a group.” Of Boston's 21 shots in the fourth round, 13 were from three-pointers. In the last quarter there was too much isoball and not enough fishing for a better look. "We watched the guy with the ball instead of moving like we did," said Marcus Smart. We can't let the ball stagnate and they load others on us, causing turnovers. The Celtics turned it over 16 times, with four of those finishing in fourth place. We're getting a little faster," Brown said. "We need to be calmer, more controlled and more organized and I think things will be better for us in those moments." "We're way too stagnant late in the fourth," said Jayson Tatum , who went 8-on-23 in Game 4. The Celtics don't take it easy. They love to take the tough road. That's the road they're going back to, with home field advantage returning to the Warriors. The Celtics once again have their backs to the wall. Game 5 in San Francisco on Monday night is by definition not a must. But it's as close to a must-win as you can get without actually being a must-win. Boston is 7-0 behind one loss this postseason and 8-3 on the road. The Celtics won Game 6 in Milwaukee and Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Miami. They took Game 1 against the Warriors on their home ground." That was us all playoff Run," Horford said. "Now we're standing with the R back against the wall and we have to come out and react. There's a big challenge ahead of us, but it's something we have – I've said it before and it sounds repetitive – we have to look at the film and figure out how we can get better, and then come out and be better." I promise you we won't do that," Tatum said. There are things we need to clean up: turnovers, movement on offense. But it's the final," continued Tatum. They came here feeling like they had to win. It's not going to be easy, and it shouldn't be. The Celtics were in full control of the series on Friday night, but they withered the stretch and put themselves in another difficult situation. They're playing with fire again, and this time it's against a team that has the best marksman in the game and three championship rings. Winning a title shouldn't be easy, but the Celtics do it much harder than it needs to be.It hasn't burned them yet, but if they fail against the Warriors, the slide of Game 4 - on their home turf - will haunt everyone's summer.


Yasmani Grandal beats the two-run double, Danny Mendick homer in eighth as Sox defeats Rangers

Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run, two-out tie double in the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers on Friday night. (Author: Gardener)

Yasmani GrandalCHICAGO (AP) -- Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run, two-out tie double in the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Friday night. Nathaniel Lowe homered and doubled for Texas. Adolis Garcia and Corey Seager hit home runs but the Rangers lost for the seventh time in nine games. Josh Harrison hit an RBI single and Mendick hit a homer as the White Sox rebounded a day after a wild 11-9 loss to the Dodgers for a two-game losing streak. Kendall Graveman (2-1) threw eighth for the win despite allowing Seager's homer that tied the game at 3. Texas right-back Matt Bush started in place of Glenn Otto, who was placed on the COVID-19-related injury list ahead of the contest. Bush threw a scoreless inning, followed by five pitchers. The White Sox used right-hander Reynaldo Lopez as the opener in place of Davis Martin, who was designated to start. Martin followed, allowing two runs with three hits and hitting six in five innings in his third major league appearance. Lowe had his third straight multi-hit game and fourth of five for Texas. The first baseman's seventh homer finished fourth in nine games this month. The Chicago White Sox selected INF/OF Gavin Sheets to Triple-A Charlotte and recalled RHP Jimmy Lambert from Charlotte. Sheets hit .206 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 44 games and hit just .154 in June. Lambert has appeared in three games with the White Sox this season and went 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA. Rangers: Texas activated INF/OF Brad Miller from 10-day injured list. Miller, who has been out since May 29 with a right hip impingement, started in left field and batted seventh. ... In a related move, Rangers INF optionally optioned Andy Ibáñez to Round Rock ... RHPs Tyson Miller and Jésus Tinoco were added by Triple-A Round Rock to replace Otto and Garver. White Sox: Manager Tony La Russa said LHP Lance Lynn (having right knee surgery) could rejoin the team next week and potentially start Tuesday.