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Tottenham beat Arsenal 3-0 to intensify the race for the CL spot

LONDON (AP) - Tottenham have reignited their hopes of beating Arsenal to the last qualifying position for the Champions League by beating their fierce rivals in north London in a 3-0 Premier League win on Thursday. Harry Kane scored two goals – including one from the penalty spot – and Son Heung-min added the other just after half-time to move Tottenham into fourth place, a point behind Arsenal, whose centre-back Rob Holding was sent off in 33rd , as the … (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamTottenham's son Heung-min, left, celebrates after scoring against Arsenal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Thursday, May 12, 2022. LONDON (AP) - Tottenham hat revived his hopes of beating Arsenal to the last qualifying position for the Champions League by beating their bitter rivals in north London in a 3-0 Premier League win on Thursday. Harry Kane scored two goals - including one from the penalty spot - and Son Heung-min added the other just after half-time to put Tottenham a point behind Arsenal in fourth place, whose centre-back Rob Holding was in 33rd in 1st place was sent off -0. Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring a penalty kick against Arsenal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on Thursday May 12, 2022. With two games left for each team and fifth place Tottenham's end of the season looks easier than Arsenal's. While Spurs meet two of the bottom four at Burnley and the already relegated Norwich, Arsenal need to travel to Newcastle ahead of a home game against resurgent Everton. "This type of game isn't easy - when it's a game you have to win, it's not easy," said Tottenham manager Antonio Conte. Arsenal were somewhat responsible for their own downfall as full-back Cedric Soares slammed into Son at the back post for the penalty that Kane rolled into the corner in the 22nd minute. Holding, already booked for Son's withdrawal, then opted to put out an elbow to parry the South Korean striker rather than pursue his run over the top of Arsenal's defense after Eric Dier's ball. Arsenal players leave the pitch for half time during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Thursday May 12, 2022. Holding bandaged to the face of Son who sagged to the ground , and was shown a second yellow card in the 33rd. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta refused to comment on the penalty or red card but his anger was evident. Arteta opted not to use a specialist defender to shore up the defense - centre-back Ben White, returning from injury, remained an unused substitute - and within four minutes Arsenal were falling further behind. Son swung over a corner from the right, Rodrigo Bentancur headed the ball towards goal and Kane bent down to get to the back post from barely a meter. Son moved one goal behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the race for the league's top scorer by scoring the third goal from the box in the 47th after Kane was tackled as he was about to shoot in the corner. Tottenham's head coach Antonio Conte reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium in London, England, Thursday May 12, 2022. Sohn has 10 goals in his last eight league games and is on 21 for the campaign , his best ever for Spurs. He looked unhappy when he was substituted in the 72nd minute, denying him a chance to draw level with Salah and was hugged tightly by Conte after the final whistle. Tottenham's Harry Kane, left, celebrates after scoring his second goal against Arsenal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in LONDON, ENGLAND on Thursday May 12, 2022. A miserable evening for Arsenal was capped as defender Gabriel hobbled away with an apparent right thigh muscle injury. With Holding suspended and White perhaps still not fully fit, Arteta's core defensive resources are being taxed at exactly the wrong time. Manchester City and Liverpool are already assured of a place in next season's Champions League, while third-placed Chelsea will join them, sitting four points ahead of Arsenal and needing a win from their remaining games against Leicester and already relegated Watford. It means Arsenal and Tottenham are fighting for the final and it should go until the last day of the season. "You lose the football game in the conditions in which we lost it, it's painful," Arteta said. “This game is history for us, now it is Newcastle.

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Heung-min Son drives Arsenal to critical errors as Tottenham keeps Champions League push alive

Son was the standout player in Tottenham's 3-0 win over Arsenal (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamLONDON - Looking back, Arsenal should perhaps have played this game back in January. At least then they wouldn't have had to face Heung-min Son at the peak of his devastating powers. Four months on from the postponement that sparked such outrage across the Premier League - Arsenal had invoked the competition's COVID-19 protocols to postpone games when they had just one case of the virus in their squad and a row of absenteeism for other reasons – Tottenham clinched a win that was worth the wait for fans as they witnessed the first competitive north London derby played in front of fans in their new home. It was a stage dazzlingly lit by Son who is now just a goal away from the Golden Boot and is quickly catching up to Mohamed Salah with eight of his last seven. They were certainly enough to put Antonio Conte's side past an opponent who squandered a chance for Champions League football at the home of their great rivals. Arsenal were no less the architects of their own downfall than the South Koreans, especially as they set the pace from the start. If Martin Odegaard hadn't slipped as he strained to shoot, Hugo Lloris might have been tested more seriously as Gabriel Martinelli was able to beat Emerson Royal at will. Even the home crowd, perhaps louder than they had since the stadium opened just over three years ago, murmured dissatisfaction as the visiting four pushed Tottenham back in their own half. Gabriel threw himself into challenges like he might never win the ball back, but the real cause for concern lay at the other end. Arsenal clearly had Son planned. They just got it all wrong. In their win over Chelsea, another exponent of the back three, Arsenal had introduced a fluid system that could quickly get Bukayo Saka to keep up with the opposition. This time, Mikel Arteta was banking on a Four to quell Tottenham's devastating attack. Each time he kicked five yards into the field, responsibility for suppressing the No.7 switched from Cedric to Rob Holding, who had clearly concluded it was his responsibility to prevail against Son. In all honesty, it felt more like a player who knew the dark arts were the only way to stop their opponent and had their nerves masquerading as street smarts. In an early challenge, Holding Son flipped WWE-style, an absolutely brazen act that begged Paul Tierney to take action. The South Korean's slight elbow, on the other hand, could be watched half a dozen times without knowing what an appropriate punishment might be. The red was inevitable, although Arteta was less than impressed with the specific decision that forced Holding off the pitch. "I can't [talk about refereeing]," he said. "I want to be on the sidelines on Monday night. You can ask the referee to come and give an assessment of the game. I have two options, I can lie to you, which I won't, or I can." can be suspended and I really want to be on the sidelines against Newcastle." Of the 13 red cards in Arteta's tenure, five more than any other team, this was certainly controversial, a somewhat cynical but hardly malicious shoulder check as Son stormed away. However, as the game went at the time it was clear that had Holding avoided a second yellow there he would only have delayed the inevitable The Arsenal heads were gone and could not contain their outrage at the penalty that put Spurs ahead It was certainly a marginal call, but Cedric seemed more interested in competing with his man than winning the ball when Dejan Kulusevski's cross came into the box The moment Kane stepped in to the penalty spot, he knew Conte that the result was never in doubt Within 15 minutes the game was won comfortably Four minutes after Holdings Rot Arsenal scored conceded and a man down, Rodrigo Bentancur doubled a corner to an unmarked Kane at the back post. Even in all the chaos, there were reminders of what could have been for Arsenal. Son would deliver that crushing blow, the first crucial instance in the game where Arsenal might not have been able to be more defensive. Gabriel did well to block Kane's shot and one would have thought there were enough bodies behind to get in the way when the ball got to Arsenal's tormentor. A stabbed right footed finish somehow sent the ball squeaking through the undergrowth and gave Son the goal he so deserved. In truth, Arsenal already knew by then that there was no turning back, which was the most logical explanation for Ben White's fitness not being tested after he will be out for at least two weeks with a hamstring problem. Even if he's back for the trip to Newcastle on Monday, the defense could look even more of a mishmash as Gabriel hobbled out late for grabbing his hamstring. In such circumstances, it might be worth remembering that fourth place remains in the hands of Arsenal. Beat Newcastle and Everton and Thursday's derby means nothing for Tottenham but bragging rights. And yet, as those 10 downed players who had made it to the end trudged over to a rapidly emptying section, an immediate revival at St James' Park seemed an unlikely scenario, such was the damage Son had inflicted on them .

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Antonio Conte urges Mikel Arteta to end six months of whining after heated win

A war of words could be imminent in north London (Author: Gardener)

Antonio ConteLONDON - Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has urged Mikel Arteta to stop complaining and focus on his team after Spurs opened up the race in north London for the top four with two games of the Premier League season. Arteta was then furious with referee Paul Tierney's performance, who sent off Rob Holding and awarded a penalty for Cedric's foul on Heung-min Son by Conte's side. A stormy game on the pitch spilled over into post-game press conferences; when Arteta raged at the incumbent Conte, he was less than impressed by the regularity with which his north London rival seemed to find grounds for objection. The Arsenal boss refused to go into detail about his specific grievances, saying if he said what he really thought he would be "banned for six months" but said Tierney should come out to explain his decisions, after "a nice game was destroyed today". . Instead, he noted Arteta's previous complaints about Arsenal's game scheduling, noting the postponement of that game, which was originally set to be played in January before the Gunners successfully secured its postponement due to Premier League COVID-19 regulations, although there was only one case in the squad and prompted the Spaniard to take the advice of his more experienced colleague. "Mikel Arteta is a really good coach," said Conte. "He's just started this work and I think I often hear him complaining. "I think he needs to focus more on his team and not complain because he's just started this work Has. I think he has to stay calm and try to keep working because he's very good, but it's not good when a coach often complains. "I think he can become an important coach in the future, but in six months I've heard him complain a lot. Conte himself noted that he hadn't complained in Tottenham's last game - a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. when Fabinho only received a yellow card for a tackle against Son. Although he said he was not complaining, he also noted the reduced limited turnaround time his side have ahead of their home game against Burnley, which begins Sunday midday. Arsenal travel to Newcastle United for Monday night's game. When asked by CBS Sports what incidents over the past six months he had mentioned as an example of Arteta's complaint, Conte said: "If you recall, he complained about the game. It's not good to complain. Arsenal were good at postponing a game with COVID in an incredible way and they only had one player with COVID. If he wants to complain, we have many ways to complain. “Well today I can complain about why I have to play at 12pm on Sunday and Arsenal have to play on Monday night. We played Leicester, Liverpool, Arsenal and now after just two days we have to play and we have to play the first game at 12pm." Arteta is unlikely to engage in a war of words as the Arsenal manager said in his press conference after the game gave all the indications that he was dying to write a disastrous night in the history books, at least if he wasn't allowed to say what he really thought of Tierney. He said: "[It's important that] the disappointment doesn't take over , more than the great opportunity and the nice two games we added of our own and that's where our energy will be now." However, he may need to prepare for his visit to St James' Park with limited centre-backs to back him up Despite their frustration with Holding's red card, Arsenal are unable to appeal what were two separate yellow card incidents.

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Latest Premier League updates as Son and Kane punish 10-man Gunners

Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal: Follow the reaction as Spurs defeat Arsenal in a crucial battle for the top four (Author: Gardener)

KaneFollow all the reactions from the north London derby as Tottenham beat the Gunners: * Arsenal qualify for the Champions League if they win * Tottenham four points behind Gunners in fifth Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham scored the 10-man Arsenal 3-0 defeated red card after Rob Holding to boost their hopes of finishing in the top four. Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat the 10-man Arsenal 3-0 after Rob Holding's red card to bolster their hopes of a top-four finish. Antonio Conte's side have now closed the gap to the Gunners in the Premier League to just one point with two games remaining. Antonio Conte's side have now closed the gap to the Gunners in the Premier League to just one point with two games remaining. Cedric Soares' clumsy challenge against Son Heung-min gave Spurs an early gift in the form of a penalty that Kane calmly sent into the bottom right corner. Cedric Soares' clumsy challenge against Son Heung-min gave Spurs an early gift in the form of a penalty that Kane calmly sent into the bottom right corner. And Holding's elbow to Son earned him a second yellow and an early bath, with Rodrigo Bentancur's touchdown on a corner moments later allowing Kane to duck low and head in a second. And Holding's elbow to Son earned him a second yellow and an early bath, with Rodrigo Bentancur's touchdown on a corner moments later allowing Kane to duck low and head in a second. Kane turned provider after the restart, dragging Gabriel Magalhaes into the box while Son jabbed the loose ball home to draw one from Mohamed Salah in the golden boot race. Kane turned provider after the restart, dragging Gabriel Magalhaes into the box while Son jabbed the loose ball home to draw one from Mohamed Salah in the golden boot race. Here are the player ratings from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings as Kane and Son shine Spurs have won three straight home league games against Arsenal for the first time since August 1961, while this is their biggest league win against the Gunners since April 1983 (5-0). Son Heung-min has scored 21 goals without penalties in the Premier League this season, with only Harry Kane scoring more in a single season competing for Spurs (28 in 2017-18 and 24 in 2016-17). It's a big, big win for Tottenham, who remain fifth in the Premier League table but move up a point ahead of Arsenal in the race for the top four. The final place in the Champions League will be decided in the last two games of the season. Arsenal arguably have the more difficult games and the door could now be open for Spurs to move ahead of them. 90 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time. 84 mins: Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe combine through the middle to try and get the ball inside the box but there's no way for them and Tottenham clear their lines. 81 mins: Another change from Antonio Conte, as Ben Daives is replaced by Joe Rodon. With the final 10 minutes Tottenham firmly in control of the game with Arsenal counting down the minutes to full-time. 78 mins: Granit Xhaka lashes a cross into the box from the left but Ben Davies heads it well away. Bukayo Saka comes back to them but Eric Dier is back and gets the block in that time before Cedric Soares' cross lands in the hands of Hugo Lloris. 75 mins: Gabriel knocks and stays down in a worrying sign for Mikel Arteta. He will need the defender for the last two games of the season. The Arsenal manager is taking no chances and swapping the centre-back for Nuno Tavares. 72 mins: Son Heung-Min isn't too happy as Antonio Conte makes a few changes. Eddie Nketiah will also be replaced at Arsenal by Alexandre Lacazette. 69 mins: Arsenal win a free-kick down the left wing which Martin Odegaard curls towards the back post. 66 mins: Emile Smith Rowe is brought on by Mikel Arteta, replacing Gabriel Martinelli for Arsenal. Dejan Kulusevski carries the ball through the inside left channel and tries to pass it to Rodrigo Bentancur, but his pass goes wide and Gabriel collects it for the Gunners. Emerson Royal passes the ball to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who threads a through ball down the left side of the box for Ryan Sessegnon's overlapped run. Sessegnon gets the ball and passes it to Son Heung-Min, who fires his shot over the bar! Almost a fourth goal for Tottenham as Harry Kane laced a cross into the box from the right and found Emerson Royal. 56 mins: Arsenal were brave in this half. When the Spurs have possession, the Gunners bounce back into form quickly to make it difficult for the home side to score. 53 mins: Arsenal clear the ball to Martinelli, who dodges a couple of attempted tackles and releases the ball to Odegaard. Arsenal slowly advance onto the pitch before Saka follows on the left. Odegaard slides the ball over to him but Sanchez is there to clear it. Saka receives the ball in the middle of the field and threads it over the line for Martinelli. He crosses Sanchez and drives into the box before passing the ball to Saka. Saka shoots but his attempt is blocked and Spurs scratch the rebound clear. 47 minutes: Game over. Davinson Sanchez rolls the ball into the box for Harry Kane. He pins Gabriel and holds the ball up. The defender drops onto the deck and tries it away from Kane, but throws it at Son Heung-Min, who calmly sweeps it into the net. Kick-off: Harry Kane restarts the game. Mikel Arteta hasn't made any changes, but Granit Xhaka seems to fit in the back row alongside Gabriel. Harry Kane has become the first Spurs player to score multiple goals in a Premier League game against Arsenal since scoring it himself in a 2-1 home win on February 7, 2015. He has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal (13) than any other player. Spurs now just have to manage the game and they'll get over the line without too much trouble. Spurs have a huge advantage in the game. It looks like they will be a point behind Arsenal in the race for the top four. 45+2 minutes: It was a terrible first 45 minutes for Arsenal. After a brilliant start where they seemed in control of the game, they conceded twice, missed a penalty and sent a man off. Harry Kane has added two more goals to his north London derby tally and will be hungry for more in the second half. 45 minutes: Two minutes of stoppage time in the first half. Arsenal win a corner after Eddie Nketiah's shot is tipped over the bar by Hugo Lloris. 40 mins: Arsenal send the ball back to Aaron Ramsdale, who is tackled by Harry Kane. However, the Arsenal goalkeeper keeps his cool and rolls the ball to the left for Takehiro Tomiyasu to run clear. 37 mins: Son Heung-Min whips the corner into the box and selects Rodrigo Bentancur, who throws the ball to the back post. Harry Kane drives behind Eddie Nketiah and throws himself at the ball to head it home from close range! 36 mins: Arsenal need to go into half-time and regroup. Ben White is on the bench for the Gunners and is likely to come on to fill the gap in defence. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg receives the ball and is fouled by Bukayo Saka, who gives the visitors a free-kick to defend deep in their own half. It rolls into the box but goes into a corner afterwards. 33 mins: He had a nightmare against Son today. Eric Dier flicks the ball over the top and Holding kicks over Son, elbowing him onto the deck. It's a clear yellow card - Holding's second of the game - and he has to go! 28 mins: Cedric Soares passes the ball to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who quickly sends it to Son. Son threads it to Harry Kane, who nutmegs Gabriel, takes the ball into the box and blocks a shot from a sweeping Takehiro Tomiyasu. 25 minutes: Son Heung-Min wins the fight against Rob Holding. The ball comes through to the Tottenham winger who is quickly brought down by Holding. Son holds the ball up and rolls away from the defender before pulling it back to stop it going into a dangerous area. Tottenham are now starting to control the game. 22nd min: Harry Kane converts the penalty! He sends Aaron Ramsdale the wrong way and slides the ball into the bottom right corner. Tottenham go first in north London derby! Dejan Kulusevski whips a cross into the box from the right wing while Rob Holding's Son Heung-Min takes aim. Cedric is nowhere near the ball and prevents Son from winning the header. Min.18: Ben Davies is shown the first yellow card of the game. The ball breaks free and Bukayo Saka passes the Spurs defender who then trips him. Arsenal take a free kick deep in Tottenham's half. Martin Odegaard rolls the set piece into the box but Harry Kane is there to direct it away. 15 minutes: Rob Holding switches the ball to Gabriel Martinelli on the left side of the field. He tries to carry him into the box but Davinson Sanchez charges at him and shoots the ball away. There are a few handbags tossed around as Rob Holding drags Son Heung-Min to the ground to stop the Tottenham striker from bombing forward with the ball. 9 mins: Arsenal have a couple of shots on goal from long range. Martin Odegaard sends his shot into the hands of Hugo Lloris before Bukayo Saka tries from the edge of the box. 6 mins: Tottenham sends the ball to Dejan Kulusevski, who has space to hit the right wing. Both players fight shoulder to shoulder for possession before collapsing and the referee awarding Arsenal a free kick. 3 min: It's very noisy in the stadium as the fans create a rocking atmosphere. Arsenal started quickly and Eddie Nketiah is confident enough to take on the Tottenham defence. He gets the ball from Martin Ödegaard and turns towards the goal. He shifts away from Ben Davies and pits only for Eric Dier to jump over and dispossess him with a sliding tackle. Arsenal get the game going, working the ball high on the right side of the field where Eddie Nketiah misses an early free-kick from Tottenham. This is a big game for these two teams, the winner could end up in the Champions League next season. Arsenal know three points will be enough for fourth place. Tottenham know a win will narrow the gap to just one with the Gunners with two games left. Almost time for kick-off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Can Spurs defeat Arsenal and keep the race alive for the Top 4, or will the Gunners emerge victorious next season and secure Champions League football? Antonio Conte has won just one of his eight games against Arsenal as manager, with all of those encounters occurring during his tenure at Chelsea. Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off, Mikel Arteta explained his decision to add Bukayo Saka to today's Arsenal squad. Harry Kane is the top scorer in north London derby history in all competitions with 11 goals in 16 games. However, he hasn't scored in either of his last two appearances against the Gunners, his longest drought against them. Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both have a chance to become the first Englishmen to score for the Gunners in home and away games against Spurs in a season since Ian Wright in 1993/94. Arsenal are close to ending a five-year wait for Champions League football as the win over Leeds cemented their place in the Premier League top four. The Gunners will return to Europe's elite competition if they win at Tottenham on Thursday night as Mikel Arteta continues to turn around a season that started in the worst possible way. Arsenal were the Premier League's lowest point without a point or a goal and went into the international break in September but are now close to a top-four finish. The four goals Eddie Nketiah has scored in his last four Premier League games are just one fewer than in his first 52 Premier League games. Son Heung-min is only the second Tottenham player to score 20 Premier League goals in a season without a penalty, emulating Gareth Bale in 2012/13 (21). He has scored more top-flight goals (12) and been involved in (17) than any other player in 2022 and, having failed to score or assist in any of his first nine league games against Arsenal, Son has three goals and two assists in his last four derby appearances in north London. Arsenal have gone seven league games without conceding a goal since beating Aston Villa 1-0 on March 19. A win for Arsenal would guarantee them their best Premier League result since the 2015-16 season when they finished runners-up. It would also be the first time they have stood above Spurs since. The Gunners went on to have four straight league wins in February-March 2012, conceding at least once in each game, for the first time in a streak of five. He used a few small techniques for motivation and stopping that game in January did mention it, as did home support. Tottenham's performance in big games has been the most positive aspect of his short tenure so far and one of the main reasons he lets them fight for the top four. Mikel Arteta's arsenal has improved even in big games, but their season has been all about winning the games they should - which is why they don't necessarily have to win this one. 'Balance' is itself a word that has returned to the discussion surrounding the north London derby as both clubs face their biggest game of the encounter in around a decade. North London's biggest derby in a decade will decide the future of Arsenal and Tottenham. After a run of four straight league wins, Tottenham have won just one of the last four but have drawn two of the other three games. However, Spurs have won four of their last five league home games and have scored at least three goals in each of those wins. Antonio Conte makes just one change from the Tottenham team who faced Liverpool last time out. Mikel Arteta names an unchanged team from the one that beat Leeds 2-1. Bukayo Saka is fit enough to start but Ben White only makes it to the bench. In his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta was asked if the pressure of the Derby is different as a manager than as a player and he replied: Of course it's different as a player and as a manager but every opportunity isn't just about winning, it's about it It's about how you win those games and the experience you get in those 90 minutes, especially when you're playing at home in front of your crowd." He also spoke about the prospect of managing the Gunners in front of a packed crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and said: "It's different because the history of North London, we all know it, and what it means to our fans. After that, it's a football field with a lot of noise and a crowd that will be excited to support their team and we will certainly have our fans behind the team 100 percent too.” Antonio Conte knows that derby games are some of the most intense games and he describes the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham as "special". “The derby is always a difficult game. There are many derbies in London and of course the rivalry with Arsenal is very strong. You have to try to do your best from start to finish, to be focused, to be highly concentrated, to enjoy the game, but you have to know that this derby is very important for us and for the table." Spurs are in unbeaten in their last seven league home games against the Gunners, their longest streak since they went nine games unbeaten at White Hart Lane between 1960 and 1968. The Gunners were able to win five straight league derbies in North London for the first time in a run of three straight league derbies in North London from 1987 to 1989. Martin Odegaard has been limited to the role of Champions League spectator this season - but he wants to end that, by leading Arsenal to victory at Tottenham on Thursday night. A win for the Gunners would secure a return to Europe's elite competition after a five-year absence. Arsenal are four points ahead of Spurs en route to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and have their fate in the top four in their own hands - even if they lose for the third consecutive time in N17. Boss Mikel Arteta has urged his players to get the job done by completing a North London derby double for the season and Odegaard admits the squad has briefly watched some memorable Champions League nights. Martin Odegaard determined to help Arsenal reach Champions League 'big goal' Tottenham's Antonio Conte says today's derby in north London is 'a massive game' and that it's still alive, it's so far in to get through the season with the hope of a top 4 result an incredible performance. "It's a huge game. We're talking about a game involving two important teams, Tottenham and Arsenal. It'll be interesting to see how we finish this game for sure. Arsenal, they certainly have the same idea to try to score points and get a place in the Champions League and they are doing it very well. To get to that point with three games to go, with the opportunity to fight for a great performance, we have to be proud and try to get the best possible result until the end.” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta outlined his goals in a press conference yesterday , moving the team forward and what it's like to live with the pressures and expectations of managing a club like Arsenal. "If you have an opportunity to achieve one of your goals in the season, you can't wait to play the game because that's a job and the work you've put in all season trying to achieve it Tottenham have won three consecutive derbies in North London in all competitions for the first time since 1980-82 and only the second time in the league. Arsenal, meanwhile, are aiming to complete their first league double against Spurs since 2013-14. Tottenham are unbeaten in three Premier League games after losing 1-0 at home to Brighton on April 16. They have accumulated five points in that time, having beaten Leicester City at home and played against Brentford and Liverpool. If Spurs can take three points against the Gunners tonight they will have relatively easy games against Burnley and Norwich as they push for a top four spot. Arsenal are on a four-game winning streak after beating Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham in that run. Last time out, Eddie Nketiah scored a brace in the first 10 minutes against Leeds and the Gunners were able to maintain their lead and win 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Newcastle and Everton follow and could prove tricky opponents, with manager Mikel Arteta looking to secure fourth place with a win tonight. The race to qualify for next season's Champions League is still ongoing ahead of one of the biggest north London derbies in recent memory. Arsenal are on pole position and can secure a place in the top four of the Premier League table with a win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night. Tottenham need a result to keep their hopes alive but have improved drastically since Antonio Conte was appointed. Tottenham vs Arsenal: Who has the best run-in in the top 4 race? Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga are all set to miss the game for Spurs and manager Antonio Conte is expected to name the same starting XI that held Liverpool in a draw at Anfield. Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and defender Ben White both face fitness tests ahead of the game but could be included, according to manager Mikel Arteta, but Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are definitely out. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the message to his players is clear if they beat Tottenham in tonight's derby in north London they will qualify for the Champions League. "The message is clear, if we win against them we are in the Champions League next season. Tottenham boss Antonio Conte explained how he felt being in charge of his first derby in north London tonight and the importance of getting a positive result against Arsenal. "It's my first North London derby and I know very well what this game means for this club and our fans." He said: "We need to be very clear on what it means for us at this moment for the table too . "We're fighting for a place in the Champions League, we're in this race with Arsenal. "At the same time I want to try and keep our fans happy, they deserve that kind of satisfaction in a tough game, a derby against Arsenal." Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the north London derby as Tottenham host Arsenal and earn a place in of next season's Champions League is at stake. The Gunners travel to Spurs, who sit fourth in the Premier League table and four points clear of their rivals. If they win tonight, they will be seven points clear of Antonio Conte's men and with just six points left to play after tonight, they will qualify for Europe's biggest competition. Tottenham know they have to win. If they can get three points they have a real chance of finishing ahead of Arsenal and have at least a week left in the race. The other motivating factor is a desire to avoid Arsenal securing the Champions League at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium, which is pretty much a worst-case scenario for Spurs.

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Warriors attempt to flush but learn from game 5 blowout loss

The Warriors want to put their 39-point blowout loss behind them, but not until they learn from their many mistakes. (Author: Gardener)

5- Arkansas men's basketball head coach Eric Musselman, who was in attendance on Wednesday night's FedExForum for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, has a handful of quirky antics to motivate his teams, including using a mini-toilet to flush away bad plays. Acting Warriors head coach Mike Brown must be jealous. If he could, he would have put his own mini-toilet on the podium and extended the second round after the Warriors' 39-point cut off by the Memphis Grizzlies, rather than ending that streak and giving himself some much-needed rest. "It's a bit like the bathroom," Brown said. "You just push it down and 'shoooop' — right down the toilet. Of course we're going to watch the film and try to learn from it and grow from it, but at the end of the day our boys understood what was happening out there: "We're going to come out, we're going to play and see better on Friday in front of our home audience , can we get that win to end it.” That was the subject of a handful of Warriors. That defeat swirls down and goes away forever. Flush it and forget it. They were 27 down at halftime, and the gap grew to 55 sometime in the third quarter. For a franchise that prides itself on its championship DNA, you can't just erase a game like this and move on. It's the Warriors' second loss of the series and the second straight game they came out flat with the Grizzlies' best player on the touchline. "You definitely want to flush it, but you also have to learn from it," said Draymond Green. "It's not like you flush it and you see that team again in two months. You see that team again in two days. You learn from it and then you flush it. You make the necessary adjustments and then flush it." What you flush is the bottom line. But you have to learn from it and make the adjustments we have to make." The Warriors can't expect to spin the ball at this pace and be crowned champions at the end of the season. They won the rebound fight on a group effort in the first four games but were the JV team looking to the varsity side who bullied them on the glass in that game From the start they were plagued by the same problems as previous games with sloppy passes and head-scratching turnovers. The Warriors had been beaten in the first quarter in each of the first four games, a streak stalled in front of an angry Memphis crowd.The Grizzlies picked up 17 points more than the Warriors in the second quarter, beating them 39-22 in that frame. By halftime, the Warriors had turned the ball 14 times while tallying just 13 assists, and Memphis took advantage and had 25 points less turnover than the Warriors when they strolled into the locker room as a team at the top, unafraid of a second-half rush from the Warriors. In the end, the Grizzlies had 29 points from 22 Warriors turnovers. The Grizzlies turned the ball over 10 times, and that number stayed in the single digits for most of the game until sloppiness took over in a fourth quarter full of backups. Brown stressed that the Warriors "need to calm down" on offense. Green's message is that he and his teammates are slowing down overall, from their decision making to their sneakers. "I think we've gotten faster," said Green. “We have to let go of the pressure. Green turned the ball over five times, followed by four from Jordan Poole, three from Juan Toscano-Anderson in 16 minutes off the bench and the Splash Brothers from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson dealt two each midway through the second quarter, Poole hit a 3-pointer, to reduce the Warriors' deficit to 11 points. The Warriors' next three possessions were a turnover from Green that led to a 3-pointer from Tyus Jones, a turnover from Kevon Looney which was then turned into a De'Anthonty Melton layup and another turnover by Green, leading to another Grizzlies layup. The Warriors were down by 18. The Warriors are missing some composure on offense, and as line leaders, they need that green as they return to the Chase Center after turning the ball over 20 times in their first five games. They also need to figure out their rebound issues and see if Steven Adams is anything more than just a 6-foot-11 one-man monster to be inserted into the beginning line up. Adams now has 28 rebounds in his last two games after clinching 13 over 22 minutes in Game 5. The Warriors were passed for the first time in the series, and it wasn't particularly close. The Grizzlies had 55 rebounds. The Warriors also watched the Grizzlies score 50 points in paint compared to their 36. Of most concern, however, was the Warriors' lack of effort in rebounding, particularly on the offensive side. The Warriors got away with four offensive rebounds. Green led them by two. The Grizzlies as a team finished the night with 18 offensive rebounds, or 14 more than the Warriors. "We had a vigilance and an awareness when it came to hitting bodies and punching people out early," Brown said. There were too many times throughout the game that their torsos or even their wings would just walk past us. “We would turn and look and they would jump over us on the edge and get away with the rebound. We'd better go there and find a body and punch it out early and hope that one of our teammates comes the knockback." This is a game and the warriors will do their best not to go into it. They can take comfort in knowing that the milwaukee bucks lost by 39 points just last year in game 2 of the eastern conference semifinals before winning it all flush it don't let it pile up but not until whatever the heck was addressed tackled head on and the Warriors' plethora of past mistakes being saved so they can put on a show at home Friday night as soon as they step onto the pitch.

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Bucks, Warriors attempt to complete second round at home

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to add momentum to an exciting comeback. Both have 3-2 leads and are home for Game 6 on Friday night. Defending NBA champion Bucks rebounded from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 110-107 in Boston on Wednesday night while the Warriors... (Author: Gardener)

secondMilwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) is hugged by Pat Connaughton as he celebrates after getting a shot from Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart in the final seconds of the game during the second half of Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinals in NBA basketball (36) has blocked playoffs, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Boston. The Golden State Warriors are trying to put an embarrassing loss behind them as both teams look to end their streak in the second round. Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis, left, celebrates in front of stunned Boston Celtics fans after Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinals in the NBA Basketball Playoffs, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Boston. Both have 3-2 leads and are home for Game 6 on Friday night. Defending NBA champion Bucks rebounded from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 110-107 in Boston on Wednesday night, while the Warriors missed an opportunity to wrap up their streak by losing 134-95 in Memphis. "At the end of the day we can't get too high from it," said Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo after winning Buck' Game 5. "Obviously it's great to win the game, great to come home and be good to ourselves feel, but the work isn't done yet.” Though Milwaukee is enjoying an emotional victory and Golden State is suffering a loss, the trends in these series suggest the Warriors should be more comfortable going home. Home field advantage hasn't meant much in the Bucks-Celtics series. The road team has won three of the five games, including each of the last two. In the first five games of the other three second-round series, the home sides held a 14-1 record. The Warriors are 2-0 at home to the Grizzlies after winning 142-112 in Game 3 and 101-98 in Game 4. Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) attempts to spin around Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) in the first game half of Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinals in the NBA Basketball Playoffs, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Boston. The Warriors became the sixth team in the past 10 years to lose by at least 39 points in a non-streak playoff game. Four of the previous five losing teams won their next game. "Well it doesn't feel good to lose as much as we did," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. The Grizzlies also have reason for optimism, even if Ja Morant is likely to be out for the rest of the postseason with a bruised right knee. The Grizzlies have been 1-1 with the Warriors since Morant's injury and are 21-6 in games their All-Star guard missed this season. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Boston Celtics center Al Horford, right, battle it out in the first half of Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA Basketball Playoffs Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Boston the ball. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) "We know how to react," said Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks. "We know how to play together better than any team in the NBA." In the Celtics-Bucks series, the teams have alternated victories in the first five games. The Celtics look to end it by recovering from a 3-2 deficit and winning a potential Game 7 in Boston on Sunday. "We had a golden opportunity," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka after the Game 5 loss. But what we've done this series and this season is bounce back when we've been tested. Memphis Grizzlies' Steven Adams (4) defends Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) in the first half of Game 5 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee – NEED TO KNOW: The Bucks took the lead of the series with a comeback in Game 5 when Bobby Portis scored the go-ahead basket after a putback of a missed Antetokounmpo free throw with 15 seconds left. Jrue Holiday sealed the win with a block and a steal in the last 10 seconds. The team that led in the fourth quarter has lost the last three games of this series. (13) reacts after making a basket during the second half of Game 5 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. In their last two games, the Bucks have overtaken the Celtics 97-74 and hold a 32-18 second chance points advantage. -- INJURY OBSERVATION: Bucks F. Khris Middleton will miss a ninth straight playoff game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Celtics F/C Robert Williams III has missed two games in a row with a sore left knee and is doubtful for Game 6. Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) appears to pass while Memphis Grizzlies' Steven Adams (4) pulls in in the first half of Game 5 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee — PRESSURE IS ON: Celtics F Jayson Tatum. The three-time All-Star has been productive, scoring 34 points in Game 5 and 30 points in Game 4. But he's only 5-of-27 from 3-point range in his last three games, after scoring 9-of-19 from beyond the arc in the first two games of this series. Tatum needs to regain his 3-point accuracy for the Celtics to win this series. Jonathan Kuminga (00) of the Golden State Warriors goes for a basket while Tyus Jones (21) of the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of Game 5 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 , defended at Memphis. Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht) (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht) (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht) (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht) — NEED TO KNOW: Golden State committed 22 turnovers that resulted in 29 Grizzlies points in Memphis' Game 5 blowout win. Thompson's minus-45 rating was the worst plus-minus in all playoff games in the past 25 years, with Andre Drummond's minus-45 against Milwaukee in 2019. -- KEEP AN EYE ON: Memphis capitalized on his size advantage at 6-foot-11 Leading the way on the boards for Steven Adams for the first time of the series by a 55-37 lead to overtake the Warriors. The Grizzlies had an 18-4 difference on offensive boards, resulting in a 24-5 scoring advantage in second chance points. - INJURY OBSERVATION: Golden State's Otto Porter Jr. suffered pain in his right foot that kept him out of Game 5 in the second half. However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to recover from his two-game absence with COVID-19 in time for Game 6, that was yet to be determined. Morant has missed two games and remains in doubt about returning this postseason. Memphis are the youngest team to reach this round in 25 years, so to force this series to a sixth game already with Morant injured is a huge achievement. Each team had a blowout win, with each of the other three games being decided by five points or fewer. But in the last two games without Morant, Memphis has led until the final 45.7 seconds of Game 5.

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Bucks, Warriors attempt to complete second round at home

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to add momentum to an exciting comeback. The Golden State Warriors are trying to put an embarrassing loss behind them as both teams look to end their streak in the second round. (Author: Gardener)

secondThe Golden State Warriors are trying to put an embarrassing loss behind them as both teams look to end their streak in the second round. Both have 3-2 leads and are home for Game 6 on Friday night. Defending NBA champion Bucks rebounded from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 110-107 in Boston on Wednesday night, while the Warriors missed an opportunity to wrap up their streak by losing 134-95 in Memphis. "At the end of the day we can't get too high from it," said Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo after winning Buck' Game 5. "Obviously it's great to win the game, great to come home and be good to ourselves feel, but the work isn't done yet.” Though Milwaukee is enjoying an emotional victory and Golden State is suffering a loss, the trends in these series suggest the Warriors should be more comfortable going home. Home field advantage hasn't meant much in the Bucks-Celtics series. The road team has won three of the five games, including each of the last two. In the first five games of the other three second-round series, the home sides held a 14-1 record. The Warriors are 2-0 at home to the Grizzlies after winning Game 3 142-112 and Game 4 101-98. History suggests that the one-sided nature of Golden State's Game 5 loss shouldn't have a spillover effect. The Warriors became the sixth team in the past 10 years to lose by at least 39 points in a non-streak playoff game. Four of the previous five losing teams won their next game. "Well it doesn't feel good to lose as much as we did," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. The Grizzlies also have reason for optimism, even if Ja Morant is likely to be out for the rest of the postseason with a bruised right knee. The Grizzlies have been 1-1 with the Warriors since Morant's injury and are 21-6 in games their All-Star guard missed this season. "We know how to respond to that," Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks said. "We know how to play together better than any team in the NBA." In the Celtics-Bucks series, the teams have alternated victories in the first five games. The Celtics look to end it by recovering from a 3-2 deficit and winning a potential Game 7 in Boston on Sunday. "We had a golden opportunity," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka after the Game 5 loss. But what we've done this series and this season is bounce back when we've been tested. NEED TO KNOW: The Bucks took the lead of the series with a comeback in Game 5 when Bobby Portis scored the go-ahead basket on a putback of a missed Antetokounmpo free throw with 15 seconds left. The team that led in the fourth quarter has lost the last three games of this series. In the last two games, the Bucks have overtaken the Celtics 97-74 and hold a 32-18 advantage in second chance points. -- INJURY OBSERVATION: Bucks F. Khris Middleton will miss a ninth straight playoff game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Celtics F/C Robert Williams III has missed two games in a row with a sore left knee and is doubtful for Game 6. – PRESSURE IS ON: Celtics F Jayson Tatum. The three-time All-Star has been productive, scoring 34 points in Game 5 and 30 points in Game 4. But he's only 5-of-27 from 3-point range in his last three games, after scoring 9-of-19 from beyond the arc in the first two games of this series. Tatum needs to regain his 3-point accuracy for the Celtics to win this series. NEED TO KNOW: Golden State committed 22 turnovers that resulted in 29 Grizzlies points in Memphis' Game 5 blowout win. Every starter for the Warriors had a negative plus-minus rating. Thompson's minus-45 rating was the worst plus-minus in all playoff games in the past 25 years, with Andre Drummond's minus-45 against Milwaukee in 2019. -- KEEP AN EYE ON: Memphis capitalized on his size advantage at 6-foot-11 Leading the way on the boards for Steven Adams for the first time of the series by a 55-37 lead to overtake the Warriors. The Grizzlies had an 18-4 difference on offensive boards, resulting in a 24-5 scoring advantage in second chance points. - INJURY OBSERVATION: Golden State's Otto Porter Jr. suffered pain in his right foot that kept him out of Game 5 in the second half. However, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to recover from his two-game absence with COVID-19 in time for Game 6, that was yet to be determined. Morant has missed two games and remains in doubt about returning this postseason. — PRINT IS ON: The Warriors. Memphis are the youngest team to reach this round in 25 years, so to force this series to a sixth game already with Morant injured is a huge achievement. Each team had a blowout win, with each of the other three games being decided by five points or fewer. But in the last two games without Morant, Memphis has led until the final 45.7 seconds of Game 5.

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4 things to watch out for before Game 6 between the Grizzlies and Warriors

The hits are coming for the Warriors, the Grizzlies need to do it again and there are more things to watch ahead of Game 6 in this Western Conference Semifinals. (Author: Gardener)

Game 6At times, both teams played suffocating defense. Both teams kept it exciting the whole time. At this point, who knows what to expect when the Golden State Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of their second round matchup at the Chase Center on Friday (10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN)? As the Warriors took a 3-2 lead, we saw thrills like the Warriors' narrow wins in Game 1 (117-116) and Game 4 (101-98). We've seen blowouts, like the Warriors' loss in Game 3 (142-112) and the Grizzlies' dominance in Game 5 (134-95). We've seen disputes amid the physical game and the lobbying that followed. Below are four things to watch in Game 6: The Warriors said coach Steve Kerr will be out Thursday until further notice while he recovers from COVID-19, making Mike Brown the acting head coach for the third straight season . Warriors reserve forward Otto Porter Jr. also missed the entire second half of Game 5 with right foot pain, forcing the Warriors to consider him a Game 6 questionable. "I have 100% faith in our team," Brown said. The Warriors seem aware of the danger of feeling content with a 3-1 lead in series. Since their first NBA championship in this hard-fought run in 2015, the Warriors have won in the deciding games of the series 19-9 and in the sixth games 6-2. They have gone 12-1 in playoff games that Brown has coached. And they've won all five home playoff games this year. The Warriors don't have Kevin Durant and a fully developed bench like they have in most of their previous title runs. While the Warriors praised the atmosphere at Chase Center, it didn't quite capture the energy they enjoyed at Oracle Arena. And the Grizzlies' 4-11 record in eliminations seems irrelevant given that the team's current group has only played in two of them. Still, the Warriors have a handful of stars (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green) and a head coach (Brown) who have already faced much tougher challenges. Curry said, "We're still in control of the series." It doesn't help the Grizzlies that their star point guard is out for a third straight game with a bruised right knee. Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins thought it was "pretty unlikely" that Morant would ever return to the playoffs. Despite this, the Grizzlies have shown remarkable resilience without him. They went 20-5 in the regular season while Morant was sidelined with numerous injuries. Against the Warriors, the Grizzlies showed how they can both fight (Game 4) and thrive (Game 5) without Morant. "We know how to play together better than any team in the NBA," said Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks. “We're constantly finding ways to keep up in our game. So it's just fun to play that style.” Technically, Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones has taken Morant's position. But Jones emphasized that "I can't fill his shoes alone". Instead, the Grizzlies have established a 10-man rotation that meets different needs. And Steven Adams turned out to be a game changer in this series, having played no role at all. Specifically against the Warriors, Morant's absence coincided with Jenkins starting Adams in the middle. Jenkins refrained from playing Adams much in the team's first-round matchup against Minnestoa because of Karl-Anthony Towns' versatility as a post player and outside shooter. Adams then stayed sidelined for Games 1 and 2 after testing positive for COVID-19. Since then, the Warriors have become less dominant in the suit, while Adams has proven effective at defending pick and rolls and avoiding situations where he stretches to the rim. "The ball is in a lot of people's hands and a lot of people are attacking from different angles," Brown said of the Grizzlies without Morant. “Even Adams has it on the elbow and is playing the split game. The warriors would much rather deal with this problem than face Morant again. The Grizzlies wanted that luxury. But during his absence, the Grizzlies have shown they can play well without Morant while he's rooting for them from the bench, including when the Grizzlies' game ops threw the "Whoop Dat Trick" quips during the Game 5 loss. anthem played. "He has a great spirit with his teammates in the locker room," Jenkins said of Morant. He talks about things - adjustments and ideas from his teammates in the game. A quick look at the box score revealed all about why the Grizzlies survived a 39-point victory in Game 5. They dominated the Warriors on the boards (55-37) and won the turnover bout (22-9). The Warriors beat the Grizzlies on the glass in the four other contests while remaining sloppy with their ball handling in every game of that series. This gives both the Warriors and Grizzlies two obvious areas to focus on in Game 6. "We've got to try to nurture the ball a little bit better and not be on home run passes all the time," Brown said, "And start taking action early in the game until we can get to our space and tempo game. "We have to put body on body," Brown said. How the warriors get there might be more complicated. The Warriors lived with the turnovers because of their offensive brilliance. But they compensated for that on the boards with two different approaches: when the Grizzlies initially seeded Adams, the Warriors went with a small lineup calling on everyone to smash the glass in hopes of maximizing transition opportunities; After injuring Gary Payton II's left elbow in Game 2, the Warriors have started rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga in the last three games, hoping his athleticism could offset his learning curve. That didn't happen in Game 5, leading Brown to play Nemanja Bjelica in the second half of Game 5 hoping his length would help. Brown sounded noncommittal on trying a different rotation, or at least experimenting more with smaller lineups. But with the Warriors nursing an injured center (James Wiseman) and two wingers (Iguodala, Porter), the Warriors may get creative. And the grizzlies? Jenkins said, "We're going to need that effort to level up, execution to level up and urgency to level up." Poole just hasn't been the same in the last two games. The reasons have less to do with Jenkins indirectly blaming him for hurting Morant. They have more to do with the Grizzlies putting more pressure on Poole. Poole shot poorly in Game 4 (14 points on 4-on-12 shooting, 0-on-3 from deep) and Game 5 (three points on 1-on-6 shooting, 1-on-3 on 3 ). That was a steady decline from what Poole showed in Game 1 (31 points in 12-for-20 shooting, 5-for-10 from deep) in Game 2 (20 points in 8-for-16 shooting ), 1 of -6 from 3) and in Game 3 (13 points in 11v17 shooting, 3v5 from deep). "It's tough because part of JP's game is his ability to get to the edge and his speed," Brown said. It was a little bit difficult with the way they plugged the paint.” Poole had a similar journey in the Warriors' first-round series against Denver. After promising numbers in Game 1 (30 points on 9-of-13 shooting), Game 2 (29 points on 10-of-16 shooting), and Game 3 (27 points on 9-of-13 shooting), Poole went just 3 of 10 from the field in both games 4 and 5. "We just want him to be aggressive, play freely and confidently like he's more than capable," Brown said. "If he does that, it's great for us."

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Bucks vs. Celtics Playoff Schedule TV Live Stream for 2022 Eastern Conference NBA Playoff Semifinals Series

The Milwaukee Bucks play the Boston Celtics in a 2022 Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. (Author: Gardener)

2022The Milwaukee Bucks play the Boston Celtics in a 2022 Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a triple double in the Bucks' Game 1 playoff win over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The winner plays the Miami Heat or the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Game 1: Sunday, May 1, noon at TD Garden in Boston (ABC); Score: Bucks 101, Celtics 89; Bucks lead series 1-0. Game 3: Saturday, May 7, 2:30 p.m. at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee (ABC); Result: Bucks 103, Celtics 101; Bucks lead series, 2-1. Game 4: Monday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee (TNT); Result: Celtics 116, Bucks 108; Series tied, 2-2. Game 5: Wednesday, May 11, 6 p.m. at TD Garden in Boston (TNT); Result: Bucks 110, Celtics 107; Bucks lead series, 3-2. Game 6: Friday, May 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee (ESPN) Live Stream: ABC or ESPN App. Available on Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, DIRECTV STREAM and YouTube TV. Celtics Odds, NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal Playoff Series Predictions This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Bucks vs

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In a series of swings, the Bucks and Celtics try to find the next pivotal moment

Clutch moments have defined a streak separated by only a few key moments in the five games so far. (Author: Gardener)

fiveMILWAUKEE -- The last time Giannis Antetokounmpo laced up his sneakers for a Game 6 at home to wrap up a playoff series, a refrain of "Bucks in Six!" Boomed through the Fiserv Forum, good things happened for the Milwaukee Bucks. Two hundred and ninety-seven days have passed since the Bucks had the Phoenix Suns in the same spot they now have the Boston Celtics. Back in July, two stunning defensive plays in separate games made for one of the greatest individual performances in a crucial final game. There was Antetokounmpo's late block from Suns center Deandre Ayton that helped seal Game 4, followed by Jrue Holiday's swipe of Devin Booker's ball and a bold alley-oop pass to Milwaukee's high-flying Greek Freak that clinched the win. It then fell to Antetokounmpo to wipe out the Suns and give the Bucks franchise its second NBA championship, 50 years after the first. He scored 50 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked five shots, hit 16 of his 25 total shots and shot 17-19 on free throws as Milwaukee won 105-98. He left Phoenix with little or no margin that night, earning the Finals MVP award while earning his team respect as the "Defending Champion" for a full season. That status is now on the line as the Bucks lead 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against Boston. No one expects Antetokounmpo to summon a repeat of his 50-point performance on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) to propel his team into the East Finals against Miami. But the setup feels eerily similar, thanks to a couple of stunning defensive plays to create that opportunity for the Bucks and predicament for the Celtics. Holiday turned Boston guard Marcus Smart — coincidentally the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year — into his 2022 version of Booker. Holiday's 3-point high arc shot had leveled Game 5 at 105-105 by 42 seconds, erasing what remained of Milwaukee's 14-point deficit early in the fourth quarter. But at the other end, Holiday won the game 30 seconds later. As Boston brought in the ball 11.4 seconds from the end, 108-107 behind, Holiday came by at helping defender and unconsciously caught Smart and blocked his driving layup on the right baseline. In one fell swoop, the Bucks keeper got the block, held the ball back, kept him and himself from going wide, and when he ran out of tightrope, instinctively threw the ball wide from Smart. After Milwaukee's Pat Connaughton made two free throws, the Celtics had no time out and one final chance by 5.9 seconds. They got to Smart only for Holiday to rush past and steal the ball, a carousel rider who snatched the brass ring. "We don't have time to think about how we lost," Smart said afterwards. It definitely hurts, but we don't have time to feel it.” Instead of playing Game 6 with house money, a chance to close the Bucks with the knowledge that they still have Game 7 on TD Garden Sunday if needed, have to the Celtics are recovering from that heartthrob - and recovering overall, particularly on the offensive glass - only to necessitate a Sunday game. Jayson Tatum has been fully activated, the vaunted Boston defense has sought almost every point from Antetokounmpo and the rest, 'old man' Horford has lost five years of his game and it's possible that Celtics big man Robert Williams III , after two lost games could return to knee pain. For the Bucks, as dramatically as the Game 5 win turned in their favor, they know Boston controlled things down to the last few minutes. All-star forward Khris Middleton is out (sprained knee), Holiday turned volume shooter out of necessity and Antetokounmpo has been gasping for air in the last quarter of almost every game. So the Bucks are under pressure, too, knowing that if they don't shut down the Celtics now, they'll have to go back to Boston and try again. It was Portis who, after a poor performance in Game 4 (he went back on the court before the lights went out to put in extra shots), set his team up for the good Wednesday, snapping Antetokounmpo's missed free throw on an 11:4 putback the clickers. He was 3-for-13 at this point but finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds and a reminder of what matters most now when game plans are exhausted and players pretty much are too. "The playoffs are all about moments," Portis said. For me we have a lot of guys in this team who can have moments. Get ready for a few moments in Game 6.

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