Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 4/29/13
New York Knicks/Boston Celtics: Game 4 -       Celtics trying to avoid being swept. Knicks playing without J.R. Smith, their Sixth Man of the Year (called it!). -       Celtics coming out strong and hitting shots early. The question is whether or not they can sustain that over a whole game. In each of the first three games there have been major scoring droughts that allowed the Knicks to win. -       Is there anyone in the NBA you want taking a wide open three-pointer more than Steve Novak? Maybe Matt Bonner, but man, those guys are almost automatic when left unguarded. (Of course, right after I type that, Novak misses a wide-open three. I have a gift for jinxing.) -       Carmelo Anthony reminds me of the degenerate gambler at the blackjack table. He goes on a bad run but figures the luck has to even out so he keeps putting that money down on the table, hoping to win back what he has lost. Anthony could go 0-30 from the field, but he is not going to stop shooting. -       Well the Celtics blew it. I am sure everyone out there is just shocked. -       Jason Terry finally decided to show up. Too bad it is just to avoid the sweep. Although with the way he is smiling after the game, you would think the Celtics just evened the series. -       Well… there is a precedent for a Boston team to come back from 0-3 on a New York team. I am not betting on it though. For Kyle's thoughts on the three other games from Sunday, click after the jump. Miami Heat/Milwaukee Bucks: Game 4 -       Everyone got your brooms ready? -       Considering all the talking Brandon Jennings did in the last week or so, his disappearance in this game seems rather fitting. -       Facing a sweep after a sub-.500 series, is Jim Boylan on the offseason hot seat?  Hard to fire a coach that leads a team to the playoffs, but the Bucks have been quite underwhelming. -       "Oh, it’s 69-67 with 9 minutes left in the game? Ok, let’s finish this thing off." 19-5 run follows, and it is over. -       Very surprised to learn that this is the first sweep of Miami’s “Big 3” era. Would not have thought that. -       As if Miami needed any more favors, if the Nets beat the Bulls at home in Game Five, the Heat will get extra rest for Dwyane Wade. San Antonio Spurs/Los Angeles Lakers: Game 4 -       Repeat: Everyone got your brooms ready? -       One thing I have always admired about the Spurs is that they do not mess around with lesser teams. They know how to take care of business and I have no doubt this will be another blowout. -       I like Gregg Popovich starting Aron Baynes in place of Tiago Splitter. I can just imagine his thought process: "They’re both tall and foreign, practically the same guy. It’ll be good for keeping us in rhythm." -       This really doesn’t seem fair, does it? -       Dwight Howard’s season ends just as it started, with him throwing a temper tantrum. My bet is that was his last game in a Laker uniform. I am still thinking Rockets next year. -       Howard has words with Mitch Kupchak… cue the dramatic overreactions! {youtube}XfHXXude-dI{/youtube} -       Ladies and gentleman, we have a Tracy McGrady sighting! -       If anyone predicted, "Lakers get the seventh-seed and are swept out of the first round of the playoffs" back in August, I tip my hat to you. -       Two straight uneventful games. Hoping for high drama next though… Denver Nuggets/Golden State Warriors: Game 4 -       Still a little bit in shock that the Nuggets are down in this series. I thought it would be a sweep before the Warriors lost David Lee. Couldn’t really be more wrong. -       I do not think Andrew Bogut is ever really going to live up to expectations, but he is definitely going to have flashes of being a very good player. Tonight is an extended flash. -       Mark Jackson deserves a little bit more credit than I have given him in the past. He has made some pretty impressive coaching adjustments throughout the series. -       There are no words for what Stephen Curry is doing right now. -       After Andre Miller made Draymond Green really look like a rookie on the last play of Game One, he is really had quite a few positive plays since then. -       Going into the postseason, I was really big on the thought that no one wants to go to Denver to play. Now, Oakland looks a hell of a lot worse. -       I think Denver grabs one more win at home, but can’t see them winning a Game Six on the road. Spurs and Warriors should be pretty fun. [follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Florida's Chiozza sends Wisconsin home on incredible buzzer-beater

LaVar Ball gets Crying Jordan, meme treatment after UCLA loss

Celtics upset Suns tried to pad Devin Booker’s stats

Five teams that may be interested in Blake Griffin this summer

Report: Tony Romo ‘believes it’s Texans or retirement’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clay Matthews Sr. passes away at 88

WWE’s Kane is inching toward running for mayor in Tennessee

Jung Ho Kang denied visa for DUI, may miss 2017 MLB season

Jets not ready to say Josh McCown will be starter

Sens owner on Sidney Crosby: He’s 'a whiner' and should be suspended for Methot slash

Report: Griffin could be growing more open to leaving Clippers

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker