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The speculation about a fourth NBA Finals meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors began mere seconds after JR Smith made a relatively meaningless 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the Cavs’ Game 5 loss a year ago (relatively, because it did give LeBron James the final assist he needed to average a triple-double for the series).

The confetti hadn’t even begun to fall in Oakland, California, when the questions began: Would anyone be able to stop these teams from meeting again? What could possibly derail two of the most unstoppable freight trains in their respective conferences in NBA history? Why even bother playing the 2017-18 season? Why not just skip to May 31, 2018, for the start of another inevitable Cavaliers-Warriors Finals?

To be fair, last postseason gave critics little reason to believe that this year would be any different. Entering last year’s Finals, the Warriors were a perfect 12-0 in the postseason and the Cavaliers were 12-1, leading many to believe their conference dominance would go unchecked for another season. Even after a wild offseason that saw the Cavaliers part ways with general manager David Griffin and star point guard Kyrie Irving and saw Kevin Durant re-up with the Warriors at a significant discount, both teams were considered the favorites to return to the Finals at the end of what some feared would be a “boring” season.

While the end result — a fourth consecutive NBA Finals pitting the Cavaliers against the Warriors — came to pass as expected, the journey there was anything but boring.

Cavaliers vs Warriors: The Golden State Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

That’s a line that could have been written word for word for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions, as the two teams are facing off in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.

Per NBA.com, the same two teams have never met in the championship round four consecutive times in MLB, the NHL or the NFL. Further research indicates that such a feat would be a first in MLS and the WNBA as well, although the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks have met in the championship for two years and counting in the latter league.

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NBA Finals 2018 schedule

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Game 1 in Oakland: June 1, 2am BST

Game 2 in Oakland: June 4, 1am BST

Game 3 in Cleveland: June 7, 2am BST

Game 4 in Cleveland: June 9, 2am BST

Game 5* in Oakland: June 12, 2am BST

Game 6* in Cleveland: June 15, 2am BST

Game 7* in Oakland: June 18, 1am BST

Although the Warriors are heavy favorites in this year’s championship, per OddsShark, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock to see Cavs forward LeBron James drop 40-point triple doubles en route to a massive upset.

Of course, beating the Warriors four times will be a Herculean task, but as the old New York lottery slogan goes, “hey, you never know.”

ABC will broadcast the series, and fans can also view the contests via WatchESPN or the ESPN app.

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Cavs vs. Celtics results: Another fast start leads to big Cleveland win

It looked for awhile like the Cleveland Cavaliers might be overmatched due to the lack of support for LeBron James, but they have evened the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics after Game 4 on Monday, winning 111-102. The series is now at two games apiece as it goes back to Boston.

James, as usual, was very good, with 44 points, including just one made three. He shot 60.7 percent from the field. He did have 7 turnovers though, and the play got a bit sloppy when the Cavs built a lead, which led to the Celtics starting to push for a comeback, primarily on the back of Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum, but it was too little too late.

Boston was within seven late in the fourth, but the Cavs were able to put them away.

Boston made plenty of mistakes in the first quarter alone, missing on four dunks. They came out and put down a couple dunks in the second, almost as if they wanted to prove that yes, they could still do it. But they quickly fell behind the Cavs, who shot better from range and made fewer mistakes throughout the first half.

Kevin Love had 11 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson had 12, along with 13 points. There were just 15 assists all game for the Cavs. Kyle Korver had 14 points and a couple key blocks.

For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown led the way with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. The Celtics had 21 assists as a team, but shot a measly 41.2 percent overall and 32.1 percent from range. Tatum finished with 17 points and an assist.

Game 5 should be very, very interesting given the way the first two games were so slanted and how … that definitely wasn’t the case in Games 3 and 4. The fifth game, at the TD Garden, is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Below, you can check the live blog and highlights as Game 4 happened.
Cavaliers 111, Celtics 102 – FINAL

Play resumes, but there isn’t really time left for the Celtics to make a comeback. James misses a three, and Brown misses a jumper after the rebound. Brown fouls. James makes a turnaround fadeaway. Brown hits a layup. Shot clock violation. Osman gets on the court, and Brown dunks one, perhaps out of frustration. End of game.
Cavaliers 109, Celtics 89 – 1:29 Q4:

After the timeout, Morris misses a layup and James has a loose ball foul, so he’s up to seven turnovers. Rozier misses a three, and Hill hits a jumper to move to 13 points. James had the assist on it. Brown makes a jumper of his own and has 21 points. James sinks a three. Smart sinks a three. Timeout Cavs

Cavaliers 104, Celtics 93 – 3:31 4Q:

Whew, this is getting sloppier and sloppier. Horford misses a jumper. They get the rebound, and the shot clock eats ‘em up. James commits his sixth turnover of the game, but Morris can’t hit the three to capitalize. Brown makes both free throws after Korver’s fifth personal. James gets to 39 points, and Thompson also has a dunk before Boston takes another timeout.
Cavaliers 100, Celtics 89 – 6:01 4Q:

James misses a jumper, and Horford misses a three. Green misses a jumper. Bad pass from Smart. Love misses on the next possession, then Brown misses, then Rozier misses. Korver commits a shooting foul. Baynes misses the free throw. Korver misses a three, blocked by Baynes. Scoring drought ends with a Love layup. Brown misses a three, James makes a layup and Boston takes a timeout.

Cavaliers 96, Celtics 88 – 8:28 4Q:

Rozier hits a three to start the final frame, and Korver misses one. Hill hits a Jumper, Brown is good for two and Love makes his first three of the game off the Hill assist. Rozier and Baynes both miss, Love misses a three, Green is called for traveling off the rebound, Rozier misses a three and the scoring drought is broken with a beautiful Hill finger roll for two. Brown and Horford both make buckets, and after a 7-0 run for the Celtics, the Cavs take a timeout.
Cavaliers 89, Celtics 76 – END 3Q:

Thompson makes one of two free throws, and then we get about a full minute with no scoring after some misses, including a Korver three. Green picks up his fourh personal and Tatum sinks both free throws. Nance Jr. hits a jumper, then the free throw after a Baynes foul. Nance Jr. gets two more free throws after ANOTHER Baynes foul. Smart misses at hree, and James hits a layup. James misses a three, and has a follow-up layup blocked by Morris. Tatum is good for two, and James misses a three as time expires in the third.

Cavaliers 81, Celtics 72 – 2:59 3Q:

Love misses a three, and Horford hits a layup to close the gap further. James makes a layup to move to 24 points on the game. Morris makes one of two free throws after Love’s fourth technical. James responds with a quick layup. Tatum misses a three, Love missess a layup, and Love picks up his fifth personal. Tatum hits one of the two free throws, and James, once again, has a driving layup to move to 28 points on the game. Rozier gets a steal and Tatum dunks it. Hill gets to seven points on the game with a jumper. James has his third turnover of the game, and Brown has his second steal. Smith is called for a questionable shooting foul and Rozier makes just one of the three free throws. James gets a layup, Horford makes two free throws after a Smith personal. James hits two free throws. Fifth turnover for James, and a layup from Tatum. Brown fouls, his fourth personal, and James makes one of two free throws. Tatum and Smart foul, and Boston takes a timeout.

Cavaliers 68, Celtics 57 – 9:49 3Q:

Smith misses a three to start, Horford sinks a jumper, and James misses a layup. Smith has a turnover, but Horford misses the follow-up. Brown commits a shooting foul , and James misses both free throws. Morris has a foul turnover, then Love has a bad pass, and after Brown hits the layup, Cleveland takes a timeout.
Cavaliers 68, Celtics 53 – END 2Q:

Thompson makes a layup after the timeout, and Brown makes it a nine-point game with another three off the Rozier assist. James hits a jumper to move to 18 points. Rozier misses a three. James hits a turnaround fade and we’ve got another Boston timeout, but it’s a quick one. Smart hits both free throws, then Smith sinks a three for Cleveland. Tatum misses a layup, and Hill misses a three. Hill makes a jumper, Ojeleye misses a three, James makes a jumper, and Horford sinks a three. James has a miss, and Thompson gets a dunk after a steal from Smart. Tatum hits both free throws after a Green personal, his third. And the half ends.
Cavaliers 53, Celtics 43 – 4:18 2Q:

James hits both free throws, and Rozier misses a three. Love gets an offensive foul turnover, and Brown sinks a three for Boston. Korver makes a free throw, and then his a fadeaway jumper. Brown misses a layup, but Morris dunks it. Morris makes a three after a Thompson miss and we get a Cleveland timeout.
Cavaliers 48, Celtics 35 – 6:17 2Q:

Brown is blocked by Korver AGAIN, and Korver goes to the line, hitting three free throws after a Smart foul. James picksu p his second personal, and Tatus hits both free throws. Baynes dunks one on the Smart assist, and Green misses a three for Cleveland. James misses a jumper, Thompson gets the board, and James makes the follow-up with the assist. Horford alley oop dunk, and a Rozier shooting foul leads to James making one of two free throws.

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Warriors blow out Rockets in Game 3, set NBA record with 16 playoff home wins in a row

Warriors 126, Rockets 85 (final)

Steph Curry scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter as the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night before a raucous Oracle Arena in Oakland, and set an NBA record in the process.Golden State leads the best-of-seven series two games to one.

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Curry struggled to find his shooting stroke in Houston, and after the first half on Sunday was just 3-for-20 from three-point range in the series. Then he went off, hitting all seven field goal attempts in the third quarter, a mix of outside as well as drives to the basket, like this:

Curry made 11 of 13 shots from the field in the second half, including four out of five from distance.Golden State used runs of 10-0 and 13-0 in the third quarter to pad a halftime lead from 11 points to 21 by the end of the quarter.

The Warriors got 25 from Kevin Durant and 17 rebounds from Draymond Green in the win, their 16th consecutive home win in the postseason. That’s an NBA record, one better than Michael Jordan’s Bulls in 1990 and 1991.

Houston struggled to keep up, shooting just 40% and committing 19 turnovers, their most in a game since February 26. James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points and nine assists in defeat.

Warriors 86, Rockets 64 (0:57.3, 3Q)

Golden State found the gear that seemingly only they have, and it corresponded in the third quarter with Steph Curry catching absolute fire. Just 3-for-11 in the first hald, Curry poured in 18 points in the third quarter alone, and didn’t miss a shot. I mean, look at this range.

Warriors 54, Rockets 43 (halftime)

Neither team could seem to hit anything from three-point range, with Golden State 4-for-19 (21.1%) and Houston 4-for-15 (26.7%) in the first half. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 15 in the first half, even if TNT didn’t capture it all:

Warriors 31, Rockets 22 (end 1Q)

Steph Curry despite that early three is just 1-for-6 form distance, but so far no worries from the Warriors, who used an 11-0 run to close out the quarter and build their largest lead of the game. Houston shot just 39% in the opening quarter and turned the ball over six times.
Warriors 20, Rockets 19 (4:57, 1Q)

Houston had early success by attacking Steph Curry, but Golden State struck back with a patented 9-0 run in under 90 seconds, including this three by Curry:

The Golden State Warriors captured one of the first two games of the Western Conference Finals on the road, and now return home to host the Houston Rockets in Game 3 on Sunday night in Oakland (8 p.m. TNT).

The Warriors have been near unbeatable at home in the postseason, 6-0 this year with an average margin of victory of 13 points. Golden State is 15-0 in the playoffs in the last two seasons combined, tied with the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls for the most consecutive home postseason wins in NBA history.

Houston was 31-10 on the road during the regular season, the sixth-most road wins in NBA history, including a win in their only trip to Golden State this season, a 122-121 victory on opening night in October.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 38 points in Game 2 on Thursday after a 37-point performance in Game 1. He is averaging 29.6 points per game this year in the playoffs. In four games against the Rockets this season, including this series, Durant is 12-for-24 on three-pointers.

But despite Durant’s brilliance in Game 2, the Rockets won going away, a 22-point win to even the series.

“I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened,” Golden State forward Dryamond Green told the Associated Press on Saturday. “Game 1 we felt threatened, we came out with a sense of urgency. Game 2 we maybe didn’t feel as threatened and the sense of urgency wasn’t there. I think you’re allowed one of those a series. We’ve had our one, now it’s time to lock in for the remainder of the series.”

Golden State, who was 16-1 in the playoffs last year en route to their second NBA championship in three seasons, has lost three times during this postseason, once in each round. They responded to defeats in the first two rounds with wins in the next game, by a total of 34 points.

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Live playoff updates: Warriors vs. Rockets, Game 2 on Wednesday

Join us for live news and analysis Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. as the Warriors look to seize a commanding lead in the Western Conference Finals when they take on the Rockets in Houston for Game 2.

The Rockets were summarily silenced by the Warriors in Game 1 on Monday and now Houston is facing a must-win situation in Game 2 following Golden State’s impressive 119-106 Game 1 win.

James Harden scored 41 points in Game 1 but need to do even more if the Rockets can avoid becoming the first team to win 65 or more games and trail a series 2-0 in NBA postseason history.

The Warriors had plenty of answers for the team with the NBA’s best regular season record in Game 1, beginning with Kevin Durant’s dominating 37-point performance. Klay Thompson (28 points, 6 3-pointers) and Stephen Curry (18 points, 8-of-15 shooting) chipped in offensively, as did Nick Young (3 3-pointers).

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Defensively, the Warriors were able to successfully handle the Rockets’ isolation and pick-and-roll game, even with Harden’s big night. The question is can Golden State duplicate that effort?

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The series will shift to Oakland on Sunday for Game 3, beginning at 5 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season.

They played like it Wednesday night, using a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece.

James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points on a night Houston had five players score 16 points or more.

“We can beat anybody, anywhere at any time playing the way we play,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.

The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night. They head to Oakland, California for Game 3 on Sunday night feeling much better after rebounding from a deflating 119-106 loss in the series opener.

P.J. Tucker added a playoff career-high 22 and Trevor Ariza had 19 as both bounced back after struggling in Game 1. Tucker had just one point in that game and Ariza scored eight, but was limited on defense after collecting his fifth foul early in the third quarter.

They were more settled tonight and they hit timely shots,” Durant said. “The first quarter was still the most important part of the game. Eric Gordon hit two big 3s and that kind of settled them in. Those shots did it for them.”

Houston avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason and the Warriors lost in the second game of a playoff series for the first time since the 2015 NBA Finals, snapping a 10-game winning streak in such games.

“We got outplayed the whole game … we got it handed to us,” Kerr said. “You can look at it any way you want … and parcel it out, but it didn’t matter who we had out there tonight we got beat.”

Houston led by as many as 19 in the first half and was up 64-50 at halftime. The Warriors cut it to 74-64 with five quick points from Durant, but the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon made an off-balance layup before crashing to the court while being fouled and made the free throw.

The Rockets were up by 16 to start the fourth quarter but Golden State got within 98-86 with about 10 minutes left. Curry had five points in that span, including his first 3 after missing his first six attempts of the night.

Curry finished with 16 points and Thompson was 3 for 11 for his eight points.

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Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James out of answers in half-court offense

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to get out in transition more in tonight’s game after the Boston Celtics have stymied their half-court offense in Game 1 and 2

Tyronn Lue said in practice on Friday that he wants the Cleveland Cavaliers to play faster in Game 3.

Usually if both teams are playing fast, this benefits the team that doesn’t have LeBron James. LeBron is one of the most dominant half-court offensive forces in the history of basketball.

However, the Celtics have found a way to win the half court game due to their excellent defense. They have slowed LeBron down in a few ways.
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Boston’s success on defense has stemmed from having multiple players who can compete physically with LeBron. Marcus Morris has gotten the most attention, partially because of his comments leading up to the series.

Morris has been excellent on defense this series, but so have Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford. None of them can contain LeBron, but all have done a decent job keeping him on the perimeter.

The Celtics have turned this series, and every series they’ve played in, into a slow-it-down mismatch hunt on both ends. Other than the occasional Kevin Love post-up, LeBron has been the only one on Cleveland who can hunt and exploit these mismatches.

Love was hailed earlier in his career with the Cavs as a guy who can get a bucket or to the line when a smaller guy is on him. He has not been consistent in the post this series, and can’t move the likes of Brown and Smart they way he could C.J. Miles. He cannot create separation on the perimeter on Horford and Aron Baynes.
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Horford went stride for stride with a driving George Hill and blocked his layup in Game 2. Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood are not killing the Celtics, but rather their own team. J.R. Smith forgot how to shoot.

The Cavs offense has centered around getting one of Celtics’ plodding bigs or Terry Rozier onto LeBron. Instead of letting this happen, the Celtics have prevented LeBron from finding mismatches with ease.
Team Defense

Baynes cannot hang with LeBron on the perimeter. This is when Boston’s defensive cohesion comes into play.

Horford went stride for stride with a driving George Hill and blocked his layup in Game 2. Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood are not killing the Celtics, but rather their own team. J.R. Smith forgot how to shoot.

The Cavs offense has centered around getting one of Celtics’ plodding bigs or Terry Rozier onto LeBron. Instead of letting this happen, the Celtics have prevented LeBron from finding mismatches with ease.
Team Defense

Baynes cannot hang with LeBron on the perimeter. This is when Boston’s defensive cohesion comes into play.

This left Boston vulnerable to a LeBron off the dribble three, but the Celtics are willing to live with that. LeBron made them pay from deep in the first quarter of Game 2, but Boston was able to come back.

This strategy cannot work if Baynes has to account for Love popping out to the 3-point line after screening LeBron’s man, but Brad Stevens prioritized playing Horford at center when Love plays center.

The Cavs have tried to punish Baynes’ drop coverage by having Thompson set the screen at the elbow. They did this once, and it led to a successful LeBron James pull-up elbow jumper. This is another shot Boston is fine with LeBron taking.

When LeBron got a deep post catch, or a switch on Rozier and posts him up, the Celtics sent a weakside defender over to help on LeBron, and had two defenders guard three weakside shooters.

Smart made a snap decision to cover Love instead of switching onto Jeff Green. Horford recognized this and makde the snap decision to get into LeBron’s passing lane. Game over.

Despite Boston’s mechanically precise defense, the Cavs have found wrinkles to get an easy bucket every now and then.

When Baynes and Horford played together, the Cavs had Love screen James’ man forcing Horford to switch on LeBron. Thompson then screened LeBron, involving Horford and Baynes in a pick and roll.

Horford doesn’t have the same mobility to get back onto LeBron as Morris or Brown, but he also does not play much with Baynes. The Cavs can’t rely on torching this.

Cleveland has tried to counteract strong help defense on LeBron drives by dragging rim protection away from the hoop. On this play, LeBron was able to get to the rim after beating Morris, because the Cavs forced Brown to switch onto Thompson.

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How to watch the Celtics vs Cavs: live stream the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals live

The 2018 NBA Playoffs have reached the Conference Finals stage where four teams will go up against one another to see which two teams will proceed to the Finals starting at the end of the month.
NBA Eastern Conference Finals – when and where

The first game in a best of seven series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics will take place on Sunday May 13th at TD Garden in Boston. The game starts at 3:30pm ET (That’s at 12:30pm PT on the West Coast and at 8:30pm BST in the UK) and there will be six more games throughout the month if necessary to decide which team will move on to the 2018 NBA Finals.

This will be the second consecutive year that the Boston Celtics will go up against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The two teams will play a best of seven series to decide who will face off against the winner of the Western Conference Finals in the 2018 NBA Playoffs Finals. And if you want to live stream the Celtics vs the Cavs, you’ve come to the right place.

The Celtics are entering the series with a higher seed though the Cavaliers are being led by LeBron James who is hoping to take the team along for his eight straight trip to the NBA Finals. The first game of the series will take place on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden in Boston and the match is set to start at 3:30pm ET (8:30pm BST, 12:30pm PST). Will the LeBron James be able to lead the Cavaliers to victory or will the Celtics go to the Finals?

Whether you’re rooting for the Celtics or the Cavaliers will show you how to tune into all the action either on your TV or online. If there is no local option to watch the 2018 NBA Conference Finals in your country, don’t worry as we’ll walk you through the steps needed to watch the event from anywhere in the world.

Keep reading to see how you can stream the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals online.

How to watch the Celtics vs. the Cavaliers in the US

If you happen to live in the US and have a television, then you’re in luck as ABC will be showing the first game of the seven game series between the Celtics and the Cavaliers for free over-the-air. The network’s coverage starts at 3:30pm EST (12:30pm PST) on Sunday May 13.

After the first game though, you’ll need a cable subscription with ESPN to watch the rest of the games in the series on TV. However, if you want to stream the Eastern Conference Finals online without signing up for a cable package then you’re best bet is to use NBA League Pass with a VPN.

Unfortunately the Eastern Conference Final won’t be shown in the US until three hours after it’s finished due to an NBA blackout but if you use a VPN to change your IP address to one in another country you’ll be able to stream the game online. Keep reading and we’ll show you how.
How to watch the Celtics vs Cavs online

If there is no local option to watch the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in your country then your best bet to catch the Celtics vs. the Cavaliers is with a VPN. By using a VPN, you can change the IP address to one in a different country which does have a stream so that you can watch the NBA Conference Finals from anywhere in the world.

If you don’t have easy access to watch the 2018 NBA Conference Finals online in your country, the best way to watch it for free is to download and install a VPN. We’ve tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It’s compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can’t go wrong with Express – but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:

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2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit ‘choose location’ and select the appropriate location – it’s super easy to do. Choose any country (besides US states where the game is blacked out) to stream the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals on NBA.com.

With SlingTV’s $20-per-month Sling Orange package you get 30-plus channels, including ESPN and ESPN2 which will show 19 games throughout the first round and semifinals. You’ll also be able to watch the Eastern Conference Finals as ESPN holds the exclusive rights to those games. SlingTV will also give you access to TNT which will be broadcasting the NBA playoffs as well.

Sling TV is compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast as well as lots of other devices and its easy to get started with a 7-day free trial.

DIRECTV NOW $50 per month

DirectTV Now offers many of the same channels as SlingTV and Playstation Vue including ABC, TNT, ESPN and ESPN2 but it’s Just Right package also includes ESPNews as well as access to 80 other channels. If you want a lot of content to choose from and don’t mind watching the games live as the service doesn’t include cloud DVR, then DIRECTV NOW’s 7-day trial will let you test out the platform.

Playstation Vue $44.99 per month

Playstation Vue is another option to watch the MLB playoffs and its basic Access package offers over 45 channels including ABC, TNT, ESPN and ESPN2. The service provides top-notch streaming quality as well as unlimited cloud DVR storage so you’ll never miss a game. A 5-day trial to Playstation Vue is also available to help you get started and most of the popular streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast are supported.

YouTube TV $40 per month

YouTube TV is a great option for NBA fans as it includes NBATV along with TNT, ABC and the three ESPN networks you need to follow all the playoff action. The service also comes with a 7-day free trial so you can test it out for yourself.

Rockets vs Jazz Live

The Rockets have led but all but 40 seconds of playing time in their two games in Utah. The Jazz are scrappy and fight to stay in games, but the story here is that Houston has their number in this series.

Clint Capela shined in Game 4, playing 37 minutes on Sunday and anchored the defense for the entire night. His 12 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocks that show on the stat sheet don’t even begin to describe what he brought for the team on both ends of the floor.

Chris Paul, celebrating his 33rd birthday also had himself a night, with 27 points and 12 rebounds. While his play was spectacular all night, his post game interview might have been the best.

The Jazz have a great future with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert but at this point they’ve run into the wall that is the Houston Rockets.
Rockets 100, Jazz 87 – Final

Clint Capela took over the final three minutes of that game and absolutely owned the paint on both ends of the floor. Houston ended the game on a 15-7 run and send this back to Texas for a decisive Game 5.
Rockets 92, Jazz 82 – 3:03 4Q

Chris Paul is up to 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. He’s been huge tonight for Houston.
Rockets 83, Jazz 74 – 7:35 4Q

This game has became wildly chippy. Hard fouls, takedowns, you name it. Clint Capela and Donovan Mitchell just picked up double techs for having words with each other. I personally don’t think it warranted that call but that explains where we’re at.
Rockets 79, Jazz 65 – End of 3Q

Harden and Paul have combined for 44 points through three quarters. It feels like the Rockets are on the verge of blowing this one wide open in the fourth quarter.

Rockets 58, Jazz 48 – Halftime

Donovan Mitchell has come alive in this one! He’s got 15 points and some ridiculous moves in that second quarter. The Jazz are hanging around.

Rockets 30, Jazz 23 – End of 1Q

It’s the Dante Exum show! Off the bench he has nine points on 4-of-5 shooting for the Jazz. James Harden leads all scorers with 14 points.
Rockets 15, Jazz 10 – 4:53 1Q

This game has been a little wild and sloppy. Just watch Donovan Mitchell flying over Clint Capela here.

Rockets 6, Jazz 1 – 8:30 1Q

Rudy Gobert immediately started this game with a block on James Harden but it’s been all Rockets since then.

The Houston Rockets crushed the Utah Jazz in Game 3, 113-92, rebounding a surprising loss the game before. Everything was falling for Houston, which held a 70-40 lead at the half.

A game after Utah proved it could survive without Ricky Rubio, it regressed, with rookie guard Donovan Mitchell scoring just 10 points on 16 shots. Joe Ingles had just six points, and Rudy Gobert scored 12. Things got sloppy for Utah. They had 16 turnovers to 17 assists, and the Rockets capitalized.

The Rockets may have only shot 31 percent from deep, but they finished well at the rim, sinking 49 percent of their total attempts. Eric Gordon scored 25 points on 13 attempts off the bench, James Harden scored 25 on 17 shots, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza both scored 11 points on eight shots each.

For the game, Houston finished with 26 assists to just eight turnovers. Chris Paul and Harden are proving themselves yet again as one of the league’s best backcourts.

Rockets vs Jazz Live

No. 1 Houston Rockets (65-17) vs. No. 5 Utah Jazz (48-34)

How to watch Game 2

Date: Wednesday, May 2
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
TV channel: TNT


Online streaming: TNTDrama.com or TNT App

Playoff series schedule

Game 1 in Houston: Rockets 110, Jazz 96
Game 2 in Houston: Wednesday, May 2, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 in Utah: Friday, May 4, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 in Utah: Sunday, May 6, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 in Houston: Tuesday, May 8, TBA, TNT (if necessary)
Game 6 in Utah: Thursday, May 10, TBA, ESPN (if necessary)
Game 7 in Houston: Monday, May 14, TBA, TNT (if necessary)

Regular-season series: Rockets won 4-0

Last season’s playoff results: Rockets were eliminated in second round by Spurs 4-2, Jazz were eliminated in second round by Warriors 4-0

Injury report: Jazz guard Thabo Sefolosha is out for the season; Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) played for the first time this postseason in Game 1.

Houston Rockets projected starting lineup: G Chris Paul; G James Harden; F Trevor Ariza; F PJ Tucker; C Clint Capela

Utah Jazz projected starting lineup: G Royce O’Neale; G Donovan Mitchell; F Joe Ingles.; F Derrick Favors; C Rudy Gobert
Houston wins if …

The shots fall, plain and simple. The Rockets are clearly the more talented team in this series, which is a testament to the breadth of their talent and not the Jazz’s lack of it. Donovan Mitchell can create problems for the Rockets, but with the shooting firepower that the Rockets have, they’re a much more intimidating team to face off against than the Thunder. That’s especially true in a series in which Russell Westbrook became an offensive black hole. The Rockets have three to four shooters on the floor at any given time, making them an extremely tough match-up.
Utah wins if …

The Rockets’ struggles from the field — which could be the result of the Jazz’s incredible defense — continue, and Ricky Rubio keeps facilitating the offense as efficiently as he has been. If the Rockets get Games 2 and 3 Harden — in which Harden went 4-for-18 on three-point attempts — and not Game 4 Harden, where Harden went 7-for-12 from deep, the Jazz have a fighting chance. Utah also has a big size advantage, which Quin Snyder is excellent at ensuring isn’t used against his team. They aren’t going to simply outscore the Rockets — a few more things need to go their way than they do for Houston — but they can definitely create some difficult match-ups and go on runs throughout the game.