When the odds came out prior to Boston's Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, they were a bit surprising.
In four straight losses to the Bucks, Irving shot a pitiful 25-of-83, failing to emerge as a big-time leader for what many believed was the East's most talented team.
And with such a smashing run to the conference finals to their credit, the Bucks are officially the team to beat in the run for the National Basketball Association title. Players were given the option of meeting with reporters, though Irving, Horford, Morris and Rozier all declined. There's a lot left to be sorted out, but what we do know is that the chatter around the All-Star point guard and where he'll choose to play is going to be a major talking point in the coming months. Game six is tonight - with the Raptors holding a 3-2 series lead.
Horford snapped on an official in front of the Boston bench when he wasn't even in the game, which is very rare for Horford.
Milwaukee, who had not won a play-off series against the Celtics since 1983, dominated games by nullifying the threat of Kyrie Irving. Certainly the Celtics will go all out for Anthony Davis in a trade, but it's unclear how that would affect Irving.
The Celtics' loss eliminated the chance for a "Boston Slam", the possibility of an unprecedented sweep of all four major pro championships in a year.
The Bucks have relied on their bench heavily in Games 3 and 4 against the Celtics.
The messages are meant to be friendly reminders to players that the staffer believes they possess the talent to beat anyone but to not mess around.
Stevens' team was arguably the most-disappointing team in the league this season.
Irving can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this offseason. But those words don't seem like a commitment anymore.
"They showed all year why they were who they were", Irving told reporters in Milwaukee, as seen on NBA's postgame coverage. "Obviously they are making moves to position themselves for this upcoming summer".
"We don't really worry about them at all - who we're playing against, who they have on their roster and whatnot", he insisted in the wake of the Game 4 win.
His political rhetoric appeals to mainly younger black voters who are disillusioned with 25 years of ANC rule. Based on those results, analysts predicted the ANC was set for a vote share of between 55 and 59 percent.
At the White House on Thursday, Trump said the USA was looking "very seriously right now" at North Korea's recent military tests. The coal trade itself is also believed to fund the isolated country's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
The Duchess said it had "been a special couple of days" and thanked well-wishers for the outpouring of support they had received. The baby is the first Anglo-American member of the royal family , and is eligible for US citizenship should his parents want it.
In an interview with CNN , Mr Nadler said Mr Trump "wants to make himself a king, and Congress can not permit that". Short of that, there are legal restrictions concerning how much of the report can be released to the public.
Even within his own ruling Likud Party, Netanyahu faced unusual criticism for not going further to quash Gaza militants. Lives were lost on both sides, including civilians, at the peak of the fighting on Sunday.
At the same time , the company discussed the status of the AOA Disagree alert with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Boeing has admitted it knew about a missing feature on its 737 Max plans a year before the first of two fatal crashes.
In the most famous horse race in the world, the favorite, Maximum Security, was the first horse to cross the finish line. With Country House out of the Preakness Stakes, this means that there will not be a Triple Crown victor this year.
Despite all that, Uber's IPO is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group debuted in 2014. Investors have also been somewhat jittery about Uber, after its rival, Lyft, also had a lackluster IPO.
More controversially, Moon seemed to offer his own idiosyncratic interpretation of what constitutes a missile. It has reportedly discussed exports to Iran, Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
Nearly three years since Britain voted to leave the European Union , there is little clarity about how, when or even if Brexit will happen.
Guaido Deputy Detained in Caracas
Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday the Trump administration would soon sanction the 25 remaining members of the court. The USA and over 50 other countries now recognise Guaido as the legitimate interim President of the Latin American nation.
Houston Looks to Swing the Series with a Big Game 5 Upset
Curry must re-emerge as the alpha scorer and lead playmaker, running more pick-and-rolls and taking on a heavier shot load. James Harden scored 38 points to lead Houston to the win and Kevin Durant totaled 34 points in defeat for Golden State.
Liverpool target de Ligt rejects Manchester United move
De Ligt even turned them down before United had failed to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification. They are not the attractive proposition they once were. "He's one of the most in demand stars on the planet".