Blake Griffin to miss Game 1 of series vs. Bucks

Griffin has been battling a left knee injury since late March and has missed several games as the season has come to a close.

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo Johnson’s phone usage created a media storm witch culminated in the Sixers forward being fined by his own team .

Damian Lillard is a top five MVP candidate, and the fact that McCollum has come back from a knee muscle strain this soon is an indicator of how serious this team is about getting out of the first round.

But this version of Oklahoma City isn’t strong enough to beat Portland when they are firing on all cylinders, particularly as the Blazers have found a bit of depth and momentum heading into the postseason .

Tags: Damian Lillard , Enes Kanter , Evan Turner , Paul George , Rodney Hood , Russell Westbrook , Seth Curry BOSTON (AP) Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each had 20 points, and the Boston Celtics rallied in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 84-74 on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Boston’s run included a brief appearance by Celtics legend and former Pacers front office executive Larry Bird, who was shown on the big screen during a timeout.

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