The Celtics control their own destiny in their quest for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Boston’s win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, combined with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ overtime loss to the Miami Heat, leaves the Celtics one game up in the East with one game to play.
With a win over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks in Wednesday’s regular-season finale, the Celtics will secure the No. 1 seed and guarantee home-court advantage through the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavaliers host the Raptors on Wednesday night. If Boston stumbles against Milwaukee, the Cavaliers can claim the top spot with a win. “The No. 1 seed, that means a lot to me, personally,” said Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas. “Hopefully we can get that.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.