David Falk, one of the most powerful men in basketball as Michael Jordan’s agent, said superstar players and their representatives have been “irresponsibly apathetic” and deserve blame for their union’s current troubles.
Kevin Garnett had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 92-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of their best-of-seven National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference semifinal.
The Oklahoma City Thunder showed no ill effects from an eight-day postseason layoff, routing the Los Angeles Lakers 119-90 in the opening game of their National Basketball Association second-round series.
The Boston Celtics swept the New York Knicks to become the first team to advance to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs. The Philadelphia 76ers won to avoid a 4-0 rout by the Miami Heat.