NBA Finals: Breaking down Warriors-Celtics matchup

When the NBA Finals tip off Thursday night, the Warriors will be slight favorites to claim their fourth championship in the past eight years. The Celtics, however, have more than a puncher’s chance to earn their record 18th title. What exactly will either side have to do to win? The Post’s Brian Lewis breaks down … Read more

Steph Curry-Marcus Smart matchup key

This Celtics-Warriors NBA Finals will be rife with juicy storylines, from the league’s biggest blue blood to today’s greatest dynasty. But on the court, the single most important matchup will be Golden State’s Steph Curry against Boston’s Marcus Smart. The deadeye who changed how an entire generation shot right over defenses against the first guard … Read more

How Nets are approaching play-in matchup with Cavaliers

The Nets righted their listing ship down the stretch. But now comes the play-in tournament, more pressure-packed than the playoffs. “It’s great. Best time of year,” Steve Nash said. “Best time of year for sure.” Brooklyn’s Tuesday play-in tilt against the visiting Cavaliers (7 pm TNT) is essentially like a Game 6 of a seven-game … Read more

Nets face pivotal matchup vs. Cavaliers to avoid elimination game

For the Nets, quite a lot will come down to this. Thursday is Game 81 of the season for the 42-38 outfit, and likely the most important they’ll play. If they can beat the Cavaliers, who are directly ahead of them in the standings, the Nets will jump into the 7-seed on a tiebreak, with … Read more

Nets’ matchup with Hawks has major play-in implications

ATLANTA — The Nets started this regular-season looked at as a superteam. They’re all but assured of ending it as a play-in team. All that remains is to determine where, and against whom. With five games left on the schedule, the Eastern Conference’s 10 postseason participants are already etched in stone. The Nets can’t fall … Read more