• The final score of the Atlanta Hawks' series-tilting 110-83 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their series suggests that the game was one-sided and the result was rarely in doubt. Yet the margin of victory does not communicate the depths of the Celtics' disappointing performance in this pivotal game, because they very easily could have taken control of the contest early and moved towards a blowout of their own. Instead, they head home down 3-2 and face elimination in Game 6 at TD Garden on Thursday night.

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    It's remarkable that the Hawks were able to win so handily given their early struggles. Atlanta scored just 19 points in the first 18 minutes of the game, breaking 20 right at the 6:00 mark of the second quarter on a Paul Millsap lay-up. That bucket ended a terrible offensive stretch for the Hawks, who opened the game shooting 6-of-34 (17.6 percent) from the field

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  • Sometimes, after a big win, you can get a little too charged up.

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    During Tuesday's pivotal Game 5 between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers at Air Canada Centre, hip-hop megastar and Raptors team ambassador Drake got involved in the action from his courtside seats. With the Raps in the midst of a monster fourth-quarter comeback from a 17-point deficit and the Pacers self-destructing due to turnovers and missed shots, Indiana guard Rodney Stuckey just straight-up lost control of the basketball in front of Drake's seat, dove to try to corral it, and stepped out of bounds, giving the ball back to Toronto down by five with just over seven minutes remaining.

    Rodney Stuckey loses the ball out of bounds as Drake looks on. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Rodney Stuckey loses the ball out of bounds as Drake looks on. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Drake was, um, pretty excited about that.

    Rodney Stuckey holds the ball as Drake claps behind his back. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Rodney Stuckey holds the ball as Drake claps behind his back. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Y'know, turnovers just seem to have a way of happening around Drake.

    Drizzy also appeared to have some words for Pacers superstar Paul George after an Indiana miss:

    After the Raptors escaped with a 102-99 win

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  • If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are going to have their rematch, it almost certainly won’t be at UFC 200.

    Conor McGregor (AP Photo)Conor McGregor (AP Photo)The proposed rematch was originally scheduled to headline UFC 200 until McGregor was pulled from the card after he didn't make himself available for a news conference in Las Vegas last week. Despite public outcry to allow the Irishman to fight, UFC president Dana White has stood firm that McGregor would not be placed back on the July card and reiterated his position under no uncertain terms when approached by TMZ Tuesday morning.

    "Conor's his own guy, he's going to do what he's going to do but he's not fighting on [UFC] 200,” White said while mentioning that he has no ill will toward McGregor. “Listen, he'll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don't know when, but we'll get it figured out."

    The other half of the equation, Nate Diaz, made headlines when he stated at Friday’s UFC 200 news conference that he was not interested in facing another opponent and would instead go “on

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  • Once again, the Toronto Raptors seemed to have no answers for Paul George. Once again, Dwane Casey's club looked tight and tentative, facing a double-digit deficit entering the fourth quarter and looking to be in real danger of heading back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse needing a win over a confident and comfortable Indiana Pacers team to stave off elimination.

    But then, finally, the tide turned ... and in the closing seconds, this time, Toronto got the break for which its fans had been praying.

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    After a rampaging fourth-quarter comeback to erase what had been a 17-point Pacer advantage, Toronto held a three-point lead. Monta Ellis' drive for a layup got swallowed up by Raptors reserve Bismack Biyombo, but the Pacers retained possession with 2.7 seconds left, giving them a chance to tie with a 3-pointer ... and they very, very nearly did.

    Ellis was able to find George — who had killed the Raptors all night en route

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  • Futbolita is a Yahoo Sports blog that brings you the latest insights and gossip from football leagues around the world.

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    Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri and his players were forced to make a last minute dash to Sunday night’s PFA Player of the Year awards in London after defeating Swansea 4-0 to keep their Premiership title bid on track.

    Algerian international Riyad Mahrez, who was named PFA Player of the Year, and his teammates made it to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, thanks to a fleet of helicopters that were specially chartered for them.

    Besides Mahrez, 25, Jamie Vardy and his fiancee Rebekah Nicholson, were also among those who flew to the capital shortly after the win against Francesco Guidolin’s side.

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    The Foxes sealed a comfortable win to regain their eight-point advantage at the top of the table, but the late kick-off left them with little time to travel for the awards.

    Vardy, who missed Sunday’s game due to suspension, touched down wearing the same clothes he was wore to

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  • After helping lead the Golden State Warriors to a decisive Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets following the loss of reigning MVP Stephen Curry to a sprained right knee, forward Draymond Green faced an awkward question from a reporter attempting to conflate the Warriors' success against the Rockets with the dangerous flooding resulting from torrential downpours that has besieged Houston over the past week. Green did not appreciate the line of questioning.

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    "Draymond, here is an interesting question," the reporter began. "So, last year, you visit us. Game 3, there's no flood — you win. Game 4, there's flood — you lose. This year, you visit us. Game 3, there's a flood — you win. Game 3, there's no flood — you ... uh, no, Game 3, there's flood, you lose. Game 4, there's no flood, you win, so ..."

    That's where Green stopped him.

    "Brother, you asked me about the flood in practice the other day," said Green, who

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  • In one of the more devastating basketball-only press releases in recent NBA history, the Los Angeles Clippers announced on Tuesday that Blake Griffin will be out for the rest of the postseason and Chris Paul is out "indefinitely." Paul’s right hand fracture and the Griffin’s re-injured left quad will severely derail any hopes the team has of winning its first title.

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    In 24 hours, the Clippers went from staring down an upstart-yet-outmanned Portland Trail Blazers team, flush with a 2-1 advantage with Paul and Griffin on board, to a 2-2 series tie in a first-round matchup they might not win. Worse, the Clippers will likely not be able to take advantage of Stephen Curry's two-week (or probably longer) right knee strain in the second round.

    Griffin, who has struggled since returning from missing 47 games due to the same quad injury and a broken right hand suffered in a fight with a Clippers staff member, averaged 15

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  • We have seen what a world without Cristiano Ronaldo looks like and it is hideous.

    It's rare for the 31-year-old Portuguese winger-cum-wizard to be hurt, but he missed the first leg of Real Madrid's 0-0 Champions League semifinal stalemate with Manchester City because of a hamstring injury on Tuesday. And Real suffered.

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    We all suffered.

    Ronaldo – he of the second-leg hat trick in the quarterfinals against Wolfsburg that dragged Real to this stage; he of the 20 goals and assists on Real's 26 Champions League tallies this season – gave a thumbs down to some fans before the game. Even though his manager Zinedine Zidane had assured us all that Ronaldo was "100 percent" recovered from the injury that had kept him out of the weekend's 3-2 comeback win over Rayo Vallecano, he didn't even dress for the game.

    He had failed an apparent fitness test – whatever that may be, exactly … is it an oral or a written exam? – and watched

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  • This is gonna hurt. (Getty Images)This is gonna hurt. (Getty Images)The quick read regarding LeBron James’ offensive brilliance is that he’s a pass first guy that just happens to have a Karl Malone-sized physique. That it’s just fine not to send him to the line a Dwyane Wade or Kevin Durant-level of times per game, because James is looking to score first and dive toward the rim second. If even then.

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    You don’t have to be rooting on LeBron James’ behalf, though, to notice that the rules behind his trips to the lane don’t always seem on the level. Yes, James is allowed to use a big butt and a smile while backing down defenders in the post, but that’s because he’s stronger and better than most – the same way Earl Campbell was allowed to do what he did, and Mike Trout is allowed to do what he does. We don’t penalize Klay Thompson’s skills from behind the arc by turning his threes into twos.

    From 1992 until his career faded into that of a journeyman role player, that’s why Shaquille

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  • The Sacramento Kings on Tuesday became the latest NBA team to launch into a full-scale rebrand, unveiling brand new logos that will soon be joined by brand new uniforms in time for the team to move into its brand new home, the Golden 1 Center, for the start of the 2016-17 season this October.

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    Let's have a look at the logos, which offer a new spin on an old look:

    The new set of Sacramento Kings logos. (Image via Kings)The new set of Sacramento Kings logos. (Image via Kings)

    If the primary logo looks familiar to you, it's probably because you remember what the original Kings (and, before that, Cincinnati Royals) logo looked like:

    Or maybe it's just that you're doing a headstand and like video games from the 1980s.

    "Inspired by the logo which first

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