Celtics hire Nets asst. Udoka as coach

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BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to be their new coach, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The hiring was first reported by ESPN.

Bucks, Hawks begin battle for East crown

Two teams that were supposed to be home watching a Brooklyn-Philadelphia showdown in the Eastern Conference finals will begin a duel of their own when the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks visit the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks for Game 1 on Wednesday night.

The best-of-seven series that will determine the East's representative in the NBA Finals pits franchises that have split four all-time playoff series, with none occurring past the first round or since 2010. Each has won twice. (MORE)

Suns' Paul probable for Game 3 vs. Clips

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul is listed as probable to play for the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Suns lead the Los Angeles Clippers 2-0. The series shifts to Staples Center on Thursday night. (MORE)

Astros pound O's for 10th straight win

BALTIMORE (AP) Jose Altuve silenced the booing fans at Camden Yards with a two-run homer, Jose Urquidy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the Houston Astros stretched their winning streak to 10 games by breezing past the Baltimore Orioles 13-0 Wednesday night.

Yordan Alvarez, Abraham Toro and Chas McCormick also homered for the Astros, who outscored the lowly Orioles 26-3 during a three-game sweep. Houston's 10-game run is its longest since May 2019 and two short of the club record. (MORE)

Lightning look to oust Isles in Game 6

The New York Islanders played their worst game of the Barry Trotz era at the worst possible time Monday night.

Beginning with Game 6 of the NHL semifinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Uniondale, N.Y. on Wednesday night, the Islanders will need two of their best games, in back-to-back fashion, to keep alive their hopes of making the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 37 years while staving off the closing of Nassau Coliseum a little longer. (MORE)

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