The Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns were winners last night. Ray Allen had 22 points and seven rebounds as the Celtics crushed LeBron James and the Cavaliers 104-86 in Cleveland. That evened up their Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.
Meanwhile, Steve Nash collected 33 points and 10 assists as the Suns slammed the visiting San Antonio Spurs 111-102 in Game One of their Western Conference semifinal series. Ex-Spartan Jason Richardson added 27 points and six rebounds for Phoenix.
And the Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Vinny Del Negro, who had one season and about $2 million remaining on his contract. Chicago finished with a 41-41 mark in each of his two seasons and the Bulls were ousted by Cavs in the first round of this year’s playoffs. The move is reportedly not related to Del Negro's altercation with senior vice president John Paxson on March 30th. Reports surfaced that the two had a shoving match and the relationship between them had soured as the season went on.