In Sports, Boston Is Now Second to None

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Celtics forward Gerald Green went in for a dunk against the Bucks on Wednesday night in Boston.

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It’s a good time to be a Boston sports fan.

The Celtics accomplished on Wednesday night what virtually no one predicted and landed the No. 1 playoff seeding in the N.B.A. Eastern Conference, surprising the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers. Also on Wednesday, the Boston Bruins won their opening N.H.L. playoff game, seizing home ice advantage from the Ottawa Senators.

The New England Patriots, of course, are the Super Bowl champions, for the second time in three years, while the Boston Red Sox are favored to repeat as American League East champions and trail only the Chicago Cubs as a likely World Series winner. In soccer, it’s early, but the New England Revolution are currently in a playoff spot.

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The Bruins’ Brad Marchand celebrated his decisive goal with David Pastrnak in Game 1 of their opening-round N.H.L. playoff series with Ottawa on Wednesday.

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