When the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers play Thursday in London, they'll both be looking to leave a mark on the league's global stage. A number of the players — including Kyrie Irving and Joel Embiid — set to take the court at the O2 Arena are also likely to appear in February's All-Star Game, some surely going to be bolstered by votes they get from those fans in London and watching worldwide.
Kyrie Irving is relishing ticking another item off his bucket list when the Boston Celtics face the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena on Thursday. Irving, who was acquired by the Celtics in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in August, already has an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal to his name, the four-time All-Star so far enjoying an excellent career.
In the five games since his return from a sprained ankle, Stephen Curry has averaged 35.2 points per game, hit 53.2% of the 12 threes he has a game, and averaged a +13 — and with him back the Warriors have averaged 121.7 points per 100 possessions as a team (7 per 100 better than second-place in that span). Boston swept a five-game homestand that included beating the Rockets, Cavaliers, and Timberwolves — all because their defense is locking teams up.
It hasn’t even been three months since Gordon Hayward grotesquely twisted his ankle before a nationally television audience during the opening minutes of the NBA season. On Tuesday, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge tweeted out a photo of a smiling Hayward poolside. Ainge’s tweet was also a surreptitious update on Hayward’s ankle rehabilitation.
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are set to meet in a London showdown on Thursday evening in a clash of two of the NBA's in-form teams. The Celtics – led by free agent acquisition Kyrie Irving – have been the surprise story of the season, recovering from losing star player Gordon Hayward five minutes into the campaign to lead the Eastern Conference with a 33-10 record.
Jaylen Brown has spoken out about racism in the U.S. in the age of Donald Trump. The 21-year-old also shared details of the racist abuse he endured on the court during his youth in Marietta, Georgia. Brown praised former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick for sparking protests against police brutality and systemic racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem before NFL games last season.
There will be unique performances, rousing introductions, celebrity sightings and much more. You can expect a little bit of everything during the start as the Sixers tip off Thursday against the Boston Celtics at London's O2 Arena. In the two prior Sixers-Celtics meetings this season, the games have been decided in the fourth quarter.
With the Celtics in London to play the 76ers Thursday, Jaylen Brown is the subject of a lengthy profile in the British daily The Guardian in which the C's 21-year-old rising star impressed interviewer Donald McRae as "the most intelligent young athlete
It’s still not clear whether Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will return this season, but at least he’s making progress. On Tuesday, Celtics GM Danny Ainge posted a photo to Twitter featuring Hayward without a brace on his ankle, specifically
A tweet from Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge about a swimming race between Gordon Hayward's trainers included the nugget that Hayward was standing and it appears walking without a brace on the ankle he injured five minutes into the NBA season. Hayward said after the boot came off that his "mind is open" about a return sometime this season: "I'm trying to get back as fast as I can," he said then.