Players and teams across the NBA are celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, honoring the American civil rights leader on what would have been his 89th birthday, and in the 50th year after his assassination in Memphis. During the Cleveland Cavaliers’ morning shootaround ahead of their marquee matchup against the rival Golden State Warriors, LeBron James took the opportunity to reflect on what King’s legacy means to him, and the importance of continuing to advocate for social justice a half-century after King’s death.
The extra days of practice could not have come at a better time for the Boston Celtics, with key players sitting out to rest their bumps and bruises leading up to Tuesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. "It's responding better," said Horford who plans to play against the Pelicans on Tuesday. Tatum echoed similar sentiments.
The Toronto Raptors will be looking to continue their recent mastery of the Philadelphia 76ers when the teams square off Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. Toronto has won the last four meetings, three this season, and 18 of the last 19. This season, the Raptors have beaten Philadelphia 128-94 on Oct. 21, 114-109 on Dec. 21 and 102-86 on Dec. 23.
In the first half in London against the Sixers, the Celtics shot 40.4 percent as a team, but they bounced back in the second half to shoot 57.1 percent. Meanwhile, the Sixers shot 56.1 percent in the first half, but just 36.6 percent in the second half. Redick: One rim was so (expletive) crooked.
Jayson Tatum hurt his left knee in the third quarter vs the 76ers on Thursday. Brad Stevens said Tatum's knee stiffened and swelled up the following morning, and the 19-year-old rookie would undergo further testing. Tatum injured his knee during the 3rd qtr of Thursday's game, per Brad Stevens.
Boston Celtics center Al Horford will not get carried away with the team's blistering NBA season so far, insisting the focus should be on sustained development of their roster. The Celtics sit top of the Eastern Conference with a 34-10 record but Horford, 31, is – along with Aron Baynes (31) and Marcus Morris (29) – among the older members of the playing staff at TD Garden. Bookmakers make the Celtics third favourites, behind reigning champions the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, to win the NBA title in 2018, but Horford believes that would be a big ask for the Celtics' young stars.
The Miami Heat, the second-hottest team in the NBA, is set to face the "Greek Freak," who is one of the world's most popular basketball stars. On Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena, the Heat (24-17) will put their six-game win streak — second only to the Boston Celtics — on the line against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks (22-17). The Bucks are led by 6-foot-11 point forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is a virtual lock for his second straight All-Star appearance.
The Mega Millions lottery reached its fourth-largest jackpot in history last week at $450 million. The sole winner is 20-year-old Shane Missler, who announced his win on Facebook with three words: "Oh. Missler is a Florida resident and is taking the lump sum of nearly $282 million.
Kyrie Irving operates in his own space now. (AP) Kyrie Irving is talking about the flat Earth again, and as the official chronicler of his theory, I feel obligated to keep you posted. If you’re not caught up by now, you might as well run through these
The Celtics have a superstar in Kyrie Irving who knows how to both dominate play and use his position and presence on the floor to help his teammates take over. Philadelphia's Joel Embiid is a great player, but a star he is not.