Kyrie Irving – in a moment I found quite telling, considering Irving’s trade request from the Cavaliers – was once asked how LeBron James is a father figure to him. “I have one father,” Irving said. After getting over his befuddlement, Irving didn’t want to accept the reporter’s premise.
The Clippers and Celtics put on All Star-caliber performances in their final game before the break Wednesday night as Los Angeles beat host Boston 129-119 in a thriller. DeAndre Jordan tallied a career-high 30 points with 13 rebounds and four steals, Tobias Harris scored 21 points and Danilo Gallinari added 20 to lead Los Angeles to the victory.
NEW ORLEANS — On Valentine's Day, there was no love lost between Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Thomas. The two former Celtics point guards got tangled up, exchanged words and were handed double technical fouls before being ejected in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers- New Orleans Pelicans game.? Near the end of the first quarter, Thomas and Rondo got tangled up twice as Rondo hounded the Lakers point guard on defense. When the two got tangled up the second time, officials separated the point guards. The two exchanged words and Rondo got heated when the pair were ejected with 33.3 seconds left. Besides both playing for the Celtics, Rondo and Thomas have some recent history. Rondo, who played
Former Celtic Rajon Rondo, now with the Pelicans, slammed the idea of Boston showing a video tribute for Isaiah Thomas – an honor Thomas seemed to care about. Rondo and Thomas – since traded by the Cavaliers to the Lakers – met tonight, and the former Celtics point guards got into it. Both Rondo and Thomas are proud, stubborn and tough.
Kevin Garnett wants nothing to do with the Timberwolves retiring his number. Presumably, he’d be far more open to receiving the honor from the Celtics. Paul Pierce, who just had his number retired by the Celtics, sounds certain.
Kyrie Irving reprises his role as Uncle Drew for a full-length feature film. Kyrie Irving has managed to turn a series of Pepsi ads into a full-length feature film called “Uncle Drew,” in which the Boston Celtics star and a bunch of ex-NBA players dress up as old people and play basketball. The trailer for the film (scheduled to be released shortly after the NBA Finals in June) was released on Wednesday, and it straddles the line Adam Sandler drew in the sand with the “Grown Ups” franchise between hilarious for kids under age 13 (it’s not yet rated) and hilariously bad for everyone else.
Tyronn Lue said the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers "exceeded my expectations" heading into the All-Star break after impressive road wins over the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder. Following a 120-112 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night, the Cavaliers' head coach said the ability to attack is the key contrast between present and past. LeBron James had 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against the Thunder and his new teammates helped the Cavs avenge last month's embarrassing 148-124 home loss to Oklahoma City.
The last time LeBron James squared off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he wound up on the receiving end of an embarrassing 24-point blowout that further clarified just how badly the Cleveland Cavaliers needed a change. Cleveland flexed muscles new and old in Oklahoma on Tuesday. Behind quality contributions from trade-deadline acquisitions Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood, another strong game from the suddenly red-hot J.R. Smith, and a heaping helping of LeBron’s all-court brilliance, the Cavs established double-digit leads in the second and third quarters, held off a late-third OKC run and controlled the final frame en route to a 120-112 win.
Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers was in Boston on Sunday for the Paul Pierce retirement ceremony. "I was more of a coach because we play Boston Wednesday, so I was sitting there as a complete coach and scout," Rivers said Monday, when his Los Angeles Clippers won in Brooklyn. The Clippers have won four of their last five games and are 4-2 since the mega deal that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, for a package that included former Celtic Avery Bradley, who makes his second return of the season to the TD Garden.
Paul Pierce’s number retirement by the Boston Celtics had a number of viral moments. Some were funny, like his son’s antics or the picture of him staring with no emotion on his face as Boston lost by a wide margin. Some were … just weird, like Kevin Garnett’s hoodie somehow sticking to his head at an extremely weird angle.