The Boston Celtics are one of the oldest teams in the NBA, and as such are one of the most decorated teams in the league's history. The team itself has won an NBA championship as lately as 2008 with a big three consisting of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
However it has been a few seasons since that big three has played their last game together and the Celtics have struggled to get out of the first round of the playoffs the past two seasons. But the current Celtic team is young and with the signing of free agent Al Horford, Boston looks to make another deep playoff run once again.
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An Injury to the Knee
Every sports fan knows of the knee injury 31-year old Real Madrid football icon Cristiano Ronaldo sustained in the Euro 2016 final held at Stade de France, 25 minutes into the game.
According to an article by Mirror Online, the Portuguese man was forced to leave the field after an eighth minute collision with France's midfielder Dimitri Payet which he failed to recover from. more >>
Basketball fans that are attending the Rio Olympics has to be conscious that they can't assume the same expertise in NBA can be applied to this so-called amateur event. Confusion in referee's call can stem from several salient difference between the professional leagues to any Olympic or FIBA sanctioned event.
It is not just NBA players who will participate in the Olympics with their respective countries that have to adjust but the fans as well, to get attuned to referee's call. Though mostly similar, both rule books have key noticeable differences that are listed here to benefit the Rio-goers. Some of these rules are too small to affect the general gameplay, but others have significant impact.
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The Warriors are out for revenge after they blew their 3-1 advantage over last season's finals. Coach Steve Kerr beefed up the team with Oklahoma's Kevin Durant to do the slashing and inside works. Golden State is also eyeing to create a 15-man lineup with mostly veterans and all-star players, the likes of which the league has never seen before.
With the free agents dwindling as the 2016-2017 season approaches, Kerr will heavily rely on three-point stripe leaders Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, with the possible addition of another sharpshooter, Ray Allen. Curry is currently holding the record for the most three-pointers, and Thompson is the league's number two. And if two-time champion Ray Allen is to be added, expect a shower of three-point bombs in the upcoming season.
To recall, Golden State blew their league record of 88 wins during the 2015-2016 pre-finals after Cleveland Cavaliers swatted the Warrior's 3-1 advantage and stole away the NBA crown. Kerr attributed the loss to then-tired Curry and Thompson because of the heavy pressure they went through before stepping into the finals. This prompted the club to sign in Kevin Durant to work from under the basket, should there be a poor show from the seven-meter lane. more >>
The Los Angeles Lakers has had a tough stretch of seasons. Last time they made the playoffs was in 2014 when they placed seventh in the Western Conference but got eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Last season, the Lakers had their worst franchise season record with only 17 wins.
Add to that the retirement of Lakers great Kobe Bryant last season, who scored 60 points in his last game, perhaps the greatest final game performance by any player in any sport.
The good news: the Lakers have another season to regroup and hopefully perform better and make it to the playoffs. more >>
Britain's number one tennis player Andy Murray is determined to defend his Olympic singles title at Rio 2016. The two-time Wimbledon champion even opted out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada to prioritize his preparations for the 2016 Olympics.
Murray Chose Olympics Over Rogers Cup
The Guardian reported that Murray will not be defending his Rogers Cup title next week after he pulled out of the Masters-level Canadian Open event to give his body enough time to rest and prepare for the Rio 2016. "My body needs some recovery time after reaching the latter stages of tournaments over the past few months," the three-time Rogers Cup champion said in a statement to Tennis Canada. more >>