Basketball

Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker
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Nick Friar
September 11, 2019 - 9:18 am
Missed free throws. They’ll always come back to bite you. Celtics fans know this all too well, and the problem permeated into Team USA’s 89-79 loss to France on Wednesday. Marcus Smart — for all of his heroics in the game — missed four free throws. Kemba Walker is typically a strong free-throw...
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Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams and Mookie Betts
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Nick Friar
September 10, 2019 - 2:08 pm
Mookie Betts joined WEEI.com’s 5 Out to talk about the sport he’s loved since he was a kid. Basketball. While he didn’t have a specific NBA team he followed growing up, Betts does get to his share of Celtics games now. After a disappointing 2018-19, the 2018 AL MVP likes where Boston’s basketball...
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Enes Kanter
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Nick Friar
September 10, 2019 - 10:13 am
Teachers and students may be back in school, but “The Summer of Enes” isn’t quite over yet. When he’s not posting workout videos or winning WWE titles, Enes Kanter has been talking about his career and the chapter he’s about to start in Boston. Throughout his media tour, Kanter discovered an easy...
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Gregg Popovich and Jaylen Brown
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Nick Friar
September 10, 2019 - 8:58 am
The one thing that’s been most consistent about the numbers Jaylen Brown has produced throughout the 2019 FIBA World Cup: they’ve been inconsistent. He did a bit of everything against Greece. He barely played against Turkey and Brown’s line against the Czech Republic might lead one to think he was...
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5 Out
September 10, 2019 - 6:15 am
World Series champion and 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts sits down to talk basketball with Nick. Betts tries to pick between LeBron and MJ, reveals which players he followed closest as a kid, and explains who he thinks is the greatest unknown for the Boston Celtics in 2019-20. (Oh, and he's...
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Jayson Tatum
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Nick Friar
September 09, 2019 - 5:32 pm
Jayson Tatum has now missed three FIBA World Cup games since he sprained his ankle in Team USA’s overtime win over Turkey in pool play. But, it looks like the Celtics wing is close to making his return, and could do so as early as Wednesday’s quarterfinals matchup against France. Shams Charania of...
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Kemba Walker
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Nick Friar
September 09, 2019 - 10:37 am
Kemba Walker continues to be Team USA’s most reliable player on the offensive end at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. In Monday’s second-round game against Brazil, it felt like Walker could do anything he wanted from start to finish. He got to the basket easily, scoring 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting. He...
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Jayson Tatum
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Nick Friar
September 09, 2019 - 12:33 am
For the third consecutive game, Jayson Tatum will not be active for Team USA. The Celtics wing was ruled out before Monday morning’s second-round matchup against Brazil. Tatum sprained his ankle in the U.S.’s 93-92 overtime win over Turkey on Tuesday and has been sidelined since. Also, Kemba Walker...
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Marcus Smart
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Nick Friar
September 07, 2019 - 10:51 am
Seven inches. Twenty-two pounds. That’s the size advantage Giannis Antetokounmpo is working with against Marcus Smart. Yet when the Celtics guard was tasked with covering the Greek Freak on Saturday, he bodied him up as well as anyone ever has. As much as Smart had to stay in Antetokounmpo’s hip...
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Danny Ainge and Marcus Smart
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Nick Friar
September 07, 2019 - 7:00 am
Athletes and celebrities have become more accessible than ever thanks to social media. Like everybody else, they can give their opinions on everything in one place for everyone to see. Naturally, well-known individuals tend to get more attention when they do something controversial — like provide...
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