Team USA

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Rob Bradford
November 15, 2019 - 12:12 pm
The Noah Song story is a complicated one. The Red Sox' fourth-round pick from last June left a tremendously positive impression on his new organization during a two-plus-month stint with Single-A Lowell. Considering he was one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award (best collegiate baseball...
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Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown
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Nick Friar
September 25, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Kemba Walker isn’t his predecessor. There are pros and cons to that. The pro that’s been discussed most has been Walker’s approach with the young guys and his general ability as a leader. Makes sense given the chaos that ensued under Kyrie Irving’s watch last year. With Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown...
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Jayson Tatum
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Nick Friar
September 14, 2019 - 9:58 am
On the whole, the trip to China was a disappointment for everyone on Team USA. That’s not to say the chemistry was bad between certain guys or anything of the sort. Players made sure to squash that on social media. The fact of the matter is they lost. Team USA isn’t supposed to lose, as much as the...
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Marcus Smart
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Nick Friar
September 11, 2019 - 1:48 pm
Although Team USA was eliminated from medal contention following the loss to France on Wednesday , they still have a game on Thursday against Serbia. And it looks like they’ll have to play without Marcus Smart. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Smart wanted to play, but Team USA made the...
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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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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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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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Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker
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Nick Friar
September 07, 2019 - 12:20 am
Both Marcus Smart (quad) and Jayson Tatum (ankle) were unavailable in Team USA’s win over Japan on Thursday . Luckily for Team USA, they didn’t need either in the 98-45 win. Tatum remains unavailable for the second-round game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece, though it appears his Celtics...
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Jaylen Brown
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Nick Friar
September 05, 2019 - 10:25 am
In place of Team USA’s game against Japan on Thursday, there was a one-man dunk contest in Shanghai featuring Jaylen Brown. After barely playing in the win over Turkey, the Celtics wing finished with 20 points on 9 of 15 shooting in Team USA's 98-45 win. He also had seven rebounds and two steals in...
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Jayson Tatum
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Nick Friar
September 03, 2019 - 11:11 am
After making two free-throw attempts to send the game into overtime, Jayson Tatum had a big defensive rebound and went the length of the floor to hit Khris Middleton for a layup, which resulted in a foul, two free-throw attempts and ultimately a 93-92 Team USA win. But Tatum was not able to stay on...
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