July 31, 2021 | 9:59 am EDT Update
Joe Vardon: Excellent win for Team USA, given that it trailed by 7 at the end of one quarter. Jayson Tatum scored 27 and Kevin Durant added 23, and USA beat Czech Republic, 119-84, clinching the top No. 2 seed. It means a favorable matchup in the quarterfinals. More to come @The Athletic
FOX Sports News: 🔥 @Kevin Durant became the USA Basketball Olympic all-time points leader on this bucket (via @NBCOlympics) pic.twitter.com/CuMGKKNSFf
The Jump: Durant also surpassing Carmelo from the charity stripe in @usabasketball men’s Olympic basketball history: 1. Kevin Durant (54) – and counting. 2. Carmelo Anthony (53). 3. David Robinson (50). #TheJump
Fournier remains the big question mark here. If the Celtics pay to retain him, then it’s likely a series of smaller moves to fill out the roster and then Boston could evaluate it needs early in the season. If Fournier gets a bigger offer elsewhere, the Celtics will have some tougher decisions but could emerge with another big trade exception and have a bit more freedom to spend this summer.
July 31, 2021 | 7:28 am EDT Update
Mike Finger: Had a nice conversation with Patty Mills about the 2014 “Beautiful Game” Spurs and his currently rolling Boomers. As for whether he’ll have a new NBA contract by the time we see him again Tuesday? “That’s kept in the inner circle,” he said. “In the Australian trenches.”