Usman Garuba on the 2021 draft class: I donâ€™t want to say itâ€™s going to be the best ever, but I think will become one the best in many, many years for sure. Itâ€™s unbelievable: starting with my teammatesÂ Jalen Green,Â Alperen SengunÂ andÂ Josh Christopher, then Barnes,Â Cade Cunningham,Â Evan Mobley, then a lot of second-rounders likeÂ Herb Jones, and even undrafted players likeÂ Jose Alvarado!
May 18, 2022 | 1:01 am EDT Update
Talks between Irving, Marks and Nets owner Joe Tsai have yet to happen. â€śI look forward to [it],â€ť MarksÂ toldÂ YES Network. â€śWe have not had a conversation yet. So I look forward to getting in a room with him and Joe and his team, and we will. Weâ€™ll see what it looks like for Kyrie moving forward here, and what he needs from us and so forth. â€śSo, again, it wouldnâ€™t be right for me to comment on what hypothetical could happen, because we donâ€™t know. We havenâ€™t had those conversations with Kyrie yet. But when they do, weâ€™ll see if itâ€™s the right fit for both sides.â€ť
If Irving opts out, he would be eligible for a four-year, $189.7 million extension or even a five-year, $245.6 million deal, with only the Nets able to offer him the fifth year. If he picks up his option, he could ink extensions of either three or four years, picking up in 2023-24, but that would require leaving more than $5 million on the table next season. The Nets should be expected to try to protect themselves, either with a shorter deal or baked-in incentives. Irvingâ€™s current four-year, $136 million deal contains a total of $4.3 million in incentives, per Spotrac, with $3 million of that so-called â€śunlikely bonuses.â€ť
Butler scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, and a huge third quarter by the Heat carried them to a 118-107 win over the short-handedÂ Boston CelticsÂ 118-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. “Jimmy Butler is an elite competitor,” Spoelstra said. “There’s a lot of guys in this league that are playing basketball. He’s competing to win. That’s a totally different thing and he does that as well as anybody in this league.”
Tyler HerroÂ scored 18 andÂ Gabe VincentÂ added 17 for the Heat, who outscored Boston 39-14 in the third quarter. Butler had 17 alone in the third, outscoring the Celtics by himself over those 12 minutes. Boston shot 2 for 15 in that third quarter. “We won three quarters other than that, but obviously that one is going to stand out,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “We semi-bounced back in the fourth and started to play well again and matched their physicality, but 39-14 on 2-for-15 is tough to overcome.”
The Celtics became unglued in the third quarter of their Game 1 matchup against the Miami Heat and a lot of that was the teamâ€™s own doing according to head coach Ime Udoka. All season long, Udoka has prided himself on trying to make the Celtics be a team that doesnâ€™t get caught up in battling with the officials. However, as the Celtics watched the Heat erupt for a 39-14 third quarter explosion, Udoka â€śWe all got caught up in officiating a little bit in that quarter when they got physical,â€ť Udoka admitted. â€śInstead of trying to make the right play, drive and kick, get to the basket, we were looking for fouls, and that led to some of those turnovers.â€ť
â€śGot out-physicaled, got out-toughed,â€ť Udoka said. â€śThey looked like they came out in the second half and wanted to up their physicality and aggression on both ends, and they did that. I donâ€™t think we obviously responded well on either end of the floor. We had eight of our 16 turnovers in that quarter, played in the crowd on offense, got sped up. And then defensively, offensive rebounds, getting muscled around in the post. Some poor fouls got them to the free throw line. â€śSo, flipped very quickly and just lost our composure. We won three quarters other than that, but obviously that one is going to stand out. We semi-bounced back in the fourth and started to play well again and matched their physicality, but 39-14 on 2-for-15 is tough to overcome.â€ť