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Utah Jazz Beat the Grizzlies, 126-110, and Advance to the Second Round

The Utah Jazz is worthy of being the No.1 seed in the Western Conference as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of Jazz vs Grizzlies. After their decisive win, they will advance to the second round of the series. 

There was no question that the Jazz would win because it was over as soon as it started. Donovan Mitchell started the game, scoring almost at will. He posted 30 points with 10 assists shooting 11/16 from the field and 5/8 from three.

Donovan Mitchell Determined to Win After Losing Last Playoffs

No one can forget last season’s playoffs when Utah blew a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets. This was what Mitchell had in mind when playing for the first round of the playoff series. He did not want to repeat such history. That’s why even if allergies woke him up every hour a night before the Jazz played in Game 5 of Jazz vs Grizzlies, he focused on starting fast and finishing strong.

This is just what he did as he scored 26 of his 30 points in just the first half, and because of it, Utah was able to eliminate the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Mitchel also had 10 assists and 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. 

Mike Conley Leaves Game 5 of Jazz vs Grizzlies Due to Injury

With 8:58 left in the second quarter, Conley had to leave because of right hamstring soreness. He had aggravated his right hamstring. He also missed 21 games during the regular season because of his balky hamstring.

In an interview with the media, he stated, “In the first quarter, I felt just the little tug or whatever in my hammy. I made the bench and made the staff aware … but it just kept getting more and more sore as I was running on it so they decided to pull me.”

Conley was discouraged because he worked so hard in training and missed so many games. 

“I’m frustrated, for sure, after … I put a lot of effort into showing up early, staying late, strengthening, running, conditioning, everything,” Conley said.

The fans and punters that supported Utah Jazz from the beginning can now breathe easy as the team will advance to the second round. If you have been keeping up with sports betting news, this won’t come as a surprise. However, if you are still looking for a reliable platform for all of your betting questions and needs, Odds4Sports is the perfect fit for you. They cover a wide range of sports and markets that punters like you can explore and bet on. Create an account with them today!

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Boston Celtics in Mourning: Tom Heinsohn Dies at 86

The Boston Celtics are in mourning as the iconic player, coach and broadcaster, Tom Heinsohn, dies at 86 years old at his home in Newton, Mass. The Hall of Fame forward played with the Boston Celtics on eight NBA championships. He also coached them to two titles, and for more than forty years, became their ardent broadcaster. 

According to Jeff Twiss, the cause of his death was renal failure and added the fact that Heinsohn also had several illnesses like diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  

From 1956 to 1965, Heinsohn had started playing at the old Boston Garden and brought a shooting style to the dynasty engineered by Coach Auerbach. He was also the 1957 rookie of the year in the NBA and was a six-time All-Star. 

Remembering Tom Heinsohn

With ties as far back as the formation of Boston’s basketball dynasty, Heinsohn has always been with the Celtics for most of his career. He originally played college basketball at Holy Cross in Union City, New Jersey, until the Boston Celtics drafted him in 1956. 

Aside from being NBA’s rookie of the year in 1957, he also helped deliver Boston’s first NBA championship in that year. His playing career, which was from 1956 to 1965, consisted of six All-Star selections and eight championship runs.   

In 1969, he became the Boston Celtic’s head coach, and after winning the championships in both 1974 and 1976, he retired in 1978. But, his career in basketball did not stop there. He became a broadcaster and a play-by-play announcer for the Celtics. Heinsohn also became the fourth person who got inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. 

A Devastating Loss for the Boston Celtics

The Celtics are in deep shock but are doing their best to let Heinsohn’s legacy continue to live on. According to their statement:

“It’s hard to imagine the Boston Celtics without Tommy Heinsohn. There isn’t a generation of Celtics fans for whom Tommy’s presence hasn’t been felt. He is the only person to be an active participant in each of the Celtics’ 17 World Championships, an extraordinary and singular legacy.

“For all of his accomplishments as a player, coach, and broadcaster, it is Tommy’s rich personality that defined the man. A loving father, grandfather, and husband. A talented painter and a lively golf partner. Unofficial mentor to decades of Celtics coaches and players. A frequent constructive critic of referees. Originator of the most “Celtic stat” of them all, The Tommy Point. And a boundless love for all things Boston Celtics, a passion which he shared with fans over 64 years.

We take this time to celebrate his life and legacy, and to share in the sorrow of his passing with his family, friends, and fans. As long as there are the Boston Celtics, Tommy’s spirit will remain alive.”

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NBA: Gasol Names Daughter Gianna after the Late Kobe Bryant’s Daughter

One of the most memorable events that happened this year for the NBA was the death of Kobe Bryant. Bryant or famously called the “Black Mamba,” was an icon in basketball and will always be a legend among Lakers fans and even in NBA history. 

On January 26th, he and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant or “Gigi”, also nicknamed as Mambacita, and seven others tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. They were travelling to Camarillo Airport for a basketball game at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. Like her father, Gigi had a passion for basketball and had dreamed of making it into the WNBA. Kobe also had big plans for his daughter and wanted her to reach those dreams. 

A Touching Tribute by Former NBA Teammate

The sweetest way to honour his friend and his daughter, Pau Gasol, gave his newborn daughter the name “Elisabet Gianna Gasol,” her middle name was taken from Gianna Bryant’s name. 

On his Instagram, Gasol posted, “Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! #girldad.” 

While his wife, Catherine, posted on hers: “Elisabet Gianna Gasol joined our family on September 10th, 2020. She made a quick and easy entrance on a VERY special day, her great-grandmother Elizabeth’s 100th birthday and her mom and dad’s 2nd engagement anniversary. We are already so in love with our sweet Ellie!! #GasolFamilyOf3 #girlmom #girldad #EllieGasol”

What is also touching in these posts is Pau and Catherine’s use of the hashtag #GirlDad. The hashtag trended worldwide as a way for fathers across the globe to pay tribute to Kobe after his death. It was a way to celebrate their relationships with their daughters.

Close Relationship with Kobe

Both Gasol and Kobe had played on the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers from 2008 to 2014. In 2009 and 2010, they had won two NBA championships. The pair remained close until Kobe’s death. In the Players’ Tribune, a collection of stories that was compiled last August, Kobe’s former teammates and players who faced him recounted their experiences and moments with the remarkable basketball player. 

For Gasol, he wrote, “I don’t believe that Kobe ever took a break. It was championship mode, pure and simple. The six and a half years I played with Kobe were my best basketball years. I learned the most about my game, and a big reason was number 24.” 

Many basketball players and fans have been deeply affected by Kobe’s death, but they know that his memory and legacy lives on. The future of basketball is still promising, and legends and icons will rise. But of course, none will ever replace the Black Mamba.

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