Posts Tagged ‘Boston Celtics’

Harry the Hawk pays tribute to Prince

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk has apparently recovered from his mishap last week, and last night during the Hawks game against the Boston Celtics, Harry took the court along with the Hawks dance team to perform a tribute to Prince. And not only did it serve to get the crowd involved, but it also seemed to have a positive effect on the Hawks…

Can someone check on the Atlanta Hawks mascot?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At one point during last night’s Game 2 of the series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics, the Hawks’ mascot, Harry, took a stroll through the stands, as a mascot may do from time to time. Except Harry, being less than human, chose to walk along a railing instead of the floor, which in hindsight was probably his first mistake. It may also have been his last mistake…

The NBA reacts to the NCAA championship game


VIDEO: Jenkins shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s NCAA Championship game between North Carolina and Villanova came down to a game-winning buzzer beater by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins, just seconds after an incredible game-tying three from UNC’s Marcus Paige. With the NBA taking a final night off before the sprint to the playoffs, plenty of NBA players tuned in to the big finale and reacted on social media…

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Brad Stevens can throw it down

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At almost every NBA game, there’s a moment during a break in play where a group of people come out and dunk while jumping off of trampolines, soaring through the air and throwing the ball down. It’s both fun to watch and a bit aspirational — I think everyone watching has wondered what it would be like to try and dunk off of a trampoline.

That list apparently should include Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who in this video from the Celtics’ practice facility takes flight off a trampoline and tomahawks a dunk home…

Amir Johnson blocks Robin Lopez’s shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Boston Celtics signed Amir Johnson to help shore up their interior presence, and give them a rim protector. Last night against the Knicks, we discovered that Johnson’s defensive ability extends even to stopping a shoe belonging to Robin Lopez

POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 8

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

Before we get to the NBA posters, let’s take a moment and give a shoutout to the NBA D-League, which is currently gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for their annual D-League Showcase. Jaron Johnson plays for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and while he may not be in the NBA quite yet, I think we can all agree that his POSTERIZING skills are NBA worthy for sure…


VIDEO: Jaron Johnson

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Boston’s Marcus Smart, who narrowly defeated Utah’s Alec Burks in his attempt to get back-to-back POSTERIZED POLL wins.

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…
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POSTERIZED POLL Week of Jan. 1

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Like we always do at this time, let’s take a look at the best instances of people getting #POSTERIZED over the last week and, at the bottom of the post, you can place your vote for a winner. And don’t forget, if you see someone get posterized, tweet it with the hashtag #POSTERIZED so we don’t miss it!

By the way, welcome to 2016! I’m thinking we’ll continue with weekly #POSTERIZED polls until we get a little closer to the All-Star break, and then we’ll round up all the previous winners and crown a first half champ. We can do the same with the second half of the season, and then have a poll to select an overall winner as well.

Special shoutout to last week’s winner, Utah’s Alec Burks, as he goes for back-to-back wins this week. And let me say right here, I understand that Burks’ dunk this week generated some controversy — was it technically a dunk? Did he just throw the ball through the basket?

The beauty of the #POSTERIZED Poll is that it doesn’t even really matter. Did a player put someone else on a poster? Then that’s good enough for us!

OK, let’s get to the POSTERS…
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Boston fans chant Kobe’s name


VIDEO: Boston fans chant Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In the latest installment of the Kobe Bryant farewell tour, we check in from Boston, where last night Kobe and the Lakers beat the Celtics, 112-104. Just the other day we heard from Kobe as he talked about how much inspiration he drew from losing in Boston. And for his final game in Boston, the crowd last night chanted his name throughout the evening. in the video above, a Kobe chant breaks out even as the Lakers finish off the Celtics. And to make sure Kobe had a keepsake from Boston, the Celtics gave Kobe a piece of the parquet floor from the 2010 Finals…

Kobe Bryant Can’t Stop Believing

BOSTON - JUNE 17: Fans of the Boston Celtics support their team behind (bottom L-R) Chris Mihm #31, Kobe Bryant #24 and Pay Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 17, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant‘s competitiveness is legendary. Nobody works harder, nobody is more motivated to win. But where does he find that motivation? The answer might surprise you.

With the Lakers getting ready for Kobe’s final appearance in Boston, Kobe talked about the 2008 NBA Finals, which the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics. The deciding game of that series was Game 6, which took place in Boston, where after wins, the Celtics blast Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believing” over the PA system. And to find motivation to get back to the NBA Finals, Kobe recently told reporters that he cued up “Don’t Stop Believing” every day for two years, until the Lakers were able to get revenge during the 2010 Finals…

“It was a tough two years in between. I remember when we were losing, they played that song, that Journey song, and the whole arena started singing that song, and I hated that damn song for two years. Seriously, man. But I listened to the song every single day because it just reminded me of that feeling.”

Hold on to that feeling, Kobe…


VIDEO: Don’t Stop Believing

Atlanta Hawks debut Dikembe Mutombo-themed court projection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night at halftime of their win over the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo‘s number 55. But really, the entire evening was a tribute to Mt. Mutombo, with the players wearing a “55” patch on their jerseys and Mutombo himself back in the House of Mutombo. And to start things off the right way, the Hawks began the night with a Mutombo-themed court projection video, which was pretty awesome…


VIDEO: Mutombo court projection