A lot has happened in and around the NBA over the past 24 hours. The 2022 NBA playoffs continued in full swing, with another blowout victory for the Boston Celtics in the history books.
Jayson Tatum and Co. recorded a 127-102 win over the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, Joel Embiid has been honored by the Philadelphia City Council for his accomplishments this season by presenting him with the “Most Valuable Philadelphian” award.
Let’s examine these intriguing stories in depth and more in today’s edition of our NBA news roundup below.
Patrick Beverley tells Stephen A. Smith to take a drug test
Patrick Beverley spent the last days of his offseason on ESPN. Appearing on several morning talk shows with famous TV personalities, the former LA Clippers guard has aired his views.
The Timberwolves star made headlines again when he recently asked ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to get tested. The two debated whether James Harden should be offered a maximum contract this summer. Smith objected, leading Beverley to tell the former he should “stay off the grass”. Here’s an excerpt from that segment via (Tomer Azarly on Twitter):
Joel Embiid Receives “MVP” Honors
Joel Embiid may not have won the Most Valuable Player award, but he did receive the “MVP” award in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia City Council has passed a resolution to award the 76ers’ talisman the “Most Valuable Philadelphian.” Here’s what the resolution says (Via Anna Orso of the Philadelphia Inquirer):
Embiid has a huge fanbase in the city due to his exploits on the pitch. He helped the 76ers reach new heights during his tenure there, but a championship win eludes the organization. Nevertheless, Embiid has given everything so far. He has finished second in the MVP race for the past two years.
The Sixers All-Star was crucial in helping the team finish fourth in the regular season in the 2021-22 NBA campaign. He did so without having an All-Star teammate until the trade deadline when James Harden joined the roster. Joel Embiid averaged 30.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Boston Celtics same series against Miami Heat in emphatic style
The Boston Celtics found their way to victory in style against the Miami Heat in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. Veterans Marcus Smart and Al Horford returned to the roster for Game 2 on Thursday and played a big role in helping the It’s to win 127-102.
Smart was Boston’s most valuable player of the game as he managed to score 24 points, grab nine rebounds, dished out 12 assists and had three steals on the night. The Celtics were down ten points early in the first quarter, but a 17-0 run early in the second period tipped the tie in their favor.
They were leading 70-45 at halftime. Boston shot 51.2 percent from the floor, including 20 triples. Both teams will travel to TD Garden to play games 3 and 4.
NBA owners have invested $10 billion in Chinese companies
According to a recent report by ESPN, around 40 major NBA owners have a combined investment worth $10 billion in Chinese companies. The NBA has returned to public television in China after a nearly three-year ban during the ongoing playoffs.
The NBA and China have had a dispute that erupted over a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey showing his support for Hong Kong protesters for their stance against the alleged human rights violation in China.
NBA owners remained silent during the three-year ban period. ESPN’s report suggested that in addition to having money from the NBA’s $5 billion business in China, they also have personal investments in companies in the world’s second-largest economy. Here is what the report declared:
“NBA owners remained largely silent throughout the ban, even as the league worked behind the scenes to mend a broken relationship that had cost hundreds of millions of dollars and laid bare the complexities of making business with an authoritarian regime.”
“The owners had reason to be quiet: In addition to the money their teams make from the NBA’s $5 billion business in China, many have significant personal interests there through their other businesses.”
“ESPN reviewed the investments of 40 top owners and found that they collectively had more than $10 billion tied up in China, including one owner whose company has a joint venture with an entity that has been sanctioned by the US government.”
PJ Tucker leaves Celtics-Heat game with apparent knee injury, will have MRIs done
The Miami Heat suffered a blow when PJ Tucker left the floor against the Boston Celtics in their Game 2 loss with a knee injury. He backed the hit in the first quarter of the game and tried to play it. However, he couldn’t go on for long. According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the 37-year-old former NBA champion will undergo a knee MRI for further evaluations.
Tucker is a vital part of the Heat’s defense, and if he runs out of time, Miami could struggle on the road against the in-form Celtics.