Gilbert Arenas Rips Rudy Gobert For Missing Playoff Game

Head coach Gilbert Arenas of the Enemies runs out during introductions against the Trilogy during BIG3 Week Six at Comerica Center on July 23, 2022 in Frisco, Texas.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are up 2-0 on the defending NBA champions.

They got a big win in Game 1, and just when everybody thought the Denver Nuggets would storm right back, they beat them by nearly 30 points in Game 2.

More impressively, they did so without the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, as Rudy Gobert missed the game to be there for the birth of his first son.

Gobert had every right to do that, as professional athletes are human beings first and foremost, and this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Nonetheless, not all NBA players feel the same way.

Unsurprisingly, that includes three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas.

In the latest edition of his show, the controversial guard ripped Gobert for not suiting up for a playoff game, stating that the baby would still be there by the time he came back.

Arenas stated that Gobert wouldn’t even be able to do anything with the baby because he was going to be asleep, adding that his wife only has that elite NBA healthcare because he plays.

The playoffs are the playoffs, and the Timberwolves need their defensive anchor out there — or so it seemed.

Then again, nobody should talk about other player’s personal decisions, and this is simply bigger than basketball.

Suit up or not, that’s his and his partner’s decision, and he shouldn’t be mocked or criticized for that.

Fortunately for him, it all worked out well and his team won.

But even if that wasn’t the case, it’s just basketball at the end of the day.

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Jayson Tatum Reacts To Jaylen Brown’s Big Game 1 Performance

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 07: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics looks on during Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on May 07, 2024 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.
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The Boston Celtics keep on rolling.

They’ve won four consecutive games by a big margin, and they clearly don’t want to go through the same they went through in Game 2 vs. the Miami Heat.

Joe Mazzulla’s team has been extremely focused and hasn’t taken it’s foot off the gas for the full 48 minutes since that loss.

Even without Kristaps Porzingis, who’s been out with a calf injury, the Celtics stars have been more than up to the task to get the job done.

Notably, Jaylen Brown looked like a man on a mission right out of the gate in Game 1 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Brown finished the night with 32 points, six rebounds, two assists, one block, and four three-pointers on 12-for-18 from the field and 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Following the game, fellow star Jayson Tatum tipped his hat to him, stating that it wasn’t much of a surprise to see him ball out because of all the hard work he puts night in and night out (via Celtics on NBC Sports).

The Celtics are the odds-on favorites to win the NBA championship this season, and for very good reasons.

They’ve proven just how dominant they can be during the playoffs, and while the Cleveland Cavaliers have matched up well against them over the past couple of years, they might not have enough left in the tank to beat them after a seven-game series vs. the Orlando Magic.

Also, with Brown playing this way and Jarrett Allen still on the shelf with an injury, this might not be close at all.

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LeBron James Gets Honest About Lakers’ Early Playoff Exit

DENVER, COLORADO - APRIL 29: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers gathers himself after taking a hard hit while playing the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter during game five of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Ball Arena on April 29, 2024 in Denver, Colorado. 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.
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Once again, the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t get past the first round of the playoffs.

This was the second time in LeBron James’ tenure in Southern California that they failed to win a single postseason series, and it came after they had to go through the Play-In Tournament to reach that stage.

That’s why, as high as the expectations were about this team entering the playoffs, he knew they weren’t the better team in that matchup vs. the defending NBA champions.

Talking to JJ Redick for their ‘Mind the Game’ podcast, the 39-year-old star stated that he didn’t have any excuses for his team’s shortcomings.

However, he does acknowledge that, at the end of the day, the Nuggets were simply the better team.

He also talked about how frustrating it was to watch Jamal Murray knock down two game-winners on them.

Truth be told, chances are that the Lakers would’ve won a series had they faced another opponent, or at least, they wouldn’t have gone home in just five games.

They just don’t match up that well with the Nuggets, perhaps simply from a mental standpoint in the sense that Nikola Jokic and company have beaten them by a couple of points so many times dating back to last season.

Still, just because a team has LeBron James doesn’t mean they’re championship contenders, and the Lakers, regardless of how their fans felt about their team, just weren’t good enough to earn that distinction this time.

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Video Shows Thunder Fans Chanting After Game 1 Win

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - MAY 07: A general view of the playoffs logo is seen on a chair prior to Game One of the Western Conference Second Round Playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center on May 07, 2024 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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.
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It’s been a while since the Oklahoma City Thunder were this good.

Their fan base has gone through everything since the team moved there from Seattle.

They watched them build a potential dynasty in the NBA Draft, only to see them break up the team.

Then, they watched Russell Westbrook stay and keep them in contention with multiple sidekicks, followed by an impressive run with Chris Paul.

The Thunder then struggled without any star players, stacking up draft picks and giving the keys to the team to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and they’re now reaping those rewards.

That’s why it was so heartwarming to see the fans rallying together and supporting their team after Game 1 vs. the Dallas Mavericks (via Thunder Film Room).

It’s not usual to see a team get right back in contention so quickly and build through the draft.

That’s why Sam Presti deserves plenty of credit and should probably be considered one of the best — if not the best — General Manager in the game.

This team had a vision and executed it, and they always know how to maximize their assets.

They put together a team that made sense and had the potential to be very good for years to come.

Now, one year after not even making the playoffs, they have the best record in the West, and are up 1-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals.

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Luka Doncic Sends A Clear Message After Game 1 Loss To Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA - MAY 07: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round Playoffs at Paycom Center on May 07, 2024 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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.
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The Dallas Mavericks weren’t at their best on Tuesday night.

Jason Kidd’s team struggled against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s athletic, switch-heavy defense, and their star backcourt wasn’t efficient from the floor at all.

This was a particularly rough game for Luka Doncic, who had 19 points on as many shots, went 1-for-8 from downtown, and turned the ball over five times.

However, when asked about his poor shooting in the lopsided loss, he didn’t want to read too much into it (via ClutchPoints).

“Who cares, we lost, man. We just gotta move onto the next one. I gotta be better, we gotta be better,” Doncic said.

Doncic claimed that it didn’t matter how poorly he shot from the floor; the only thing that mattered was that they lost, and they had to move on to the next one.

Well, that’s a valid point, and teams should always take a ‘one game at a time’ approach in the postseason.

Then again, it does matter.

His team doesn’t lose if he doesn’t shoot that poorly, and they need to dig deep into the tape and figure out what went wrong.

Of course, this series is far from over, and the Mavericks definitely have more than enough resources to come back from this.

They have two of the most talented scorers in NBA history, and enough bruisers and stoppers around them to make things difficult for the best team in the Western Conference.

Still, they simply cannot afford to fall to 0-2 against this kind of team.

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Trae Young Makes Interesting Business Move Ahead Of Offseason

Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks looks on as a new co-owner of the Atlanta Bouncers during a MLP Atlanta Premier Level match between the Atlanta Bouncers and the Orlando Squeeze at Life Time Peachtree Corners on September 22, 2023 in Peachtree Corners, Georgia
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The Atlanta Hawks’ season came to an early and disappointing end.

It didn’t take long before the rumors of Trae Young being on the trade block flooded social media, and once again, the Los Angeles Lakers looked like a logical destination for him.

Nonetheless, that might no longer be the case.

As he announced on social media, Young has now signed up with CAA Sports.

Why does that matter, and why does that mean that he might not be going to L.A.?

Well, Young was formerly represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, who also happen to represent LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

There were some evident ties between Young, Klutch, and the Lakers, and that’s no longer the case.

So, while that doesn’t necessarily rule out a move to Southern California, it surely turns plenty of heads.

Recently, Young talked about his desire to stay in Atlanta, but he also made it loud and clear that winning was his No. 1 priority.

He’s also been tied with a move to the San Antonio Spurs, and there have been plenty of rumors about his attitude, character, and demeanor and how he’s often rubbed his teammates, coaches, and executives the wrong way.

All things considered, it’ll be interesting to see how his market shapes up and whether he’s still an Atlanta Hawk by the end of the upcoming campaign.

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Miami Open – How Big Is It Compared To Other Tennis Tournaments?

Miami Open

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Will Djokovic Make a Winning Return in the US?

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Abu-Dhabi Is The First Permanent WTA Tour Location In The Middle East

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Top 19 Best Female Boxers In The World 2024 – Greatest of All Time

Best Female Boxers of All Time

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