Dusseldorf While most Europeans are sleeping, the North American professional leagues are buzzing. What happened that night in football, basketball and ice hockey.
Basketball: Middle Finger for Celtics Fans Costs Irving $50,000
NBA star Kyrie Irving was fined $50,000 for showing the middle finger to Boston Celtics fans. The announcement was made by the best basketball league in the world this Tuesday. The 30-year-old point guard repeatedly stirred up fans in Boston in the opening game on Sunday (local time), which the Nets lost by 114:115 in the last second, and also gave them the middle finger. He gave fans “the same energy they gave me,” said Irving, who also turned his emotions into 39 points.
“It’s not all fans, I don’t want to attack all Boston fans,” said Irving, who has been regularly booed by Celtics fans since he moved to Brooklyn in 2019. But if fans become abusive, he can only take this up to a certain limit. “We are the ones who should be meek and humble – fuck it, it’s the playoffs.” The second game in the series between the Nets and the Celtics is Wednesday night (local time).
Ice hockey: Seider and Stützle with assists
German NHL pros Moritz Seider and Thomas Greiss have found their way back to success in the North American professional ice hockey league. After the last two significant losses, Detroit won the duel at the Tampa Bay Lightning by 4:3. Seider contributed an assist to the 1:1 meanwhile from Sweden’s Oskar Sundqvist. Goalkeeper Greiss parried 38 of 41 shots. Detroit is already out of the playoff race and will miss the playoffs for the sixth year in a row. The traditional team had already made the play-offs from 1991 to 2015.
Ottawa senators with Tim Stützle also missed the playoffs. At 4:3 after a penalty shootout at the Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa at least stopped the negative trend after two straight losses. In the second third, Stützle provided an assist for Alex Formenton’s goal in the meantime.
Basketball: Suns loses to Pelicans in NBA playoffs – Heat leads 2-0
The Phoenix Suns, clearly favorites, surprisingly lost to the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA playoffs. Two days after the undisputed victory at the start there was a 114:125 against the Pelicans on Tuesday night (local time). It’s now 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. A team needs four wins to reach the second stage.
Brandon Ingram was particularly convincing for the Pelicans with 37 points. “We started aggressively and remained resilient,” Ingram told TV station TNT. The Suns’ top pitcher was Devin Booker with 31 points. Booker injured his thigh in the third quarter and was unable to continue.
Prior to that, the Memphis Grizzlies drew against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After the surprisingly clear defeat on Saturday, the Grizzlies managed a 124:96 and lived up to their role as favorites. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are already 2-0 and they also won their second game against the Atlanta Hawks. Before the next two games in Atlanta there was a 115:105.