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Three Takeaways As The Celtics Closed Out The Raptors In Game 7

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The Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the Celtics and Raptors has reminded us about everything that’s great about the NBA Playoffs. The two teams slugged it out for seven thrilling games, and it all came to end on Friday night as Boston was able to sneak away with a 92-87 victory and punch its ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals and a date with the Miami Heat.

Like most Game 7s, it was a battle of wills that wasn’t particularly pretty at times and has left both teams with plenty to think about as they head in their respective directions. Here’s what we learned from a hard-fought conclusion to one of the postseason’s best series and an emotional end to the Raptors’ championship defense.

The Raptors Defied Expectations All Season

Toronto seemed destined for an early exit from Orlando, right up until the end of Game 3, when O.G. Anunoby hit a miracle three-pointer at the buzzer and completely changed the complexion of the series. From there, the Raptors went on to force Game 7 and keep their championship hopes alive, however briefly.

It was a continuation of their season-long defiance of expectations, as they’ve proved that the loss of Kawhi Leonard in free agency last summer wouldn’t stop them from staging a serious title defense, fighting their way to a No. 2 seed in the East going into the postseason and coming within one game of a conference finals appearance.

That incredible run came to an end in Game 7 on Friday night, but the Raptors were worth the price of admission at every turn. It was a tough night for just about every Raptor on the roster, as they committed 18 turnovers as a team and shot just 8-for-28 from downtown, but regardless, still somehow found themselves within striking distance right up to the final minute.

Fred VanVleet did his best to keep the Raptors in it, finishing with a team-high 20 points, even as Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam struggled, although both made huge plays down the stretch to give Toronto a chance right up until the final buzzer.

The Raptors and their fans have a lot to be proud of, and they’ve given us a lot of joy, entertainment, near-heart attacks the past few weeks here in Orlando.

Jayson Tatum Is A Superstar

There’s been a lot of questions about Kemba Walker’s lackluster play this series, and rightfully so. Walker was ostensibly supposed to be the best player on this Celtics team and their veteran leader, but his shooting woes of late have been alarming. Having said that, Jayson Tatum’s spectacular play is quickly changing the narrative with every passing game. He’s looked like a superstar at various points this postseason, and Game 7 was one of his most outstanding efforts to date.

Tatum is establishing himself as not only the Celtics’ No. 1 option, but as an emerging superstar who is hitting his stride at the exact right time in the postseason.

The East Finals Between The Celtics and Heat Should Be Phenomenal

The Celtics are loaded with talent. Even when their best players struggle, as they did at times this series, it’s always next man up in Boston. Jaylen Brown (21 points, 8 rebounds) and Marcus Smart (16 points, six assists) were both crucial in Game 7 and are key to the Celtics’ success moving forward, especially in gritty games where chaos reigns supreme.

They’re going to need their toughness against a stifling Heat defense that is fresh off pummeling the No. 1 Bucks and feeling well-rested from a quick second-round series. Just watching Jimmy Butler take up the defensive assignment against multiple Celtics wings next series will be worth the price of admission alone, and there should be plenty of sparks along the way.

Still, Walker will continue to face questions until he starts to make his presence felt on a consistent basis for Boston. He’s too talented to keep fading into the background like he’s done at times this series, and if they want any chance of competing for a championship, let alone getting out of the East, they’ll need everyone playing at or near their peak.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals tips off on Tuesday.

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Megan Thee Stallion Is One Of The Cover Stars Of The 2020 ‘Time’ 100 Most Influential People Issue

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Arriving later in the year than their 2019 edition, Time shared their annual “100 Most Influential People” list on Tuesday night. The magazine unveiled this year’s iteration of the list through a broadcast on ABC. Of the many names to make the list, only a few are given the honor to grace the magazine’s cover for the issue and Megan Thee Stallion is one of them. Megan joins ten other names who appear on the eight different variations of the magazine’s issue. The other cover stars are The Weeknd, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Dr. Anthony Fauci, founders of the Black Lives Matter movement Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, New York nurse Amy O’Sullivan, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

For her cover issue, actor Taraji P. Henson wrote about Megan and praised the Houston rapper for musical talents and her overall “strength” as a woman, calling her “deep” and a “free-spirit.” “The industry might try to pigeonhole her in this rap game, but she’s got a plan that’s much bigger,” she said in the write-up. “And we got her. I just want her to keep winning.”

Other notable names from the music to land on the 2020 Time 100 Most Influential People issue include Selena Gomez, J Balvin, Halsey, Jojo Siwa, and Jennifer Hudson.

Read Henson’s full write-up on Megan below and check out the entire Time 100 list here.

I remember hearing Megan Thee Stallion on one of those famous DJ radio shows a few years ago. She rode the beat like I’d never heard anybody ride the beat in a long time—and I’m a hip-hop head. There was something about this woman. Once you discover her, you become a fan. I don’t like to put the stigma of the word strong on Black women because I think it dehumanizes us, but she has strength—strength through vulnerability. She’s lost much of her family—her mother, her father, her grandmother—yet she is the epitome of tenacity, of pulling herself up by her bootstraps. She was shot this summer, and still people tried to tear her down. But she’s out here still loving and being sweet. It’s invigorating to see her become a platinum-selling artist with the viral hit “Hot Girl Summer” and multiple No. 1 songs in the past year, “Savage” and “WAP.” But you would be a fool to think that’s all there is to her. She’s deep. She’s enrolled in college. She’s an entertainer. She’s a free spirit; I see that in her. The industry might try to pigeonhole her in this rap game, but she’s got a plan that’s much bigger. And we got her. I just want her to keep winning.

Megan Thee Stallion is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

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Arrestation : Une femme de Saint-Hubert a envoyé sept lettres empoisonnées à Trump et à des policiers

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On a appris aujourd’hui qu’une mère de famille de Saint-Hubert sera accusée de menaces de mort envers le président américain. Pascale Ferrier est soupçonnée d’avoir envoyé des lettres empoisonnée à la ricine à Donald Trump et à des policiers du Texas, où elle a été emprisonnée en 2019 après avoir été arrêtée parce qu’elle utilisait un permis de conduire trafiqué et qu’elle possédait illégalement une arme.

 

Une femme de 53 ans de Saint-Hubert, Pascale Ferrier, sera accusée, à Buffalo.

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« J’ai trouvé un nouveau nom pour toi : le clown tyran hideux. J’espère que tu l’aimes. Tu ruines les USA et les conduits au désastre. J’ai des cousins américains, donc je ne veux pas les prochains quatre ans avec toi comme président. Abandonne et retire ta candidature pour cette élection », précisait la lettre envoyée à la Maison-Blanche, dans laquelle se trouvait une poudre blanche identifiée en laboratoire comme étant de la ricine, un puissant poison.

« J’ai fait un “cadeau spécial” pour t’aider à prendre une décision. Le cadeau est dans cette lettre. S’il ne fonctionne pas, je trouverai une meilleure recette pour un autre poison, ou je pourrais utiliser mon fusil quand je pourrai venir », aurait ensuite poursuivi la femme.

D’ailleurs, c’est dimanche dernier qu’elle a été arrêtée en essayant de rentrer aux États-Unis. Au moment des faits, elle portait une arme à feu chargée sur sa ceinture et possédait un couteau. Elle a elle-même avoué qu’elle était recherchée par le FBI pour les sept lettres qu’elle aurait envoyées.

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Tom Hardy, le nouveau James Bond?

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Daniel Craig sera à l’affiche du prochain James Bond, No Time to Die, qui sortira en salles le 20 novembre prochain. Ce 25e opus de la série à succès mettant en vedette l’intrépide séducteur agent 007 et sa panoplie de Bond girls, mettra fin au contrat de l’acteur dans la peau du célèbre espion britannique!

 


Alors que les fans redoutent la dernière apparition à l’écran de leur héros favori, d’autres sont déjà à la recherche depuis un bon bout de temps du remplaçant de Daniel Craig. Plusieurs noms circulent déjà dans l’univers cinématographique, tels que Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Bodyguard), Henry Cavill (Superman, The Witcher), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw), James Norton (Black Mirror) ou même Harry Styles!

 

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Alors, qui prêtera ses traits au costard noir du nouveau James Bond? Il semble que Tom Hardy, alias le super-héros Venom, serait pressenti pour incarner le prochain agent 007. Eh oui, son nom est sur toutes les lèvres en ce moment! Et ce n’est pas la première fois puisqu’en 2017, le réalisateur Christopher Nolan avait évoqué le fait que Tom serait parfait dans le rôle!.

Trouvez-vous que Tom ferait un bon James Bond? A-t-il assez de charme, de charisme et de sex appeal pour prendre le relais?

 

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