Warriors get rings, down Lakers



The Golden State Warriors received their 2022 championship rings. They also beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-109 and the Boston Celtics outscored the Philadelphia 76ers 126-117 as the NBA opened its 2022-23 season.

And TNT’s Charles Barkley was in fine form mid-season when he tackled the role of Lakers guard Russell Westbrook with the Lakers. “I look up to him. I respect him,” Barkley said.

The league’s other teams open the season on Wednesday and Thursday, including the highly anticipated return of New Orleans forward Zion Williamson, who missed all of last season with a foot injury.

NBA Season Predictions:Which teams will reach the final? Who will win the MVP title in 2023?

Opinion:Lakers and LeBron have a long list of problems to solve and time is running out

Let’s take a look at Tuesday’s winners and losers:

Winners

TNT’s Inside the NBA on the airwaves of the team

Turner Sports on Monday announced long-term extensions for Inside the NBA’s Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal. Terms weren’t disclosed, but you can count on this crew being together for at least the next five seasons. This is good news for basketball fans. “Inside the NBA” isn’t caught up in breaking news or all the nuances of pick-and-roll or analysis. There are other places for that. Those who love the show understand: it’s an entertainment program, and Johnson is the perfect traffic cop for the irreverent spectacle.

Warriors fans and franchise

Celebrating the 2022 Championship once again on Tuesday on Ring Night, the Warriors and their fans are making sure they cherish these times and era. Because that doesn’t happen often. Outside of Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers with their 17 titles, no franchise has won more than the Warriors’ seven championships and four of those have come in the previous eight seasons. There will come a day when Steph Curry (33 points, seven assists, six rebounds against the Lakers), Klay Thompson and Draymond Green won’t play for the Warriors, and wins and titles won’t come as often as they do. . now.

James Harden

James Harden had 16 points, made all eight free throw attempts and was 2-for-3 on 3-pointers and 3-for-4 from the field — just in the first quarter. He was fouled on a 3-point attempt three times – made six free throws and finished one game four points. Looking healthier and fitter than last season, Harden finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists (alongside Joel Embiid’s 26 points, 15 rebounds and Tyrese Maxey’s 21 points), and that’s kind of Harden that the Sixers need if they make it to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2001.

Combo Tatum-Brown

Last season, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown shut down any talk that the two couldn’t coexist. They continued their dynamic 1-2 act – each scoring 35 points on a 27-for-44 combined shot from the field. Tatum also had 12 rebounds. As they continue to improve — Tatum is in MVP candidate territory and Brown is on the verge of All-NBA — the Celtics should remain contenders in the East.

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla

In difficult circumstances just before the opening of training camp, Mazzulla took over from suspended coach Ime Udoka (more on that later). The youngest coach in the league along with Utah’s Will Hardy, Mazzulla earned his first win in the season opener. The son of a high school coach, Mazzulla played in West Virginia and began his coaching career in 2011. Mazzulla was an assistant behind the bench last season, but Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens , believed in Mazzulla, who earned respect. Celtics players. It was a good start for Mazzulla and the Celtics.

losers

Ime Udoka

The suspended Celtics coach is expected to be on the sidelines and set the Celtics up for another deep playoff run and possibly a championship. Instead, he’s suspended for this season for what the team called “violations of team policies,” and while the organization hasn’t said so, Udoka has had an inappropriate relationship with him. a team staff member. In his first season as NBA head coach in 2021-22, Udoka showed great coaching ability, helping the Celtics go from 23-24 to 51-31. He will probably never coach the Celtics again and his future in the NBA is uncertain.

Sixers Bench

The Sixers revamped their bench in the offseason, acquiring De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell and Danuel House Jr., but they combined for just eight points, and the Boston bench beat the Philadelphia bench 34–11.

Lakers 3-point shot

The Lakers opened Game 1 for 15 on 3-pointers and finished 10 for 40 in that range. This is an area where the Lakers need drastic improvements. Last season, Los Angeles was 22nd in 3-point percentage and 18th in 3-pointers made. LeBron James (31 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists) was 3 for 10 of 3, Anthony Davis (27 points), Lonnie Walker IV and Juan Toscano-Anderson each 0 for 3, Russell Westbrook (19 points, 11 rebounds) 1 for 3 and Patrick Beverley 1 for 5.

Transition faults

During the offseason, the NBA approved a harsher penalty for transition fouls, which the league calls “an intentional foul by a defender to deprive the offensive team of a quick breaking opportunity.” This season, when the defending team commits a transition foul, the offensive team will be awarded a free throw to be shot by any player in play at that time and the offensive team will retain possession of the ball of basket ball. Last season there were more than 1,700 fouls, said new NBA executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars.

Striking foul had become a stain on NBA play, and FIBA, the international basketball federation, had long since made the practice an important sanction. It was high time the NBA took similar action.

There was only one foul on Tuesday.