Remarkable Achievement As Nigerian Basketball Icon Leads Boston Celtics to First NBA Final in 12 Years
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Remarkable Achievement As Nigerian Basketball Icon Leads Boston Celtics to First NBA Final in 12 Years

  • Ime Udoka has guided Boston Celtics to their first NBA final in 12 years after they the defeated Miami Heat 100-96
  • Celtics were leading with 17 points at the end of the second quarter, but the opponents fought back and almost restored parity before the end
  • Udoka’s side will now take on Golden State Warriors in the final which has been slated for San Francisco on Thursday

A former D’Tigers forward, Ime Udoka has overseen Boston Celtics’ qualification to the NBA finals for their first time in 12 years in a spectacular fashion.

Boston Celtic were in impressive form, defeating Miami Heat 100-96 in a game-seven win after they initially failed in their last five playoff runs.

They will now face Golden State Warriors in the final, with game one to hold in San Francisco scheduled to hold on Thursday.

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Ime Udoka guides Boston Celtics to first NBA final in 12 years. Photo: Michael Reaves
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Complete Sports reports that Celtics were ahead with 17 points in the second quarter and Miami had to up their game and had reduced the lead drastically by the fourth quarter.

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A crucial moment in the game came when Butler missed a three-pointer before Boston’s Marcus Smart – who had 24 points and nine rebounds in total – made two free throws to seal the long-awaited finals place. Udoka said via BBC:

“We fought through a lot of adversity this year. We’re a resilient group and tonight seemed to signify our season. We can’t ever seem to shut the door and have to grind it out.”

Who is Ime Udoka?

Udoka’s father, who was of Nigerian descent, died in 2006, which qualified Udoka for Nigerian citizenship.

He was a player on the Nigerian national team. At the 2006 FIBA World Championships, Udoka led Nigeria in scoring, assists, and steals.

The Boston Celtics have been one of the most successful teams in the NBA since 1946, winning seventeen championships, including eight in a row.

They have won more titles than any other club.

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They were one of the most successful teams in sports history. From 1957 to 1969, they won 11 of the 13 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships.

NBA coach speaks over US school shooting

Sports Brief earlier reported that Golden State Warriors coach, Steve Kerr has asked some tough questions to the United States government following the school shooting that occurred in Texas on Tuesday, May 24.

A total of 19 students and 2 students have been confirmed killed when a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School before he was killed by law enforcement.

Steve Kerr, who was speaking in a press conference ahead of the Golden State Warrior’s playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks has now called for stricter gun laws in the USA.

Source: Sports Brief News

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