Sports Roundup: Boston Celtics advance, NFL Draft Round 1 Recaps, Brittney Griner
Boston Celtics (4) - Atlanta Hawks(2): 'Winning time': C's pull away to finish off Hawks
Effective defense and timely 3s from a host of Celtics in Thursday's closing moments helped Boston pull out a win over the Hawks and advance to a showdown with the 76ers in the conference semifinals.
2023 NFL Draft: Grades for all 31 first-round picks
Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud go 1-2 as QBs drive the top of the draft
Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud and Anthony Richardson set the tone for first-round quarterbacks.
Howie Roseman: We have good people in this building, felt Jalen Carter was a good fit for us
“We understand that all these players, they need to be developed, they’re coming into the league at a very young age, they’re not finished products,” Roseman said. “You just want to really get to know the person and what’s in their heart. When we got to know Jalen, we just felt like here’s a kid that does love football, obviously he’s a winner — he won in high school, he won in college — and we felt like we have really good people in this building: We have a really good support staff, we have really good players who are good people, we have really good coaches, and we felt like it was a good fit for us.”
Among the players the Eagles have on hand are several of Carter’s defensive teammates from Georgia — 2022 rookies Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean as well as Thursday’s 30th overall pick Nolan Smith — and the hope is that the whole mix helps set the stage for on-field success without off-field issues.
Griner won't play another international season
Brittney Griner was definitive on the possibility of leaving the United States to compete again, saying, "I'm never going overseas to play again unless it's to represent my country." Griner and the Mercury also on Thursday announced a partnership with the Bring Our Families Home organization, which advocates on behalf of Americans who are held hostage or wrongfully detained in other countries.