Celtics take down Nets The Splash Brothers, Brown and Smart star.

The NBA is the premium basketball competition worldwide. This year 11 players from Australia made the roster. Crafting their skills on FIFA approved championship surfaces here in Australia – Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Nellakir are Victoria’s leading supplier of Timber Sports Flooring using Horner/ASF Sports Flooring systems exclusively.

The big game saw the Boston Celtics take on the Brooklyn Nets – a traditional grudge match. Boston truly loves its Celtics and it is always a big deal to beat the team from the Big Apple.

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Here’s the match report.

Brown and Smart carry Celtics past short-handed Nets 112-104

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics blocked out an emotional loss to the Golden State Warriors over the weekend.

They swatted away a franchise record-tying number of shots, too.

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Celtics beat Brooklyn 112-104 on Monday night to snap the injury-riddled Nets’ six-game winning streak.

Aron Baynes had 16 points, Marcus Morris 15, and Al Horford and Terry Rozier each had 14 for Boston, which tied a franchise record with 16 blocked shots and won for the sixth time in seven games. Horford had 11 rebounds.

The Celtics played without star guard Kyrie Irving, who was sidelined with a sore left hip.
Boston lost a tough 115-111 contest against the Warriors on Saturday.

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“We’re professionals and you’ve got to move onto the next one,” Smart said. “We were short, Kyrie wasn’t playing. A lot of guys needed to step up and they did tonight.”

Brown said the Celtics wanted to carry some of the energy from the loss into the game.

“It’s a hot team,” he said. “We wanted to come out and break some of their confidence.”

D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 25 points and Shabazz Napier had 20. Brooklyn had won 19 of its previous 24 games.

“I’m just disappointed; I didn’t think we made the extra pass tonight,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said of the blocked shots. “When they are coming, we’ve got to kick it for open shots. I felt like it was a little too much put your head down and go against two guys at the rim. We’ve got to do a better job of making that extra pass.”

Brooklyn was missing five regular players.

“It is what it is. It’s something that we’re going into the game knowing that, so it’s not our excuse,” Russell said. “Everybody has to step up. It’s not the first time we’ve had to do that, but it’s definitely tougher.”

The Celtics took charge with an 11-0 run early in the final quarter. Brown capped the spree with a 3-pointer from the right corner, pushing Boston’s lead to 102-90 with just over 7 minutes to play.

Boston used a 14-2 run midway into the second quarter en route to a 60-50 halftime edge. Brown triggered the spurt with a 3 and scored seven points.

TIP-INS

Nets: Their next win will be the 28th, matching the total for last season. Also, they can match last season’s road total of 13 with their next road victory. … They had won 10 of their first 12 games in January.

Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens explained the need to be smart handling Irving’s days he doesn’t play. “He’s very open and candid when he’s not feeling great,” he said. “We’re very alert to that and want to make sure we prioritize not only to the short-term health, but obviously to the long term. We were going to sit him eight to 12 games anyways, so when he has nicks and bruises it makes sense to sit.” … F Gordon Hayward needed two stitches to close a first-quarter cut on his left hand, but he returned to the floor in the second. Smart also had a cut over his right eye.

BLOCK PARTY

The 16 blocked shots matched the record set on Jan. 21, 1983, against Chicago. Boston had a season-high 12 blocked shots — with Horford getting a half dozen — in the opening half, matching the most by an NBA team for a half this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The New York Knicks also had a dozen.

STICK TO THE PLAN

As one of the NBA’s surprise teams, Atkinson has tried not to waver from his concept on how to turn things around after two losing seasons.

It’s worked so far.

“What’s hard when you’re losing is to stick with that culture, not go off the rails and start changing things,” Atkinson said. “We did change some things, but the basic foundation of what we wanted to do was established in the beginning and kept on the same way. It’s great that we’re starting to reap some results.”

BANGED UP

Atkinson thinks his team has learned the hard way about dealing with injuries.
“That’s been part of our maturity and our confidence, not looking for the guys that are out,” he said.

They were missing six players Monday — five that get decent minutes: F Treveon Graham (sore lower back), G Spencer Dinwiddie (surgery Monday, right thumb), F Allen Crabbe (sore right knee), F Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring), F Caris LeVert (right foot injury) and G/F Dzanan Musa (left shoulder injury).

Source: espn.com.au

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A Golden Era for Aussies – Basketball and Netball

In Australia Basketball and Netball are moving from strength to strength. Currently there are 11 Australian players featuring on the NBA team rosters. The local Australian competition is also surging (the NBL) with television coverage and excellent Press. As well Netball’s national competition is available on both free-to-air and pay TV.

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State Netball and Hockey Centre

So what is the catalyst for such success? Australia has always fielded a fairly high level of competition for Basketball and over the last 15 years, Netball has certainly progressed with solid international success.

The answer is simple – improved facilities and playing surfaces over the last 20 years has seen many more youngsters taking up the games. Indoor facilities with Sprung Timber Sports Flooring to FIFa standards has kids playing at a standard not possible on old asphalt and concrete courts.

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State Basketball Centre

Successive Governments have allocated substantial funding to the creation of Community facilities, both as stand-alone stadiums, as well as excellent facilities incorporated into both new and existing Primary and Secondary Schools. In Victoria this has seen rapid acceleration of the facilities available through the development of the PPP scheme (Public Private Partnerships).

Nellakir are proud to have constructed the premium courts for the Victorian Netball State Centre in Parkville as well as the sports flooring at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna. Add to this a significant number of new playing surfaces (all timber sports flooring) at Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools, it’s not hard to see why the sports are enjoying real success with our best players, our champions finding homes in the NBA.

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Eagle Stadium

Australian NBA Player Mathew Dellanova explains it quite well in this article from ESPN.

Delly predicts NBA golden era for Aussies

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Matthew Dellavedova believes Australian basketball is on the cusp of a golden era with a record 11 players on NBA rosters this season.

With Victoria’s Mitch Creek signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Brooklyn Nets, a mammoth Australian contingent will feature in the upcoming NBA season – headlined by Philadelphia 76ers superstar Ben Simmons.

Former NBA Championship winner Dellavedova says the sky is the limit for his countrymen, with the season kicking off in October.

“It’s an awesome time to be an Australian involved in basketball over here because there are so many exciting players coming through,” Milwaukee Bucks guard Dellavedova told AAP.

“Obviously, Ben is the biggest name of them all but you’ve also got Jonah Bolden joining him at the Sixers, Thon (Maker) with me at Milwaukee and Dante (Exum) back healthy again.”

Point guard Simmons starred in his first season in the NBA, smashing a series of records while leading the 76ers to the Eastern Conference semi-finals and himself to Rookie of The Year award.

Having battled through injuries since the Utah Jazz drafted Exum with the fifth overall pick in 2014, the talented point guard recently agreed to a three-year, $US33-million contract extension.

While fellow Australian Aron Baynes recently signed a two-year, $US11-million deal to remain at the Boston Celtics, Dellavedova is particularly excited with Melbourne’s Ryan Broekhoff landing at the Dallas Mavericks from Europe.

“I’m really excited for Ryan Broekhoff to get his chance with Dallas,” Dellavedova said.

“He’s a guy that’s good enough to play in the NBA and has been for a number of years.”

Dellavedova attributed the NBA invasion to the Australian Institute of Sport’s basketball program.

“I think a big reason for it is the AIS; the Centre of Excellence is an unbelievable facility,” he said.

“A lot of us have come through there and I think that’s the foundation of my success and I would say a lot of other guys, too.”

Australians on NBA teams for the 2018/19 regular season are: Ben Simmons, Jonah Bolden (Philadelphia 76ers); Aron Baynes (Boston Celtics); Joe Ingles, Dante Exum (Utah Jazz); Matthew Dellavedova, Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks); Ryan Broekhoff (Dallas Mavericks); Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs); Mitch Creek (Brooklyn Nets); Deng Adel (Toronto Raptors).

Source: espn.com.au

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Waverly Netball Centre

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Camberwell Grammar School

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Aussie Rookie of the Year Takes NBA by Storm.

Ben Simmons is on fire this year in the NBA. As reigning Rookie of the Year he’s averaging 16.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. An Australian, Ben is the third non-American to win the award.

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Simmons hopes Australian fans can help him get over the line.

The Melbourne-born superstar said he is proud to represent Australia on the international stage every time he plays.

“Support from Australia means everything because just being Australian, every time I put on a jersey, I know I’m not only representing my family, but Australia at the same time,” Simmons told news.com.au.

“I also want to be the first Australian to be in the All-Star game, I think that would just be huge for Australian basketball. Not only for me but for little kids looking up to me. I think that would just be an amazing accomplishment.”

Simmons has been ramping up his performances over the past month.

In his last 10 games, he averages 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists.

But having just moved over the halfway mark of the season, Simmons is on track to break two lofty marks he set in 2017/18.

He hit 38 double-doubles last year and 12 triple-doubles. This year he already has 27 double-doubles and seven triple-doubles.

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Ben Simmons is on track to smash his double-double and triple-double records.

But his current form has seen him register five triple-doubles in his last 13 matches and 76ers coach Brett Brown said he is deserving of the lofty accolade.

“I think he’s on a mission to win games and be an All-Star,” the Philadelphia 76ers head coach said on Wednesday. “And I will do everything I can to help him.”

For Simmons, an All-Star berth would be humbling.

“I think being selected as an All-Star is a great accomplishment. Being an All-Star, you’re looked at as being one of the best players in the league,” he said.

“Being in the NBA is already a great accomplishment for a lot of guys and I want to get to that next level. I believe what I’ve been doing as of late has shown that I’m up there with those guys.”

Simmons, a Kayo Sports ambassador, is stuck in a dogfight for an All-Star spot, sitting fourth in guard voting in the Eastern Conference behind Kyrie Irving (2.3m votes), Dwyane Wade (1.1m votes) and Kemba Walker (858,798 votes).

Simmons is sitting on 695,032 votes, according to the second round of fan vote returns released by the NBA on Thursday, almost 130,000 votes ahead of the fifth placed Victor Oladipo.

The fan votes will account for 50 per cent of the vote with player selection and media selection accounting for a further 25 per cent each with those voters completing one full ballot featuring two guards and three frontcourt players from each conference.

The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference will be named NBA All-Star Game starters.

The two team captains will be the two players with the highest accumulation of votes and after the vote will draft rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference, making their picks regardless of conference affiliation.

With the 76ers currently 27-16 for the season and sitting in fourth in the Eastern Conference, Simmons said his side are starting to hit their straps.

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Ben Simmons has been in incredible form.

On a personal note, he’s hoping to take his game to the next level.

“Personally I think I’ve got a lot of growing to do in terms of defence and offence but I can see the growth starting to happen slowly over time,” he said.

“I’m putting the work in to get to where I want to be and I think the sky’s the limit as long as I have the mentality to go out every night and try to get better and get wins for my team.

“(The 76ers) have some things locked down where we look great but we have a lot of growing to do at the same time.

“We have a lot of young guys on the team and it’s going to take a lot to get to the next level but I believe in what we have and the coaching staff we have that we can get there but it really depends on how hard we push each other.”

Source: news.com.au

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Netball – the 2019 Suncorp Netball Fixture

Netball is one of the World’s fastest growing Sports. In Australia it is the most popular sort for women and young girls.

The sport achieved Olympic status back in 1996 and there is still a slim chance it may be played at the 2020 0r 2024 Games.

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Meanwhile, the premier Australian National Competition – the Suncorp Super Netball Comp – will kick off this year on April 24th. The competition will enjoy National Free-to-Air coverage on Television via 9Now, as well as being streamed by Telstra across Australia.

Nellakir recognise the importance of this competition to the sport of Netball and wish all participants and competitor teams an exciting and rewarding season. All major competition games are played on premium Sprung Timber Sports Flooring (Nellakir constructed the major indoor Timber floored Courts at the Victorian Netball Centre in Royal Park, Melbourne).

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For your interest we present this article from the Firebirds Netball team website.

2019 Suncorp Super Netball Fixture

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The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season will again treat netball fans from Australia and across the globe to 17 weeks of the world’s premier netball competition.

The season will kick off on April 27 and, with more international athletes than ever before, the league will truly showcase the world’s best netball talent throughout 2019. Starting with a bang, the first few weeks of the season will see a Round 1 derby between the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball, a Round 2 Grand Final rematch between West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast Lightning and a Round 3 showdown between the two Queensland teams.

Netball Australia Executive General Manager of Events Chris Symington says going by the results of the 2018 season, netball fans can’t get enough of the Suncorp Super Netball league with the average home-and-away match viewership on Channel Nine channels up 25.9% and views on Telstra’s streaming services up 23% on 2017.

“We couldn’t be more impressed with how Suncorp Super Netball is being embraced in arenas across Australia and on broadcast, both on free-to-air and digital channels,” he said.

“We saw more than 35 million minutes of the 2018 season viewed live and on demand across Telstra and 9Now platforms including the Netball live app, and more than one million viewers tuned into the Grand Final on Nine, so we’re incredibly excited to see what the fierce 2019 season will bring with the support of our broadcast and league partners.”

Like the 2018 season, two Suncorp Super Netball matches per round will be broadcast live on Nine’s main channel during family-friendly timeslots and two matches will be exclusive to Telstra TV, with all four matches available on the Netball Live app, both live and on demand.

For the first time, a match will be played on the Victorian Queen’s Birthday holiday between the Melbourne Vixens and the Collingwood Magpies and across the season there will 12 matches played during Saturday night timeslots. Suncorp Super Netball will be taken to regional Australia on two occasions with the Collingwood Magpies taking on the West Coast Fever in Bendigo during Round 5 and the Magpies playing the NSW Swifts at the Silverdome in Launceston in Round 13.

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The season will feature two theme rounds with Give for a Goal Round in Round 4, raising funds for Netball Australia’s Confident Girls Foundation, and Indigenous Round in Round 8, which will celebrate Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

All eight Suncorp Super Netball clubs will continue to play each other once at home, and once away. For the first time, the season will break for a four-week period from 23 June during the 2019 Netball World Cup, and then resume on 27 July for the final five home-and-away rounds before a three-week finals series, to be contested by the top four-ranked teams.

The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final will be held on the 15 September.

source: firebirds.net.au

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Aussies burn hot for Utah Jazz.

In the NBA, Australian born basketballers are going gangbusters. Crafting their skills on local competition courts (sprung timber sports flooring), Joe Ingles and Dante Exum are now starring for the Utah Jazz in the NBA.

Joe Ingles is a South Australian boy from Happy Valley, an Adelaide Suburb. He played junior basketball for the Southern Tigers. In Australia he played with the South Dragons in the NBL as an 18 year old and was NBL Rookie of the Year in 2006-2007.

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Before joining Utah Jazz, he played in Spain for CB Granada then FC Barcelona. In 2013 he signed with Israeli Club Maccabi Tel Aviv, and was a member of that team’s Euro League Championship win in 2013-2014.

He signed with Utah Jazz in October 2014.

Dante Exum was born in East Melbourne. He played for Keilor Basketball Association as a junior. Like Joe Ingles he studied at Lake Ginninderra Secondary School in Canberra and attended the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport). He joined Jazz in 2014 being drafted at fifth overall pick.

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