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For a half, it looked like everything was falling apart for the Boston Celtics. Two days after surrendering 128 points to the lowly Indiana Pacers in a loss, the Celtics found themselves in an early hole at home against the Atlanta Hawks.

To make matters worse, Celtics star Jaylen Brown went down with an ankle injury and never returned. Despite the injury and a 17-point deficit in the first half, Boston answered a halftime challenge from first-year coach Ime Udoka. Next up for the Celtics is another significant challenge involving “MVP” Ja Morant.

The Boston Celtics overcame the loss of Jaylen Brown

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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden on March 1, 2022, in Boston, Massachusetts. | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images.

Brown left the game in the first quarter after rolling his right ankle while driving the lane. Although he walked off on his own, he never returned. The Hawks also made 14 of 20 shots from the floor in the second quarter to jump out to a 17-point lead. It seemed the Celtics were headed for their second straight loss against a sub-.500 team.

Instead, Jayson Tatum heated up, as did the bench.

Tatum finished with 33 points, while reserves Derrick White and Grant Williams each had 18 off the bench as Boston improved to 37-27.

What was most impressive is that they did it all with Brown in the locker room.

“It just shows, that if we continue to come out like this, this is the team that we are,” said Marcus Smart, per ESPN. “This is the identity that we have. It’s going to be hard for teams.”

The Boston Celtics defense was challenged at halftime by coach Ime Udoka

After giving up those 128 points to the Pacers on Sunday and then 65 in the first half to the Hawks on Tuesday, Udoka challenged his team. At halftime, he told them he needed more physicality from them.

“Up the physicality,” Udoka told reporters after the game, per CLNS media. “That’s what we talked about and showed at halftime. It was a little carry-over from the last two games where we weren’t at our best defensively. Obviously, it happened in the first half where (Hawks star Trae Young) came off clean too many times, got too many good looks.”

Young, who also rolled his ankle but remained in the game, scored 31 points but had just nine in the second half.

Marcus Smart welcomed Udoka’s challenge. Anytime physicality is involved, Smart is ready to go and will welcome that challenge every night.

“Every day. Every day. That’s part of us. That’s part of me,” Smart said, per Keith Smith.

Grant Williams, Derrick White stepped up their game on both sides of the ball

Udoka said he felt the Celtics were a little “shell-shocked” when Brown went down. He credited White with his all-around effort to help overcome the loss of Brown.

“Offensively, it felt like we were a little — I don’t know, shell-shocked with Jaylen going out,” Udoka said postgame. “We kind of had to figure out how we were going to attack it, and Derrick was a huge part of that. Derrick was huge handling, scoring, distributing, defensively, all the way around. So it was huge to have a guy like him ready on a night when Jaylen goes out.”

Williams also shined on both ends of the court. He said playing against Young will only help the Celtics when they square off against the Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday at home.

“Trae is a little more deep threat, shifty,” Williams said after the game. “Ja creates a lot more downhill transition, creates a lot of flow for their team. Ja is an incredible player. He’s the MVP in my eyes, this early in his career. Tremendous respect to him at what he’s done.”

Williams and White will need to step it up again Thursday as Brown has already been ruled out.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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