Miami Heat Head to Finals, Squash Celtics’ Historic Comeback Hopes
Derek White’s Game 6 buzzer beater left a legion of Celtics fans hopeful that the team could complete an improbable reverse sweep, coming back from 3-0. As Boston headed back to TD Garden, the team hoped to reproduce the success of last year’s squad that made it to The NBA Finals. Alas, the heroics of Caleb Martin, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo proved to be too much for the Celtics, especially following an early-game injury to Jayson Tatum, which slowed the star’s performance in the win-or-go-home game. The Heat prevailed with a final score of 103-84. The eighth-seeded Heat will meet Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets in the Finals, which will tip off on June 1 on ABC.
‘The Little Mermaid’ Dives Into Theaters with $117M Opening Weekend
After much anticipation, the Halle Bailey-led live action remake of the 1989 Disney animated film is in theaters. The Little Mermaid features an all-star cast that also includes Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and more and cost the House of Mouse $250 million to produce. It kicked off the summer blockbuster season with a $117.5 domestic performance in the box office, falling just short of the $120 million projection. However, it took in nearly $50 million in international theaters, bringing its opening weekend total to $164 million.
Nick Nurse Reportedly Tapped as the Philadelphia 76ers Next Coach
Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have a new coach coming to town. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Philadelphia is expected to hire former Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse as its next head coach. The team parted ways with Doc Rivers after a disappointing loss in the second round to the Boston Celtics. Nurse led the Raptors to the NBA title during his first season with the team in 2018-2019 and was selected as the Coach of the Year for the 2019-2020 season.
Google Forced to Pay $32M to Sonos for Copyright Infringement
The battle of home audio goods recently went to court. A jury in San Francisco found that Google coopted Sonos’ intellectual property, citing five instances of patent infringement. As a result, the tech giant will pay out $32 million in compensation to Sonos. The case has been in the midst of ongoing litigation since 2020. Sonos highlighted Google’s working relationship with the company, through which it claims that Google gained access to some of its designs and personnel and subsequently utilized to help develop products.
Sofia Coppola Links with Keanu Reeves to Celebrate 100 Years of Suntory Whisky
Sofia Coppola is heading back to Japan for her most recent project. The filmmaker is teaming with Suntory Whisky to honor the company’s 100th anniversary. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Coppola’s Oscar winning film Lost in Translation which centers around a Suntory commercial and first Introduced “Suntory Time.” Coppola brought in Keanu Reeves for the task. In the ad, he sips a drink of the spirit and the ad quickly flashes to a number of references to the whiskey through the years, including a scene from the iconic film starring Bill Murray.