The sports world makes for a beautiful palette but individual images can get lost in the constant shuffle. Here are the best Getty Images sports photos from this week.
Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics laughs during the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at TD Garden on Feb. 16, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Looking for strong emotions in regular season NBA games can be a challenge during a normal year, but during the pandemic, it has gotten even tougher. While players usually signal and respond to the crowd after hitting 3-point shots, without fans the emotions can be more muted. Here Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics flashes his smile that could be seen across the arena. Kemba is a standup leader on the team and his enthusiastic support of his teammates always translates well in photos.
— Maddie Meyer
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Cole Custer, driver of the #41 HaasTooling.com Ford, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida.
NASCAR is definitely a sport where a photographer can’t let their guard down for a second. The cars race around the track hitting speeds of 200 mph and if you blink it’s over. At this year’s Daytona 500, I was responsible for turn three on the track where this wreck happened. Up until the last lap of the race, the drivers had driven very cautiously and not taken many risks. Right before the leaders rounded my corner on the last lap, I heard over the radio broadcast, “wreck, wreck!” and I started firing off frames as cars collided with each other and went spinning by me on fire. In these situations, no matter what, you just keep shooting. Even after the cars come to a stop you keep looking for pictures. Brad Keselowski climbed out of his car, threw his gloves and put his hands over his face in a reaction that really told the story.
— James Gilbert
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after winning a point in her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during day seven of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Feb. 14, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Whenever you are shooting Serena Williams it is hard to take your camera off her as she always makes great pictures. There are certain moments when the match gets tight where you can feel her intensity rise. This was a breakpoint opportunity, it was close and I had noticed Serena talking to her herself and you could feel her emotions were ready to boil over. Luckily she made the shot to break Aryna Sabalenka’s serve and let out this scream in celebration. She always plays with such passion which is why she is my favorite player on the tour to photograph.
— Quinn Rooney
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to a call during the first quarter against the Houston Rockets at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 17, 2021, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Bruno Fernando of the Atlanta Hawks fouls Keita Bates-Diop of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at State Farm Arena on Feb. 12, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 DoorDash Toyota, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
The Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning hold a moment of silence for the three-year anniversary of the shootings at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the BB&T Center on Feb. 13, 2021, in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Brandon Hagel of the Chicago Blackhawks passes the puck during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on Feb. 13, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers and Michael McLeod of the New Jersey Devils fight in the first period at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 16, 2021, in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan looks on as a butterfly lands on her face in her Women’s Singles third round match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during day five of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 12, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
Dylan Alcott of Australia serves his Quad Wheelchair Singles Semifinals match against Niels Vink of the Netherlands during day eight of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Feb. 15, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich (C) battles for the ball with Luis Rodriguez of Tigres (R) during the match between Bayern Muenchen and Tigres UANL at Education City Stadium on February 11, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)
Caio Vidal of Internacional reacts on the pitch during the match between Vasco da Gama and Internacional as part of the Brasileirao Series A at Sao Januario Stadium on Feb. 14, 2021, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bruna Prado/Getty Images)
Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United controls the ball whilst under pressure from Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on Feb. 14, 2021, in West Bromwich, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Edwin Cardona of Boca Juniors looks at the ball during a match between Boca Juniors and Gimnasia Y Esgrima La Plata as part of Copa de la Liga Profesional 2021 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on Feb. 14, 2021, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)
Marketa Davidova of Czech Republic competes during the Women 15 km Individual Competition at the IBU World Championships Biathlon Pokljuka at on Feb. 16, 2021, in Pokljuka, Slovenia. (Photo by Vianney Thibaut/NordicFocus/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin of USA in action during the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Women’s Alpine Combined on Feb. 15, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Alice Dearing of Great Britain competes in the Women’s 800m Freestyle on Day 3 of the Manchester International Swimming Meet 2021 at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on Feb. 14, 2021, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Michael Gligic of Canada plays his third shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on Feb. 12, 2021, in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Daniel Berger of the United States reacts after nearly holing out from the bunker on the 15th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Feb. 14, 2021, in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Jared Anderson celebrates after he defeats Kingsley Ibeh at the MGM Grand Conference Center on Feb. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)