NBA playoff predictions 2019: Picking the bracket, from first round to NBA Finals

first_imgThe Eastern Conference is looking top-heavy to start with the Bucks, Raptors, Sixers and Celtics all expected to advance to the second round. The East bracket could have a far-reaching impact on these teams beyond the playoffs with a pivotal offseason on the horizon. Get bounced early, and it could prove costly in free agency.Can anyone prevent another Warriors championship? Who will emerge from the Eastern Conference with LeBron James no longer in charge? Let’s go through the 2019 NBA playoff bracket to find out.NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | West breakdown | East breakdownNBA playoff bracket NBA playoffs: East first-round predictionsThe Nos. 6 and 7 seeds have a chance to put a scare into their first-round foes, but no upsets are expected here. The second round should be a dandy.Bucks over PistonsRaptors over MagicSixers over NetsCeltics over PacersNBA playoffs: West first-round predictionsThe defending champs cruise, No. 2 will struggle to get by, a shorthanded No. 3 seed goes down and the Rockets shoot down Utah (again).Warriors over ClippersNuggets over SpursThunder over Trail BlazersRockets over JazzEastern Conference semifinal predictionsCeltics over Bucks, 4-2If there were a contest based on chemistry, the Celtics would have missed the postseason altogether. But talent is a factor, especially as the playoff rounds get tougher. The Celtics have depth and can create matchup advantages all over the lineup against the Bucks — Boston can throw big, medium and small lineups on the floor, with solid players in each.The Celtics will miss Marcus Smart, and that could be enough to make them unravel against a relentless, fast-paced team with a system as well-organized as the Bucks. The Celtics will need to figure out how to challenge Milwaukee on the perimeter while still containing likely league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The bet here is that they’ll have enough versatility to do it.Raptors over Sixers, 4-3Joel Embiid is not completely healthy, and there’s no telling whether the impact of that will seep into the second round — or even be a problem in the first round.But even with a healthy Embiid, Philly does not have the depth to keep pace with Toronto, and the Raptors’ versatility gives them a distinct edge here. The Sixers have addressed some of their weak spots by adding Tobias Harris via trade, but there are still too many holes — Ben Simmons’ jumper, JJ Redick’s defense, the bench as a whole — that the Raptors can exploit. Western Conference semifinal predictionsWarriors over Rockets, 4-2This will likely be Golden State’s biggest threat in this postseason. Houston was not able to complete the upset in last year’s Western Conference finals after taking a 3-2 advantage in the series — Chris Paul got hurt before Game 6, and the Rockets went 7-for-44 from the 3-point line in the final loss.Despite the comparatively rough regular season, the Rockets might be in better position to do so this time. But expect the Golden State defense, which ranked just 11th this season, to snap into place in the postseason, as it did last year when the team was 11th in the regular season and first in the playoffs.Nuggets over Thunder, 4-3It would be a surprise if the Nuggets, who have precious little playoff experience, were able to break through to the conference finals, but then it would be a surprise if the Thunder had the breakthrough, considering they were 11-13 to finish the season. ​OKC has the experience edge, but the Nuggets have talent on their side, and we’re going to stick with talent here.Denver struggles away from home, but they’ll get four games at the Pepsi Center, and that’s a big advantage for them. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Nuggets got through to the conference finals with eight home wins and six road losses in the first two rounds.Conference finals predictionsRaptors over Celtics, 4-3The Celtics played well against the Raptors during the season, winning twice at home and losing the two road games. But the Raptors have a better combination of talent and chemistry and have home-court advantage.Toronto did not exactly tear through the league after trading for Marc Gasol, but the Raptors do have a high-post big man who can pass and shoot and figures to scramble the Celtics’ options in the middle of the floor. The key here may be point guard Kyle Lowry, who had a rough season and struggled especially against Boston (11.5 points, 36.1 percent shooting). Lowry did shoot better down the stretch, and if he can maintain that through the postseason, it will be a major boost for the Raptors.Warriors over Nuggets, 4-1The Nuggets got pretty favorable seeding in the playoffs, if they can handle the experience advantage the Spurs have in the first round. They’re young but talented enough to get past both the Spurs and the Thunder.The Warriors are a different story, though. Golden State has a way of locking in during the postseason, and the Nuggets certainly do not have a talent advantage in this matchup. Denver won the first meeting of the two teams, back in October, but the Warriors won the last three games by margins of 14, 17 and 31 points. NBA Finals predictionWarriors over Raptors, 4-2 In true NBA fashion, the standings weren’t settled until the final day of the 2018-19 regular season. But late Wednesday night, the league’s 16 playoff participants locked into their positions ahead of what should be an entertaining postseason run.The Warriors are undoubtedly the favorite to win the Western Conference (and the 2019 NBA championship), but they must get past a feisty Clippers team in the first round, then the Rockets or Jazz just to reach the conference finals. The Nuggets are hoping to carry over the success from a 54-win regular season into the playoffs, but the Spurs, Thunder and Trail Blazers could all present the No. 2 seed with problems on that side of the bracket. A trip to the Finals could be enough to validate the risky move the Raptors made in trading for Kawhi Leonard last summer, and it may be enough to persuade Leonard to stick around in free agency next summer. One thing it is very unlikely to mean is a Toronto championship this season.The Warriors simply have too many weapons, too many players — Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala — who can navigate a high-pressure series like this. And the Warriors have advantages at every position, even at small forward, where Leonard is among the league’s best. Durant is a bit better.Go down the list, and the Warriors have advantages everywhere. For the fourth time in five years, then, put the Warriors down as league champs. (SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/75/86/nba-playoff-bracket-2019-ftrjpg_1gpu87ztq6tpi1mlqx8hgsc44p.jpg?t=216014194&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Darren Lehmann quits social media after account was hacked and used to spread anti-Iran…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/StockvaultAdvertisement uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0ioWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E30a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ntakWould you ever consider trying this?😱b148Can your students do this? 🌚1kahRoller skating! Powered by Firework While the tension between USA and Iran rises, former Australian cricketer and current coach of Brisbane Heat cricket club Darren Lehmann was under attack from hackers, as his Twitter account was hijacked and and used to spread propaganda against Iran. Following the incident, Lehmann has decided to stay off from social media for some time.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/StockvaultOn 3rd January, Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian military general was killed after an airstrike carried out by American drones near the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. While global tensions had risen after the attack, Lehmann’s official Twitter handle was hacked, and anti-Iran imagery and posts were being circulated from his account.The hackers targeted Lehmann’s account while the 49 year old was busy in Brisbane Heat’s game against Sydney Thunder in the KFC Big Bash League yesterday.Advertisement The perpetrators, still unidentified, altered Lehmann’s Twitter account name to ‘Qassem Soleimani | F**k Iran’ and also changed the profile picture. Alot of abusive tweets had been posted, such as-“I fully support @realDonaldTrump F**k Iran. rest in piss qaseem soleimani.”Advertisement “Man We Giving Back Whoever Tweet F**k Iran Get  A Free Follow G Get It Trending #F**KIRAN”Image Courtesy: India TodayBefore Lehmann had any clue of what happened to his Twitter, these propaganda and anti-Iran posts had already reached his 341,000 followers. After regaining access to his account, he had deleted all those posts.Soon after, Lehmann followed up with three tweets, clarifying about what happened, and also stated that he will be away from Twitter and other social media platforms for some time. Below here are the tweets he posted.Lehman, who made 37 test and 117 ODI appearances for the Australian cricket team, regretted on the incident, and added that he will be absent from Twitter in the near future.It took Lehmann quite some time to get the problem sorted out, and he sent his gratitude to the club and Cricket Australia for their assistance.In yesterday’s match at Spotless Stadium in Sydney, the Heats secured a 16 run victory, after the game was reduced to 5 overs for the chasers by the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method.With 6 points from 6 games, Brisbane Heats are 5th in the BBL table, and are taking on Hobert Hurricanes on Thursday at The Gabba in Brisbane.Also read-The biggest bash of the cricket calendar – 2019-20 Big Bash League to be aired only on Sony Pictures Sports Network from 17th December 2019Australian cricketer Marcus Stoinis faces penalty for homophobic abuse in BBL Melbourne derby Advertisementlast_img read more

Bombers surprise of the 2013 B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships, finish fourth overall

first_imgSee previous story:http://thenelsondaily.com/news/bombers-girls-lose-heartbreaker-provincials-play-bronze-medal-saturday-24998#.UawOHuvwNE4Bombers drop consolation game to finish 14th at Rugby TourneyGlenlyon Norfolk of Victoria defeated the L.V. Rogers Bombers 24-19 in consolation round action at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Saturday in Abbotsford.The Bombers finished 14th in the 16-team AA Boy’s field.LVR defeated D.W. Poppy of Langley 17-5 Thursday to advance to the 13-14-place game.The Bombers opened the tourney Monday with a 45-0 loss at the hands of Rockridge of West Vancouver.LVR then lost 29-12 to Vernon Secondary in consolation round action. The L.V. Rogers Bombers finished just out of the medals, fourth, at the 2013 B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Saturday in Courtney.The Bombers lost 4-0 to Nanaimo in the bronze medal contest.LVR lost 3-1 in semi final play Friday to Burnsview of Delta to fall into the consolation final.The tournament was won by Archbishop Carney of Coquiltam. The Fraser Valley squad defeated Burnsview 2-1 in the gold medal final.The Bombers advanced to the final four of the 16-team tournament by capturing Pool B with a 2-1 record. LVR finished with six points, two points in front of Abbotsford Traditional and Ballenas from Vancouver Island.last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ALL ABOUT ABS

first_imgBy Emmet Rushe: How do I get a six pack?This is probably one of the most asked questions in any gym. 
Everyone has their own ideal waistline and they will always aspire to try and get that ‘look’, especially when summer is around the corner.Most men want the six pack abs and most women would love to have a long, lean and tight tummy. Walk into any gym or health club at any time of the day and you will likely find a number of people laying on their backs with their legs in the air (take your mind out of the gutter) crunching away for all they are worth in the hope of reducing their waist line or getting a set of chiselled abs.There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to abdominal training.
Turn on any TV and flick through some of the shopping channels and you will be met with a variety of gadgets and gizmos, all of them with models with unbelievable bodies, “Ab-swinging”, “Ab-crunching”, “4 minute-Abing” and even “ab rolling”. 
Go online and you will be met with the over enthusiastic ‘Mike Chang,’ the only millionaire on You Tube who cannot afford a shirt.All of these products promise that you will get the results that you are after, but all of them will fail to deliver.Why then are they so hard to attain? 
What is it that holds us back from getting to where we want to be? Here are a few tips on the best ways to train your Abs.Use compound Exercises.

 Large exercises like squats, deadlifts and overhead pressing are probably the best exercises that you can do for your Abs. 
Every inch of your core will fully engage during these exercises and you are also working your full body at the same time.Only doing sit ups

: People like sit ups because whenever they do a lot of them, their abdominal muscle will burn and this means that it is working…..right? 
Not quite,
 Our abdominal muscles are made to do an array of movements; we can flex, bend, twist and turn and they support us through core stability.Our abdominal training should reflect this. 
Planks, side planks, reverse crunches, hanging leg raises, rollouts, pikes, pallof presses, cable crunches, X body mountain climbers, cable chops, hyper-extensions etc, etc, etc.
These are only a few choice exercises that you can do to hit your core from different angles and help train it properly.Thinking you can out train your diet. 

It doesn’t matter how many sit ups you do. It doesn’t matter how much cardio you do. Your dietary and weekend habits will dictate whether you can see your abdominal muscles or not. 
Some people have good genetics and can see visible abs with a slightly high body fat, but most people have to be in a lower range before all their hard work will finally reveal itself. Training your abdominal muscles every day. 

Your abs are a muscle like any other muscle. You wouldn’t train your legs every day and your abdominal muscles are no different. 
One or two exercises for 2-3 sets at the end of your session are sufficient. 
Do these 2-3 days per week and you are set. 
Remember to try and include different exercises throughout the week.This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to abdominal training, but these tips should set you on course for the summer.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, please contact me through the link below. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118 * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and Performance
. EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: ALL ABOUT ABS was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Absemmet rushefitness columnsix packlast_img read more

CRIME ALERT: GARDAÍ LAUNCH APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER GANG CARRY OUT SPATE OF BURGLARIES

first_imgCRIME ALERT: Gardaí in South Donegal are appealing to homeowners to be vigilant after a series of burglaries were committed in the area over the last number of days.Gardaí believe a gang are responsible for breaking into the property in Ballyshannon, Donegal Town and Killybegs.Most of the burglaries were carried out during the day when the owners of the property were at work. However, Gardaí believe the gang isn’t local and are travelling from outside the county to commit the crimes.Gardaí say the gang are looking for cash and gold and are appealing for anyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact their local Garda station.CRIME ALERT: GARDAÍ LAUNCH APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER GANG CARRY OUT SPATE OF BURGLARIES was last modified: July 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglariescrime alertgangGardainewsSouth Donegallast_img read more

Eats Shoots and Leaves

first_imgThis is not a crime story, but a story nonetheless.The latest human evolution star, Australopithecus sediba, ate leaves, according to its publicist, Lee Berger.  In Nature News on July 5 (Margaret J. Schoeninger entertained the idea, giving credit to the star behind the star, the father of evolution:In 1871, Charles Darwin proposed that our earliest ancestors lived in Africa alongside the ancestors of today’s gorillas and chimpanzees, and ate a diet of fruit, leaves, seeds and nuts, similar to that of these extant primates. More recently, however, an alternative hypothesis has taken precedence — that the human lineage split from the apes in part as a result of our ancestors’ ability to obtain foods in open habitats, such as grasslands and savannah woodlands, that emerged in Africa following climatic changes during the Late Miocene epoch approximately 7 million years ago. These foods included grasses, sedge plants, grass-eating insects and small animals. On page 90 of this issue,1 Henry et al. present evidence that our early relatives had a more diverse diet, and ate items such as fruits, leaves and bark. The findings will trigger a rethink of the selective pressures that resulted in the separation of the ape and human lineages, and the traits we now consider to be unique to each.Any paleoanthropology discovery failing to “trigger a rethink” would break tradition (trigger?  Remember, this is not a crime story).  Berger gave Amanda Henry the limelight as first of 9 authors of the paper,1 but Au. sediba is his baby.  Whether his baby ate leaves and bark from trees is less interesting to most readers as whether it belongs on the human family tree at all.  Scheoninger barked about some of the uncertainty involving bigger issues than just diet:The significance of these results extends beyond whether a diet based on C4 foods is a fundamental hominin trait. It also brings into question our understanding of the evolution of bipedalism — another trait that is thought of as being fundamentally human. The species in which bipedalism emerged, and the evolutionary pressures that drove this adaptation, remain topics of debate….How does the suggestion of dietary variation among hominins fit with this understanding of bipedalism and the branching of hominin species? Researchers have suggested that there was an adaptive radiation event approximately 2 million years ago, in which a common ancestor relatively rapidly gave rise to a range of bipedal species with novel traits that allowed them to move into new habitats. The unexamined assumption that all bipedal species share a unique genealogical relationship is reminiscent of evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould’s question: “What, if anything, is a zebra?”. Gould examined whether the three species of modern zebra are more closely related to one another than to other non-striped horse species. He concluded that striping evolved only once. We should also ask: what, if anything, is a hominin? Perhaps all ancestral ape-like species that walked on two legs and had a C4-focused diet were uniquely related to each other but were not necessarily human ancestors. Maybe humans emerged from some other hominin groups around 2 million years ago that were also bipedal and had more general, opportunistic foraging strategies, including meat-eating. Only enterprising studies into other aspects of australopithecine and hominin life, like Henry and colleagues’ analysis of Au. sediba‘s diet, will provide us with definitive answers.Since definitive answers are lacking here, readers might like to look elsewhere.  One place to look is Discovery Institute’s latest book, Science and Human Origins by Ann Gauger, Douglas Axe and Casey Luskin, announced June 20 on Evolution News & Views (see lengthy review at ENV June 25).  A later post on Evolution News & Views by David Klinghoffer described one chapter by Luskin that presents the appearance of the genus Homo as a “big bang” reminiscent of the Cambrian explosion.  Postulating ape-like australopithecines to be human ancestors is “plagued with problems,” Luskin’s research survey revealed, a fact that the media “labor to obscure”.  Particularly, Au. sediba presents evolutionary tree problems, Klinghoffer commented in another post on Evolution News & Views: a diet of bark and leaves makes it less hominin-like and more ape-like than Berger wants. So if Au. sediba eats shoots, barks and leaves, is Berger barking up the wrong tree?Click here for ENV’s list of articles about Science and Human Origins.  If Darwin led evolutionists down the primrose path for over 140 years, that would be a crime.1. Henry et al., “The diet of Australopithecus sediba,” Nature 487 (05 July 2012), pp. 90–93, doi:10.1038/nature11185.“Eats shoots and leaves” is a humorous phrase teachers use to point out the importance of punctuation to understanding (is it about a criminal or a koala?).  But even if we take Berger’s meaning, it doesn’t mean he has understanding: especially if, after 141 years, Darwin’s tribe of forensic investigators still has to stuff their understanding in the pigeonhole labeled “things to do tomorrow.”  We wonder what kind of “enterprising studies” Scheoninger has in mind.  If history is any guide, the Darwinian form of “enterprising studies” belongs at Comedy Central, where they try to keep you laughing but never serve the beef; just empty promises that further studies will provide understanding. Shoot; make like a tree, and leaf for a real burger joint. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

On Christmas Day, a well-deserved applause for the ‘other’ team in action

first_imgBefore the PBA held Christmas Day games, Mich Flores spent the 25th of December with her family, serving in church. Her mother and twin sisters would join her as lectors while her father acts as lay minister.“Other ministers usually go to their provinces or spend time with family and relatives during Christmas time, so we’re the only ones left,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Ighot and operations assistant Neil Tibajares miss their old Christmas Day routine, but helping spread holiday cheer more than makes up for that.“You give up time with your family, but you get to make PBA fans happy,” said Tibajares.That’s what everyone in Team PBA focuses mostly on: How to help fans maximize their Christmas experience with the league.“There are a few people who will be sad that I have to work on Christmas Day but compare that to the thousands who become happy because they get to watch the PBA on Christmas Day,” said Ancheta. “If these people choose to spend their Christmas with the PBA, who am I to complain?”Flores added: “Every time I see families, friends together at Christmas time during games, I feel thankful. In our own small way, we get to bring them together, put smiles on their faces while watching a basketball game.”It’s this kind of thinking that makes it easy for Team PBA members to endure being away from family on Christmas Day. It is this attitude that helps them work tirelessly to make sure fans enjoy their Dec. 25.But at the core of that thinking, at the heart of that attitude lies something else.Imagine: After running around venues making sure fans get to maximize their day in the PBA, ensuring the media gets everything it needs for a seamless coverage, making sure action after breathless action gets posted on social media, Team PBA huddles back to their own dugout with no applause to usher them off the court.When the lights fade and the cheering is reduced to distant echoes in an empty coliseum, there are no long queues of adoring fans eager hungry for autographs and photo-ops.And yet, the happiness in their faces is unmistakable. Marcial, the indefatigable communications and external affairs director who is currently the league’s officer-in-charge, understands perfectly why. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “For me, the PBA is no longer work. It’s our passion,” he said. “This is what we want. This is the PBA. What else is there to want?”As far as Team PBA’s dedication to their passion? Nothing else. —WITH A REPORT FROM RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Premier Volleyball League spikes inaugural season with 3 conferences, 3 champions Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed But they’re out there grinding—for the sake of fans who take time out to spend Christmas Day soaking in the country’s finest basketball brand and, in the case of media bureau staff members Flores and Hazel Ancheta, those who couldn’t make it.“We cut videos of games that are posted on Instagram,” said Ancheta.Talk among NBA old-timers is that Red Auerbach didn’t want the Boston Celtics playing on the 25th at home because it deprived arena workers of a chance to spend Christmas with their families.The PBA office employees have no choice. No matter what team gets assigned to play on Christmas, they show up and make sure operations run smoothly.“It’s fulfilling because you get to give something back to fans,” said Rouselle Ighot, the league’s in-venue and events officer who supervises activities for sponsors and fans.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Today, the 25th means running social media sites and making sure they keep up with all the basketball action going on.Willie Marcial, meanwhile, remembers traveling to Batangas to spend time with his family and “sharing drinks with friends” on Christmas Day. Nowadays, he manages traffic inside the press room, tending to the needs of sports journalists. If the game calls for it, Marcial steps on the court to intervene when things go out of hand between teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIn the Philippine Basketball Association, teams normally get booked for Christmas Day matches if: a. They are Barangay Ginebra, b. They are Barangay Ginebra’s designated foe, or c. They serve as the opening match in a doubleheader featuring Barangay Ginebra.But there is another team that works on Christmas Day, only its members never make the highlight reel. They do not walk to the court showered in thunderous applause. And neither are there names called out in booming fashion over the public address system.last_img read more

Cruz fills in for Devance in Ginebra win over Magnolia

first_img“I tell them that once they’ve sealed their defenders, expect the ball to come their way because I’ll pass it to them,” Cruz shared. “It’s just a bonus for me if I get open in the middle because the defense is worried on the two of them.”The Gin Kings may still be dealing with a couple of injuries, with Sol Mercado also out of the lineup, but Cruz said that they are motivated to show that they are no flash in the pan and they are capable of winning the title without import Justin Brownlee.“We’re pushing each other this all-Filipino because we want to be champions without an import,” he said.“Yes, we’re coming off a championship, but coach Tim (Cone) tells us that we can’t depend on Justin. We have to step up and we want to show that we can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Grey steps up for GlobalPort sans Romeo Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cruz stepped up and helped the Gin Kings come away with a 89-78 victory at the expense of the Magnolia Hotshots on Christmas Day at Philippine Arena.READ: Ginebra slips past Magnolia anew in Christmas ClasicoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I’m always ready,” the 31-year-old Cruz said of his solid 12-point, 8-rebound performance on Monday. “Once I’m given the chance to play, I’ll always give my all to help the team. That has always been my mentality.”Not only did Cruz thrive in his move to the small forward position, but he also had a hand in Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar’s huge production as the two giants combined for 36 markers, 17 boards, and six blocks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With Joe Devance out for the season, much of the limelight was casted on upstart forwards Kevin Ferrer and Aljon Mariano to cover the cracks.But on Monday, with Ginebra making its debut in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, it was the veteran Jervy Cruz, who filled in for Devance.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READlast_img read more

Leonard, Aldridge lead healthy Spurs past Nets

first_imgCaris LeVert led Brooklyn with 18 points and Allen Crabbe added 15. Read Next Playing with a full roster for the first time led to some hesitation, as the Spurs scored just 19 points in the opening quarter while trying to involve all their scoring options. San Antonio settled into a rhythm, shooting 51 percent overall in capturing its 15th straight win at home over Brooklyn.Pau Gasol added 15 points, Parker had 14 and Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili each had 11 for the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderPlaying in just his fifth game, Leonard was 8 for 17 from the field in scoring a season high.The Nets were able to keep pace early despite injuries to their top two point guards, D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is pressured by Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) as he tries to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APSAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-97 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) in their first game of the season with every player healthy and available.San Antonio is third in the Western Conference at 24-11 despite being without Leonard and/or Tony Parker for 30 games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings

first_imgRead Next Zach Randolph scored 14 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic had 13 and four others scored 12 apiece for the Kings.Sacramento, which beat Cleveland 109-95 on Wednesday, fell to 2-22 when trailing after three quarters.Phoenix closed the first quarter on a 14-2 run and Warren scored six consecutive points in the second to help the Suns to a 55-46 halftime lead. Warren made his first six shots and had 15 points in the first half.“I’m really impressed with T.J.’s game,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “He picks his spots out on the court and says, ’I’m just bigger than you,” and then he shoots up over the top.”After Sacramento closed within 71-68 on Hill’s two free throws midway through the third, Isaiah Canaan hit a 3-pointer and scored on a layup, and Troy Daniels added a 3 to push Phoenix’s lead to 10.DEFENDING Z-BORandolph scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to rally Sacramento past Phoenix when the two teams played at Golden1 Center on Dec. 12 but was shut out over the final 12 minutes this time around while being defended most of the night by Chriss. “Zach is a beast and we know that,” Triano said. “We need to make him work for every single touch, and Marquese did that.”TIP-INSSuns: Chriss, the Sacramento native who was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2016 and traded that night to Phoenix, shot 5 of 6 and made all three of his 3-point attempts. … Chandler was called for a technical while on the bench in the third quarter. Josh Jackson picked up a technical in the second. . Booker missed six of his first eight shots and had one blocked.Kings: Skal Labissiere made his 13th start of the season and first since Dec. 14 after sitting out the previous three games because of coach’s decision. . Vince Carter, who scored a season-high 24 points against Cleveland on Wednesday, did not play. View comments MOST READ UP NEXTSuns: Returns to Phoenix to play Philadelphia on Sunday.Kings: Host Memphis on Sunday. Raptors suspend Ibaka after incident with team staff member Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Booker scored 13 of his 26 points over the final five minutes, Warren added a double-double and Phoenix came back to beat the Sacramento Kings 111-101 on Friday night.Booker missed nine games with a left adductor strain before returning to score 32 against Memphis on Tuesday. He wasn’t as crisp against the Kings, shooting 9 of 25 from the field, but helped rally the Suns with his late scoring flurry that keyed a 17-4 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Both of us are just natural scorers but in different ways,” Booker said of he and Warren. “Teams usually have one really good defender and sometimes they put it on me, sometimes they put it on him, and the other player gets to attack. It’s a good 1-2 punch.”Warren had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Marquese Chriss added 14 points and seven rebounds while Tyson Chandler had six points and 11 rebounds for the Suns. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after hitting a three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Phoenix coach Jay Triano’s decision to move Devin Booker to point guard late in the fourth quarter worked out perfectly for the struggling Suns.A big night from T.J. Warren helped too, especially when Booker’s own shot was off most of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Triano said he put Booker at point guard to free him up more in Phoenix’s offense.“I think he’s going to take over anyway, and we want him to do that,” Triano said. “The idea is to put shooters around him and you could see how much space there was on the floor when (Troy Daniels) is on the floor and T.J.’s scoring the way that he was.”Phoenix led most of the game but fell behind early in the fourth after Sacramento scored nine consecutive points to go up 97-93.Booker brought the Suns back and scored the final seven points for Phoenix, including a layup past 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, a buzzer-beating 15-footer and a 3-pointer.“He’s a special player,” Chandler said. “You can see it. Just some players that come into this league that just have it. They’re far and few in between, and he’s one of those players.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more