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A slice of summer in Bohol

There are so many sights to see in the world to satiate one’s wanderlust but nothing beats summer in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2018

Tropical holiday

Summer is all about intensity—from bright tropical colors to bold floral and Hawaiian prints—and there are lots of options to wear it. But with so much going on, how do you exercise restraint so you can keep up with this trend and get that slice of tropical island life without being kitsch? Here are a [...] The post Tropical holiday appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Towns, Timberwolves return home in big hole against Rockets

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the three-point-happy Houston Rockets. The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5-for-18 shooting and a 2-0 deficit in the series against the Rockets. Towns has found himself the subject of pointed criticism from analysts, fans and even his own team. The switch-heavy Rockets have double-teamed Towns to a stifling effect, and the Timberwolves sure haven’t helped their seven-footer out by getting him the ball in favorable situations in the post. “They’re coming to double. He knows that. He has to face up, be strong with the ball, make quick moves,” point guard Jeff Teague said. “But we have to figure out how to get him running, get him some easy buckets.” The team’s struggles have taken a little luster off Minnesota’s first postseason home game in 14 years, but the fans who remember the Timberwolves reaching the Western Conference finals in 2004 will surely be eager to witness the playoffs in person no matter the daunting challenge in this first round. “This organization, all of our fans, they deserve this moment,” Towns said. And they want a win. The Timberwolves host the Rockets on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in Game 3. Earlier in the day, Miami takes on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference and New Orleans hosts Portland, both in Game 4. Later, Utah visits Oklahoma City in Game 3. Towns tried his best to shrug off the bad vibes and stinging rebukes when speaking with reporters on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “You dwell too much on the past, you forget that you’ve got to take care of the present,” Towns said. The chatter on TV and Twitter, he said, has escaped him. “I live my life very Amish-like,” Towns said. “Other than video games, I don’t think I have a reason for electronics. It’s a life that I’ve always loved.” ___ 76ERS AT HEAT 76ers lead 2-1. Game 4, 2:30 p.m. EDT (2:30am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: It’s simple: The team that has imposed its will is 3-0 in this series. Philadelphia took the pace where it wanted it in Games 1 and 3. Miami out-toughed the 76ers in Game 2. The Heat have to find a way to keep Philadelphia’s 3-point shooting in check; the 76ers made 18 shots from beyond the arc in Game 3. Joel Embiid is back from a concussion and a broken bone around his eye, and an already-confident Philadelphia bunch seems to have even more swagger now. KEEP AN EYE ON: 76ers guard Marco Belinelli. The 76ers are 25-6 when he plays and 14-1 when he scores at least 15 points. In this series, he’s 13-for-27 on shots from 20 feet and deeper, and many of those makes have been daggers for Miami. PRESSURE IS ON: Heat center Hassan Whiteside . Backups Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo have played a combined 145 minutes in this series, while Whiteside has played only 41, with 11 points, nine fouls, seven turnovers and three field goals in the three games. There’s no room for error now for Miami, so either Whiteside will figure it out fast in Game 4 or the Heat will get someone else into his spot. HISTORY LESSON: This is the fourth time in Dwyane Wade’s career that the Heat have trailed an Eastern Conference opponent 2-1. In the three previous Game 4s in that scenario, Miami has won all three with Wade averaging 26.7 points in those second-round games against Indiana (2004 and 2012) and Toronto (2016). ___ TRAIL BLAZERS AT PELICANS Pelicans lead 3-0. Game 4, 5 p.m. EDT (5am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: The sixth-seeded Pelicans are on the cusp of a surprising sweep of the third-seeded Blazers, and their margin of victory has grown in each game. They dominated Game 3, leading by as many as 20 points in the first half and 33 in the second. Veteran guard Rajon Rondo has masterfully run the offense, and the Pelicans have played unselfishly with a different scoring leader in each game: Anthony Davis with 35 in Game 1, Jrue Holiday with 33 in Game 2 and Nikola Mirotic with 30 in Game 3. KEEP AN EYE ON: Portland’s body language, intensity and aggressiveness. Guard Damian Lillard challenged the Blazers to ramp up those aspects of their game, stressing that the Pelicans were “a lot more aggressive than we were and we didn’t dish it back out. I think in the playoffs and in a situation like this, when a team is coming for you like that, you’ve got to maybe go out of your way to do it back, even if that means foul trouble or some altercations happen out there.” PRESSURE IS ON: Lillard. The Pelicans have sold out to stop the Portland star, who missed 9-of-14 shots in Game 3. “It’s either going to be a tough shot, or I’ve got to give the ball up,” Lillard said. “I’ve got to trust making the right play, and when it comes time I’ve got to take my chances and I’ve got to take those tough shots.” INJURY UPDATE: Blazers starting forward Evan Turner missed Game 3 because of a toe injury in Game 2. The team did not update his status on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). ___ ROCKETS AT TIMBERWOLVES Rockets lead 2-0. Game 3, 7:30 p.m. EDT (7:30am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: The Rockets cruised to a 20-point victory in Game 2 despite only 12 points on a staggering 2-for-18 shooting performance by James Harden. After squandering their chance to steal Game 1 on the road in a three-point loss, the Wolves are back home in a big hole against the team with the best record in the NBA. They’ll need a big boost from a home crowd celebrating the team’s return to the postseason to send the series back to Houston for a Game 5. KEEP AN EYE ON: Gerald Green. The 32-year-old journeyman, once acquired by the Wolves in the franchise-altering 2007 trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston, made five three-pointers in Game 2 for postseason career-high 21 points. PRESSURE IS ON: Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Though cornerstones Towns and Andrew Wiggins are getting their first taste of postseason, Thibodeau and veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Teague he brought in last summer have plenty of playoff experience. The Wolves have been largely directionless on offense against the Rockets and their underrated defense. INJURY UPDATE: Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who has sat out the first two games with a sprained ankle, is likely to play in Game 3. Forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who dislocated his shoulder in the second-to-last game of the regular season, said this week he wouldn’t rule out a return in this series. ___ THUNDER AT JAZZ Series tied 1-1. Game 3, 10 p.m. EDT (10:00am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: In the first two games, the higher-rebounding team has been the winning team, with Game 1 going to Oklahoma City and Utah taking Game 2. A critical part of this trend will be Thunder center Steven Adams and his presence on the floor. He played just 22 minutes in Game 2 before fouling out. The Thunder will have to do better against Utah center Rudy Gobert and forward Derrick Favors, who combined for 31 rebounds in Game 2. KEEP AN EYE ON: Russell Westbrook. He has taken a secondary role at times in this series, but that might change. With Oklahoma City’s inability to close in Game 2 after leading in the fourth quarter, Westbrook could look to be more of a scorer in Game 3. He’ll need more help from Carmelo Anthony, who has made just 11 of 31 field goals in the series. PRESSURE IS ON: George. The man who called himself “Playoff P” before the series began came out with 36 points and eight three-pointers in the opener. He followed that with a dud, just 18 points on 6-for-21 shooting. INTRIGUING MATCHUP: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell vs. Thunder guard Corey Brewer. Mitchell used his speed to slice through the Thunder defense for 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter of Game 2 . He was essentially unstoppable once he decided to stop shooting three-pointers. The Thunder could be forced to put George on him more if Brewer struggles defensively again. ___ AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami and AP Sports Writers Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City and Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Watermelon time

Just in time for the onset of summer, watermelon fresh from a farm in Surallah, South Cotabato is sold at P20 per kilo or P10 per slice by this young vendor along the highway in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City in North Cotabato on 10 April 2018. One large watermelon weighs approximately five kilos. Photo by […] The post Watermelon time appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Bohol dance group to perform at Maybank/Globe, Feb. 23

  Bohol Dance Project Company will mount the dance concert, "A Blue Evening," on Feb. 23, 7 p.m., at the Maybank Theater/ Globe Auditorium, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The concert is part of the Manila Fringe Festival 2018. The Bohol dance group is a contemporary dance ensemble developed through the collaboration between French choreographers and Bohol dance groups. Show is free of charge. The Bohol Dance Project Company is an initiative brought about by a series of dance workshops every summer since 2015 when French choreographers and dance teachers Guillaume Morgan and Nicola Ayoub conducted two-week-long trainings for local dancers and choreographers through...Keep on reading: Bohol dance group to perform at Maybank/Globe, Feb. 23.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Antequera Duathlon 2018 Registration Until Feb 28

If Alicia had a trail run and an off-road bike race in two days, Antequera will do it in one: the Antequera Off-road Duathlon 2018. Now promoted as a viable sports tourism destination, Bohol is at it again this summer, with another grueling race showcasing Antequera’s trails and immersion into locals in a run-bike run […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Antequera Duathlon 2018 registration until Feb 28

  TAGBILARAN CITY, February 1 (PIA)–If Alicia had a trail run and an off-road bike race in two days, Antequera will do it in one: the Antequera Off-road Duathlon 2018. Now asserting as a viable sports tourism destination, Bohol is at it again this summer, with another grueling race showcasing Antequera’s trails and immersion into […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Lena Dunham shutting down online feminist newsletter

NEW YORK --- Lena Dunham is shutting down her online feminist newsletter. The author and creator of "Girls" announced Friday that the publication she co-founded three years ago, Lenny, had reached its "final chapter." In a message to readers, Dunham wrote that there was "no one reason" for the decision and said she was proud that Lenny had provided a forum for "new voices." The message was also signed by Lenny co-founder Jenni Konner and by editorial director Molly Elizalde. Dunham and Konner were executive producers of "Girls," the acclaimed HBO series in which Dunham starred. They had ended their producing partnership over the summer.MKH RELATED STORIES: Let's talk a...Keep on reading: Lena Dunham shutting down online feminist newsletter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News21 hr. 7 min. ago

Temple, Jackson Jr. lead Grizzlies past Hawks 131-117

By CLAY BAILEY,  Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Newcomer Garrett Temple scored 30 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 as the Memphis Grizzlies built a first-half lead and coasted to a 131-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Temple, picked up in a July trade from the Sacramento Kings, missed only one of his 11 shots, making 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Jackson, the fourth overall pick in last summer's draft, was 8 of 12 from the floor as Memphis collected its first win of the young season. Taurean Prince led the Hawks with 28 points, while Trae Young, the No. 5 overall pick in the draft, added 20 on 7-for-18 shooting. Miles Plumlee and DeAndre' Bembry each added 12 points. Mike Conley finished with 16 points and 11 assists for Memphis. The Hawks, considered one of the league's weakest teams, fell way off the pace in the second quarter when the Grizzlies outscored Atlanta 40-28. From there, Atlanta never really threatened and Memphis extended its lead to 25 points in the third quarter. Memphis, which shot 29.8 percent in Wednesday's loss at Indiana, reversed that trend against the Hawks. The Grizzlies finished the game connecting on 54 percent of their shots, including 13-for-26 shooting from beyond the arc. As badly as Memphis played in the season-opening loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, the Grizzlies offense was clicking in the first half. Memphis shot 63 percent from the field, including 10 of 14 from 3-point range. Temple had 20 points before the break, converting all five of his shots from outside the arc. That helped Memphis match its most points ever in a half for a 77-61 lead at the break. Prince and Young led the Atlanta offense. Young scoring 16 points, while Prince collected 15. TIP-INS Hawks: F Omari Spellman sat out with a sore left ankle after rolling it in Wednesday night's loss to the Knicks. . Young's corner 3-pointer came just before the buzzer ending the first quarter, giving him 13 points in the frame. He was outdone by 15 from Prince. . Prince picked up four fouls in the first half. Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol was a game-time decision with a sore back. He finshed with 13 points. . Memphis had 77 points in the second half against Golden State on Jan. 3, 2007. The previous first-half standard was 74 on two occasions. . Temple made his first six shots before his only miss with 7:37 left in the third period. His career-high is 34 against Orlando last season, when he was with Sacramento. . Starting F JaMychal Green left in the third quarter with a mouth injury and did not return. UP NEXT Hawks: At Cleveland on Sunday Grizzlies: At Utah on Monday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

Royals Harry and Meghan go barefoot on Bondi

SYDNEY, Australia – British royals Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and donned tropical garlands Friday, October 19, as they hit Sydney's famed Bondi beach for the latest stop on their Australian tour. Expectant Meghan put on a summer dress and set aside her high heels, while Harry ditched his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Best pizza cities in the US for 2018 named by TripAdvisor

Along with being the Big Apple, New York can now claim bragging rights to being the pizza capital of America. That's according to online travel site TripAdvisor which released its latest ranking of the top United States pizza cities for grabbing the perfect slice. This year, New York has the leading edge over friendly pizza rival Chicago, which placed second on the list followed by Las Vegas, San Francisco and Orlando. While New York may top the best pizza cities list, the title of best pizzeria in America goes to Regina Pizzeria in Boston, where TripAdvisor diners raved about the chewy, thin crust and fresh tomato sauce reminiscent of authentic pizzas in Naples. Their si...Keep on reading: Best pizza cities in the US for 2018 named by TripAdvisor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Designer Tracy Dizon to show collection at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK -- Filipino fashion designer and milliner Tracy Dizon, who will be showing her Pinoy Pop LifeFashion collection for Spring Summer 2019 at the prestigious New York Fashion Week. As the grand prize winner of the Rise Art & Design Fashion Design Competition in Fashion Week Brooklynlast fall, Dizon featured a collection inspired by her trip to Vietnam. This time around, Dizon will be putting Filipino-inspired couture at the forefront with Filipiniana-inspired designs and indigenous fabrics....Keep on reading: Designer Tracy Dizon to show collection at NY Fashion Week.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Knicks overwhelm Young, Hawks 126-107 in Fizdale s debut

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points, sparking the Knicks during their franchise-record, 49-point second quarter, and New York beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-107 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in their first game under coach David Fizdale. Hardaway had 16 points in the period, when the Knicks matched the Hawks' point total for the entire first half. New York led 72-49 at the break. Trae Young finished with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, shooting 5-for-14 in his NBA debut. Taurean Prince scored 21 points for the Hawks, who were overwhelmed in their first game under Lloyd Pierce. Four other Knicks scored at least 15 points, while rookie Kevin Knox finished with 10 and was just 4-for-16. Hardaway and the Knicks started slowly, as he had missed his first four shots and the Knicks started 0-for-9 when they took a timeout trailing 10-2. During that break, George Holmes of Northport, New York, nailed a halfcourt shot to win $10,000, and suddenly the New Yorkers couldn't miss. Frank Ntilikina made a three-pointer out of the timeout to get the Knicks started on a 12-0 run and then they really took off in the second quarter. That was especially true of Hardaway, who made his next eight shots against his former team. He fell seven points shy of Patrick Ewing's franchise record for opening night, and perhaps could have gotten closer if he needed to play more of the fourth quarter. Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft and the first player to lead the nation in scoring and assists in the same season as a freshman at Oklahoma, said he felt butterflies Wednesday. He recalled that he shot airballs on his first shot in high school, college and Summer League, saying he wanted to avoid that again. He did, knocking down his first shot as a pro, a runner in the lane late in the first quarter. But he missed his other six shots in the first half and the Hawks were outscored by 19 points in his 17 minutes before halftime. TIP-INS Hawks: Pierce congratulated Hawks radio play-by-play voice Steve Holman for working his 2,500th game, counting playoffs, Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Holman started his career with the team in March 1989. ... Atlanta plays its first three games on the road before facing Dallas in its home opener next Wednesday (next Thursday, PHL time). Knicks: The Knicks' record for any quarter is 53 points in the fourth quarter against Seattle on Dec. 26, 1967. ... Courtney Lee didn't play after sitting out nearly all of the preseason with a strained neck. Fizdale indicated the veteran guard wouldn't play the first few games, saying that Lee was "totally on board with how I'm approaching it and we'll see how it goes." ... The Knicks opened at home for the first time since the 2014-15 season. ... OPENING-NIGHT OLD-TIMER Vince Carter began his 21st season by starting at forward and scoring 12 points. Pierce said the Hawks' research Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) found that only Robert Parish was an older opening-night NBA starter than the 41-year-old Carter. He stands out so much on a young Atlanta team that the Hawks' average NBA experience drops from 3.65 years to 2.63 if Carter is excluded. FRIENDS AND FOES Fizdale and Pierce played against each other in college, when Fizdale was a senior at San Diego during Pierce's freshman season for West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara. "Lloyd caught a lob on my head from Steve Nash once," Fizdale recalled. "I still haven't forgave him for that but we've been friends a long time and this is obviously for both of us a big moment." UP NEXT Hawks: Visit Memphis on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Knicks: Visit Brooklyn on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

All-Star Warriors roll past Thunder in festive NBA opener

Stephen Curry is coming off an injury-plagued season and a summer he thought might be among his best yet......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Paris 2024 long-term goal of Christian Tio

At 17, Filipino kiteboarder Christian Tio dreams of making it to the Summer Olympics and winning the elusive gold for the Philippines......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia

Barcelona plan to visit China and Japan as part of a pre-season tour to Asia next summer, the club announced on Tuesday. After consecutive years traveling to the United States for the International Champions Cup, Barca will return to Asia for the first time since playing a friendly in Qatar in December 2016. The trip raises the possibility of a reunion with Andres Iniesta, who joined Japan's Vissel Kobe in May after 22 years at Barcelona. Fernando Torres also departed La Liga in the summer for the J-League, where the striker plays for Sagan Tosu. "Barca will travel to Asia next summer to get closer to local fans and partners, and plans to visit China and Japan during the ...Keep on reading: Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Compelling short films depicting everyday slice-of-life

Compelling short films depicting everyday slice-of-life.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Miranda scores to give Brazil 1-0 win over Argentina

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Defender Miranda headed in a stoppage-time goal Tuesday to give Brazil a 1-0 win over archrival Argentina in a friendly in Saudi Arabia. Miranda met a corner from Neymar in the 92nd minute and headed past goalkeeper Sergio Romero to hand Brazil a third victory in the "Superclasico de las Americas." The match at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah featured few other chances for either team. Argentina was without superstar Lionel Messi, and striker Paulo Dybala was ineffective up front in a match where players from both teams complained about the heat. An emotional Miranda dedicated the goal to his wife on the 16th anniversary of their first meeting. Brazil's next friendly will be in London against Uruguay in November as the team continues preparations for the Copa America tournament it will host next summer. Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni said the test was positive regardless of the result. "A lot of players were in their first Superclasico, they will achieve great things," he said. "Doing what we did today we will fight a war against everyone that plays us.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Warriors dominance in the West shows no sign of relenting

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com We have reached the point in this Golden State Warriors’ chokehold on the Western Conference where it turns spooky: The last team out West to deny the Warriors (technically) no longer exists. Yes, the LA Clippers are still right where they’ve always been. But all other traces of May 3, 2014, when they beat the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, have turned to dust. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, JJ Redick, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford -- they’re all gone. Usually, it’s the loser who feels the cold repercussions and fallout of a first-round defeat in the playoffs. But what’s often lost as the Warriors run the table in the West is how they’ve shattered so many teams, schemes and dreams along the way. In hindsight, four years ago was not the beginning of “Lob City” and the Clippers. It was the beginning of their end. The wreckage left behind by the Warriors over the ensuing 53 months underlines the undeniable truth: They’ve taken ownership of their very own West Side Story. They had a record-setting 73-win regular season. They’ve won 12 straight West payoff series (and 15 of 16 playoff series overall). Only twice – the West finals in 2016 and '18 -- did they endure the indignity of needing to survive Game 7 in the West playoffs. In short, this dynasty shows no signs of dying this season. If anything, the argument can be made -- even before it’s proven as fact -- that the 2018-19 Warriors are their most talented team yet. All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson welcomed a fifth, DeMarcus Cousins, to their mix this summer. That is not typical in the NBA, folks. “This," Durant said, "is going to be an exciting season. Fun.” The Warriors’ five All-Stars (two of whom are former Kia MVPs) are still in their prime. And given that Andre Iguodala tends to transform from a fossil to an X-factor when spring arrives, perhaps only injury or another uncontrollable circumstance will keep the Warriors from making it an NBA-record five straight Western Conference crowns. “In terms of encouraging each other, being in tune with some of the things that might be thrown at you, whether it's injuries, whether it's a couple of slumps on the court, whatever the case is, we adapt really well and we don't stay down for too long,” Curry said. The Rockets, who won 65 games a season ago, are perhaps the most realistic challenger to the Warriors out West. But it's quite possible that Houston is weaker than it was in 2017-18. To understand how high the Warriors are sitting on the throne, you must survey what they’ve left behind. Just look at how the biggest threats in the West have either hit dead ends or maxed themselves out trying to chase the Warriors since 2014. Memphis Grizzlies: At one point, they were considered the toughest matchup for the Warriors because they were polar opposite in style. Half-court and methodical, the Grizzlies took a switchblade to the basketball, slowing the tempo. And they exploited Golden State’s lone weaknesses: Interior size and overall strength. They physically beat up the Warriors in the paint (Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol) and on the perimeter (Tony Allen). Additionally, Mike Conley was at times a handful at point guard at a time when Curry was winning MVP awards. But health and age wore the Grizzlies down and eventually forced them into a current reinvention that likely won’t reap benefits until after the Warriors are finished. Oklahoma City Thunder: As one of only two West teams (Houston being the other) to force the Warriors into a seventh game, OKC was prime for a takeover in 2016. That season, OKC eliminated a 67-win San Antonio Spurs team in the West semfinals. Durant and Russell Westbrook were healthy, humming and helping the Thunder to a 3-1 lead in the West finals. That, however, was their apex, and the costly collapse was heightened by the “Klay Game” (41 points in Game 6). Imagine, if not for a fateful turn of events -- Klay’s 3-point rampage, KD’s second-half Game 7 vapor and the Warriors losing the 2016 Finals to Cleveland -- maybe Durant sticks around in OKC. At any rate, the post-2016 West finals reconstruction being done by the Thunder (Exhibit A: The short-lived Carmelo Anthony experience) is falling short so far. Portland Trail Blazers: They were never seriously considered a thorn to the Warriors, and still aren’t. It’s just that they played themselves. They were fooled by the events in 2016, when they beat the injury-hampered Clippers in the first round. They were then somewhat competitive against the Warriors in the West semifinals (winning one game by 12, losing another in OT and the elimination game by just four). Flushed with false hope, that summer the Blazers handed out rich extensions to rotational players and, unfortunately, locked themselves into a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since. San Antonio Spurs: Like the Grizzlies, the Spurs caused trouble for the Warriors because of their disciplined style that put the brakes on the pace. San Antonio ruled the West just prior to the Warriors’ run and the proud franchise wasn’t willing to relinquish its hold so easily, causing the Warriors to shiver by winning the regular season matchup from 2014-16. Still, like Memphis, the Spurs turned gray almost overnight. Tim Duncan retired, Tony Parker lost some zip and then, of course, came the sneaky Zaza Pachulia foot plant that KO’d Kawhi Leonard in the first game of their 2017 series. It hasn’t been the same for the Spurs, who shipped off the disgruntled Leonard this summer. Houston Rockets: While the Warriors were able to build around Curry to create a dynasty, the Rockets are in their third attempt to do likewise with James Harden. The Dwight Howard experiment was an exploding cigar, and then the strategy of turning Harden into a point guard failed to draw blood. Chris Paul arrived last season and the best record in the West followed, but Paul has always limped at the wrong time. True to form, his body failed him in the conference finals, just when the Rockets were up 3-2 on the Warriors and primed to issue a stunning statement. The conference-wide process of teams searching for the formula to bring an end to this “Golden” era has taken on an interesting twist. Except for the Rockets, who shuffled their deck slightly this summer, other West contenders are on a semi-defeatist two-year plan. As in: We’re not ready now, but look out in a coupla years! LeBron James joined the Lakers this summer, but it’s hard to take them seriously when LeBron himself says his new team isn’t breathing the same air as the defending champs. His supporting cast is a mix of pups with no playoff experience and vets who’ve seen better days. It’s foolhardy to doubt the potential of any team with LeBron — eight straight trips to the championship round is no joke, even if it came through the East. But they’ll stand a better chance next season, especially if they’re bringing Kawhi or Jimmy Butler by then. There’s also the Utah Jazz, a Spurs-like operation led by a pair of Spurs alums in GM Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a star in the making, but you need more than one of those to match Golden State. Perhaps in time, Mitchell will get a shotgun rider, but Utah is a tough sell for A-list free agents. Houston stands out from the pack with Harden, Paul and center Clint Capela, who gave the Warriors fits last spring. They’re still an attractive, turnkey team. Adding Anthony provides scoring, but does he impact a potential West finals rematch in 2019? With Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute gone, where is the perimeter defense coming from? Is it possible that Houston, with Paul aging, had its best chance last spring and didn’t cash in? It’s also possible the Warriors will do everyone in the West a favor and destroy themselves in the very near future. Durant can become a free agent next summer. Thompson’s contract is up, too, although he’s been very clear about his preference to stay even if that means making below market value. “What’s happening right now is going to be really tough to replicate for anybody,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You have the proverbial window, however you want to put it. We have an incredible opportunity that’s just not always going to be here. We want to take full advantage not only from a success standpoint but from an enjoyment standpoint. “We’re well aware that it’s not going to last forever.” But that’s getting ahead of the story here, which is whether the Warriors will fall shy of The Finals for the first time since 2014. A three-time champion is bringing everyone back and will add a bonus whenever the healing Cousins returns. Basketball can sometimes be a funny game and anything can happen to throw this scenario for a loop. Until then, however, it's hard to imagine anything derailing another season of Warriors dominance. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Cebuano News: LBP mitugyan sa modernong himan panguma didto sa BnP

CARMEN, Bohol Oct. 7, (PIA)-Gitunol sa LandBank of the Philippines (LBP) pinaagi sa Division manager sa Lending Program niini ang mga rice harvester combines ug tractors ngadto sa tulo ka mga kahug.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

RADIOCON facilitates PCC-USF matching with Siquijor farmers

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Oct. 6 (PIA)-If it was just like any ordinary convention, many would have called it another government junket.But, from it, if plans do not miscarry, the Philippine C.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018