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IC approves Pru Life UK, Robinsons Bank sales deal

THE INSURANCE Commission (IC) has approved the bancassurance deal between Robinsons Bank Corp. and Pru Life UK. In a statement sent to reporters on Monday, the IC announced it has approved the partnership between the British insurer and the Gokongwei-led bank. “[The approval] will enable [Pru Life UK] to sell its traditional life insurance products […] The post IC approves Pru Life UK, Robinsons Bank sales deal appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineApr 16th, 2018

Insurance Commission approves bancassurance deal between PruLife, Robinsons Bank

The Insurance Commission has given PruLife Insurance Corp. of UK and Gokongwei-led Robinsons Bank Corp. the go-signal to execute their bancassurance agreement......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Robinsons Bank, Pru Life forge bancassurance deal

By Karl Angelo N. Vidal ROBINSONS BANK Corp. signed a bancassurance partnership with British life insurer Pru Life UK yesterday in a bid to bolster its product offerings. In the distribution agreement signing held yesterday in Quezon City, Robinsons Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Elfren Antonio S. Sarte said the three-year bancassurance partnership will […] The post Robinsons Bank, Pru Life forge bancassurance deal appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Robinson Bank, Pru Life partner on bancassurance

MANILA, Philippines — Gokongwei-led Robinsons Bank and British life insurer Pru Life UK yesterday announced the establishment of a strategic bancassurance pa.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Pru Life UK, Robinsons Bank form first bancassurance venture

The local unit of Pru Life of UK and the Gokongwei-led Robinsons Bank have formed their first bancassurance venture, seeing much potential in the country’s insurance space......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Amid troubled World Cup sales, FIFA set to hit $5.66B target

MOSCOW --- Even taking a financial hit from Italy and the United States failing to qualify, FIFA's top salesman insists the 2018 World Cup will make its income target. Italy's loss in the playoffs wiped tens of millions of dollars off the value of an unsold broadcasting deal. One of FIFA's most valuable markets is typically worth $200 million per World Cup. The surprise U.S. elimination --- as Panama qualified --- affects finding four North American sponsors in a new, and stalled, regional sales program. Just one of 20 slots has sold worldwide, to an oligarch-owned bank in host nation Russia. "Everybody is annoyed with the non-qualification of the U.S. which was not expecte...Keep on reading: Amid troubled World Cup sales, FIFA set to hit $5.66B target.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

Union Bank, Insular Life forge bancassurance deal

MANILA, Philippines - Insurance firm Insular Life Assurance Co. Ltd......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 13th, 2017

Allianz PNB celebrates many firsts in Iloilo

ONE of the world’s leading insurance firms, Allianz PNB Life, celebrated its many firsts in Iloilo with the opening of its Iloilo Regional Business Centerand two LifeTrack stations in Philippine National Bank branches on April 12, 2018. Dr. Olaf Kliesow, Allianz PNB Life president and chief executive officer, said the LifeTrack Stations, located in Jaro […] The post Allianz PNB celebrates many firsts in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

RCC: Rustan’s trademark not part of Gokongwei acquisition

RUSTAN Commercial Corp. (RCC) will retain the ownership of the Rustan’s trademark and trade name in light of the Gokongwei group’s acquisition of the supermarket business previously owned by the Tantoco family. In a statement, RCC said the Rustan trademark and trade name was “never a part” of the P18-billion deal that will allow Robinsons […] The post RCC: Rustan’s trademark not part of Gokongwei acquisition appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

PH Navy approves critical design review for controversial frigate deal

  The Philippine Navy saidThursdayits technical inspection and inspection committee (TIAC) has finally approved the critical design review of the controversial frigate acquisition project.   This means that the ship-building work can finally begin.   Commo. Alberto Carlos of the TIAC has signed the approval for the two warships last March 23. It is the Navy's biggest modernization project at P18-billion.   The critical design review was earlier stalled after the Navy could not reconcile the combat management systems (CMS) to be used for the warships. The CMS is said to be the brain of the warships as it integrates the communications, weapons, sens...Keep on reading: PH Navy approves critical design review for controversial frigate deal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

US auto sales spring to life in March

CHICAGO: The American consumer returned in force to automobile showrooms in March, lifting an industry that had been plodding along in a post-sales boom hangover. The biggest players in the North American market reported gains Tuesday — some eye popping — compared to March 2017. General Motors was up an unusually high 16 percent, followed by [...] The post US auto sales spring to life in March appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

US auto sales spring to life in March

The American consumer returned in force to automobile showrooms in March, lifting an industry that had been plodding along in a post-sales boom hangover. The biggest players in the North American market reported gains Tuesday --- some eye-popping---compared to March 2017. General Motors was up an unusually high 16 percent, followed by Fiat Chrysler's 14 percent sales jump. Ford rose 3.4 percent and Toyota gained 3.5 percent. Analysts expect the industry as a whole to report a two-to-three percent sales rise. German auto giant Volkswagen, while a relatively small player in the North American market, reported a stunning 17.8 percent sales rise --- signaling a cont...Keep on reading: US auto sales spring to life in March.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

GERI nets P1.6B

Megaworld's leisure estate arm Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI) grew its net profit last year by 56 percent to P1.5 billion on higher residential sales and rental income. Including earnings attributable to minority interest, GERI's net profit last year rose by 45 percent to P1.6 billion. In a press statement on Monday, GERI reported that its growing number of tourism estates and integrated lifestyle communities backed by expansive land bank had been its backbone for growth since its consolidation into the Megaworld Group in 2014. The increase in earnings last year was mostly attributed to real estate sales, which comprised more than 70 percent of GERI's business. Reside...Keep on reading: GERI nets P1.6B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new two-year-old arena. Instead of looking ahead to the draft lottery as they wind down their 12th consecutive losing season, the Kings — like many nationwide — have turned their attention to demonstrators who have joined hand-in-hand on game nights to block entrances to the building. The wave of protests stem from the March 18 fatal shooting by police of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man. Kings are at the center of the demonstrations but they have embraced their role in the situation and have been supportive of both the Clark family and the protesters. “This organization has really stepped to the forefront and I wanted to use my voice as much as I could to say to try to say what I believed was right and true,” Kings player Garrett Temple said. “There are a lot of different perspectives and a lot of different things to take into account but it’s been a pretty hectic week.” The demonstrations at Kings’ games have brought heightened attention to the protests and could grow in numbers this weekend. Sacramento police shot Clark eight times — seven from behind, according to autopsy results paid for by the family that were released Friday. The Kings play host to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The protests have resonated around the country as large crowds have held demonstrations and marches throughout the city, at one point blocking nearby freeways and surrounding streets in their call for action. Owner Vivek Ranadive made an impassioned pledge of support for the protesters and the community at large following the first round of demonstrations on March 22 after first consulting with his players. The NBA team has partnered with Black Lives Matter Sacramento and the Build. Black. Coalition to create a multiyear partnership that supports the education of young people and to help workforce preparation and economic development efforts in the community. “To see the Kings step up as an organization and start backing other local organizations, that means a great deal,” Temple said. “It shows you that what Vivek said after the game wasn’t just talk, that we really want to step in and help the community with this problem.” Temple, Vince Carter and former Kings player Doug Christie will also join community activists as part of an open forum at a church in south Sacramento on Friday night to discuss the situation and possible solutions. “That’s what it’s all about, raising awareness,” Carter said after a recent game. “Regardless of this being a professional basketball game, the bigger picture and what really matters is what was going on outside and the reason they were out there.” Temple has been one of the most outspoken Kings players since the protests began. “When I was kid being able to listen to an NBA player or see an NBA player, your eyes light up and your ears open,” Temple said. “We have to use that influence that we have in a positive manner.” The protests have been mostly non-violent. Beyond blocking traffic, the demonstrators have created a few problems for businesses in downtown Sacramento. They’ve come at a financial cost for the Kings, too. Protesters have twice blocked entrances to Golden1 Center, forcing the arena into a lockdown mode. Only 2,400 fans made it inside for the March 22 (Mar. 23, PHL time) game against the Atlanta Hawks. Three days later the demonstrators stayed away as the Kings hosted the Boston Celtics but they returned on March 27 (Mar. 28, PHL time) when they took on the Dallas Mavericks and forced another lockdown of the arena and prevented all but 4,000 fans from entering. For a team that has drawn an average crowd of 17,500 this season, the lost revenue from ticket sales alone is more than $1 million by conservative estimates after refunds were offered to those fans who didn’t get in. That doesn’t include lost income from concession stands and merchandise sales. But Ranadive, the first person of Indian descent to own an NBA franchise, said after the Hawks game, “We stand here before you, old, young, black, white, brown, and we are all united in our commitment.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr watched Ranadive’s speech on television in awe. He said, “I was very proud of the way the Kings handled it and the way the NBA handled it.” Other players around the league who have played in Sacramento since the protests began expressed their concerns over the situation while praising the Kings for getting involved, including Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks and Terry Rozier of the Celtics. Former Kings players DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes offered to pay for Clark’s funeral. Barnes, a Sacramento native who spent part of last season with the Kings, was also a pallbearer at the funeral and has organized a march prior to Saturday’s (Sunday, PHL time) game against the Warriors. “The beauty of the game is that we have this platform to be able to speak about these things and to be able to speak about police brutality, citizen-police relationships, disproportionate amount of African-Americans getting killed,” said Barnes, who spent his first four seasons playing in Oakland about 90 minutes south of Sacramento. “It’s important that we use that platform to talk about these things “Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of those of both sides that have been affected.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

Half-brother of Damian Lillard shot in mall parking lot

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) --Authorities say the half-brother of Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard was shot Thursday during a confrontation with two men in a mall parking lot. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Jahrell Lillard received first aid at a store inside the mall before he was taken to a hospital. The severity of his injuries was unknown. Lillard said on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) before the Blazers played the Los Angeles Clippers that his half-brother was in stable condition. "He's my brother, and my number one concern is his health, and his well-being. Right now he's stable and he's doing fine," Damian Lillard said. "In a situation like this you can't ask for more than that. You've got to let the authorities do their job and do what they need to do." Sgt. Nate Thompson says callers reported hearing 5-to-10 shots Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) and seeing two men run from the Clackamas Town Center parking lot. He says multiple rounds hit Lillard and several vehicles were damaged. Though details of the case are still developing, Thompson says investigators believe Lillard may have been the victim of a targeted attack. No arrests have been made. The shooting happened the same day Damian Lillard announced that his girlfriend gave birth to their first child. Lillard said the last two days were an emotional roller coaster. "That was probably one of the highest points of my life, my son coming out and holding him, and just having that experience, then having to deal a tragedy in the middle of it, that's unfortunate," Lillard said. "But like I said he's stable, and he's doing fine so I guess you've got to look at it like things could be a lot worse.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

BLOGTABLE: Who are the favorites to win Rookie of the Year?

NBA.com blogtable Your top three candidates for Kia Rookie of the Year? * * * David Aldridge: In alphabetical (!!) order, and with apologies to Kyle Kuzma: 1. Donovan Mitchell  2. Ben Simmons  3. Jayson Tatum Steve Aschburner: Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum, in that order as of this date. The Boston Celtics’ Tatum gets the edge over the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma because of the way he stepped into a vital role for an Eastern Conference contender and for the way he’s roared back in March (16.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) from a February sag (11.9, 2.7). Mitchell is the best “pure” rookie in my opinion, and the most dynamic and important offensive player on the playoff-bound Utah Jazz. But Simmons has been 1A to the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, and they have the Sixers headed toward homecourt advantage in the first round. His across-the-board stats are elite for a rookie and he has lived up to or exceeded some awfully lofty expectations. Tas Melas: 1. Ben Simmons. 2. Donovan Mitchell. 3. Jayson Tatum. Tatum has shown some ridiculous skills handling and shooting. Mitchell is that times two. He’s been the best scorer of the rookie crop, but Simmons gets the edge because he’s been the best lot of things: assisting, rebounding, defending, and, he’s got plenty of scoring touch too. Shaun Powell: First: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers. Plays like a poised veteran most of the time, helps in multiple ways (mid-range shot, passing, court awareness, rebounding) and is triggering a turnaround in Philly. Award is his to lose. Second: Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz. He became the primary option almost from opening night, which is rare for a rookie, and thrives even though he hasn't really played point guard in his life, lacks the benefit of a No. 2 scorer and gets the ball in the crunch. Third: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics. He suffered through a few lapses, perhaps due to the length of an NBA season, yet had a strong start and appears to be finishing up solidly as well. The Gordon Hayward injury forced him to become a scoring option for a contender and grow up quickly and he has for the most part. John Schuhmann: 1. Ben Simmons, and I really don't think it's a close race. He's just been the best all-around player among rookies, making a big impact on both ends of the floor for the fourth place team in the East. 2. Donovan Mitchell. That the Jazz are a middle-of-the-pack offensive team is a huge surprise, and Mitchell is a big part of that. He's the only guy on the roster who can consistently create a shot for for himself. 3. I'll give Jayson Tatum an edge over Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma has better raw numbers (points, rebounds and assists per game), but some of that is pace-aided. Tatum has been the more efficient scorer and an integral part of the league's No. 1 defense. Sekou Smith: Philadelphia's Ben Simmons is first on my list. I know, he's a redshirt rookie, but he's a rookie nonetheless. He's a future superstar based on what we've seen from him so far. I feel the same way about Utah's Donovan Mitchell, who gets the nod as my rookie surprise for this season. I had no idea he would turn in the kind of season he has. He's been every bit as crucial to his team's rise this season as Simmons has been to the Sixers' renaissance. Boston's Jayson Tatum is third on my list. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was wise to swing the deal he did to get a player who fits perfectly into what they're building. The Celtics are going to be a team to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future and Tatum's going to be a huge part of that foundation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2018

LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award - himself

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season. Himself. This is a season where prohibitive MVP favorite James Harden has done phenomenal things with NBA-leading Houston, where reigning MVP Russell Westbrook has been fantastic again for Oklahoma City, and where Anthony Davis has found a new stratosphere to take his game, especially after New Orleans lost DeMarcus Cousins. James raves about them all. But ... “I would vote for me,” James told The Associated Press. “The body of work, how I’m doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we’ve got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.” It’s not an unreasonable take. His numbers this season compare favorably — or exceed — the five-season run between 2008-09 and 2012-13 where he won the MVP award four times. His averages then: 27.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists on 52 percent shooting while playing 38 minutes per game. This season’s numbers: 27.4 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds on 55 percent shooting. They are MVP-worthy, without question. “He’s continued to prove everybody wrong and find new levels,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, James’ longtime friend and two-time former teammate. “In his 15th season, to be 33 years of age and to be playing the way he’s playing, as consistent as he’s playing, that is as impressive as anything that anybody has ever done.” Averaging 27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds is an NBA rarity. Oscar Robertson had numbers like those five times, in five consecutive seasons from 1960-61 through 1964-65 (he won his lone MVP award in the 1963-64 season). No one posted averages like that again until last year, when Harden and Westbrook both pulled it off. Robertson, Harden and Westbrook were all twentysomethings when they had those numbers. James is in position to join them, at 33. A fifth MVP wouldn’t define him. He’s long been a Hall of Fame lock, but believes this one would be earned. “At this point in my career, I’m just trying to break the mold, break the narrative of guys in their 15th year. ... I’m trying to do things that have never been done before,” James said. “It’s crazy because I’m not setting out to do it. It’s just kind of happening organically. I’m just training my body and training my mind and going out and playing and seeing what happens.” The Cavaliers are in the mix to finish as high as No. 3 in the Eastern Conference, despite having 21 different players on the roster, 24 different starting lineups and counting, a slew of injuries, even with head coach Tyronn Lue falling ill and missing games. The season has been rocky. James says he’s been at his best anyway. “I’ve said it,” James said. “Obviously, I’ve had some unbelievable seasons before, but I’ve said it: This is the best I can go, just from a complete basketball player standpoint.” Time will tell if MVP voters agree. ___ STORM LIFE The Heat got stuck in Indianapolis on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time), losing in overtime to the Pacers and then being unable to get home because of plane difficulties. They made the best of the situation. A quick call to the Capital Grille in Indianapolis — where the manager initially didn’t believe that the Miami Heat, travel party of 51, were on the way — set up dinner for everyone, and hotel rooms were secured while everyone dined. The restaurant was in shutting-down mode for the night, then scrambled to get the staff needed to deal with that many diners arriving all at once. The team wound up flying out Monday morning (Monday evening, PHL time). ___ THE WEEK AHEAD Some of the games to watch over the next seven days: — Boston at Utah, Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time): The game that was slated to be Gordon Hayward’s return to Salt Lake City still matters plenty to both teams. — Milwaukee at Golden State, Thursday (Friday, PHL time): The Warriors think this is the game where they’ll get Kevin Durant back in the lineup after a rib injury. — New Orleans at Cleveland, Friday (Saturday, PHL time): Notable for one reason in particular: Larry Drew coaches the Cavs, son Larry Drew II plays for the Pelicans. — Toronto at Boston, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time): The Raptors are trying to lock up the No. 1 seed in the East, and the Celtics are the only team still in their way. — Houston at San Antonio, Sunday (Monday, PHL time): One of 13 games on Sunday’s NBA schedule, before everybody gets Monday off for the NCAA championship. — Indiana at Denver, Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time): The Pacers are in and now thinking about seeding, while the Nuggets are merely trying to stay in the West chase. ___ STAT LINE OF THE WEEK Kemba Walker, Charlotte: His 46-point effort on March 22 (Mar. 23, PHL time) was against tanking Memphis, but it still should be remembered for at least a couple of reasons. One, he needed only 28 minutes to score like that. And two, he became just the third player in NBA history to make at least 10 three-pointers and 10 free throws in the same game. The others? Kyrie Irving in 2015, and Joe Dumars in 1994......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2018

Dairy Farm strengthens presence in Philippines

PAN-ASIAN retailer Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited is increasing its presence in the Philippine retail market through the share-swap deal with the Gokongwei-led Robinsons Retail Holdings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

AJ Research Pharma, Germany s Biotest ink deal

AJ Research Pharma Philippines recently signed a sales, marketing and distribution agreement with Biotest, a biologics company based in Germany, to bring to the Philippines a range of products that.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Dairy Farm strengthens presence in Philippines

PAN-ASIAN retailer Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited is increasing its presence in the Philippine retail market through the share-swap deal with the Gokongwei-led Robinsons Retail Holdings Incorporated (RRHI) that is expected to be completed in six months. Dairy Farm ventured into the Philippines, which it described as “one of the most vibrant retail markets in… link: Dairy Farm strengthens presence in Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Lillard, McCollum believe Blazers peaking at the right time

This time last season, the Portland Trail Blazers were struggling to make it into the Western Conference Playoffs. Ultimately, they finished with a 41-41 record, just a win ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the eighth seed. Fast-forward to 2018, and it's a whole different story. The Blazers are already three victories better than last season, with 11 games still to play. More importantly, they're now the third seed, with a two-game cushion over the next team, and they're healthy, in sharp contrast to other West powers. Not bad for a team that was 16-16 late in December. The Blazers didn't do a lot during the offseason. In fact, their major move, aside from two first round selections, was a subtraction, shipping out Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets, and then waiving the player they got for him, Andrew Nicholson, in a cost-cutting move. But by standing pat, Portland have the blessing of continuity, something superstar Damian Lillard believes is key to their current run. "I think the biggest difference between our team this season and last season is our experience together," Lillard told reporters in an international call. "One more year of us being on the same team, understanding each other a little bit better. Also, just being a much better defensive team. "In the past, we've had the ability to score points. Obviously, we're doing a much better job offensively this season because everybody's a part of it....But I think our defense has been a huge deal. We worked our way into being one of the top defensive teams in the league....Over time we've gotten comfortable with each other, and I think we're starting to mesh really well." As of writing, the Blazers have a 104.3 defensive rating, good for #7 in the NBA. A season ago, they were 21st, at 107.8. "I think we have become a much better team because of how we're leaning on each other and counting on each other," Lillard added. The Blazers were riding high on a 13-game win streak, before they finally succumbed to the league leaders Houston Rockets, in a tight, 115-111 loss Wednesday (PHL time). Still, it's a defeat the team is taking in stride. "We had the winning streak and we beat a lot of good teams during that winning streak....But I think playing against Houston, you know, the best team in the league right now, and myself and CJ [McCollum], our top two guys on the offensive end are not having a great night, and we still find ourselves down two under a minute left with a chance to get a stop and maybe go to overtime or win the game....I think we just have a lot of confidence when we don't have great games and our team is still in position to win the game." That's a notion Lillard's running-mate, CJ McCollum, agrees with, giving extra credit to the squad's reserves. "The bench was huge, and they've been great all season. [They] extended leads for us, figuring out ways to contribute, whether that be from scoring, rebounding, or defending. I mean, even last night against the Rockets guys stepped up and were aggressive and made plays and impacted the game." Against the Rockets, Lillard and McCollum combined for just 28 points on 9-of-32 shooting, missing all 12 of their three-point attempts. However, 22 markers from Al-Farouq Aminu, 17 from Mo Harkless, plus, 23 from the bench, gave them a chance to steal one from Houston. Given Portland's slow start to the season, and their under-the-radar approach, it's fair to say that the Blazers are peaking at just the right time. "I think sometimes people come out in the beginning of the season and they play great and look great. You always hear people saying they're playing really well early, and it's almost kind of scary because you want them to be playing really well late," Lillard points out. "I think what's unique about our team is the fact that we started the season off up and down," adds McCollum. "We weren't playing our best basketball. We had some home losses. Then as the season progressed, we continued to get better. We got healthy and just figured out ways to win games." Of course, the Blazers are not yet in the clear. Their next game is against the Boston Celtics on Saturday (PHL time), and their remaining schedule includes fellow playoff squads the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Rockets again, the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, and the Utah Jazz. With teams clustered together tightly in the standings, all of those matches will likely have a major impact on the chase for homecourt advantage. The Blazers, of course, are well aware of all that. "With how good those other teams are," McCollum says, "it's hard enough to beat them in a regular game, let alone on the road. So the more games you can play at home, the better. "I think we can improve on our late-game execution. Figuring out ways to get stops and second-chance opportunities and being a little more sharp down the stretch in games. That's going to be the difference in advancing in the playoffs and having a long playoff life, compared to essentially losing early." "We know it's a tough task and the Rockets are a great team, and the Warriors are a great team, so is OKC. We just feel like the kind of basketball we're playing and how our team is clicking, we feel like we've got a chance," said Lillard. "We're a team that's capable of winning the West. We've just got to go out there and prove it.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018