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Must-haves for techies this Christmas

Must-haves for techies this Christmas.....»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardNov 23rd, 2017

[Right of Way] Part 1: How to untangle Sucat, PH s most complex intersection?

How do you solve a problem like the Sucat interchange? Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin tackles the traffic woes of those who live in southern Metro Manila. Got any traffic, transport, and road safety woes? Send them to rightofway@rappler.com. – Rappler.com Christmas Carmageddon? The fault in our signs, part 1 The fault in our signs, part 2 Traffic enforcement: Be careful what you wish for The fault in our signs, part 3 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

DOJ turns over to NBI report on Davao Mall Christmas eve fire

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation for "evaluation and action" the report of the inter-agency investigation to the deadly NCCC mall fire in Davao City last year.  "DOJ received the fire report last March. On 13 April, we referred ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Huawei, Samsung neck and neck in foldable smartphone race

It looks as though Huawei is in a race against Samsung, LG and other manufacturers for the title of "world's first truly foldable smartphone." According to a report from Korean news site ETNews, which claims its information comes from sources with direct knowledge of the plans, Huawei has recently signed non-disclosure agreements with its suppliers, in connection to the mysterious "foldable phone" that could be unveiled as early as November. If there is a November reveal, that date could very likely win the brand the title of "world's first." But before getting too excited and putting this on top of the Christmas list, it's not sure whether the foldable phone will actually be a...Keep on reading: Huawei, Samsung neck and neck in foldable smartphone race.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Silver

Easter signifies rebirth and renewal. It is the most important holy day after Christmas. April recalls many happy memories of childhood birthdays in Baguio, the old summer capital. In another sense, April marks the 25th anniversary of this column. Flashback to April 1993. My first article “A Haven for young girls,” was the story of […] The post Silver appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Are the Sixers too young for playoff success?

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com The learning curve of the Philadelphia 76ers has taken on a new, more direct and simpler geometric shape. It’s now a straight line, pulled and yanked that way by an impatient team determined to take the expressway from now on. And so this is where The Process has led them, to the NBA playoffs, a place exclusively reserved for Big Boy Basketball, where we get to see if the Sixers will skip another floor in their rapid developmental rise or if youth is about to get served a lesson. Hey, if nothing else, it beats wiping away the stench of losing, which is what coach Brett Brown was doing this time the last few years before this club finally grew up and as we now see, blew up. "This year we exceeded 50 wins and when you do that, you get into NBA elite territory which is something different for us,” he said. “But what’s interesting is we want more. We have more room to grow and we want to do that now.” Yes, the Sixers, finally sprung free of the dark ages, have crashed the annual spring show and are doing so rather emphatically in addition to surprisingly. Surely you saw this coming this quickly, no? On Christmas Eve they were 14-18. Their sensational big man, Joel Embiid, was getting the kid glove treatment, rarely playing extended minutes or consecutive games because of his brittle injury history. Their top draft pick, Markelle Fultz, was out with a bad shoulder and a broken jumper. Obviously, they’d just emerged from their four years of Tankapalooza with the trepidation of a chick stumbling from the nest. And quite simply, four months ago they just weren’t good enough to be lumped with the lead pack. Yet. But since then, what the hell just happened? “This group has come together from a toughness standpoint, a spirit standpoint,” Brown said. To say the least. The Sixers are 50-game winners, with a strong Kia Rookie of the Year candidate in Ben Simmons and a top-10 talent in Embiid, whose orbital injury that cost him the final eight regular season games should be healed for the playoffs at some point. Everything has fallen into place to make Philly a basketball destination once again, and these Sixers find themselves in a unique situation heading into the weekend. That’s because the playoff landscape in the East is favorable for someone like Philly to pull a surprise or two. Can they last a round? Of course; they’ll be a favorite initially. How about reaching the Eastern Conference finals? That’s trickier, and it’ll come down to matchups, but stranger things have happened. And, the NBA Finals? Well. Consider that there’s no true beast taking up space in the East and sending shivers everywhere. All of the contenders are showing a scratch or two: Toronto brings a blah playoff history; some of LeBron James’ supporting cast in Cleveland is untested; the Celtics are without Kyrie Irving, not to mention Gordon Hayward. The Sixers are the wild card in the playoff picture. Their wart is their inexperience in these matters. And so: Are they too young to be taken seriously? “I understand why people might think that, but I think we’ll be fine,” said JJ Redick, the resident senior citizen at age 33. “I don’t expect any of us to play differently than we have lately. These young guys are all gamers.” The Sixers are uniquely built; their twin core of Simmons and Embiid has played a combined three NBA seasons. Redick is the only starter with playoff experience and is also the only player in the rotation who ever played a major role in the playoffs. The Sixers are cubs compared to most of the East, even those teams below them. Essentially, the veterans on the Sixers orbit around the youngsters, instead of vice versa. Brown regularly takes the temperature of his players and has yet to pause at the results he’s seeing. For the most part, this has worked out better than he and they expected. “At this stage you figure how you deliver a team to the playoffs, how do you arrive at the playoffs,” Brown said. “Well, you can check three boxes: Their health, their spirit and their form. And finally: Are they playing good basketball? They’re all very interconnected, they’re all closely intertwined. Those things rule my day when I watch film and see how hard and long we’re going to go in practice. These guys have embraced and improved in those areas. Our defense has been excellent and we’re regularly getting 30 assists as a team, another example of a team enjoying each other’s company.” This makes for an interesting postseason baptism. There’s hope in Philly that Simmons and Embiid and Robert Covington and Dario Saric won’t know the difference between March basketball and May basketball. “We’ll just come and play the same way we’ve been doing,” Simmons said. The other advantage for Philly is Simmons appears well beyond his years. His expression is stoic, no matter the game circumstances, and his poise has yet to shatter memorably and cost the Sixers when it counts. He’s giving 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists a night and had at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in 58 games, second only to Russell Westbrook and LeBron James. He is the first rookie in NBA history to average eight assists on a 50-win team. It remains to be seen how a 56-percent free throw shooter will respond if he’s put in that situation with the game on the line. Otherwise, his court direction and ability to reach the rim should not suffer from springtime stage fright. “Ben sits behind a glass wall and watches everyone else on the other side,” Redick said. “There’s nothing that affects him. He plays with the same demeanor and purpose no matter what’s going on around him. He brings a calm presence, and the maturity he plays with is beyond his years. Impressive.” Brown said: “He’s the stone cold Rookie of the Year and to me it’s not even close.” Philly’s best player is Embiid, though, and he’ll play with a mask once he does return, perhaps sometime in the first round. If he doesn’t suffer any lasting effects from the facial injury (vision, lack of balance), he’ll be the premier big man on the floor in the East. This allows the Sixers to exploit their low-post advantage over the Celtics, Raptors and Cavs should Philly meet any of those contenders along the way. The Sixers are also working with a pair of bonuses in Fultz and Ersan Ilyasova, two players they didn’t anticipate being in the playoff mix just a few months ago. Fultz is finally free of his shoulder woes and his shooting is starting to come around, to the point where Brown says he’ll find a role for Fultz in the rotation. Basically, the Sixers feel safe enough to put him on the floor, something that would’ve been a reach before he was activated, when he showed a nasty mechanical hitch in a jumper that somehow went south on him. “We don’t feel we’re going to be caught off guard with him,” Brown said. Ilyasova was gift-wrapped to Philly by the Hawks at midseason and has since been a solid source of scoring (17 points in a two-point win over Cleveland last week) and deepened the Sixers’ bench, allowing Brown to use a variety of different lineups and strategies. In all, the manner in which the season has come together is paying off at the right time for Philly. “We didn’t have this level of maturity in November and December,” Redick said. “If you look at some of our losses early in the season I felt they were immature losses. We’re more focused, more together, developed a mental toughness. Sometimes in life and in this league you have to go through things and experience things to grasp how to do them. There’s no better learning tool than the actual experience. So blowing a lead or coming back from a large halftime deficit, you have to do those things to understand that you can do it. Having those lessons early in the season has prepared us to have a great run since Christmas; we have the second best record in the league since then. This is better than what I expected or even hoped for. It’s been a long sustained growth period.” What does it all mean? Well, even though they’re entering the playoffs with the force of a hurricane, this isn’t the NCAA tournament. This is best-of-seven basketball, which means a team must prove itself worthy of moving on, instead of hoping to get lucky or hot. In the case of Philly and others in the East, that means beating LeBron four times in a series, and that hasn’t happened since 2010. You could also make the case the Sixers are playing with house money at this point, no matter what happens; after enduring The Process and painful progress, this is a blessing, a reward. The Sixers aren’t seeing it that way, though, not after growing up in a hurry. They want to seize the opportunity now, and any playoff success will largely depend on how they handle this as first-timers. Your guess is as good as Brown’s. “You really don’t know what to expect,” Brown said. “There’s no body of work. I will give our guys the benefit of the doubt. The poise they have shown in the regular season, the poise they’ve shown in big games and key moments, gives me tremendous confidence that we will handle this stage with a greater level of poise than what I might have guessed in October, or what I might have guessed not so long ago if you asked me questions about how will rookies and young guys handle this very different part of the season.” 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 NewsApr 11th, 2018

Hovering. – Manila Picture

Image published by Tisha M. on 2012-01-28 15:44:15 and used under Creative Commons license. Tagged: , Christmas and Manila Ocean Park link: Hovering. – Manila Picture.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Gen Z, Anna Wintour and Nanay Ramos

  Today's parents aren't doing so bad, after all. Their children could go beyond their gadget and style must-haves, after all, and help transform society. The world woke up to this pleasant surprise and watched the news about hundreds of thousands of the Gen Z and the millennials marching across the United States to protest the Parkland deaths, the latest in a never-ending series of mass shootings in the US, and to launch the #neveragain movement. But what made world media, indeed the world, sit up and take notice was this generation's fearlessness, relentlessness---and articulateness. Time's "The Young and the Relentless" carries a full-page photograph of one of th...Keep on reading: Gen Z, Anna Wintour and Nanay Ramos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

Silent bidding raises passionate voice for Arroceros park

For this year's silent auction, the all-women Winner Foundation members came in Christmas-y red, with a few wearing deep fuchsia. I wore my blue-and-white nautical stripes, being a nonmember but almost a yearly visitor and bidder for lower-priced objects. There was one year, my first time to go, when I went overboard and beyond budget. The next year I restrained myself and just bought secondhand paperbacks from the table of historian Benito Legarda Jr. Another year, I outbid a rival for a set of batik handkerchiefs. Strict discernment On my fourth year, I again practiced strict discernment as I moved from table to table to study the things for sale. I fell madly in love ...Keep on reading: Silent bidding raises passionate voice for Arroceros park.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

One meme that perfectly ties up April Fools’ Day and Easter Sunday

MANILA, Philippines — Easter Sunday happening on April 1 does not happen every year. But the coinciding of the annual celebration of hoaxes and the Gregorian calendar’s date for Jesus Christ’s resurrection did not sit well with every believer. Easter or Resurrection Sunday, after all, is one of the two most important days besides Christmas […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Minister: Islam ‘not part of Germany’

BERLIN, Germany --- Chancellor Angela Merkel's hardline new interior minister declared that Islam is "not part of Germany" in an interview published Friday, setting off a political storm two days into her fourth term. Asked by the top-selling Bild daily whether the influx of Muslim migrants and asylum seekers to Europe's top economy over the past several decades meant that Islam now belonged to the fabric of the nation, Horst Seehofer replied "no". "Islam is not part of Germany. Christianity has shaped Germany including Sunday as a day of rest, church holidays, and rituals such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas," he said. "The Muslims who live among us are naturally part of...Keep on reading: Minister: Islam ‘not part of Germany’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Easter promises the gift of resurrection across all faiths

‘For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive’ – 1 Corinthians 15:22 Easter is the most important day in the Christian calendar besides Christmas. Commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death on the cross on Good Friday, Christendom has different takes on this essential [...] The post Easter promises the gift of resurrection across all faiths appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Party like the Mafia

  I had the pleasure of attending the last Chaine des Rotisseurs gathering at the Shangri-La Makati, my third time to attend this prestigious annual gala. As usual, it felt like Prince Charming's ball in the Cinderella fairy tale: Ladies were dressed to the nines, with jewelry brighter than their eyes, mesmerizing the dim room like Christmas lights, while gentlemen wore tails, medals hanging from their necks to display their societal credentials. I noticed wine connoisseur Jay Labrador wearing something like ten medals on his neck and I wondered if they were not just for pomp but truly for circumstance. Apparently, each medal is related to wines or Chaine des Rotisse...Keep on reading: Party like the Mafia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Early Christmas Gift for Eastern Visayas Workers

The workers in Eastern Visayas may soon enjoy an increase in wages. “It will take effect on May 1,” DOLE Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales told reporters covering the public consultation on the minimum wage in Ormoc City in March 21. Gonzales, who is also the chairman of the regional tripartite wages and productivity board […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

[Right Of Way] The sorrowful mysteries of living in Metro Manila

With Holy Week coming up, road safety advocate Vincent Lazatin reflects on the sorrowful mysteries of living in Metro Manila – from the agony of traffic to the scourging of the commuters.  Got any transport woes? Send them to rightofway@rappler.com. – Rappler.com MORE ON 'RIGHT OF WAY' Christmas Carmageddon? The fault in our signs, part 1 The fault in our signs, part 2 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Clash of the Haves, Have-Nots

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer is the overwhelming favorite with its powerhouse roster built around the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Why Holy Week has no fixed dates

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published in April 2014. Rappler is updating and republishing this to mark Holy Week 2018. MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Compared to holidays like Christmas, Holy Week doesn't have fixed dates. For instance, Holy Week in 2018 runs from March 25 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

VIVO x MakingMEGA to screen BTS of MayWard Germany shoot

Dreams do come true, just ask up and coming star and Vivo endorser Maymay Entrata, who recently spent her Christmas in Germany, the hometown of the other half of the MayWard phenom, Edward Barber. Maymay (Marydale Entrata in real life) was born Mambajao, Camiguin), but was grew up in Cagayan de Oro City. An actress, recording artist, singer/composer, model, product endorser/ambassador, she shot to fame as the first Big Winner of the combined edition of Pinoy Big Brother Lucky 7 (combined housemates - celebrity, adult and teens) on the Pinoy Big Brother reality show.....»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Seaman comes home

The other day, I met seaman Jose (Lito) Quadra who won first prize in our Christmas contest last December but couldn’t claim his bounty personally because he.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

New era, new challenges emerge for Warriors

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst "It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest." -- Muhammad Ali Ali defended his heavyweight championship 20 times, during two eras: when he was young and unstoppable, after beating Sonny Liston in Miami in 1964, and when he was old and vulnerable, after beating George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. He was the fastest heavyweight ever in the first era; he was smart and could take a punch in the second. A generation later, the Golden State Warriors are defending their NBA title for a second time, in three years. But they, too, are doing so in two eras. In 2014, no one had seen anything like what Golden State did on a basketball court, and how Stephen Curry’s and Klay Thompson’s shooting range changed the geometry of NBA defenses. They stretched to the breaking point trying to get out to Curry and Thompson. They couldn’t figure out how to handle the Warriors’ five-man switching defenses. They couldn’t stand up under Golden State’s withering pace. There is no need to hold a telethon yet for the Warriors, three years later. They are 49-14 today, with four All-Stars among their five starters, including Kia MVP candidate Kevin Durant, in the prime of his career, who wasn’t there when the Warriors first beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 Finals. They are still first in the league in Offensive Rating, first in True Shooting Percentage, first in Effective Field Goal Percentage. They still are unsolvable to most opponents. But maybe not all, not anymore. The margin of separation between Golden State and the rest of the league is still there, most of the time. But there are tiny signs of slippage. Tiny. You recall what Warriors assistant coach Bruce Frasier said in the preseason, when no one is injured and everyone thinks they’re going 82-0. “Teams are starting to figure us out a little bit,” he said then. “We’re talented, so that sometimes overrides strategy. But I feel like teams are figuring certain things out to do to counter what they’ve seen. Year one, it was really hard, because it was all new. The pieces have changed a little bit, but I feel like our challenge will be to see if we can layer on some of the offense, our fluid movement, and counters, and change things up, and execute better. Defense is always big, too, so I wouldn’t go into the complacent (problem). I think it’s going to be more execution, and how smart can we really be, and can we keep that energy up through this year?” In each of their previous three seasons, the Warriors led the league in margin of victory -- 10.1 points in 2014-15, 10.8 points in 2015-16 and 11.6 points last season. This year, though, they’ve fallen to third, behind the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors -- and their win margin is down to 8.5 points per game. Two years ago, the Warriors were fourth in the league in Defensive Rating (100.9). Last season, Golden State was second (101.1). This season, the Warriors are fifth, at 103.4. In 2014-15, they were 14th in the league in points allowed in the paint; this year, they’re 24th (to be fair, they were 23rd last year, when they won it all anyway). Are they bored? Tired? Aging? Is their bench inconsistency this year the result of vets saving themselves for the playoffs, or guys just getting old? And will it matter against anyone other than Houston? “Once you start getting a little older, it’s harder and harder,” guard Shaun Livingston said last week. “We definitely need the youth, we definitely need the health. We’ve got to be healthy. We’ve got to be healthy. Sometimes you see teams that maybe are over the hill -- they have the experience, but maybe not (the ability). It’s human nature. Obviously, I don’t think we’re there yet. We’ve got guys that are still in their prime. It’s mental now.” In the Jean-Pierre Coopman phase of their latest title defense (oh, how one misses spectacles like Ali fighting Coopman, the “Lion of Flanders” -- with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier on the call!), the Warriors came to Washington last week. There was no White House visit on the docket, only time with D.C. area kids and a trip to the African-American History Museum, with owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers on the trip as well. They have been in the public eye for five years now, back to Mark Jackson’s last season as coach, when the Splash Brothers exploded into the national consciousness. That’s a long time for one NBA team to have all that light and heat on it. For a minute, the Warriors tried to convince themselves that there was a backlash building against them nationally, that people had grown tired of their 3-pointers and video game point totals. It was, of course, a ridiculous posit -- Golden State and its players are more popular than ever, the love for Curry such that he felt perfectly comfortable posting a photo of the glass table he accidentally smashed in his hotel room on Instagram, any criticism surely to be muted amid America’s love for the two-time MVP.   when you feel like you’re on the @pgatour so you gotta get some swings going in the hotel room 😂😂😂 #idiot A post shared by Wardell Curry (@stephencurry30) on Mar 1, 2018 at 1:33pm PST “There was a little guy who was probably eight years old, and he came up and introduced himself,” Steve Kerr said. “His name was Ryan, and I’m talking to him, and he goes ’oh, my God, there’s Quinn Cook!’ And he ran over to Quinn Cook. Not Steph, not me -- he loved Quinn Cook. That was cool.” Throughout the Warriors’ run, they’ve faced down different challengers in the Western Conference -- the first iteration of the Rockets with Harden, a hybrid inside-out attack where Houston unhappily and unsuccessfully tried to meld Harden and Dwight Howard in the post. The Durant/Russell Westbrook one-two combo in Oklahoma City. The Spurs, morphing from the Tim Duncan/Tony Parker-led team to the Kawhi Leonard-dominant one. The “Lob City” Clippers, followed by the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin halfcourt version. But this season’s Rockets, with Paul at the point, may be the most unique and dangerous threat to the Warriors. They are much more than a team that just rains 3-pointers on you -- though they most certainly do that, and do it historically well. They’re also an outstanding defensive team, with the additions of P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute giving them a grit they haven’t had in past seasons to pair with the shot blocking and rim presence of Clint Capela. The numbers are stark: Houston is 32-1 this season when Paul, Harden and Capela all play, including two wins over the Warriors The Rockets have no obvious weakness. They have no fear of Golden State, either, having won two of the three meetings with the Warriors this season. It’s not just that they’re good, it’s how they’re good that makes them look like the greatest challenge yet to Golden State’s hegemony in the West. “I mean, yes, because they do it a different way, I guess,” Curry said last week. “They adopted the power of the three ball and try to use it as a main weapon, and obviously with James and CP together. Honestly, we know that they’re playing well. We’re chasing that number one seed and keeping tabs on how they’re playing and whatnot. But at the end of the day, we’ve got a lot of time left before we have to face them again. We know they’re serious. But so are we.” The Warriors have had to deal with great adversity during their run, to be sure. The biggest challenge came about this time last year, when a collision between teammates -- Zaza Pachulia and Durant, in D.C., ironically -- culminated in a Grade 2 MCL sprain and bone bruise for Durant, taking him out of the lineup at the worst possible part of the season. Golden State had just ripped off wins in 23 of its previous 27 games since a lamentable Christmas Day loss to the Cavs. Curry had started to figure out how to play with KD, and vice versa. They were in the middle of a brutal stretch of seven road games in eight overall, with the one brief return home to play the Celtics. When Durant went down, the initial fear was that he’d torn his ACL and would be out for the season. The Warriors’ locker room was funeral after the Wizards game. “Obviously, we were trying to figure out if he was like ’done-done’ for the year, or whether or not there was going to be a chance he’d return,” forward David West said. “We were, at the time he got hurt, we were just starting to figure out the sort of roles, everybody was getting comfortable with roles. We basically had to reset., change some of the functions we were doing. We lost a few games  trying to literaly just figure out and recalibrate and re-balance. That was one of those periods where we were just looking at each other, trying to start this thing -- we lost this huge, huge piece.” Yet the Warriors figured it out on the fly. And how they responded then provides a big clue to how they might respond to the challenge the Rockets present to them now. “It took us, I think we needed to get home before we were able to stablize,” Kerr said. “I want to say we lost three of the last four on the trip or something  (they did lose three of four, but one of the three losses was at Oracle in that one home game with the Celtics). We got home and righted the ship and got going. But sometimes (an injury is) a galvanizing force when a guy gets hurt, and you have to do certain things. Like, for us, when Kevin got hurt, we talked about it and we said we have to be the best defensive team in the league. We don’t have that luxury of throwing the ball to Kevin and saying ’get us 30 points tonight.'” During that stretch without Durant (March 2, 2017 to April 5, 2017), who returned just before the start of the playoffs, the Warriors led the league in the league in Defensive Rating (100.0, just head of San Antonio’s 100.2), first in opponent field goal percentage (.429), tied for second in opponent 3-point percentage (.316) and fourth in opponent points allowed per game (100.9). And once Durant returned for good, the Warriors again flexed. They tore through the West, winning all but one game en route to a third straight NBA Finals. And they took the Cavaliers apart in five games for their second title in three years. “You could see Draymond, Klay, Andre, Shaun, those guys, even Loon (Kevin Looney), were like, ’we didn’t have KD last year,’ ” West said. “For someone like myself, I just followed their lead. Klay got a little more aggressive. Draymond sort of settled everybody defensively. And we started winning.” That muscle memory will come in handy this year. Durant and Curry have missed time with injuries, and Golden State hasn’t figured out things at center just yet. (Would it shock me if rookie Jordan Bell played a big role there down the stretch? No, it would not.) But the Warriors still are smoking people in the second halves of games; per teamrankings.com, the Warriors lead the lead in third-quarter scoring margin at 5.3 points per game, more than double the margin of the second-place Denver Nuggets. Whether it’s adjustments or something else (“mainly, fiery halftime speeches, Knute Rockne style,” Kerr opines), they have again put a lot of opponents away with 12 minutes to spare. Since the All-Star break, they’re fourth in the league in opponent field goal percentage (.433) and Defensive Rating (100.3). “This year, obviously, knock on wood, we want to stay healthy,” Curry said. “We want to continue to push in the right direction. Every year’s different. That’s the fun part about this league. No matter how much success you’ve had and what your expectations are, it’s a different journey every year. We’re right in the middle of that right now. We have an amazing record, considering how we’ve played. I think we’d all say we haven’t lived up to our own expectations. That’s okay. We have an opportunity to build the right habits and the right momentum going into the playoffs this year and do it, all 15 guys.” Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and 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 NewsMar 6th, 2018

WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach plays enthusiastic camp director in My Perfect You

MANILA, Philippines – After appearing as a superhero in The Revenger Squad last Christmas, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach returns to the big screen, this time  teaming up with Gerald Anderson in Cathy Garcia-Molina's My Perfect You. Pia plays the role of Abi, the overall person in charge of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018