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Ramos, Ganzon duathlon champs

Joshua Ramos of Derosa-Corsa and former national standout Alexandra Ganzon emerged as the top male and female finishers in the Clark Global City Duathlon 2019 co-presented by Smart last Sunday in Pampanga......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2019

PBA Finals- All-Filipino champs to be crowned in Game 7 - ABS-CBN Sports

PBA Finals: All-Filipino champs to be crowned in Game 7 ABS-CBN Sports Four-time defending champion San Miguel and Magnolia will fight for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup in a Game 7 and stakes won't.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

Bucks making case as favorites to win title

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com MILWAUKEE -- In the wake of a wire-to-wire, 125-103 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, a question for the group: Shouldn't the Milwaukee Bucks be the favorites to win this thing? No, not the conference finals. At this point, they're obviously the heavy favorite to win the East. Prior to this year, 72 teams had a 2-0 lead in the conference finals, and 67 of them went on to win. But why aren't the Bucks the favorites to win the NBA championship? Is there a case to be made against 1) what was the best team in the regular season and 2) what has been an even better team in the playoffs? [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Maybe this is a we'll-believe-it-when-we-see-it league. How can you pick a team to win a championship when its best player had never won a playoff series prior to this year? Until they lost in five, it was easier to imagine the Celtics, with their talent and with their recent history of playoff success (back-to-back trips to the conference finals), being the team to represent the East in The Finals in the first year A.L. (after LeBron). And then the Bucks outscored the Celtics by a total of 65 points over the last four games of the conference semis. It's similarly difficult to pick against the Golden State Warriors until they actually lose. The two-time defending champs have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Presumably, they'll have Kevin Durant back for The Finals should they finish off the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. And even without Durant, the Warriors boast the same 2-0 conference finals lead the Bucks currently possess. But the Warriors haven't been as sharp as they were in each of the previous two postseasons. Five of their 10 playoff wins have been within five points in the last five minutes. Last year, only four of their 16 wins were within five in the last five. In 2017, it was four of 16 as well. With the postseason's 10th-ranked defense, Golden State has outscored its opponents by 6.4 points per 100 possessions over its 14 games. The Bucks have outscored their opponents by more than double that: 15.1 per 100. That feels like the mark of an eventual champion. Through 10 playoff wins last year, the Warriors had outscored their opponents by 9.6 points per 100 possessions. Through 10 playoff wins in 2015, they had outscored their opponents by just 7.7 points per 100. It was only in 2017, when they won their first 15 playoff games in Durant's first season in Golden State, that the Warriors were as dominant as the Bucks have been thus far. At 10-0 two years ago, Golden State had outscored its playoff opponents by 16.5 points per 100 possessions. At that point, the Warriors had the No. 2 offense and the No. 1 defense in the postseason. That's exactly where the Bucks stand after Game 2 on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Milwaukee is a complete team in more ways than one. The defense has been there almost every night. The Bucks have held their opponents under a point per possession (the measure of elite defense) in six of their 11 games and only once (their Game 1 loss to Boston) have they allowed them to score more than what was the league average (109.7 points scored per 100 possessions) in the regular season. Even with the rise in three-point shooting over the last few years, the most important shots on the floor remain those at the basket, and no team has been better at both preventing and defending those shots than the Bucks. After allowing a league-low 29.6 points per game in the restricted area in the regular season, the Bucks have allowed just 22.0 per game in the playoffs. In this series, Raptors drives have been met with a swarm of Milwaukee defenders, making it difficult to either score in the paint or get off a clean pass to an open shooter. After shooting 57 percent in the paint through the first two rounds (in which they faced two very good defenses), the Raptors have shot just 49 percent (36-for-73) in the paint through the first two games of the conference finals. On Toronto's first possession of Game 2, Marc Gasol posted up Khris Middleton after a switch and spun around Middleton for a layup, only to be rejected by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Raptors went scoreless on their first five possessions, had just 39 points on 49 possessions at halftime, and were too far behind for a 39-point third quarter to matter much. "I think the way we played on both ends of the court in the first half," Budenholzer said afterward, "is what we're trying to get to." After a bit of an offensive struggle in Game 1, the Bucks broke out on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). The elite defense led to 28 fast-break points, a size advantage inside led to 17 second-chance points, and six of their nine rotation players scored in double-figures. Three of those six came off the bench. While Toronto coach Nick Nurse has had to both shorten and alter his rotation in these playoffs, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has seemingly found contributors wherever he has turned. George Hill and Pat Connaughton were huge in the Boston series, Malcolm Brogdon didn't need long to find his rhythm after missing the first eight postseason games, and on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), Ersan Ilyasova had what Budenholzer called "clearly his best game of the year," scoring 17 points, drawing three charges, and registering a plus-22 in just over 21 minutes off the bench. The Bucks have the presumed Kia MVP, but their biggest strength in these playoffs has been their depth. Through 11 games, they've outscored their opponents by 12.0 points per 100 possessions with Antetokounmpo off the floor. Unlike his fellow Eastern Conference coaches, Budenholzer has never had to rush his best player back onto the floor. And this team is now 10-1 with Antetokounmpo ranking 40th in postseason minutes per game at 32.3. While the Raptors' offense has struggled to take advantage of the attention paid to Kawhi Leonard, every Bucks rotation player has played with confidence and freedom. "They're not going to let me play one-on-one," Antetokounmpo said after registering 30 points, 17 rebounds and five assists in Game 2. "So this series is not going to be about me; it's going to be about my teammates being ready to shoot, being ready to make the right play." "We try and empower them," Budenholzer said of his team's role players. "We try to play a way where they all feel like they can contribute and do things. Hopefully that's paying off for us." There's no argument to the contrary. But is there an argument against this team being the favorite to win the championship? While it remains difficult to pick against the team that won last year and remains intact, new champions come along all the time, and it's easier to see them in hindsight than in the moment. Of course, as good as they've been playing and as special as this run has felt, Bucks players refuse to get ahead of themselves. "You can't," Eric Bledsoe said. "That's how you lose focus. The biggest thing with this group is just taking a game at a time, and not looking forward to The Finals. Anything can happen. So we're focused on Game 3." "It's a great opportunity that we have," George Hill added, "but it means nothing until we get there." The players have to keep their minds on Toronto. But the rest of us can feel free to envision the future, one that includes an NBA championship. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for NBA.com. 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 NewsMay 18th, 2019

Warriors miss Kevin Durant, but do they need him?

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com PORTLAND, Ore. — Along with the equipment, uniforms, basketballs and the confidence that comes with being up 2-0 in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors brought along another piece of cargo to Portland and it is the heaviest of them all. It didn’t come packed in luggage or a box; instead, it’s just wrapped in a hunch and tied with a question mark, and it is this: When do the Warriors start missing Kevin Durant? [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] The back-to-back champs are now 3-0 in these playoffs without their superstar and his aching calf. And 4-0 overall in games in which Durant didn’t finish. That probably says something about the Rockets, and so far about the Trail Blazers — two teams unable to exploit his absence. However, while the (bleeping) Giants — Steve Kerr’s description of his undermanned team — are honorably playing with a sense of urgency, they aren’t buying the notion that they don’t need Durant. It’s an easy trap to fall into, to believe the outside chatter that they’re better off without him. The next two games, both at Moda Center, will either feed that belief or destroy it. Yes, because the Blazers must beat the Warriors four out of five to advance, there’s little to no chance of them denying Golden State a fifth trip to the Finals regardless of whether Durant shows up in this series or not. And that’s good for the visitors, since Durant didn’t make the trip for Games 3 and 4. “There's no mental adjustment,” said Kerr. “You just play. You go out there with what you have, and this is our third game, 3 1/2 games, really without him, and so we're just trying to hold down the fort. Hopefully he continues to progress and he has made progress, but it's a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning. So we'll see where it all goes, but he's in there all day long getting treatment. He's done a great job of committing himself to that process.” There’s a thought that, even if Durant was 80 percent, the Warriors will keep him benched to prevent a chance of re-injury, and that’s a wise decision with wide-ranging ramifications. By protecting Durant’s best interest here in this free agent year, the Warriors score big points with him and his camp less than two months before Durant must make a decision on his future. That said, what are the Warriors doing right to remain unharmed by his absence? The easy answer is they won championships without Durant and so this is more of the same-old, same-old. Except it isn’t. This actually might be more impressive. Understand that Golden State's system had to be changed here on the fly and in the middle of the postseason, not only to compensate for Durant’s 37 points per game in these playoffs, but also his defense. Once Durant was lost late in the third quarter of the fifth game of the second round, Kerr had to reach down his bench and rely on players who weren’t thrust into roles of significance and seldom saw fourth-quarter minutes up until this point. Meaning, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie have either seen their minutes rise and/or their roles inflated in the process. Of course, most of the burden fell on the proven core: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. Each of those four, in his own way, is playing at a premium, even if it’s a small sample size. “That’s what it takes in the playoffs," said Kerr. "You have to have guys playing at a really high level.” Curry seems reborn or at least sprung free of a playoff fog where his numbers and production didn’t match his regular season. He finished strong in a pair of fourth quarters while closing out the Rockets and is the most impactful player in this series so far. He’s averaging 35 points on 51 percent shooting in the three games without KD. It wouldn’t be a stretch to suspect Curry is getting a charge out of this, and his ego, which he keeps hidden, is being fed. Thompson is now clearly the second option, whereas before he was often No. 3 and often only if his shot was falling. The green light never turns yellow without Durant around, like Curry, Thompson is working without handcuffs or a leash. After hitting 20 shot attempts once in the playoffs before Durant’s injury, Thompson is now hoisting 22 a game, good for a respectable 25-point average. The Warriors are constantly feeding him and running screens for him and urging him to take the shot, even if it’s contested. For a player who insists he’ll re-sign with Golden State this summer, Thompson is getting a taste of what life must be like if he played for, let’s say, the Clippers and was the focal point of the offense. “This team's been together a long time and they trust each other,” said Kerr. “When the ball starts moving, that's when we're tough to guard.” Green has never been better this season than in the last few weeks. Recharged after losing weight immediately following the All-Star break and no longer feeling pain in his previously-injured shoulder, Green is menacing on the defensive end where once again he’s guarding all positions except point guard and doing it marvelously. In addition, he’s pushing the ball up court to help Curry and Thompson stay as fresh as possible and directing the offense from the high post. He’s averaging 10 rebounds, 6.5 assists and three blocks without KD. “You know, we can't sit and look over our shoulder and say, `Hey, man, when is K going to be back?’ We just got to play with whatever we got,” Green said. “We got to play and give him an opportunity to get back, and I think that's what really falls on our shoulders. We're a very confident group. Hopefully he's back sooner than later, but as a guy who is in the battle every night, we can't sit and look over our shoulder and wonder when he or DeMarcus [Cousins] is coming back. We have to assume they are not coming back and play with what we got. Obviously, we are hoping that they do. But while they are not out there, we just got to play.” Finally, there’s Iguodala. He stayed hibernated all regular season while averaging career lows across the board. At age 35, it appeared time had finally caught up. Instead, this was a case of a crafty veteran preserving himself for springtime, and with the amount of talent on the Warriors, he could afford to do so. Iguodala had solid moments guarding James Harden in the second round and is among those trapping Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum this round. One of the signature plays of the series was Iguodala coming up with a walk-off strip of Lillard as time expired in Game 2. “You're kind of in awe of it because not many guys can make plays like that consistently,” said Curry. So this is where the Warriors are without Durant and also DeMarcus Cousins. They were good enough to stump the Rockets (again), then proved too much for the Blazers in a pair of home games. Nobody would be shocked if they take a game in Portland or maybe finish the sweep. It’s a luxury that few teams have or could pull off even if they did. This comes from a core that’s been together for six years, a coach pulling the proper strings and a bench that isn’t shrinking in the moment. “We feel like we can still win no matter who is out there on the floor, and that's why we're in the position that we’re in and have won championships with all the injuries and all types of stuff,” said Curry. “We know what the mission is, and we're on it right now.” These Warriors are playing flashback basketball to the time before Durant came aboard — and prepping themselves for next season, when and if Durant jumps overboard this summer. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsMay 18th, 2019

Fabulous Philippines in NY spring Fashion Week

Fabulous Philippines in NY spring Fashion Week INQUIRER.net Albert Andrada and Barge Ramos at the Landmark on the Park NY fashion week. INQUIRER-Carol Tanjutco. ADVERTISEMENT. NEW YORK An official e.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 18th, 2019

Faye Tangonan, sunod-sunod ang projects

PATULOY sa pag-arangkada ang showbiz career ng beauty queen-turned actress na si Ms. Faye Tangonan. After niyang magbida sa pelikulang Bakit Nasa Huli ang Simula with William Martinez, Lance Raymundo, Jay-R Ramos, Lester Paul, sa pamamahala ni Direk Romm Burlat, may kasunod na agad siyang pelikula. Isa si Ms. Faye sa tampok sa pelikulang Tutop na pinagbibidahan nina Romm ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

Cogon Ramos SK officials, members cleared of vote-buying raps

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The two Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials from Barangay Cogon Ramos in Cebu City and two of their youth volunteers have been cleared from allegations of vote-buying on the evening of May 11, two days before the elections. The Office of the City Prosecutor ruled that due to the lack of probable […] The post Cogon Ramos SK officials, members cleared of vote-buying raps appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

PBA Finals: All-Filipino champs to be crowned in Game 7

The All-Filipino champion will be decided Wednesday. Four-time defending champion San Miguel and Magnolia will fight for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup in a Game 7 and stakes won’t be any higher than this one. The Beermen forced this decisive showdown with a Game 6 win Sunday, saving their All-Filipino dynasty in the process as well. No team has won back-to-back games in this series and if San Miguel does it now, they win the whole thing and become the first team ever to win five straight Philippine Cup titles. After a five-game debacle in last year’s Finals, the Hotshots have come as far as they con go in this year and the only thing left to do is to actually win. If Magnolia does take this one, it’s the second straight PBA title and first in the All-Filipino since 2014, the year of the team’s Grand Slam. Tip off for the decisive Game 7 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals will be at 7:00 p.m. live from the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

Nora, tatlong pelikula ang tinanggihan

MAINGAY ang balitang may gagawing pelikula ang Heaven’s Best Entertainment na pagbibidahan ni Nora Aunor at ididirehe ni Joel Lamangan. Ito ay ang Isang Bahaghari  kasama sina Tirso Cruz III at Christo­pher de Leon na mula sa panulat ni Eric Ramos. “Isa uling mapangahas na istorya ang pinaplano at sana makasama ulit kami sa MMFF, ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

PBA Finals: Arwind rallies troops for Game 7: “Para satin dapat yang lobo pag bumagsak“

There was no celebration Sunday as four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer extended the Philippine Cup Finals by winning Game 6. Focused from the jump, San Miguel scored a crucial 98-86 win, tying the best-of-7 series at three games each. With Game 7 on the horizon, the champs are now out to make sure that when the inevitable celebration does come, it’s for them. “Kahit papaano kinabahan kami ng konti sa kanila kasi naka-una sila sa series eh, isa na lang magcha-champion na sila. Mabuti na lang nahinto namin yung pagbagsak ng mga lobo,” forward Arwind Santos said. “Pagkatapos nung game nung nanalo na kami, sabi ko para satin dapat yang lobo na yan pag bumagsak,” he added. The Beermen were in control of Game 6 but lost a big lead in the third as the Hotshots managed to get to within six, 62-68. Santos teamed up with five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo for 18 points in the fourth as San Miguel pulled away anew. For Game 7, Arwind insists it’s important for them to take control from the start to finish once again. “Kasi pag nakadikit sila bandang huli kami pa yung nape-pressure eh. Sila na yung nagco-control nung game, dapat kami ang nagco-control,” he said. “Game 7, siguro pati yung mga ibang weapon na nangangalawang na sa bahay dadalhin na namin yan para lang ma-tetano namin kaagad sila at ma-control namin game hanggang matapos,” Santos added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

NCAA champs eye second win in Filoil Cup

Reigning NCAA champion San Beda shoots for the solo lead in its bracket as it clashes with an undermanned Mapua today in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 at the Filoil Flying V Centre......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

PBA Finals: June Mar dominates as Beermen take Game 4

Faced with a must-win situation in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, San Miguel Beer turned to June Mar Fajardo. The GOAT delivered. June Mar, who earlier in the night won a 6th sraight All-Filipino Best Player of the Conference award, was dominant for the Beermen, leading the four-time champions to a strong 114-98 Game 4 win over Magnolia Wednesday at the Big Dome. Fajardo shot 13/14 from the field for 31 points on top of 14 rebounds, leading San Miguel to a series-tying win in these Finals. “This is the kind of game we are looking for from out team. From start to finish, we’re able to sustain our energy,” head coach Leo Austra said. “What I like from our team is our energy, our focus, and our pride. Yun yung umiiral ngayon,” he added. A very focused Beermen already dropped 54 points at the break as they tried to not fall into a defensive struggle against the Hotshots like in Game 3. Then in the third, with Fajardo scoring 14 points, San Miguel built its largest lead of the night at 17 which would be more than enough to hold off Magnolia in the fourth. After June Mar, Terrence Romeo shot 50 percent for 18 points to go along with five assists.  Four others finished in double figures for the Beermen with Chris Ross scoring 15 and Christian Standhardinger posting 13 points. Magnolia gave up 87 points through three quarters, which was five more than the output they allowed in all of Game 3. It was a top-heavy offense for the Hotshots in the loss with Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon scoring 22 each. Ian Sangalang added 19 points but the next highest scorer after was Rafi Reavis with just nine. The Scores: San Miguel 114 - Fajardo 31, Romeo 18, Ross 15, Standhardinger 13, Santos 12, Cabagnot 11, Lassiter 6, Rosser 3, Pessumal 3, Nabong 2. Magnolia 98 - Barroca 22, Jalalon 22, Sangalang 19, Reavis 9, Lee 7, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 5, Calisaan 4, Melton 2, Brondial 2, Ramos 0, Pascual 0. Quarters: 25-27, 56-47, 87-77, 114-98. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

Liverpool stuns Barca, makes Champs& rsquo; finale

Liverpool stuns Barca, makes Champs& rsquo; finale.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

Councilor to sue absentee colleagues

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo ONLY eight councilors from Team ‘Arangka’ of Mayor Jose Espinosa III and Team ‘AlGoNa’ (Alim-Gonzalez-Nava) were present in the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s regular session on Tuesday. This was the fourth time that Team ‘Uswag’ members Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, Councilors Love Baronda, Ely Estante, Armand Parcon, Irene Ong, and Jay Treñas were […] The post Councilor to sue absentee colleagues appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Rookie Fermin shines bright in Adamson s winning start to Filoil Preseason

Adamson University's prized recruits made an immediate impact just as stalwarts Jerrick Ahanmisi and Papi Sarr did their thing in their 89-65 rout of overmatched Emilio Aguinaldo College in the two teams' opener in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Aaron Fermin, a 6-foot-5 big man, opened eyes with 21 points, five rebounds, and two blocks in just 19 minutes of play while fellow rookie AP Manlapaz, a 6-foot-2 forward, contributed 12 markers and two steals of his own. Ahanmisi, for his part, scored 17 points on top of three rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Sarr chimed in 11 markers and seven boards. It was an all-out domination from the Soaring Falcons who used a 50-22 tear in the middle periods to blow out their neighbors in San Marcelino. Joem Sabandal and Joshua Yerro, two other prized recruits, then merged for four points, six rebounds, and three assists as Adamson's new faces wasted no time in introducing themselves. That is nothing but good news for a side which had lost team captain Sean Manganti and court general Koko Pingoy. For the Generals, Marwin Taywan was the lone bright spot with 10 points. Meanwhile, Colegio de San Juan de Letran also got its new era off to a winning start by charging through NCAA rival Jose Rizal University, 78-67. Jerrick Balanza showed the way with 25 points as the Knights gifted new head coach Bonnie Tan with a breakthrough win in just their first game in the tournament. Rookie John Delos Santos topped the scoring column for the Heavy Bombers with 16 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ADAMSON 89 -- Fermin 21, Ahanmisi 17, Manlapaz 12, Sarr 11, Camacho 9, Lastimosa 6, Sabandal 4, V. Magbuhos 3, Bernardo 2, Colonia 2, Capulong 2, Yerro 0, Zaldivar 0, Ad. Doria 0, Albason 0, An. Doria 0, Fuentebella 0. EAC 65 -- Taywan 10, Luciano 8, Corilla 8, Gonzales 8, Maguliano 6, Boffa 6, Martin 5, Fuentes 4, Carlos 3, Estacio 2, Tampoc 2, Cadua 2, Padilla 1, Mendoza 0, Neri 0, De Guzman 0, Oppong 0, Gartiza 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-19, 43-27, 71-41, 89-65. SECOND GAME LETRAN 78 -- Balanza 25, Ular 13, Pambid 6, Sangalang 6, Mina 6, Muyang 5, Yu 4, Olivario 4, Ambohot 4, Pascual 3, Balagasay 2, Reyson 0, Gallano 0. JRU 67 -- Delos Santos 16, Estrella 10, Bordon 10, Miranda 9, Padua 5, Arenal 4, Dionisio 3, Dela Rosa 3, Dulalia 2, Dela Virgen 2, Steinl 1, Aguilar 1, Ramos 1, Amores 0, Vasquez 0, Umali 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-11, 40-27, 62-52, 78-67. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Rockets physicality puts vaunted Warriors on the defensive

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com HOUSTON — This Western Conference semifinal series is tied at 2-2. Each game has been decided by six points or less. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, perhaps the best shooters in the NBA and among the greatest all-time, each had clean looks at 3-pointers in the final seconds Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) for the Warriors and missed a chance to send Game 4 into overtime. The Rockets won, 112-108. Yes, this is now closer than identical twins and possibly headed to the same finish of a year ago, when the Warriors took out Houston in seven games during the conference finals. And if you look under the hood and examine the parts, you’ll see that in the moments of truth over the last two games that Houston won and created this deadlock. The Rockets were the aggressor, the bully, the chance-taker and ultimately more clutch than the champs. They’re beating the Warriors up inside and out. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] This doesn’t mean they’ll be the better team at the finish line, whether in six games or seven. But right now, they’ve made this contest closer than most imagined and given themselves a shot in what is now a best-two-out-of-three. “It’s a dogfight, and every possession matters,” said Chris Paul. The Rockets claimed victory Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) because James Harden was aces again, scoring 38 points and becoming more efficient – though, to the horror of the Warriors, he was no longer alone. Suddenly, Harden is getting ample help, and the more his supporting cast grows in confidence, the bigger the task it’ll be for the Warriors to finish the job. Here’s the tale of the tape: The Rockets are punching Golden State in the gut, with forward PJ Tucker delivering the body blows. Tucker is just 6'6", yet brings the temperament of a honey badger in a bad mood when it comes to grabbing rebounds. For the second straight game, Tucker snagged double-figures and been especially menacing on the offensive end; he’s going for seconds and sometimes thirds in heavy traffic and giving Houston additional chances at buckets. It’s not just ordinary rebounds he’s getting, but the most important ones. That hunger has a psychological effect as well, breaking the spirits of the Warriors while rousting the passion in his teammates. The sight of Tucker out-fighting Draymond Green for loose balls and missed shots is an emotional boost and keeps possessions alive. “I’m pleased people get a chance to see Tuck,” said Paul. “Everybody sees players in commercials and all that, but they don’t get a chance to see someone play defense and go after rebounds like him. That energy fuels everyone else. That’s basketball.” Houston has out-rebounded the Warriors in its two straight wins and Green says that can’t continue. “We have to change our mindset,” he said, “and that begins with me. That’s my department. They’re slapping us. It’s an easy correction, and if we correct it we’ll be fine.” Maybe the more disturbing aspect of this series is how the Warriors are also getting out-splashed. It’s not terribly surprising to see the Rockets dropping more three-pointers; after all, they take more than anyone in basketball. Yet, the Warriors just aren’t efficient and that’s especially the case with Curry and Klay Thompson. Harden has made just two fewer three-pointers than Curry and Thompson combined. While Curry seemed to break free of his semi-slump Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) with 30 points, his highest single-game point total of the series, he missed 10 of his 14 shots from deep. And Thompson is trapped in a thicker fog right now; he missed 5-of-6 from deep and delivered a weak 11 points and really hasn’t stepped forward for Golden State all series. The shot selection for Curry and Thompson has appeared wicked and surprisingly reckless at times, especially in the fourth quarter. “I felt we were in a rush a lot tonight with our shots,” said Kerr. “I don’t think we got great shots for much of the night. When you’re not searching for great shots, you’re not going to shoot that well.” With only Durant managing to look efficient from beyond the arc, the Warriors are getting lapped. In the last three games, or once Harden’s poked eye improved, the Rockets have made 18 more three-pointers than Golden State. “Our mentality changed after Game 2,” said Harden. “We’re not going to let up. We’re going to keep coming at you.” There are reasons the Warriors shouldn’t be in a state of panic. The next game is at Oracle Arena. And the two they just lost at Toyota Center they could’ve been won had they made plays at the end. Game 3 went into overtime and Curry missed an uncontested layup in the final 90 seconds of that tight game. And the Warriors had those pair of looks by Curry and Durant in Game 4, the sight of which sent chills through the Rockets. “I thought it was going into overtime,” said Austin Rivers. “One hundred percent. KD got one and I’m like, ‘C’mon man.’ And then Steph got one. We are fortunate.” Paul added: “Going back to the Bay, they’re probably not going to miss those shots.” Besides, Houston was qualified to be the most difficult out for the Warriors to win a third straight title, or at least reach the NBA Finals. After all, the Rockets have Harden and Paul, and their ability to shoot three's means they can seldom be counted out of games even if they’re trailing. A furious rally is always a moment away. Besides, aside from Trevor Ariza, this is virtually the same team that took Golden State to the seven-game limit last year and had to play the final two games without Paul, who had a hamstring pull. “I thought they were great,” said Kerr. “They did what they had to do, win their two home games.” But there wasn’t the scent of concern coming from the Warriors. Perhaps it’s the pride of a team still believing it’s heads and shoulders above the league, or a stern belief that whatever advantages Houston had over the last two games will be snuffed. Durant remains playing at an epic level and the basketball logic says Curry, and perhaps Thompson, will eventually snap out of it, not because the Rockets’ defense will weaken, but because Curry and Thompson have, you know, a track record of excellence. “We know what we have to do,” Kerr said bravely. Perhaps. But for the second time in as many years, the Rockets have the Warriors’ full attention, and Golden State must be near-perfect to prevent from being pushed to the ledge. “What I like is how everybody does their job,” said Tucker. “That makes us ‘us.’ We’re tough. We’re that kind of team.” If the Warriors didn’t know it before, they know that now. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsMay 7th, 2019

Clark Global City Duathlon slated May 12

Clark Global City Duathlon slated May 12.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

PBA Finals: Arwind believes SMB offense impossible to completely shut down

In Game 2, San Miguel fired off 108 points in a win and the Beermen looked like they had the vaunted Magnolia defense figured out. In Game 3 however, the Hotshots proved that’s not the case and Magnolia limited the five-time champs to just 82 points to once again take control of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, 2-1. After seven San Miguel players scored in double figures in Game 2, that number went down to just four in Game 3. The Beermen’s shooting percentage dropped to the 30s again, shooting just a shade under 33 percent inthe Game 3 loss. Still, there’s no way Magnolia can stop San Miguel’s high-powered offense all the way through. At least that’s what Arwind Santos thinks. “Hindi ako naniniwala na itong buong series na to, kaya nila kaming i-stop,” Arwind said. “Kailangan lang din namin gumawa ng paraan,” he added. The pattern in these Finals have been pretty simple with a grinding defensive battle favoring Magnolia and a shootout going the way of San Miguel. However, that alone won’t decide the Philippine Cup Finals says Arwind though he does believe that the team with the better defensive sets will have the higher chances of winning. “Ako personally, yung depensa namin, hindi talaga masyadong maganda,” Santos said. “Kung titignan mo, dikit pa rin yung laro. Bawat game naman, kahit sabihin mong nananalo kami, mayroon pa rin kaming kailangan i-correct. Siguro yun lang, kung sino talaga maganda idedepensa, yun ang mananalo,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

Team ‘AlGoNa’ hits back at absent ‘Uswag’ councilors

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo ILOILO City Councilors Joshua Alim and Plaridel Nava of Team AlGoNa hit back at ‘Uswag’ Councilors following their continued absence from the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s regular session. Team ‘Uswag’ members Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, Councilors Love Baronda, Ely Estante, Armand Parcon, Irene Ong, and Jay Treñas have been absent for the past […] The post Team ‘AlGoNa’ hits back at absent ‘Uswag’ councilors appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

100 fights in NCA derby today

More than 100 fights are on tap in today’s National Cockers Association Derby at the Ynares multi-purpose building in Pasig City, according to derby hosts Gov. Ito Ynares, Riper and the Firefly Group, and Harold Ramos......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

MPBL champs at PSA Forum

The Knights will be headed by coach Randy Alcantara along with some key players, and to be accompanied by commissioner Kenneth Duremdes in the public sports program presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, Amelie Hotel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corpoation (PAGCOR)......»»

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