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Throwing down

  NEW YORK---The music industry's biggest night was celebrated here on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden. I'm talking about the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Hosted by last year's host, James Corden (whose parents also made a cameo appearance), it is one of the awards nights that I look forward to. But because I had a show happening at the same time, I set my DVR to record it. And for the most part, it didn't disappoint. There were amazing performances by Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Pink, SZA, Alessia Cara, Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Khalid, the Resistance Revival Chorus (in a powerful number introduced by ...Keep on reading: Throwing down.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 31st, 2018

Coach of England wins the nation s heart by being a nice guy

By Danica Kirka, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — In an age of tattoos, tongue piercings and tensions over Brexit, a soft-spoken man in a dark blue waistcoat and striped tie is uniting England amid dreams of victory in soccer's World Cup. Coach Gareth Southgate is the buttoned-down leader of a new generation of players who speak softly and let their victories silence critics. And England supporters have found that refreshing after years of underperforming teams led by stars such as David Beckham, who became as much a celebrity as an athlete. "He's very much about a team spirit. It's more about the collective — you can see it in the way he deals with the squad," said Paul Willis, who was in the stands last Saturday in Samara, Russia, when England reached the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Sweden. "We had superstars, but we didn't have a team." Southgate's focus on teamwork and civility has made him an unlikely icon in a country that is deeply divided by bitter arguments over plans to leave the European Union and a widening gap between rich and poor. England Captain Harry Kane may be the tournament's leading scorer, but fans are donning waistcoats and ties — even as the country enjoys an unusually hot summer — in homage to Southgate as pundits extol the 47-year-old coach's calm leadership. "He has shown us the value of courtesy, kindness, hard work and that most derided of virtues, niceness," columnist India Knight wrote in the Sunday Times. "He has redefined not just how to be a manager, but how to be a man." Southgate displayed his character after England's July 3 victory over Colombia, offering a supportive hug to Colombian player Mateus Uribe after his miss in a penalty shootout helped England advance. The England coach understood Uribe's agony, having missed a similar shot at the 1996 European championships. The moment of empathy also reminded the country how Southgate once lampooned his own failure with a Pizza Hut commercial in which he wore a bag over his head to shield his identity from angry fans. Southgate's compassion sparked a hashtag for the coach's real and imagined acts of kindness such as "#GarethSouthgateWould stop and help you put the chain back on your bike even if he was all dressed in his waistcoat and late for the game." Southgate became manager less than two years ago after the Football Association's first choice was forced out after unguarded comments to undercover reporters. Since then he has quietly ushered out the last of the old stars and brought together a group of youngsters who modestly shrug off compliments and give kudos to their teammates. Perhaps more importantly, he recognized the contribution of the fans, something that had been eroded during the superstar era. After every game, Southgate and his players walk across the field to applaud the supporters who have traveled to Russia to cheer for the team. "We had lost a bit of connection," Willis, a 57-year-old fan from Birmingham, said of past regimes. "That is now back. All the team and the back room applaud our input to the game." That has also translated into huge support back home in football-mad England. At least 20 million people, 38 percent of England's population, watched Saturday's victory over Sweden, according to figures from the BBC. Commentators say the actual number was much higher because so many people watched the game on huge screens in parks and shopping centers. London authorities are inviting 30,000 fans to the city's Hyde Park for a screening of Wednesday's semifinal against Croatia. Fearing demand will far exceed that, authorities stressed that only those with tickets should come to the park. Ticket services reported hundreds of people were trying to dump theater tickets for Wednesday because they had more pressing business elsewhere. Social media sites are urging fans to wear waistcoats — please don't call them vests — to the office ahead of the big match — a "Waistcoat Wednesday" if you will. Marks & Spencer, the official tailor to the England team, says sales of the grandfatherly garments have doubled during the World Cup. Rio Ferdinand, one of the previous "golden generation" of players who is now a commentator for the BBC, has been leading the cheers for this year's team, asking fans to post video of their beer-throwing, chest-bearing, flag-waving celebrations after the win over Sweden. On Sunday, Ferdinand tweeted his own mea culpa for past failures, while also highlighting Southgate's unique contribution. "Why weren't the golden generation... the golden generation???" he tweeted. "We as players look at ourselves first...we never performed....but sometimes you have to be allowed to perform! Gareth is allowing this current @England to do this." That's paying off. Kane, who turns 25 later this month, has scored six goals in the tournament. Dele Alli, 22, came back from injury to score the team's second goal against Sweden. Fabian Delph, 28, played the last 15 minutes of Saturday's game after missing the previous game against Colombia because Southgate allowed him to go home for the birth of his third child. Southgate himself recognizes the contributions of everyone, from the physiotherapists to the players who push their teammates in practice but rarely get into a game, even to fans back home. "Our country has been through some difficult moments recently in terms of its unity, and I think sport has the power to do that and football in particular has the power to do that," he said. "So for us, we can feel the energy and we can feel the support from home, and that's, that's a very special feeling. It's a privilege." Barring that, it does help to have a snappy waistcoat. "Quite frankly, I don't care what he wears," Willis said. "He can wear a tutu if we carry on winning.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao says players involved in Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl should apologize

Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao is no stranger to throwing punches on the biggest stages in the world.  That is, after all, what made him a household name all over the world.  The thirteen players involved in the ugly brawl that ensued during the Gilas Pilipinas versus Australia FIBA World Cup Qualifiers match at the Philippine Arena however, had no business throwing hands at all.  The fight, which of course went viral within minutes of happening, left four Australians and nine Filipinos ejected from what was an otherwise non-bearing game.  Australia went on to win, 89-53, by default, and the FIBA will be reviewing the incident and most likely, sanctions will be handed out.  When asked about the fiasco, Pacquiao said that the players involved should have done a better job of keeping their emotions in check, especially the boys in blue, being that the Philippines was the host for the night.  "Para sa akin, tayo dapat ang mag-control sa sarili natin because tayo ang host eh." Pacquiao told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo. "Kumbaga, dapat ipakita natin yung magandang, yung passion natin para sa kanila, yung pag-papakumbaba natin para makita ng buong mundo na mapag-kumbaba tayo." Pacquiao, who once owned a team and even played in the PBA, added that while the mounting tension in a very physical contest was understandable, it should not have escalated the way it did.  Instead of jumping in the melee, the other players should have tried to pacify the situaiton.  "Hindi naman natin maiiwasan yung mga ganung pang-yayari pero, yung ibang mga sumali, naki-gulo, dapat hindi na nangyari yun. Dapat between them lang, yung naglalaro, yung dalawang players, ang pangyayari. Dapat ang away nila, awatin nila." "Nakakahiya kasi host tayo eh." Pacquiao continued.  Sen @mannypacquiao ‘s insight re AUS vs PH “ dapat tayo ang magcontrol dahil tayo ang host, dapat ipakita natin ang passion at pagpapakumbaba. hindi naman maiiwasan ang mga ganyang gulo. #FIBA #PacquiaoMatthysse pic.twitter.com/WFfVEAUHmJ — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 While many have their opinions on Pacquiao in and out of the ring, one thing that can be said about the "Pambansang Kamao" is that he's always been gracious, whether in victory or defeat.  The boxing Hall of Famer and Philippine senator agreed that the players who figured in the physicality should offer up an apology.  "Yung mga players na naki-halo sa gulo, especially yung mga nasa bench lang na humalo, naki-gulo, ganun dapat." "Ang gulo, madali pasukan, anytime, pwede ka mag-hanap ng gulo. Ang problema dun, yung record mo, yung panglan natin." Sen @mannypacquiao thinks that the players involved should apologize. He adds “ ang gulo anytime madali yang pasukan, anytime pwede ka maghanap ng gulo pero ang importante dun ah ang record, ang pangalan natin. #FIBAWCQ #FIBAWC #PacquiaoMatthysse pic.twitter.com/6vqMhHb707 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 A day after the incident, players involved such as NBA player Thon Maker and Gilas stars Japeth Aguilar, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwood have also offered apologies for the mess.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Stone-throwing leads to shooting

ROXAS City, Capiz – A 40-year-old farmer was hospitalized after he was shot by his older brother afternoon of July 1, 2018, in Panitan town. Police identified the victim as Rene Casabon of Tabuc Norte village in Panitan, Capiz while the suspect is his older brother, Danilo, 56. The investigation indicated that Danilo literally threw […] The post Stone-throwing leads to shooting appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Gilas routs Taiwan 5

TAIPEI -- Laboring under another bum start against an enemy that broke out of the gates hard, Gilas Pilipinas on Friday night got going in the second quarter and showed why it is one of the best teams in the region these days. June Mar Fajardo didn't show traces of what kind of a shy guy he is on the floor, throwing his weight around when the chips were down for the Filipinos, whom he helped to a 93-71 ripping of Chinese Taipei that put the hosts in danger of missing the second round of the Fiba World Qualifying tournament. A huge crowd showed up at Taipei Heping Gym here and rattled the Filipinos early, as Gilas leaned on sheer firepower, cohesiveness and size to overwhelm the...Keep on reading: Gilas routs Taiwan 5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Classic Rody

“Rody, of course, is also known for his mischief, which he admits comes to good use in getting the attention of many or in throwing off friends and foes.” Two years of listening to President Rodrigo Duterte have made most Filipinos get the drift of his antics and rants…but not the Church and his usual […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Iran coach Queiroz again lashes out at video review

By Brett Martel, Associated Press SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was so furious with the World Cup's video assistant referee system that he ranted for more than 20 minutes about FIFA's new tool following a draw with Portugal that knocked his squad out of the tournament. "I'm not talking about the ref, talking about one system," Queiroz said in English. "Thousands of dollars, five guys sitting upstairs and they don't see an elbow? Give me a break." Queiroz was angered that Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was not issued a red card when his elbow struck Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face. Ronaldo had aggressively initiated contact from behind on the play. The Iranians already felt VAR had robbed them when a goal was overturned by the new review process for offside in a 1-0 loss to Spain. The day before Monday night's Group B finale between Iran and Portugal, Queiroz said he supported the video review for obvious mistakes. But he made it clear he was against its overuse in this tournament to address debatable judgment calls. Queiroz said coaches also must be kept informed in real time — or be able to see the replays themselves — as plays are being reviewed. "The only people who cannot see what happens in the game is the coach," Queiroz said. He added that FIFA president Gianni Infantino "needs to say, 'Something is wrong here. We need to make it right.'" Queiroz strongly stated his belief that FIFA is doing a poor job making it clear to the public what is being reviewed and why calls are changed. Instead, he said the system allows referees to "wash their hands" of controversial calls, and was upset that coaches get no timely information. "There are few people that are running the show behind the scenes," he said. "The truth must be respected and we need to know who is refereeing the games." Queiroz has a reputation for speaking his mind — at length — and did so when he was asked about throwing his jacket down on the field during the game. The outburst occurred after Ronaldo was awarded a penalty kick for a collision with Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi in the area. "The temperature in my body, it comes from 46 (Celsius) to 250, so you understand why I need to take the jacket off," he said. "The question for me is not about the refs. It's about the attitude, and the decisions must be clear for everybody, for the people. Everybody agrees that VAR is not going well. There are a lot of complaints. "You know how many people sacrificed to come see this game in Russia? They have the right to know what is going on," Queiroz added. "There is no room for human mistakes. Human mistakes was before (VAR). We accept that. That was part of the game. Players make mistakes. Coaches make mistakes and referees make mistakes. But now we have one system that costs a fortune — a fortune. High technology. People inside, wherever, nobody takes responsibility.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Japan defies doubters to home in on World Cup last 16

YEKATERINBURG, Russia – Attack-minded Japan has defied sceptics who said it would flop at the World Cup and instead head into its final group game on Thursday, June 28, needing just a draw to reach the last 16. Japan sacked its coach just two months before the World Cup, throwing its ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Prov’l prosecutor suspended

A provincial prosecutor has been suspended to one month and one day for throwing several pieces of office supplies at her colleague while shouting at her inside their office two years ago. Suspended was Associate Provincial Prosecutor Joan Albarece of the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor (OPP) in Misamis Oriental,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

CDO prosecutor suspended for pushing a woman, slamming case folders

An associate provincial prosecutor in Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro has been suspended for allegedly pushing a woman, shouting at her, slamming case folders, and throwing a stapler and puncher......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Tigers draft Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with No. 1 pick

By Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1. The Detroit Tigers selected the Auburn right-hander with the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night. The announcement at MLB Network studios marked the second time the Tigers led off the draft, and first since they took Rice pitcher Matt Anderson in 1997. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mize had long been linked to the Tigers, and he pitched his way this season to the top spot on Detroit's list. Mize went undrafted out of high school three years ago, but developed into a potential big league ace while in college. "It means a ton," Mize said in an interview on MLB Network's broadcast. "I'm very thankful that the Tigers thought of me enough to take me with their first selection. I can't describe this feeling right now." Mize is 10-5 with a 2.95 ERA and 151 strikeouts with just 12 walks in 109 2/3 innings while helping the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament super regionals. Mize has solid command of four pitches, including a fastball that hovers in the mid-90s (mph). His outstanding command and wicked split changeup whip up lots of swings and misses. Mize became only the seventh player in draft history to go from undrafted in high school to the No. 1 pick since Stephen Strasburg went to the Washington Nationals in 2009. "All of us in the Tigers organization are thrilled to select Casey with this pick, and are confident that he will become a pillar in our player development system that's going to bring winning baseball to Detroit for seasons to come," Detroit general manager Al Avila said. "Being a college pitcher — especially coming from the Southeastern Conference — we know Casey has seen elite competition before." With the second selection, San Francisco took slugging Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. Perhaps Buster Posey's replacement someday, Bart follows in the footsteps of big league backstops Matt Wieters and Jason Varitek, who also came out of Georgia Tech. Bart led the conference in hitting with a .359 average and topped the Yellow Jackets with a .632 slugging percentage, 79 hits, 16 home runs, 55 runs and a .471 on-base percentage. He's also one of the country's best defensive catchers, with a .992 fielding percentage on the season while throwing out 12 of 33 would-be base stealers. Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm was the first of six players attending the draft to be selected, going third overall to Philadelphia. He had some trouble buttoning his white Phillies jersey before heading to the podium to shake hands with Commissioner Rob Manfred. "The holes are pretty tight. It was pretty tough," said the 6-foot-5 Bohm, later adding that his biggest strength is probably his maturity at the plate. "I'm just ready to go play ball." Bohm is one of the top offensive players in the draft, hitting .339 with 16 homers — the most by a Wichita State player since 2004 — and 55 RBIs with 14 doubles and 39 walks. He also showed a knack for hitting in the clutch by setting a school record with three grand slams this year, and led the team with 10 go-ahead RBIs. "Alec Bohm is a tremendous offensive player," Phillies director of amateur scouting Johnny Almaraz said in a statement. "He is a middle of the order bat, a big power-hitting third baseman who could be a .300 hitter and drive in 100-plus runs." Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal went fourth to the Chicago White Sox. Despite his short stature — 5-foot-7, 160 pounds — Madrigal is considered by many to be the best overall hitter in the draft. He rebounded nicely for the Beavers after missing half the season with a broken left wrist. He was hitting .406 with three homers, 32 RBIs and just five strikeouts in 133 at-bats while helping lead Oregon State to the NCAA Tournament super regionals. Rounding out the top five was Cincinnati, which took Florida third baseman Jonathan India. The Southeastern Conference player of the year has been an offensive force for the defending College World Series champions. He's the 12th player in school history to post 20 or more homers, 100 or more RBIs and 30 or more stolen bases in his career......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

SC set to dismiss Sereno’s appeal

The Supreme Court (SC) is poised to make final and executory its decision issued last month ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Unimpeachable sources told The Manila Times that Associate Justice Noel Tijam has circulated his draft resolution throwing out the motion for reconsideration filed by Sereno. The chief justice questioned the high court’s ruling… link: SC set to dismiss Sereno’s appeal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

SC set to dismiss Sereno’s appeal

The Supreme Court (SC) is poised to make final and executory its decision issued last month ousting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Unimpeachable sources told The Manila Times that Associate Justice Noel Tijam has circulated his draft resolution throwing out the motion for reconsideration filed by Sereno. The chief justice questioned the high court’s ruling [...] The post SC set to dismiss Sereno’s appeal appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb’s bubble

Spain may be one of the world's top tourist destinations, but many people in its biggest cities have grown exasperated with Airbnb-style rentals. And now, their city councils are taking action. Airbnb and other peer-to-peer rental websites have for years been credited with enabling lovers of travel and culture to find new ways to explore foreign lands. However, complaints have abounded in Spain that greedy landlords are throwing out long-term tenants in order to cash in on the tourist flow, and that the short-term leases are pushing up rent. By introducing a slew of new rules, Madrid's leftwing city hall plans to make it impossible for short-term rental companie...Keep on reading: Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb’s bubble.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Duterte on Robredo: ‘Vice President ba talaga ‘yan?’

President Rodrigo Duterte has questioned the legitimacy of Vice President Leni Robredo's office in a speechon Monday, in front of senators, representatives, members of the cabinet, government officials, and foreign dignitaries. "Ano ba ang latest count nitong kay Bongbong (Marcos) at ni ano (Robredo) [...] Vice-President ba talaga 'yan?" President Duterte said, apparently throwing shade at Robredo's vice presidency. President Duterte's comments came in the middle of discussions regarding the electoral protest against Robredo that Marcos filed before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Recent arguments between the camps of Robredo and Marcos focused on the allowed shading threshold of...Keep on reading: Duterte on Robredo: ‘Vice President ba talaga ‘yan?’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Sultan to disrupt Ancajas’ rhythm

The only way Jonas Sultan can beat IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas in their 12-round title bout here this morning (Manila time) is by throwing off his rhythm with an awkward and unconventional “bara-bara” style......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

House OKs 25 years in prison for car vandals

A person throwing any hard object at a vehicle could soon face imprisonment of up to 25 years......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Live 2017

Throwing back to last year’s Live – Body & Spirit Festival! Are you excited for this year’s Live festivities? Stay tuned! #Live2018 #EdsaShangriLa #GlobalWellnessDay Source link: Live 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Farm to table dining at The Pen

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter DON’T YOU just sometimes fantasize about throwing everything away and moving somewhere to start a farm? Well, if that fantasy is too much to actually do, from May 15 to June 2, at Peninsula Manila’s Old Manila, one can get a literal taste of it through a degustacion menu built […] The post Farm to table dining at The Pen appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

With 24-hour outrages, Kanye West masters media moment

NEW YORK — Since reemerging last month from a yearlong absence, Kanye West has sparked outrage by throwing his lot with Donald Trump and calling slavery a choice. Yet the rapper has succeeded spectacularly in one key goal — staying at the center of attention. If West’s newfound politics have baffled some longtime fans, the […] The post With 24-hour outrages, Kanye West masters media moment appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Warriors dominate Game 1, with more star power on the way

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com OAKLAND, CALIF. — Basketball was suspenseful at Oracle Arena on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) for only about 10 minutes, when all eyes in the building were fixated on the floor, absorbed every shot and all the action before folks finally exhaled, thrilled with the outcome. But enough about Steph Curry’s closely-inspected pre-game warmup drills. The second-round playoff opener against the Pelicans held everyone's attention for roughly the same length of time. The once-bored Warriors, who are woke now, ran Anthony Davis and friends off the floor comfortably before halftime. As they await the return of Curry, and Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) for Game 2 looks likely for that, the Warriors straight-up clowned New Orleans almost from the start, dropping threes, making stops, zipping downcourt on fast breaks and essentially throwing themselves an Oaktown version of Mardi Gras. In a late second-quarter frolic that especially caused the sellout crowd to sway, Draymond Green tossed a lob to Kevin Durant for a dunk and Klay Thompson drilled a three-point bomb from the corner, where he was immediately groped by the frolicking Warriors’ bench. The Warriors broke for 41 points in that quarter; in the second and third quarters combined, New Orleans scored just 40. Party on. “It was probably the loudest I’ve heard Oracle all year,” said Kerr. “It was kind of a weird regular season but the playoffs are here and our guys feel that, our fans feel that and the second quarter reflected what’s at stake and what we’re trying to accomplish.” It was Warriors 123, shell-shocked Pelicans 101, and yes, there’s no guarantee the rest of the series will be a Big Easy for the defending champions. This is the playoffs; stuff happens, scripts flip. That said, they will get a two-time MVP, and a restless one at that, back in the lineup sooner rather than later. So this is looking rather promising for the Warriors and gloomy for the Pelicans, much less the rest of the remaining NBA playoff field. Even before Curry went through his customary dribble and shoot routine, where he looked sharp, Kerr had already decided to keep the point guard on ice for at least another 72 hours. Kerr explained that Curry has had limited scrimmaging time since healing from an MCL knee sprain on March 23 (Mar. 24, PHL time), and wanted to play it safe. In Kerr’s words, the coach was “protecting Steph from himself.” Kerr said Curry didn’t take the news well, but this was no negotiation. “When you have been out five weeks and you want to play in the playoffs, I don’t think one scrimmage is enough, even though he wanted to play and pleaded his case,” Kerr explained. “I just think going through the next few days and making sure he is feeling good and holding up well is the right approach.” The stakes, obviously, are steep, too much to roll the dice in the second round, no disrespect to the Pelicans. Curry’s body has proven fragile this season, with ankle and knee injuries over the last four months sending a jolt through the organization. None of his ailments were serious or needed surgery; still, the Warriors rightly were leaving nothing to chance, especially since nothing major was at stake. That changes now. Davis and the Pelicans, having swept through the first round, have Golden State’s attention. Also, assuming a Rockets-Warriors conference final in a few weeks, Curry will need to shake the rust for what would be an epic series on paper. “He looks great in practice, looks great in workouts,” said Durant. “It’s exciting for him to get back in a place he enjoys the most, which is playing ball. He loves the game just as much as anybody I’ve ever been around.” What’s most important, and impressive, is how the Warriors decided to ramp it up before Curry’s return. The energy, intensity and sense of urgency was evident against the Pelicans and it turned Game 1 into a rout, and that combination wasn’t always evident in a season where the Warriors pressed the snooze button following the All-Star break. Their defense against the Pelicans was worry-free from the second quarter onward. Green held Davis to just two points in the second quarter when the game changed; Green finished with a triple double: 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists which was perhaps his best game of the season, all things considered. “Once our defense took a stand that’s when the game turned in our favor,” said Green. “If we can push the tempo and get stuff in transition, that’s big for us and obviously that starts with stops.” The Warriors had only one turnover and held the Pelicans to 30 percent shooting in the second quarter, which fueled Golden State’s transition game. Durant and Thompson were straight fire with the jumper and they combined for 53 points in what amounted to three quarters worth of sweat. And that was a wrap. “That quarter was unacceptable,” Rajon Rondo said. In some ways this result was understandable; the Pelicans are new to this; Davis is playing in the second round for the first time in his great career, and only Rondo brings championship chops. About the Warriors, Gentry said: “They’ve done it before, and that’s why I say you’ve got to be very disciplined in what you do with these guys. If you make a mistake against them, they make you pay. They are very smart.” Kerr used a smallish starting lineup without a natural center, sticking Green in the post, keeping JaVale McGee on the bench and going with a combination of Nick Young and Shaun Livingston in the swing spots. This allowed the Warriors to pace with the Pelicans, who ran the Blazers out of the first round. Yet in the superstar competition, the Pelicans are at a disadvantage, a margin that will only swell the next game. Therefore, did New Orleans miss out on its best opportunity to grab a game, while the Warriors were short a star? Jrue Holiday realizes the problems and challenges that a Curry-fortified team will pose for the Pelicans. He did the math. “You have to key on him as well as KD and Klay,” said the Pelicans guard. “He’s obviously another element of their team.” At the same time, Thompson believes the Warriors need to chill on any urge to assume all will be well once the team is whole again. “We played well without Steph,” he said. “It hasn’t been as easy as it looks but we adjusted without him. Even if he does come back, it’s a natural human emotion to be relaxed because we have so much coming back. That will be a test to not depend on Steph to save the day. We have playmakers all around. Just do this together. He’s going to give us a huge boost but we can’t relax.” With the help of trusty Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser, who has the enviable duty of being the official and exclusive workout partner for one of the greatest shooters in league history, Curry hit jumper after jumper as the doors opened at Oracle. As usual, the routine drew a sizable group of onlookers from the stands, but this one seemed more important than others. Folks wanted and needed to know: Is Curry, after a month off, still splash-ready? Warm-ups can only tell so much. Yet the concentration, the rapid-fire dribble, the quick catch-and-shoot and the aim appeared pure. Seemingly everyone is awaiting the return of Curry except those who stand to suffer because of it. “I’m more excited as his brother that he’s out there,” said Durant. “He gets to play basketball, something that he loves to do. We’ll see what happens next game.” 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 29th, 2018