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On the brink of finals; Young, stronger Celtics wear down James, Cavs

LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News5 hr. 4 min. ago Related News

Celtics clobber Cavs in Game 5, inch closer to NBA Finals

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) goes to the basket over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Wed.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News8 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

Future is now: Tatum, Celtics push Cavaliers to the brink

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com BOSTON - Someone might want to change their All-Rookie team ballot after this one. Jayson Tatum, so young that he actually drinks the Gatorade that’s on the table when he has a podium game rather than leaving it there for cameras and branding, got 99 out of a 100 possible first-place votes from media folks for the newbie honors announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). That left him a vote shy of both Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, the dueling favorites for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award when it’s announced next month. If Tatum merely is the Boston Celtics’ favorite rookie, though, that’s plenty. And wherever Simmons and Mitchell are at the moment, their seasons and postseasons are over. The Boston kid still is playing. Tatum scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished four assists, pilfered four steals and blocked two shots to led the Celtics to their 96-83 Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) at TD Garden. His plus/minus rating of plus-19 was second only to veteran Al Horford’s (plus-22) and in a pivotal game in which his teammates shot a combined 34 percent, Tatum -- who turned 20 on March 3 -- hit three of his seven three-pointers, all but one of his eight free throws and seven of his 15 field-goal attempts overall. “I think his composure [is impressive], he plays above his age,” LeBron James said earlier in the day. “I think the unfortunate events of the injuries that they’ve had have allowed him to, I believe, get better faster than I believe they expected here. It’s given him an opportunity to make ... make mistakes and learn from them and still be on the floor.” Losing Gordon Hayward to a gruesome leg injury in the season’s opening game and having Kyrie Irving limp into knee surgery and the sunset of this season in March did bump most of Boston’s players, the rookie included, up a couple spots in coach Brad Stevens’ pecking order. The No. 3 pick in last June’s Draft, Tatum was going to get his share of playing time. But he wound up becoming the fifth rookie in NBA history, and the first since Stephen Curry in 2009-10, to score at least 1,000 points and hit at least 40 percent of his three-pointers. Only eight previous rookies in Boston’s storied franchise history totaled 1,000 or more points. Jaylen Brown, Boston’s second-year wing, developed in tandem with Tatum. The pair of lithe, skilled players dripping with potential has most of the league’s personnel execs and coaches drooling. Except, with Game 6 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) in Cleveland for the first of two shots at eliminating the Cavaliers, the Celtics are playing as if their future is now. A truism in the NBA is that, by the end of a rookie’s first arduous season, he’s not a rookie anymore. Mix in some force-feeding due to Boston’s two injured stars and now three playoff rounds, and Tatum is racing to the right on his learning curve. “I think that we misuse the word ‘development’ sometimes,” Stevens said. “I think we're in the business of ‘enhancement.’ I think Jayson was ready to deal with everything that comes with this because of who he is and his family and all his coaches before, because he's a very emotionally steady, smart player that was going to perform at a high level above his age. “I don't know that anybody could guess this as a rookie, but you knew he was going to be really good.” Tatum sorta had to be in Game 5. Brown got matched up in a lot of Boston’s defensive coverage of James and picked up his second and third personal fouls in the second quarter. Point guard Terry Rozier looked like his road alter ego, missing 6-of-7 shots in the game’s first 24 minutes. But Tatum -- who averaged 12.7 points against Cleveland in three regular-season meetings but is at 17.2 so far in the East finals -- had 12 points by halftime, helping the Celtics to their 53-42 lead. “I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games,” Tatum said. “I think that’s when I have the most fun, when things are on the line.” It was Tatum racing downcourt to chase down Kevin Love’s errant pass into the backcourt and finish with a layup that had Boston up 74-58. And it was Tatum who drew a foul on Kyle Korver with 3:11 left, prompting Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to pull a weary James. “I thought he was aggressive. I thought he was poised,” Lue said of Tatum. “Even though he was scoring the basketball, he didn’t try to rush or he didn’t press. ... He played like a veteran.” Tatum put in his work defensively Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), but also got as good as he gave. It’s become a familiar tactic for defenders to get physically aggressive with him, trying to exploit what at this stage still is limited strength by NBA standards. His father Justin, a basketball coach in St. Louis, has said he plays tall and hasn’t yet learned to utilize his base. “JR [Smith], Jeff Green, they're playing really hard on Tatum and making it very tough,” Stevens said. “He's had a lot of experiences over the last couple weeks dealing with playoff defense. I thought Milwaukee guarded him exceptionally hard and were really committed when he drove to the rim to having multiple bodies there. I thought that Philly obviously guarded him very hard. It's hard to make plays at this level in these games, and he's done that pretty consistently.” The numbers back that up. Tatum by halftime had become only the sixth rookie in league history to reach 300 points in the postseason, the first since Jack Sikma in 1978. It was his ninth playoff game of 20 points or more, tying him with Mitchell this season and David Robinson in 1990 for second most by a rookie since 1964; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 10 in 1970. Tatum, Brown and a few other young Celtics have given credit for the team’s unexpected success -- considering the injuries, anyway -- to Al Horford, the most obvious grown-up in Boston’s locker room. When Horford was asked late Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) what it’s like for him being around “these kids,” he sounded a little like James three years ago. That’s when Irving was hobbling, eventually blowing out a knee that spring, and Kevin Love was done for the playoffs due to a shoulder injury suffered in the first round. That’s also when James looked at the raw help he had from guys such as Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova, and locked in on the possibility of reaching the Finals. “It's a lot of fun, just because these guys, they want to play the right way,” Horford said. “They play hard. I feel like we hold each other accountable out there. I think that's a big thing.  And when those things happen, it becomes fun. It's fun to me. And there's no coincidence why we're in this position right now.” Youth is being served, at least on the Celtics’ floor. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports22 hr. 4 min. ago Related News

Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5

BOSTON --- The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals. Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he's been to seven straight NBA Finals. Boston will be back in the embrace of its raucous fans at TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday. But a team that has thrived on youth this postseason suddenly looks disoriented without a go-to player and opposite a more veteran squad that has found a new attitude thanks to the fuel being provided by its biggest star. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said all you can do against James is "make it as hard as you can...Keep on reading: Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 23rd, 2018Related News

LeBron scores 44 as Cavs even series with Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives past Boston Celtics' Al Horford (42), from Dominican Republic, in the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, M.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

LeBron scores 44 to lead Cavs over Boston, level series

WASHINGTON: LeBron James scored 44 points, adding more records to his amazing NBA legacy, and powered the Cleveland Cavaliers over Boston 111-102 Monday (Tuesday in Manila), equalizing their Eastern Conference final at two wins each. The 33-year-old superstar made 17-of-28 shots from the floor, 1-of-4 from 3-point range, and 9-of-13 free throws while contributing five [...] The post LeBron scores 44 to lead Cavs over Boston, level series appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: May 22nd, 2018Related News

New batch of Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars named

EIGHT boys and eight girls were named as Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars from a total of 74 participants during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to become the 11th batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars. Headlined by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes, the National […] The post New batch of Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars named appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

Cauley-Stein, Kings motivated for improvement after 27-55 season

It would take a lot for the Kings end their playoff drought but promising center Willie Cauley-Stein believes one of the keys to cracking the top eight in a stacked Western conference in the future.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

LeBron scores 44 as Cavs even series with Celtics

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home. Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn't so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston's comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a series that is now a best-of-three. Cleveland is trying to become the 20th team — out of 300 — to overcome a 2-0 deficit and James, who has already orchestrated two such rallies, is a step closer to a third. But to do it again the Cavs will have to win in Boston, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason. Game 5 is Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) at TD Center. Kyle Korver added 14 points with several hustle plays, and Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland. Jaylen Brown scored 25 and Boston had all five scorers in double figures, but the Celtics fell behind by 19 in the first half and didn't have enough to catch Cleveland. And, of course, they didn't have James, who moved past Jabbar (2,356) for the most field goals in playoff history. James also recorded his 25th career postseason game with at least 40 points — his sixth in this postseason. The Celtics hung around in the second half and pulled within 100-93 on Marcus Smart's basket with 4:29 left. But Thompson got free for a dunk, and after a miss by Boston, James recovered after making his seventh turnover by making a steal and layup. Moments later, James drilled a three-pointer from the left wing to finally put away the young Celtics, who will now feel the immense pressure of trying to hold off the three-time champion. Celtics coach Brad Stevens considered changing his starting lineup, but decided to stick with the same first five — Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier — as the first three games. Boston's starters held their own, but none of them was able to match James when it mattered most. The Celtics couldn't afford another slow start and that's exactly what happened. Boston got some open looks in the first quarter, but the Celtics shot just 27 percent (7-of-26) and both Tatum and Brown missed dunks. Also, Morris picked up three fouls and his teammates all seemed tentative as the Cavs pushed their lead to 15 at halftime. TIP-INS Celtics: Stevens was deliberately evasive about his starting lineup during his pregame news conference, not wanting to give the Cavs any advance notice. "We will start five people. I promise," he said, drawing laughs from media members. ... Injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving are not traveling with the team so they can continue their respective rehabs. Both have been sitting on the bench with their teammates in Boston. Cavaliers: Won their seventh straight playoff game at home. ... James also recorded his 106th 30-point game in the postseason. Only Michael Jordan (109) has more. ... Love threw one of his patented "touchdown" passes in the first quarter to James, who outmaneuvered Smart and Brown like a wide receiver to make the catch and score. ... Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in last month's NFL draft, attended the game. Improved to 9-3 vs. Boston in the playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. BLOWOUT CITY Like most fans, Lue has been stunned — but not necessarily disappointed — by the number of lopsided wins in the playoffs, especially in the semifinals. The first six games between Boston-Cleveland and Houston-Golden State were decided by an average of 24 points. The Warriors won Game 3 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) by 41, the largest margin of victory in franchise history. "It does surprise me," he said. "All four teams are really good. But the home court has shown it's been a factor." UP NEXT Game 5 is Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in Boston......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 22nd, 2018Related News

The legends are coming back: Super Junior stages Super Show 7 in Manila

The kings of Kpop are returning to Manila this June as they bring in their Super Show 7 live in Manila on June 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena,The post The legends are coming back: Super Junior stages Super Show 7 in Manila appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Source: Dzrhnews DzrhnewsCategory: May 21st, 2018Related News

Gin Kings, Elite to bring back Brownlee, Walker

Barangay Ginebra and Blackwater are bringing back their old tested imports after the PBA All-Star break as they try to salvage their respective campaigns in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and at the same make an early preparation for the next conference......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2018Related News

Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater

Help is on the way for Barangay Ginebra. After a 1-3 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings have finally decided to bring back Justin Brownlee and replace Chuck Garcia. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who handles Brownlee, announced the return of the two-time PBA champion on her Twitter account. Mga ka barangay it's official Justin Brownlee is back ... ginebra's import once again .. watch him next game woot woot #teamreyes pic.twitter.com/xkdEWipwrx --- Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 Interestingly, Brownlee's return will be against fierce rival Meralco on June 1 at Mall of Asia Arena. Ginebra and Meralco have faced each other in the last two Governo...Keep on reading: Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 21st, 2018Related News

Cone says struggling Ginebra will rise

Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone remains unfazed amid the Gin Kings' early struggles in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Ginebra slid t.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 21st, 2018Related News

Meet the 2018 batch of Jr. NBA PH All-Stars

Jr. NBA PH press release PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA – Eight boys and eight girls were named as Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars from a total of 74 participants during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to become the eleventh batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars. Headlined by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes, the National Training Camp was held at the Gatorade Hoops Center on May 18, at Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 19 and SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 20. The National Training Camp players were the top performers in Regional Selection Camps in Bacolod, Baguio, Butuan, Metro Manila and Alaska Power Camp, which were led by Jr. NBA Coaches Carlos Barroca and Rob Newson, together with Alaska coaches led by PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso. Jr. NBA alumni were in attendance throughout the camp with Thirdy Ravena and Ricci Rivero visiting the Gatorade Hoops Center and Kai Sotto and Rhayyan Amsali highlighting the participants of the Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game in SM Mall of Asia. The Jr. NBA All-Stars showcased skills on the court and exemplified the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. Values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect. Prince Ray Alao, 14, of San Beda University; Ethan Rod Alian, 14, of La Salle Greenhills; John Lester Amagan, 14, of St. Robert’s International Academy of Iloilo; Seven Gagate, 14, of Chiang Kai Shek College; Nathan Jan Jundana, 14, of Bacolod Tay Tung; Christian Joi Mesias, 14, of Jose Maria College of Davao; Kim Aaron Tamayo, 13, of National University; and Rhon Khaniel Telles, 13, of St. Anthony de Carmelli Academy of Cavite topped the boys division, while Madelyn Flores, 14, of Bukidnon National High School; Gin Kayla Huelar, 13, of St. La Salle University, Bacolod; Aishe Solis, 13, of Corpus Christi School in Cagayan De Oro; Pauline Angelique Valle, 13, of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School; Christine Nichole Venterez, 12, Baguio City National High School; Marielle Vingno, 14, of Escuela de Sophia of Caloocan Inc.; Amber Esquivel, 14, and Kyla Marie Mataga, 13, of De La Salle Zobel were the outstanding performers in the girls’ division. Pauline Angelique Valle and Prince Ray Alao were named this year’s Jr. NBA Most Valuable Players while Marielle Vingno and Ethan Rod Alian were selected as Alaska Ambassadors. Hazel Yambot of Baguio and Mark “Tata” Belangel of Bacolod were chosen as the Coaches of the Year. In addition, special awards were handed out to Kayla Marie Mataga and Javier Louis Jugo as Gatorade Hustle awardees, Merylle Cuasay and Czarlo Salvador as Panasonic Rising Stars, and Aishe Solis and Kim Aaron Tamayo, Cloudfone Awesome Players of the Game. “The Jr. NBA program gives us the opportunity to contribute to our goal of getting more kids to play the game of basketball and help them understand how working hard on their craft can open doors and unlock greater opportunities in life,” said Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes.  “I came here to inspire you but your passion and eagerness to learn inspire me and I’m so grateful for that,” shared Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein to the campers. An NBA experience trip in Shanghai, China awaits the All-Stars in October where they will be joined by other Jr. NBA All-Stars from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in training and friendly competitions as they catch the NBA China Games 2018 featuring the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, continues to promote proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, serving as an effective platform in implementing Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished children in the country. AXA, Cloudfone, Gatorade, Globe Telecom and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner. ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines. Fans can also follow Jr. NBA at www.jrnba.asia/philippines and on Facebook. For all the latest news and updates on the NBA, visit www.nba.com and follow the league on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and follow PlayPH at www.playph.com and on Facebook and Twitter......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 21st, 2018Related News

Cone says struggling Ginebra ‘will rise’

Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone remains unfazed amid the Gin Kings' early struggles in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Ginebra slid to 1-3 following another loss on Sunday night as it dropped to ninth in the standings. "As a coach I always believe that the cream rises to the top and I know we're in the cream part of the league, so we will rise," said Tim Cone after the Kings' 103-98 double overtime loss to the Phoenix Fuel Masters at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "We got to make it rise, we're confident that we're going to come back and win a few games." Cone, the league's winningest coach with 20 titles, has experienced every imaginable situation throughout his coaching ...Keep on reading: Cone says struggling Ginebra ‘will rise’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 21st, 2018Related News

PBA: Two-time champion Justin Brownlee comes to the rescue of struggling Ginebra

Brgy. Ginebra has had enough of Charles Garcia. After a 1-3 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings are bringing back old reliable and two-time champion Justin Brownlee to the fold. Brownlee, coming of a championship stint in the ABL, will play for Ginebra after the All-Star break. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who represents Brownlee, confirmed the development on Monday. Mga ka barangay it’s official Justin Brownlee is back ... ginebra’s import once again .. watch him next game woot woot #teamreyes pic.twitter.com/xkdEWipwrx — Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 With Garcia, the Gin Kings struggled out of the break, losing their first two games. Sunday against Phoenix, Garcia didn't even finish the game after fouling out in the middle of the fourth period. Ginebra lost in double overtime. Garcia scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds vs. the Fuel Masters but Ginebra's lack of team success is glaring. Meanwhile, Brownlee has played three conferences for Ginebra, leading the team to back-to-back Governors' Cup titles. The Gin Kings were the no. 1 seed in last year's Commissioner's Cup before falling in the semis.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 21st, 2018Related News

Young Filipino ballers impress Sacramento Kings center, WNBA legend

MANILA, Philippines – Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and 4-time WNBA champion Sheryl Swoopes formed the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines All-Star team composed of the top 16 from the national training camp. After coaching the kids this weekend, May 19 to 20, the NBA player was impressed with the young ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2018Related News

Cone confident struggling Ginebra will turn conference around: We will rise

MANILA, Philippines – There is a reason Barangay Ginebra is considered a powerhouse team and head coach Tim Cone believes it is just a matter of time until they snap out of their slump.  The Gin Kings, after notching their first win of the Commissioner's Cup last week, returned to ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2018Related News

Cavs strike

Demolish Celtics to avoid 0-3 hole LOS ANGELES, United States -- LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the Boston Celtics 116-86 on Saturday, powering their way back into the NBA Eastern Conference finals. The Cavaliers trimmed the deficit in the best-of-seven series to 2-1 -- avoiding the 0-3 hole….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2018Related News

4 breeders dominate 54th Manila Cockers’ festival

The D&G Ultimate Gamefarm by BD/PG, Dimasalang by Paolo Crisostomo, Cavs Pride by Dennis Pancipane and RUA Lagalag by Ronnie Andal posted six victories each to share top honors in the Manila Cockers Club, Inc.’s 54th seven-cock Breeders Festival recently......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 20th, 2018Related News