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Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James

LOS ANGELES: Life without LeBron James won’t be easy for the rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers, who are expected to take a significant step back after their native son’s departure to California. After carrying the Cavs to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, including a memorable first championship win in 2016, James joined the Los Angeles Lakers to [...] The post Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Oct 14th, 2018Related News

Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Life without LeBron James won't be easy for the rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers, who are expected to take a significant step back after their native son's departure to California.  After carrying the Cavs to 4 consecutive NBA Finals appearances, including a memorable first championship win in 2016, James ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 14th, 2018Related News

Skidding Painters skin Kings

It turned out all Rain or Shine needed was a different scenery to nail down a first win......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsOct 13th, 2018Related News

Rain or Shine posts first win, takes down Ginebra

Rain or Shine finally won after taking down powerhouse Barangay Ginebra, 104-97, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Saturday night at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Terrence Watson played true to form, finishing with 29 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks to power the Elasto Painters, who lost their first four games. The Painters staved off a late comeback by the Gin Kings, who came to within four with still 2:54 remaining after trailing by 15, 97-82, at the 5:49 mark of the fourth. Gabe Norwood hit a big triple to douse Ginebra's fiery rally with 2:26 left a basket that also turned out to be the game's final points. Jewel Ponferada added 18 points for Rain or Shine, which took...Keep on reading: Rain or Shine posts first win, takes down Ginebra.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 13th, 2018Related News

PBA: ROS finally on the board after stopping Gin Kings

Down goes Ginebra. Rain or Shine is finally on the board in the 2018 PBA Governors Cup, stunning the defending two-time champion Gin Kings, 104-97, Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Winless through four games, the Elasto Painters got their first win on their fifth try, improving to 1-4 in the standings to jumpstart their chase for a playoff spot. ROS led by as many as 19 points in the third period before nearly losing all of it in the fourth. Luckily, the Elasto Painters had enough to hold off Ginebra for the victory. Terrence Watson played his best game for ROS, firing 29 points on top of 19 rebounds. Three locals also finished in double figures for the Elasto Painters led by 18 points from Jewel Ponferada. For the Gin Kings, it was Justin Brownlee with 23 points. Ginebra dropped to 7-2 with the setback, losing their grip for first place.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 13th, 2018Related News

PBA: No. 1 Gin Kings out to add on ROS troubles

Two-time defending champion Brgy. Ginebra will be looking to maintain pole position in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Saturday. The Gin Kings lead all teams in the season-ending joust with a 7-1 record. They target an eighth win as they take on Rain or Shine in Lucena, Quezon. A win by Ginebra pretty much locks up a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs and they keep a safe distance from about four other teams at the top of the standings. Meanwhile, the Elasto Painters are still looking for their first win in the Governors' Cup. ROS has struggled all conference long, stumbling to a 0-4 record. Tip off for Ginebra-ROS will be at 5:00 p.m. live from the Quezon Convention Center.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 12th, 2018Related News

No surprise, the West title still runs through the Warriors

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days. He’s got a new contract. He’s got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors’ video room now. He’s leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to win it again this season. Staying happy will be the challenge for Kerr and the Warriors this season, when Western Conference rivals resume their attempts to take down the champs. “Our place in the history of the league is pretty secure,” Kerr said. “I don’t think our guys should feel a ton of pressure. I think they should feel the importance of trying to do it again, because this may be the last time we have this current iteration of the Warriors, just given all the free agents and the money crunch and everything else.” LeBron James took his talents to Los Angeles, signing with the Lakers and moving out of the East for the first time in his career. Houston had the NBA’s best regular-season record a year ago and has reigning MVP James Harden. Utah has a budding superstar in Donovan Mitchell, and certainly got the league’s attention with its playoff run last season. But in the West, until further notice, it’s still the Warriors and then everybody else. “It’s a marathon,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “There’s a lot of time between now and April and May and June, but if we go about it the right way to start the season, it can feed on itself in terms of the expectation we have night in, night out.” A look at the West, in predicted order of finish: PLAYOFF BOUND 1. GOLDEN STATE — Warriors aiming for their third consecutive NBA championship, something only the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls franchises have done. 2. UTAH — Donovan Mitchell is a legitimate star, coach Quin Snyder has been underrated for far too long, and the Jazz went 29-6 to finish last season. 3. HOUSTON — The Rockets have the MVP in James Harden, a leader in Chris Paul and added Carmelo Anthony, but expecting another 67-15 season is a lot. 4. L.A. LAKERS — LeBron James is still the best player in the game and shows no signs of slowing down, so doubting his chances seems less than brilliant. 5. OKLAHOMA CITY — This is a sign of how loaded the West remains: The Thunder are really good, and that won’t assure them home-court for Round 1. 6. DENVER — Losing Game 82 last season to Minnesota and missing the playoffs because of that outcome should serve as a massive motivator for Denver. 7. NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins is gone, Rajon Rondo is gone, but Anthony Davis is still there and that should be enough for a Pelicans playoff run. 8. SAN ANTONIO — Dejounte Murray’s ACL tear is a disaster, but any team with LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan and Gregg Popovich still has a lot. IN THE MIX 9. PORTLAND — The West’s No. 3 seed last season, the Blazers were only three games ahead of No. 9 and will face a serious battle in a very loaded West. 10. DALLAS — Luka Doncic is NBA-ready, DeAndre Jordan will make the Mavs better and Dirk Nowitzki deserves to see his franchise trending up again. 11. L.A. CLIPPERS — A possible transitional year for the Clippers, who should be major players in free agency next summer and could add a lottery pick. FACING LONG ODDS 12. MINNESOTA — The Jimmy Butler debacle shows that some big changes in direction are probably going to happen in Minnesota, and sooner than later. 13. PHOENIX — Devin Booker got his max deal and the Suns got No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, but firing GM Ryan McDonough so close to the season was odd. 14. MEMPHIS — Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are savvy vets, but they are going to need a lot of help if Memphis is going to seriously improve this season. 15. SACRAMENTO — Kings had a league-high 44 games last season where they didn’t score 100 points, and a very young team might not change that much. WHAT TO KNOW L.A. BRON: If he has even an average-for-him season, new Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will rise to No. 4 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list this season. He’s currently No. 7, with No. 6 Dirk Nowitzki, No. 5 Wilt Chamberlain and No. 4 Michael Jordan well within reach. Add 2,000 or so points to James’ total of 31,038, and only No. 3 Kobe Bryant, No. 2 Karl Malone and No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — all former Lakers — would still be ahead of him. STEPH RISING: Speaking of rising up career charts, Golden State’s Stephen Curry could easily be No. 3 on the all-time list for 3-pointers made by the end of this season. Curry has 2,129 3s in 625 career games, a rate of 3.4 made per game. The six players ahead of him — Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Jamal Crawford and Paul Pierce — averaged 1.8 made 3s per game. BIG NUMBERS: The only players in the last 30 seasons to average 30 points and eight assists were Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 and Houston’s James Harden last season. Probably not coincidentally, Westbrook and Harden won MVP awards for those seasons. There are seven active players with at least one MVP award in the NBA right now, and all seven play in the West. GREAT COACHES: San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich enters the season with 1,197 wins, fifth-most in NBA history — 13 behind Pat Riley and 24 behind Jerry Sloan. Meanwhile, Golden State’s Steve Kerr comes into the year with the highest winning percentages during both the regular season (265-63, .808) and the postseason (63-20, .759) in NBA history. Here’s how far ahead Kerr is on the NBA’s all-time regular season winning percentage list: If the Warriors go 24-58 this season, which seems less than likely, he would still be above Phil Jackson for the No. 1 spot. VERSUS EAST: The West beat the East for the ninth consecutive season in head-to-head matchups, winning nearly 53 percent of the cross-conference matchups in the regular season (and 100 percent of them in the NBA Finals). Over the last nine seasons, West teams have beaten East teams nearly 57 percent of the time......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 11th, 2018Related News

LeBron in LA: Superstar begins next chapter with Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, goes up for a shot while Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere, second from left, and forward Marvin Bagley III defend during the first half of a.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 11th, 2018Related News

Kings best yet to come

Slaughter has not played since early September due to a sprained ankle while Mercado had surgery on his meniscus. Dela Cruz, on the other hand, has yet to make his Ginebra debut due to an Achilles.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2018Related News

NBA fines Celtics Smart, Cavs Smith for shoving match

Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart is held back by teammates during a scuffle in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Clevel.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2018Related News

NBA fines Celtics Smart, Cavs Smith for shoving match

The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and forward Aron Baynes and Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith for an on-court shoving match in their exhibition game. Source link link: NBA fines Celtics' Smart, Cavs' Smith for shoving match.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Oct 9th, 2018Related News

Kings’ best yet to come

Help is coming for Barangay Ginebra. Greg Slaughter, Sol Mercado and Art dela Cruz may return from injuries this Saturday when the Gin Kings head to Lucena City, Quezon, to face the winless Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Slaughter has not played since early September due to a sprained ankle while Mercado had surgery on his meniscus. Dela Cruz, on the other hand, has yet to make his Ginebra debut due to an Achilles tendon injury he sustained while training for the National team last year. There is also the probability that Joe Devance, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot, may be available for the Oct. 13 duel at Quezon Convention Center. The Kings' s...Keep on reading: Kings’ best yet to come.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 8th, 2018Related News

Kings get tougher as Greg, Sol return

Barangay Ginebra is hot atop the leaderboard and could only be meaner and tougher on the return of 7-foot-1 behemoth Greg Slaughter and pesky off guard Sol Mercado in their closing games in the PBA Governors Cup elimination round......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 8th, 2018Related News

Red-hot Ginebra clinches playoff berth at Meralco s expense

STA. ROSA CITY, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra secured its playoffs seat in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup following a come-from-behind 111-105 win over Meralco at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex here on Sunday, October 7.  Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar conjoined for 62 points as the Gin Kings improved to ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 8th, 2018Related News

All alone

Two-time defending champion Barangay Ginebra remained alone on top after a 111-105 win over slumping Meralco in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at City of Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. Assured of a spot in the playoffs, the Gin Kings improved to 7-1 as they pursue a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals. The Bolts have dropped their last four games in the season-ender after debuting with a 109-106 triumph over the Columbian Dyip. Coach Norman Black and the Bolts, losing finalists to the Gin Kings in this tournament's last two editions, are coming off a stint in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup where they wound up fourth. Earlier, Henry Walker had a t...Keep on reading: All alone.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 7th, 2018Related News

PBA: Gin Kings keep power shut at Meralco

STA. ROSA, Laguna --- The Gin Kings take the latest round of Ginebra-Meralco showdown in the PBA Governors' Cup. Ginebra, the reigning two-time champions, frustrated rival Meralco Sunday at the City Multi-Purpose Center here, picking up a 111-105 decision. Pulling away in the fourth period, Ginebra improved to a league-best 7-1 in the standings. Down late in the third, the Gin Kings used a flurry from Justin Brownlee to quickly turn the table and take a 75-72 lead entering the fourth. That run was part of a 15-0 bomb that extended to the start of the final period. The Gin Kings ended up leading by as many as 14, 102-88, which they ended up needing as the Bolts tried to steal the win away in the final minute and change. Super import Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar each scored 31 points to lead Ginebra while LA Tenorio added 18 points. The Bolts dropped a fifth straight game for a 1-5 record. Reigning two-time Best Import dropped 36 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists. Chris Newsome was Meralco's top local with 25 points on top of six rebounds and eight assists.   The Scores: Ginebra 111 - Brownlee 31, Aguilar 31, Tenorio 18, Caperal 8, Thompson 8, Chan 6, Ferrer 4, Mariano 3, Caguioa 2.  Meralco 105 - Durham 36, Newsome 25, Canaleta 11, Salva 11, Hodge 10, Amer 6, Caram 2, Hugnatan 2, Bono 2, Lanete 0, Jamito 0, Tolomia 0.  Quarters: 23-24, 46-48, 75-72, 111-105.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 7th, 2018Related News

PBA: With Greg still out, Caperal holds the fort for Ginebra

STA. ROSA, Laguna --- With star center Greg Slaughter once again bit by the injury bug, Ginebra turns to Prince Caperal to help hold the fort in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Sunday against Meralco, Caperal came through in his own way. While reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham still got his numbers, Caperal and the rest of the Ginebra frontline made sure it was a struggle for the Meralco reinforcement. Durham got 36 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists but it was the Gin Kings that came away with the win. That counts as mission accomplished for a team defense led by Caperal down low. "Maganda lang yung team defense namin. Di lang naman ako yun," Caperal said. "Alam ko naman kasi yung sinetup na depensa ni coach para kay Durham. Di lang naman ako yun e, buong team, lahat kami dumipensa," he added. For good measure, Caperal also scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 19 minutes of play. It's the kind of solid production that helps him earn minutes with the absence of Slaughter, who us dealing with a bum ankle. "Ako kasi lagi lang ako ready, kasi ganun lang naman ginagawa ko ever since dumating ako sa Ginebra. Pag injured si Greg ready to play lang ako lagi. Kumbaga ako naman practice lang araw-araw, kaya pag may pagkakataon mabunot ni coach perform lang ako. Di ko naman masyado iniisip yung playing time. Lagi lang ako ready," Caperal said. "Thankful na rin ako sa coaches and sa mga teammates ko na nagtiwala sila sakin," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 7th, 2018Related News

PBA: Meralco still looking on the bright side after fifth straight loss

SANTA ROSA CITY -- For the past two Governors' Cup conferences, Meralco and Ginebra have headlined the Finals. In those two years, the fans were given numerous unforgettable moments that are now recorded in the annals of PBA history.  And for this year's Finals rematch, it was the same. Ginebra emerged victorious once again. However, a potential third straight Finals matchup is already on the line since the Gin Kings the Bolts their fifth consecutive loss. For guard Chris Newsome, things are continuing to stay positive in the locker room, despite not having the best of circumstances. Two key cogs in Meralco's rotation are still out. Jared Dillinger and Ranidel De Ocampo, both nursing leg injuries, are seen as veteran presences but are now relegated to mere voices on the bench. Things were actually pretty even for the majority of the game, and then Meralco surged to an eight-point lead, 84-72, in the late stages of the third quarter.  However, Ginebra flexed its muscles and responded with an 11-0 run of their own, and never looked back, much to the delight of the partisan crowd. "We just have to play smarter, those lapses cost us the game. Those lapses cost us the last game also. You know, 10 points with like four minutes to go, four, five minutes to go. We just have to be aware of those lapses, we have to play a solid 48 minutes if we're going to win, they're playing really well," Newsome said after the game. Of course, struggling is not anything new for Meralco, since they usually hover in the bottom half of the Philippine Cup standings. And when they face Northport on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the team will be humming a familiar tune, despite the circumstances. "...[I]t seems such a hard hill to climb now so you know in our locker room, everybody's postitive, trying to keep their heads up. Of course, we're looking forward to brighter days."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 7th, 2018Related News

As preseason winds down, NBA stars are getting some rest

By The Associated Press Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward's preseasons ended early. And they weren't alone around the NBA on Saturday, either. The Boston Celtics left the biggest two stars on their roster — both of whom are coming off serious injuries, and now apparently dealing with far more minor ones — out of the lineup for their preseason finale at Cleveland. The official reasons where lower back pain for Hayward and a rib contusion for Irving. Hayward's last game at Cleveland was opening night of the regular season a year ago, when he suffered a gruesome ankle and leg injury that ended his season. Irving was sidelined for the final month of the regular season and the entirety of Boston's run to the Eastern Conference finals with a knee problem. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers kept Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, George Hill and Kyle Korver out of the matchup. At the Indiana-Memphis game, the Pacers rested their entire projected starting five — Victor Oladipo, Darren Collison, Thad Young, Myles Turner, and Bojan Bogdanovic. And the Grizzlies sat some regulars as well, including Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, with neither move there coming as a surprise given that Memphis was playing a preseason back-to-back and both of those veterans played Friday against Atlanta. And when the Lakers and Clippers met in the last of three preseason contests Saturday, LeBron James was sitting out to rest. The Lakers were also without Lonzo Ball again, though he may play before the preseason ends. All those rest moves Saturday came one day after San Antonio lost rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV for several weeks with a torn meniscus. Walker got hurt in the Spurs' preseason game Friday, and will have surgery on Monday. CAVALIERS 113, CELTICS 102 Ante Zizic scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Collin Sexton had 13 points for Cleveland. Sexton made 4 of 6 from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range and Jordan Clarkson added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes. Larry Nance Jr. had 10 points for Cleveland (2-0). Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier scored 17 points apiece for Boston and Al Horford finished with 10 points and seven assists in 21 minutes. Boston's Marcus Smart was ejected following a dustup that started when his teammate Aron Baynes was pushed by Cleveland's J.R. Smith. "He wants to be so tough in that situation," Smith said of Smart. "He leads the league in flops, easily. You can't flop as much as you do and then be tough. How does that even work?" CAVALIERS: Isaiah Taylor, who signed with the Cavs last month, had eight points, three assists, three steals and a block in 17 minutes. CELTICS: Kyrie Irving announced on Thursday that he intends to re-sign with the Celtics (1-3) after season's end. ... Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum each scored eight points while combining to shoot just 7 of 22 from the field, including 0 for 4 from behind the arc. UP NEXT: Boston returns home to play Philadelphia in the season opener on October 16. ... Cleveland continues preseason play at home against Indiana on Monday. GRIZZLIES 109, PACERS 104, OT Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 18 points and Wayne Selden had 16 points, nine assists and two steals for Memphis. Garrett Temple and Yuta Watanabe, who was 5-of-7 shooting, added 11 points apiece. Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, 14 rebounds and four assists for Indiana (1-1). Aaron Holiday, picked 23rd overall in June's draft, hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points but committed eight turnovers. GRIZZLIES: Ivan Rabb, a second-round pick in 2017, had seven points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. ... Kyle Anderson did not play. PACERS: Tyreke Evans, who scored 19.4 points per game while playing for Memphis last season, had 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting. ... Alize Johnson, the 50th overall selection in the draft out of Missouri State, had eight points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes. UP NEXT: The Grizzlies (2-1) play the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday. ... Indiana travels to Chicago to play the Bulls on Monday. CLIPPERS 103, LAKERS 87 Lou Williams hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points and Tobias Harris had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers. Montrezl Harrell and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 12 points apiece. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 15 points while Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10 apiece. CLIPPERS: Marcin Gortat, acquired via trade from Washington in June, had 10 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, and nine rebounds in 21 minutes. ... Avery Bradley scored two points and committed five turnovers in 26 minutes. He had made 3 of 16 from the field, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range, in two games this preseason. LAKERS: JaVale McGee had eight points and nine rebounds. ... Rajon Rondo had six rebounds and 10 assists. ... The Lakers made just 3 of 18 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range. UP NEXT: The Lakers (1-3) play Golden State at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday. ... The Clippers (3-0) play host to Denver on Tuesday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 7th, 2018Related News

Gin Kings brace for ‘big game’ vs Bolts

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is keeping its eyes on the twice-to-beat bonus heading into the playoff round while Blackwater shoots for a quarterfinal slot, when they collide against separate foes tonight in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. The Gin Kings will be gunning for their [...] The post Gin Kings brace for ‘big game’ vs Bolts appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Oct 6th, 2018Related News