Resilient Rockets strike back with Game 4 victory

By Sekou Smith, OAKLAND, Calif. -- Maybe they are built for this after all, these rugged Houston Rockets. Twice they absorbed knockout blows from the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in a do-or-die Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in a raucous Oracle Arena. And both times the Rockets got up off the floor and battled back, showing championship mettle of their own, to do what no team has done to these Warriors since Kevin Durant joined them. The Rockets showed up five minutes late, battled back from a 12-0 blitz to start the game and a 27-8 third quarter avalanche to win 95-92 and tie this series at 2-2 and reclaim the home-court advantage they lost in Game 1. With the game, and their franchise-best 65-win regular season and basically everything on the line, the Rockets outplayed the mighty Warriors down the stretch to snap the NBA playoff-record 16-game home win streak. They proved that they belong on this big stage and that they are who they thought they were when they were dominating the league throughout the course of the regular season. “I just think this was confidence,” said veteran forward Trevor Ariza, the only player on the Rockets’ roster who owns a championship ring (Los Angeles Lakers, 2009). “We're a confident team. We believe in ourselves and we went out and showed that we can win anywhere.” It was the Warriors, the group with all of the experience in these moments, that melted down late in the game, not the Rockets. The pressure that Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni insisted was on the Warriors after his team’s 41-point loss in Game 3 Sunday (Monday, PHL time) was there. The Rockets outscored the Warriors 25-12 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors shot just 3-for-18 after torching the Rockets for 34 points, 17 from Stephen Curry, in a third quarter that looked like one of their signature waves that usually slams the door on the opposition. But not this time. Not with the Rockets playing their best defensive quarter of the season, according to D’Antoni. “Yeah, I thought it was the highest level we’ve ever played defensively, without a doubt,” he said. “Because you're talking about maybe the best offensive team ever, and they got on a roll. Even when we were down 12-zip, there was some good defense in there to get us back, because we weren’t lighting it up to get it back. “So [we] just got a lot of tough stops and a lot of tough rebounds, getting loose balls and we didn’t get into foul trouble too early. It was just a lot of good things. Great switching and they got a little tired in the fourth quarter, and that’s because they felt us for three quarters. If we can repeat that, and that’s what the formula is, and we’ll see if we can do that when we get to Houston.” The Rockets couldn’t have gone home even without the work Chris Paul put in during the first pressure-cooker game of this series. Playing on a sore foot, he was nothing short of magnificent in the fourth, scoring eight of his 27 points, while showing the sort of toughness the Rockets lacked before his arrival last summer in a blockbuster trade. “Man, he’s been doing it for so long,” James Harden said of his fellow superstar point guard. “Now he has an opportunity to do it on this stage. I mean, everybody knows how great he is, from his passing ability to his big shot-making ability, and even to his defense. He was huge for us tonight." That’s all Paul was focused on. One game. One night. One chance to make things right. “It was a good win for us,” he said. “We knew we needed it, but we said all along with both teams home court doesn’t really matter. Both teams have the ability to win on the road. We had to prove that to ourselves. Weathering the storm, the runs that they made, and knowing that now we got a chance to go back home, we knew we had to get at least one win here. We got it, so now it’s a three-game series.” D’Antoni only used seven players to get the job done, leaning on his core group in a grueling game to flip this series into a best-of-three with the Rockets back in a position of power. The trust and faith he showed in his core group paid off. “We’re confident in what we do,”Ariza said.“When we are locked in to what we are doing and what we are supposed to be doing, we are a really good defensive team. We’re a really good team, period. We just came out and played hard tonight. For all the hard-earned hype about the Warriors and what they are capable of, the Rockets still haven’t lost consecutive games in this postseason. They are 4-2 on the road, 2-0 in games decided by three points or less and a perfect 5-0 when Paul scores 25 or more points. They still have work to do in this series, of course, but they are on a path that suggests they possess the sort of fiber needed to make it into the championship discussion. D’Antoni called them soft after that Game 3 embarrassment. He praised their toughness on this night, and rightfully so. “We’ve been doing it all year long,” said Harden, who scored just two of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter. “That’s the main reason we’re in the position we’re in today. That third game was just one loss. We all know that. We’ve got the mentality that we’re going to win Game 4. We talked about it. We’ve preached it. “They made runs and they were going to, especially at home. And we kept fighting, kept fighting and defensively kept locking in and making big-time shots. Chris and Eric [Gordon] and Trevor, guys made big-time shots in that fourth quarter.” A fourth quarter that changed this series and could potentially change the entire postseason landscape, depending on what comes next from this team with its destiny back in its own hands. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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......»»

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Del Rosario bags Ladies Open crown

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Liza Del Rosario, Sam Cooley rule PBF Philippine International bowl

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Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 14th, 2018Related News

Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beat Cavaliers 108-83

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and scorched the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter and never allowed the Cavaliers within single digits again. Boston led by 28 when Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue pulled LeBron James for good with 7:09 left. Game 2 is Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Kevin Love had 17 points and eight rebounds, and James finished with 15 points, nine assists and seven boards. The Cavaliers missed their first 14 three-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 percent in the first half. By that time, Boston led 61-35 — the biggest halftime playoff deficit in James’ career. With injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving on the bench in street clothes, the Celtics continued their stunning run this season with what may have been the most surprising turn of events yet. A year after dropping the first two games at home against Cleveland in a five-game East final, the Celtics pounced on James, and the favored Cavaliers were never really in it. The Celtics took the floor to a hype video that began with the broadcast of Hayward’s injury in the first quarter of the first game, at Cleveland. A variety of commentators predicted the team’s demise, including Hall of Famer Charles Barkley saying: “Their season’s over.” As more players went down to injury, the prophesies grew even gloomier. But there the Celtics were, back in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers for the second year in a row — with Hayward, Irving, Daniel Theis and Shane Larkin all injured and coach Brad Stevens down to an eight-man rotation. It was more than they needed. Morris, starting in place of Aron Baynes, backed up his boast that he could cover James better than anyone except Kawhi Leonard and helped pester James into seven of Cleveland’s nine turnovers. (James had eight in the entire four-game, second-round sweep of the Raptors.) Horford made his first seven shots of the game and scored 10, including eight straight, during the 17-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 21-7 lead. After James wiggled his way to a layup — Cleveland’s first points in 4 minutes, 43 seconds — Boston ran off eight more points in a row; Brown had six of them, and he finished the quarter with 13 points and five rebounds. Cleveland scored seven straight points early in the third and finished the quarter with six in a row to make it 78-64. But Boston made the first three baskets in the fourth and, after running off nine in a row to make it 96-68 with 7:09 left, the Cavs conceded. TIP-INS Cavaliers: Kyle Korver’s three-pointer with nine minutes left in the third period was their first after missing 14 in a row. It cut the deficit from 28 points to 65-40. ... Tristan Thompson had eight points and 11 rebounds. Celtics: The Celtics improved to 8-0 at home this postseason. They do not have to win on the road to reach the NBA Finals. ... Boston’s 36-18 lead at the end of one quarter was the second-largest in a playoff game in franchise history. UP NEXT Game 2 is Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), Boston......»»

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

Syntera Conference in Manila Great interest and hype surrounding the new project, check out a short – Manila Video

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PBA: Standhardinger s early struggles no big deal says June Mar

June Mar Fajardo is not too worried about Christian Standhardinger's rather disappointing debut with the Beermen. San Miguel's title defense in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup was off to a rough start Wednesday, taking an 85-93 loss to the Meralco Bolts. The usual San Miguel starters, including import Troy Gillenwater, had decent games; however, Standhardinger's performance never lived up to the hype at least for this first outing. The Fil-German forward, the top pick of the previous draft, only played 20 minutes and had more fouls (5) than points (4). "Okay lang," Fajardo said. "Malakas din yung kalaban eh. Syempre nakaka-disappoint na matalo pero ganun talaga. Buti first game lang ito, marami pa kaming games na lalaruin," he added. Fajardo noted that it's just about chemistry with Standhardinger in the lineup. The current San Miguel dynasty was forged with incredible team chemistry, more than its obvious talent, and the key for the Beermen's success to continue is to integrate Standhardinger flawlessly. "Bago si Christian so kailangan namin yun [chemistry] para ma-execute ang plays namin," Fajardo said. "Minor lang. Matagal na rin si Christian naglalaro eh, so makaka-adapt din siya sa sistema ni coach. First game niya, bago siya sa tawagan, pero hindi naman big deal yun. Kailangan lang namin mag-bounce back sa next game," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 9th, 2018Related News

PBA: Defending champs San Miguel still in adjustment period, says coach Leo Austria

Coming into the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, defending champion San Miguel Beer was considered the favorite and deservedly so. With already a stacked core made up of June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter, the Beermen also finally have the services of number one draft pick Christian Standhardinger. And yet, in their first game of the tournament, the defending champions found themselves getting trounced by the red-hot Meralco Bolts, 93-85, Wednesday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena. “I think we’re still in the period of adjustment. We started our practice two weeks ago and we were not able to complete the two weeks because of commitments of some players, maraming distractions, and we thought na we’re a very strong team, a super team. Before this game talagang hype na hype yun eh.” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. “We’re not yet in game shape, which is very evident eh, and we have to adjust our approach in the game,” Import Troy Gillenwater paced the Beermen with 19 points and 14 boards, while Junemar Fajardo added 16 points and seven rebounds of his own in the conference-opening loss. Austria also touched on poor shot selection as another possible point to address moving forward. Gillenwater and Lassiter both went 6-of-19 from the field, while Cabagnot went 7-for-15. Lassiter also went 3-for-13 from beyond the arc. “If you will take a look at the stats, we have a lot of bad shot selection. Maybe that’s the reason, and talagang ganun eh.” Now with game one of the conference in the books, Coach Leo and the Beermen can focus on bouncing back and getting better for the rest of the season, as they to get back on their path to a title defense. Austria hopes that, the defending champs can get their rhythm going. “The good thing is this is only our first game, this is our first loss, and still have a lot of games to play, and I’m sure the next games, the next few games siguro, we’ll be able to get to the rhythm.” “Yung kalaban namin nasa momentum na eh, this is their fourth game, this is our first game without any scrimmages against any other team, so it’s really hard and still trying to figure out what is really good for us.” Austria added. San Miguel’s next challenge comes in the form of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday, May 13th at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 9th, 2018Related News

PBA: Standhardinger set to make Beermen debut

The moment we've been waiting for is finally here. San Miguel's upgraded superteam will debut Wednesday as the defending champion Beermen, with no. 1 pick Christian Standhardinger in active duty, take on Meralco in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Tip off will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the MOA Arena. Following a stint in the ABL, the controversial top pick of the 2017 Draft plays his first PBA game ever and how Standhardinger will mesh with the current San Miguel dynasty that also has four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo is certianly worth the hype it's been getting since last year. The gritty Bolts (2-1) should provide a good first test for the champs. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., undefeated Rain or Shine (3-0) is out to regain solo first as the Elasto Painters go up against Columbian (2-2).     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 8th, 2018Related News

Ride-hailing firms rush into Philippine gridlock

A SLEW of ride-hailing ventures are taking to the gridlocked streets of Manila, undeterred by the market dominance of Grab now that it controls Uber in the Philippines. Hype Transport Systems, Inc. and Ipara Technologies and Solutions, Inc. are just two of the five new entrants approved by the regulator since Grab agreed to take […] The post Ride-hailing firms rush into Philippine gridlock appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Standhardinger ready for any role with SMB: ‘Not worried about personal glory’

Christian Standhardinger couldn't be any calmer as he prepares for his PBA debut. "I feel great," he said on Tuesday, not minding the hype surrounding his long-awaited arrival as San Miguel takes on Meralco at Mall of Asia Arena. Wednesday's match may be one of the season's most sought-after games because of Standhardinger alone, but the top pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is temperingexpectations as he has accepted his reduced role with the Beermen. READ:Standhardinger: 'I'm not a rookie' "We have a great team. My role here is obviously different a little bit. I'm gonna be in a more supportive role and that's what I'm gonna embrace. The most important thing is we win c...Keep on reading: Standhardinger ready for any role with SMB: ‘Not worried about personal glory’.....»»

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

Quitara, Calma boost PPS Southwoods cast

Laurenz Quitara and Aubrey Calma hope to live up to the hype as they banner the field in the premier division of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Manila Southwoods age group tennis tournament unfolding tomorrow in Carmona, Cavite......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 7th, 2018Related News

Fiery Cool Smashers sweep Angels

MANILA, Philippines – A star-studded Creamline squad sure lived up to the hype. The star-studded Cool Smasher kicked off their drive for a first-ever championship with an imposing 25-18, 25-16, 25-13 win over Petro Gazz in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) on Sunday, May 6, at the Filoil Flying ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 7th, 2018Related News

WATCH: Paul Rudd becomes a giant, meets ‘intense’ partner in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

This time around, Ant-Man won't be alone anymore in fighting the bad guys. As if veering away a bit from the hype of "Avengers: Infinity War", Marvel released the trailer for "Ant Man and the Wasp" yesterday, May 2. Paul Rudd returns as Ant-Man, who is seen as a humungous size of himself rather than being miniscule. He is joined by Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, who will help in eliminating bad guys that come their way. The film is set between the events of "Captain America: Civil War" and "Avengers: Infinity War". Ant-Man, known as former fugitive Scott Lang, is also seen in the trailer balancing his responsibilities as a superhero with that of being a father to his young...Keep on reading: WATCH: Paul Rudd becomes a giant, meets ‘intense’ partner in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 3rd, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Akala ko si Pons ang MVP -- Santiago

Jaja Santiago on her last playing year tried to bring National University back into UAAP women’s volleyball radar. Although the Lady Bulldogs failed to live up to the preseason hype, falling short in their return in the Final Four for the first time in three years following a sloppy second round after a good start, Santiago’s performance earned her the most coveted individual award. The 6-foot-5 versatile hitter bagged the Season 80 Most Valuable Player award as a parting gift for her five colorful years with NU.     But despite a well-deserved recognition, Santiago thought that the honor belonged to another graduating player in Far Eastern University hotshot Bernadeth Pons. “Akala ko si Pons talaga ‘yung magiging MVP,” said Santiago, who also won the Best Spiker award. Santiago averaged 20 points per game in the elimination round and had a 41.76% attacking efficiency. Pons, on the other, normed with 15.3 points per outing and the best non-libero in the reception category with a 45.16% efficiency rate.   “Ang MVP award na ‘yun bonus na lang sa akin ngayong UAAP Season 80 kasi sabi ko hindi ko naman ine-expect na mage-MVP ako,” said Santiago. “Kasi ngayong season na ‘to sobrang nagfa-flactuate talaga ang mga teams eh. Hindi mo alam sino magcha-champion, sino papasok sa Final Four. Parang performance din namin taas-baba and maraming nagi-improve na players lalo na si Pons.” “Sabi ko nga special mention ko siya kasi nakita naman natin nadala niya ang team niya sa Finals and sobrang laki ng contribution niya at ‘yung effort niya para sa team niya. (Kaya) sabi ko talaga di ko in-expect na MVP ako,” added Santiago, whose squad was swept by Pons’ Lady Tamaraws this season. The towering hitter credited her teammates for helping her claim the recognition. “It’s a great honor na maging MVP ako this end of the season namin sa UAAP. Hindi man kami pinalad na mag-champion or umabot sa Finals itong award na ito ang nag-prove na ginawa namin ang best namin (as a team),” she said. “Kasi sabi ko nga hindi ko makukuha ‘tong award na ‘to kung ‘di dahil sa teammates ko so it shows pa rin na nabigay namin ‘yung best namin kahit ‘di kami umabot sa Finals.” Santiago and the rest of the individual award winners will be feted on Wednesday before the Finals Game 2 between De La Salle University and FEU at the Big Dome. Catch Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Women's Volleyball Finals LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, Liga on SkyCable channel 83, Liga HD on SkyCable channel 186 and via livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 1st, 2018Related News

These Post-‘Infinity War’ Theories Will Hype You Up for the Next Marvel Movies

Before anything else, this will have majorAvengers: Infinity Warspoilers. If you haven't seen it yet (you should), you better click away right now. (Unless you'rereallyseeking out spoilers, then by all means scroll away.) It's been almost a week sinceInfinity Warpremiered and the hype hasn't died down. The film raked in a whopping P141.6 million during its opening day in the Philippines. And, as of writing, it's expected earn an estimate of $630 million globally, setting a record for biggest opening weekend of all time. But that's not the only thing fans are interested in. They're also looking at the possible theories and outcomes afterInfinity War, especially after the deaths ...Keep on reading: These Post-‘Infinity War’ Theories Will Hype You Up for the Next Marvel Movies.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Apr 30th, 2018Related News

Inexperience bites FEU in Game 1 loss to La Salle

It was the rematch that waited 10 years to happen, but it didn't quite live up to the hype. A much more experience La Salle, owner of 10 UAAP women's volleyball titles, dispatched Far Eastern University in three sets Game 1 of the Season 80 Finals on Friday. Compared to the Lady Spikers' ninth straight finals stints, the Lady Tamaraws' last title round appearance was in Season 71, and that championship disparity showed in their series opener. READ:La Salle nears 3-peat, pounces on error-prone FEU in Game 1 "I told the players that whenever someone commits a service error on a crucial point it means that he or she isn't that confident," said Pascua in Filipino after the29-...Keep on reading: Inexperience bites FEU in Game 1 loss to La Salle.....»»

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PVL starts hype with grand fans day

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Standhardinger joins first practice with Beermen

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

Grab surge cap back to twice regular rate after LTFRB accredits 3 ride-sharing networks

THE maximum surge pricing cap of Grab Philippines is back to twice the regular rate from 1.5 times, as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has accredited three new transport network companies (TNCs). “This Board has issued a certificate of accreditation to a new transport network company, Hype Transport Systems Inc with [a]two-year accreditation [...] The post Grab surge cap back to twice regular rate after LTFRB accredits 3 ride-sharing networks appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Gutsy Batangas crowned as first-ever king of MPBL

On the ground for the very first time in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas wasted no time in standing back up. And not only did they stand up, the Athletics also marched forward, right through overmatched Muntinlupa, 68-66, to claim the throne as first-ever kings of the new national league. Big guns Bong Quinto and Paul Varilla as well as key reserve Moncrief Rogado all came to play and made sure the visitors didn’t waste another shot at history. Quinto wound up with 12 points, Varilla had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Rogado dropped a season-high 14 points of his own. Two days ago, Batangas suffered its first setback in the playoffs and saw their opponents cut their deficit in the best-of-five series to 1-2. “There’s no safe lead. We were up by 15 tapos nawala diba,” head coach Mac Tan said. Indeed, Pari Llagas and Dave Moralde yet again willed the Cagers in this one, rallying them from as much as 15 points down to up 65-63 inside the last two minutes. Quinto and Jhaymo Eguilos had the answer for the Athletics, however, and connived for five unanswered points and a 68-65 advantage in their favor. With 18.2 ticks to go on the clock, the home team still had several shots to force overtime, or even win the game, but Moralde and Llagas combined to convert only one of their four free throws. The clutch makes of Quinto and Eguilos, along with the crucial misses of Moralde and Llagas, proved to be more than enough for Batangas to take home the title. “Ang adjustment namin, yung willingness ng players na ayaw na nilang bumalik pa ‘to ng Batangas,” Tan said. The well-earned win was just the perfect ending for a maiden campaign which saw them romp through the eliminations and rise as the top-seed of the playoffs and the favorites for the title. The Athletics only lived up to the hype, sweeping both the quarterfinals and the semifinals then ringing off back-to-back wins in the championship round before losing Game 3. Bouncing back big-time in Game 4, they cap off their playoff run with a standout 7-1 record. For Muntinlupa, Llagas topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds and two blocks. Moralde chipped in 14 markers, seven boards, and two assists. They will be looking back at their woes from the line as the foremost reason why their conference has come to a close. In all, they muffed on 15 of 31 free throws that, without a doubt, would have changed the complexion of the contest. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 68 – Rogado 14, Quinto 12, Varilla 10, Teodoro 9, Eguilos 7, Santos 6, Acuna 5, Olayon 4, Villamor 1, Grimaldo 0, Alvarez 0, Pasculado 0 MUNTINUPA 66 – Llagas 19, Moralde 14, Reverente 12, Mangahas 11, Ylagan 7, Jaime 3, Apreku 0, Vergara 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-12, 43-28, 54-47, 68-66 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 19th, 2018Related News