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Roque now feeling normal

Roque now feeling normal.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepApr 11th, 2021

Alex Gonzaga, her parents, and fiancé Mikee recover from Covid-19

Despite plans that have been cancelled, the actress is still grateful for many things Earlier today, Alex Gonzaga shared an intimate and very personal documentary video of how life was the past three weeks since they found out that she and her parents, fiancé Mikee, and one household help Sophie, were infected with Covid-19.  She was contemplating if she should share how life was when Covid-19 hit them, and decided that she should, “so you can learn from our mistakes and to give you hope so that you know you can get better.” She started off by revealing that the virus infected their family because a member went out to buy food. The first one who got infected was her mom Pinty, and thankfully, both parents were asymptomatic.  It was her and Mikee who had it worse, and Alex was able to document how she felt on a daily basis and put it out in her vlog. She started with day three where one can see her crying, “My plans were ruined. I wanted to get married with my family and a few friends, so I needed to change my plans. I also have a new show, but I couldn’t attend. For the next two weeks, I’ll be staying here at home.” On the fourth day, she admitted that she was emotional because so many of her plans didn’t push through, including attending the birthday of her one and only nephew Seve. “Right now, no one leaves the house,” she added that it’s also important to take lots of rest, drink fluids, and take Vitamin C. She also shared the symptoms she was experiencing that time such as feeling weak, slight fever (37.7C), sore throat, loss of appetite, clogged nose, and loss of taste. They also taped a sheet of plastic over on each of the rooms so that they would not leave their rooms. Both her parents are also staying in different rooms. Thankfully, her sister Toni and family, along with her friends, tested negative.  On the fifth day, she didn’t have the appetite to eat and her mom suggested that she should go to the hospital but Mikee recommended to stay at home since things might worsen if she went to the hospital. She also started taking Melatonin, so that she can sleep better and get her much needed rest. True enough, on the sixth day, she woke up at around 10a.m. For the next few days, she added other ways to boost her immunity by eating more protein, opening the curtains and taking in the sun and savoring its warmth. She also kept an oxygenator by her side so she could check her oxygen level. On the eighth day, she was slightly back to normal except that she got tired more often. On the tenth day, she started getting emotional again, but felt very blessed. “God healed us, and my parents didn’t experience any symptoms, even if they’re senior citizens,” she continues. “And it just dawned on me that we survived Covid-19.” They had everyone, including the whole house staff, tested on the 15th day for Covid-19, with the negative results for everyone, even Mikee. It’s been three weeks and she shares in her vlog that she’s happy to be back and happy that they survived Covid-19 as a family. “You can survive Covid-19. Don’t panic. Consult with your doctor and really take care of your body. Boost your immune system. Drink your vitamins. Gargle with salt and water, and take lots of rest,” she reminds her viewers. “We should stop thinking about ourselves, we should really start thinking about others. It’s not about you, but the people around you. So that we can avoid infecting people during this pandemic.”.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

PBA: Lee on closed-door games: ' Nakaka-baba ng energy'

The PBA took one major step towards a comeback when it secured government clearance to have teams start practice. If the league does return this year following the COVID-19 pandemic, a "new normal" will have the PBA more than likely play with little to no fans inside the venue. Perhaps, the PBA may actually play behind closed-doors. From a player's perspective, the prospect of playing with no fans can be a little draining. "Medyo iba yung pakiramdam nun, kasi first time mangyari satin sa PBA yun," Magnolia guard Paul Lee said on playing without fans. "Pero na-try namin yun sa FIBA, sa Araneta di ba? Wala talagang tao. Iba yung feeling, nakaka-baba ng energy yung laro, naiisip mo parang nasa practice ka lang," he added. Lee was part of the Gilas Pilipinas team that played Qatar behind closed doors two years ago for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. At the time, the Philippines was serving one of its punishments for the Gilas-Australia brawl months prior. "Kailangan masanay tayo sa ganun," Lee said on a recent episode of the PBA's Kamustahan. "Yun lang pwede natin gawin eh, ang importante dito is maka-balik tayong lahat," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Volleyball players think staredowns sure to stay in the new normal

Staredowns are sure to stay in volleyball. Actually, it might be the norm in the new normal when the time comes that volleyball leagues are allowed to resume their respective tournaments. In the pilot episode of TBH, collegiate stars Ponggay Gaston of Ateneo de Manila University, Michelle Cobb of De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas’ Eya Laure and Rosie Rosier of University of the Philippines talked about different topics including the return of volleyball. Gaston felt that volleyball should be one of the sports that the government should allow to resume once the health crisis gets better. “Kasi it's less contact di ba? It’s a non-contact sport and dream ko sana makalaro na tayo,” said the team captain of the reigning UAAP champions Lady Eagles.   “Wala na lang manonood, maybe televised. Pero iniisip ko kasi there’s so many technical things that are needed to be than for this to happen,” Gaston added. “Pero sana volleyball ang mauna kasi anim na lang kayo sa court hindi naman magkadikit ang posisyon di ba?” However, the Ateneo star also wondered how they would react on court if they have to follow physical distancing. “Pero ang iniisip ko sanay tayong makipagyakapan sa teammates, mag-apir-apir lalo na ‘pag in the moment lalo na kapag nagka-point. I guess ngayon kailangan staredown, staredown muna,” said Gaston, drawing laughter from the crew especially Laure and Cobb. The Lady Spikers setter and Tigresses’ top hitter are notorious with their staredowns and gestures to express their emotions during games. “Forte ko na ‘yan no! Di na ‘yan new normal,” Cobb quipped. Laure chimed in. “Normal pa din sa amin 'yung ganoon,” said the UAAP Season 81 Rookie of the Year. “It’s gonna be a part of the new normal,” Gaston said. “Kasi di ka naman lumalapit sa tao, titingnan mo lang eh di ba?” Shifting to serious talk, the group also discussed the possibility of holding games behind closed doors. “Imagine playing sa big game tapos ang tahimik,” said Cobb. Laure mentioned how her brother Echo celebrated the back-to-back boys’ basketball championships of Nazareth School of National University in an empty arena.    “Iba pa rin feeling kapag may nanonood,” said Laure. For Rosier, it will definitely be different but sports in general must adapt to the current health situation.  “It’s gonna be super different without allowing people watching. It’s gonna be hard but I think it’s this thing about sports it’s adaptable, its flexible,” she said. “For a new normal there must be a way to advertise sports and at the same time enjoy it.” Catch ‘TBH’ every Tuesday with replays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on LIGA Channel 86, and LIGA HD on Channel 183 on SKY Cable and Destiny......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2020

Cebu City’s NOAH Complex officially unveiled

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The New Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home (NOAH) Complex at the South Road Properties here was unveiled on Thursday evening, May 28, 2020. The inauguration and blessing of the complex was led by Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Edgardo Labella, Vice Mayor Michael Rama, Presidential Assistant […] The post Cebu City’s NOAH Complex officially unveiled appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2020

Palace: Enrollment in public schools to proceed on June 1

If the situation in the country has yet to reach “new normal” by August 24, classes will still proceed but will be conducted through “blended learning,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

What’s in a nudge?

WHEN things get better — we want them now, don’t we? — and feeling like some semblance of normal times has returned, perhaps we can look back and see how overrated the feeling of fear has been. Fear has kept us from knowing what this pandemic is really all about. Life has been hard; and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

& lsquo;No going back to normal& rsquo;

Whether Luzon will remain under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or a general community quarantine (GCQ), “life will not be back to normal,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

We cannot go back : General Community Quarantine is the new normal, Malacañang says

“We are no longer back to normal as we know it. The GCQ is already that, the new normal,” Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020

Mga lugar na hindi sakop ng ECQ isasailalim sa new normal o general community quarantine (GCQ)–Roque

SINABI ni Presidential Spokeseprson Harry Roque na isasailalim sa new normal o general community quarantine (GCQ) ang lahat ng probinsya na hindi sa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). “Dito po sa mga lugar na mapapasailalim sa general community quarantine ay may mga areas po na moderate na naka-orange. Ang ibig pong sabihin nito mag-e-evaluate pa po […] The post Mga lugar na hindi sakop ng ECQ isasailalim sa new normal o general community quarantine (GCQ)–Roque appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Norms of intimacy

  WELCOME to Malacañang’s amazing media maze the happy face of Secretary Harry Roque! I should’ve included Happy Harry in my survey of how we’re living our new-normal lives, because this is what he said last week: With mothers as the enforcers of ECQ, discipline will rule at home, beginning with their husbands, who won’t […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Palace hopes acting NEDA chief would steer post-Covid economy

Malacañang on Saturday expressed hope that National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) acting chief Karl Kendrick Chua would help steer the country’s economy under a “new normal” amid the government’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement as he expressed gratitude to Secretary Ernesto Pernia, who resigned […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: UP barges in win column

University of the Philippines brushed off a third set meltdown as the Fighting Maroons bounced back from an opening day setback with a 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-17, victory over University of the East in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena on Saturday. Isa Molde redeemed herself from a disappointing season debut last Wednesday by dropping 24 points including 18 off spikes to show the way for the Diliman-based squad, which dropped its opening game against defending champion Ateneo de Manila University in straight sets. The graduating hitter Molde, who only had nine makers the last time out, was backed by Tots Carlos who registered 15 points built in 12 attacks, two aces and a kill block laced with nine digs for the Fighting Maroons. “We are happy for the win,” said a very relieved UP coach Godfrey Okumu. “The players fought and it’s a good feeling as oppose to the first game we played. Today we are happy for the win.” The Fighting Maroons were in full control of the first two sets only to dip in intensity in the third as the Lady Warriors capitalized to keep themselves in the game. UP regrouped in the next frame as the Fighting Maroons opened a 16-9 separation before completing the win.   “I think on the fourth set we started playing our normal volleyball. We were able to pass well, we were able to serve well and we dominated,” said Okumu. “We are very much in control of the game, we were aggressive and I thank my team for that.” “Usually the most aggressive team wins and that’s worked for us today everything fell into place our passing, spiking and floor defense which was not there in the third set,” he added. The Lady Warriors remained winless after two games. Mean Mendrez’s 21-point effort for UE went down drain with another painful loss. Rookie Ja Lana had 17 markers for the Lady Warriors.   Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from www.uaapstore.com. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

She had so much life to live : Vanessa Bryant continues to grieve

"I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

Just got into a fight with your partner? Here are some quick fixes to get your relationship on track

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Experiencing bad days in your relationships? Feeling tired and had enough? Think again. In every relationship, it is normal to get into fights, but break-ups should never be a solution to this kind of problem. Here’s what you should not do after every fight that might put your relationship in grave danger. […] The post Just got into a fight with your partner? Here are some quick fixes to get your relationship on track appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

New arena may house a new reality for Warriors

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com SAN FRANCISCO -- Here in the heart of the redeveloped Mission District lies The House That Three Championships Built, a Frisbee-shaped arena with oodles of high-tech and designer touches and wide concourses offering cuisine instead of food. You might say the Chase Center, the new $1.2 billion home of the Warriors is, ahem, splashy. Perhaps this residential upgrade was overdue for a team that has dominated the NBA for most of a decade because -- and this is no disrespect to Oakland or the charming and beloved Oracle Arena -- the Warriors are finally learning how the other half lives. For far too long, they played champagne basketball while living in a beer hall. Of course, the question now is whether that previous imbalance will suddenly flip and reverse itself. Will the Warriors, weakened by injury and a big offseason defection, now play beer basketball while their well-heeled fans here sip bubbly from their flutes at court-side? That is a very real scenario facing the franchise as it begins life without Kevin Durant and, at least for the moment, Klay Thompson. The buzz and sledgehammer long held by the Warriors has been transferred in the NBA, specifically to Los Angeles. That's where one of that city’s championship-quality teams, the Clippers, punished the Warriors 141-122 Thursday (Friday, PHL time) in the first regular-season game at Chase Center. It was about the worst opener a team could have in a new place, where is was competitive for about two quarters and rapidly turned into a lopsided loss caused by a performance that Draymond Green said “was sad across the board.” The Warriors took the night off defensively, making it impossible for Stephen Curry to keep pace with the Clippers even if he played by his own high standards (which he didn’t). Curry had as many turnovers (eight) as field goals and saw constant double-teams because the Clippers didn’t fear his teammates. By the start of the fourth quarter, the arena was half-full and whisper quiet. Warriors coach Steve Kerr emptied the bench right round the same time Chase Center emptied. When Golden State did that in years past, it was because it was conversely up big. “There’s going to be nights like this,” said Kerr, with a sigh of resignation. “This isn’t a one-off. The last five years we’d been living in a world that wasn’t supposed to exist.” The good news is the Warriors won’t play the Clippers 81 more times. Still, Kerr sounds prophetic: This is likely the new normal for Golden State over the course of the next several months. It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume the Warriors will grind much harder for wins in 2019-20 than they did at any time over the last five seasons, where they won almost 80 percent of their games. The fans at Oracle became spoiled by constant 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson and muscle poses from Green -- along with two Finals MVP seasons from Durant. After Durant bolted the Nets, the Clippers welcomed Kawhi Leonard and traded for Paul George. In a curious twist of fate, the Clippers are now poised to strip the Warriors of Western Conference ownership. These Clippers are 2-0, notching impressive wins against the Lakers and Warriors, all while George continues to heal up. While he'll return soon -- maybe even in the next two weeks -- Thompson could miss the season recovering from his torn left ACL. That puts much of the load on Curry. The former two-time Kia MVP is one of three Warriors remaining from their five straight conference-title and three NBA-title teams (Thompson and Green are the others) and is being handed a massive challenge. Curry will undoubtedly have the green light to shoot often, and also must develop a comfort zone with newcomer D’Angelo Russell until Thompson heals. Curry, though, will see even more swarming defenders and his supporting cast is young, inexperienced and brings light resumes. Gone are Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and David West. Say hello and introduce yourself to Glen Robinson III, Marquese Criss and Eric Paschall. The Warriors have nine players who are 23 and younger. Russell, who was a first-time All-Star in 2018-19, is the most accomplished newcomer. Yet there’s no guarantee he’ll be on the roster past the February 6 trade deadline -- that all depends on where the Warriors are and if their philosophy gets a re-do. “We’re starting over,” Kerr said Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Lots of new pieces in the rotation combined with a typically rugged Western Conference means expectations have tempered somewhat dramatically here. Folks are realistic and wisely so. Making the playoffs, once a safe assumption for this franchise, is hardly a given this season. “It’s not a good feeling to lose games, especially when you’re opening up a new building,” Curry said. “It’s not about over-reacting to one game, but baby steps are in order. Turnovers, rebounding and our defensive presence in general are important. Our margin for error is really slim.” The most important goal for the Warriors is not necessarily to win enough games to squeeze out one of the last playoff spots, but to preserve Curry’s health by managing his minutes and games. Nothing else takes precedent over his well-being. Curry is on the wrong side of 30 and has a history of ankle tweaks. With tickets already sold for the inaugural season at Chase Center, this seems more like a bridge to 2020-21, when Thompson should be set to play a full year and the Warriors can reload. At least the digs are first class. The Warriors are back in San Francisco for the first time since 1971, before they crossed the Bay, when Wilt Chamberlain and friends played at the Cow Palace, an old barn south of town. Chase Center was built entirely with private financing and is owned and operated by the club. Peter Guber, the part-owner of the Warriors and producer of numerous Hollywood blockbuster movies, oversaw the design and flavor of the building with his vision. And the site is surrounded by office buildings and condos that’ll cost a few trust funds to buy. The players and coaching staff are thrilled with the custom locker room, expanded wellness center and weight room and a connected practice facility, though there are kinks that still need to be worked out. “I’ve been locked out of my office a couple of times,” said Kerr. “We’re slowly figuring our way out around here.” The same might be said about the Warriors on the court. To coronate the official opening of Chase Center for basketball, Thompson grabbed the microphone before tipoff, walked to center court in a sharp-fitting suit, and welcomed the fans, asking for their support this season for a team that promised to play hard. The fans should expect as much as the Warriors certainly seem capable of burning calories. In their current state, however, anything beyond that will be considered a bonus. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

Mission accomplished siya -- Angels coach Laniog on Nunag

PetroGazz proved its doubters wrong that the Angels are all just about their high-scoring, hard-hitting duo of Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson. Salas and Johnson logged in their usual numbers, but PetroGazz unleashed another weapon in its arsenal with middles Cherry Nunag and Jeanette Panaga delivering the goods in the Angels’ four-set win over BanKo to draw first blood in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Final Four. “Dati pa namin talaga pinupukpok eh. Di naman kami nagpapaapekto sa mga bashers kasi normal naman. Kasi the more na nananalo ka, tumataas, the more na lumalabas ang mga bashers,” said PetroGazz Arnold Laniog following his squad’s 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-12, victory. “Totoo talaga, we have good imports. We have percentage imports but talagang kailangan din namin ang locals which is yung dalawang middles. Alam din namin na kaya nilang mag-deliver,” added Laniog. “So from training talagang pin-push namin sila. Binibigyan namin ng overload talaga para pagdating talaga sa game kailangang maka-gain ng respect kami sa mga middle blockers.” Nunag backed Salas’ 25 points and Johnson’s 23 markers with 12 points built on nine attacks, two kill blocks and an ace. Two-time Best Middle Blocker winner Panaga scored nine with six coming off aces. “Sabi ko nga yung BanKo is no. 1 sa blocking because of [Yasemin] Yildirim and [Kathy] Bersola but since wala si Yildirim sabi ko kay Cherry and Panaga, ‘it’s your time to dominate the middle attack dahil wala na si Yildirim,’” said Laniog. The mentor was particularly impressed with Nunag’s performance.  “Luckily naman nagawa kanina ni Cherry but not totally in attack but yung blocking niya sa spikers ng kalaban kumbaga nagawa niya. Mission accomplished siya doon,” he said.       However, Nunag stressed that she still has a lot to improve on. “OK naman pero feeling ko mayroon pa akong kailangang i-adjust, medyo kulang pa. Push pa kami para sa second game,” said Nunag. “Also ako tatag pa sa blocking kasi medyo kulang pa.” Game 2 of the semis is on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Warriors head into Game 3 vulnerable, yet pressure is on Raptors

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com OAKLAND, Calif. -- The two-time defending champion Warriors will be of divided attention here in the next few days. They’ll be occupied by Game 3 of The Finals … and Game 1 of Kevin Durant’s rehabilitation. The two go hand-in-hand, actually, and hold equal importance. With untimely injuries threatening to delay the Warriors’ third straight title or downright prevent it from happening, the club teeters on edge, unsure whether its next step will be on the gas pedal or a banana peel. Klay Thompson is iffy for Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) because of a gimpy hamstring that cut short his floor time in Game 2, which the Warriors managed to win anyway. He did some light shooting on the eve of Game 3 against the Raptors and, Klay being Klay, counted himself in after three days’ rest. But it’s not really up to him, is it? It’s up to the team medical staff and mostly a tendon that’s moody and doesn’t always cooperate with the human attached to it. And so: This all depends on what side of the bed the hamstring lands on Wednesday morning. Kevon Looney, the fast-developing big man who has been a pleasant surprise throughout the postseason, is done for the summer with a cartilage fracture in his collarbone area. At least in this case, his loss is minimized by the re-emergence of DeMarcus Cousins, back from two months off with a bum quad muscle and feeling frisky about it and his encouraging effort in Game 2. OK, now here’s the elephant in the emergency room: What does the future of The Finals hold for Durant, MIA for roughly a month now, who has been ruled out for Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)? Durant didn’t practice with the team Tuesday morning (Wednesday evening, PHL time), but he did go through an individual workout that afternoon. There is no scheduled team practice on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), the only off-day between Games 3 and 4 at Oracle Arena. Yet all signs point to Durant putting his body through a workout/practice/scrimmage at some point between now and Friday’s (Saturday, PHL time) Game 4 because coach Steve Kerr said the former MVP is “ramping up” his workouts. It’s safe to say the Warriors will be interested spectators for that one, biting their fingernails to the knuckle, although Kerr indicated Durant’s availability for The Finals is more “when” than “if.” That means Durant has given them some reason to feel optimistic about Friday (Saturday, PHL time) if not Game 5 in Toronto. “Klay and Kevin, we’re very hopeful we’re going to get them back out there,” Kerr said. In a worst-case scenario, the Warriors in Game 3 would be without two players averaging more than 50 points combined in the postseason, and their scoring and defensive presence is impossible to replace. That would put them in a tough spot, needing to rely on replacements who aren’t familiar with, or quite capable of, carrying that amount of minutes with impact. Yes, it’s true the Warriors finished Game 2 without either player and managed to win. Yet, no disrespect to the champs, that’s a big chore to do for four full quarters and against a solid defensive team such as the Raptors. Even if Thompson plays, will he be healthy enough to supply the energy and flexibility needed to perform his usual top-notch defense and running through screens for his jumper? “If I can just be out there even at 80 percent, I still think I can be very effective,” he said. “From the progress I've made these last two days, I'm very encouraged that I'll be able to go out there. As long as nothing is torn or really injured, I'm not too fearful of it because, knock on wood, I've been very blessed with not very many traumatic injuries in my career. I don't think this one is of greatest concern. It's just the day and age we live in where little things can just grow to be big problems, but I don't think this will be one of them.” How would a diminished or missing Klay affect the Warriors? Well, Stephen Curry could not afford to be anything less than MVP-ish. He’d see doubles and triples thrown his way by the Raptors and that would cause him to take tougher shots than normal. In that situation, as the Warriors’ only volume scorer and shooter on the floor, Curry could feel overwhelmed and force the issue. Cousins would be required to ratchet up his shooting and intensity on offense, but will he stay clear of foul trouble, which would put a crimp in his playing time? Finally, the Warriors would lean more on Shaun Livingston, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Quinn Cook than normal. Cook made a pair of important shots in Game 2 after Thompson limped off and could be an X-factor, or at least he’d need to be for Golden State’s sake. “Our team is very adaptable,” Kerr said. “We have a lot of versatility. What it requires is bench players being ready to step up, like they always are, and guys just playing hard and playing together. I think you have to be fearless, too, which our team is. You can't worry about anything. You just go out there and play and compete and let it fly and whatever happens, happens.” And then there’s Toronto. A weakened or missing Thompson would be an opportunity they simply couldn’t afford to blow. How many times does a gift present itself in the biggest series of the season? Not often. It must be seized. In such a situation, the Raptors would be wise to occupy Curry and dare others to produce for four quarters. If Thompson plays, they’d be best to take advantage by running him ragged through screens on defense, putting that hamstring to the test. That would be one less player with high defensive credentials for Kawhi Leonard to deal with. Assuming that scoring will be an issue for the Warriors, the Raptors must get a bounce-back game from Pascal Siakam (who regressed from 32 points to 12) and more punch from Kyle Lowry (six baskets total for the series) to make it tough if not impossible for the Warriors to keep up. If the Raptors have any shot at winning this title, they must win at least one game at Oracle anyway, and from a practical standpoint, Game 3 is the most inviting. They may never see the Warriors this vulnerable, this ripe for the taking again. “I think we come into a sense of urgency, period,” said Lowry, “no matter the situation. We want to be the first to four, and every game is an urgent game. You're in the NBA Finals, so it doesn't matter. They still have professional basketball players down there, and they're really talented basketball players. So you still got to be ready to go out there and play your butt off and play hard.” The Warriors do not feel the same level of urgency because they’re not down 0-2, and the next two games are at home, and the core group is championship tested. As they demonstrated in Game 2, they don’t get rattled by tense championship games, even with Thompson and Durant off the floor. They also know, or at least feel strongly, that Thompson and Durant will suit up soon. “If there’s pain, it will be a no-go (for Game 3) because of the position we’re in,” Thompson said. “This could be a longer series, so there's no point in trying to go out there and re-aggravate it and potentially keep myself out of the whole entire Finals instead of just one game.” The Warriors might not get much sympathy from a basketball world that perhaps feel the champs are finally getting their just due. Everyone saw them play the 2015 championship series against Cleveland without Kevin Love and all but one game without Kyrie Irving. In the 2017 Western Conference finals, Leonard, then with San Antonio, went down after lighting it up for most of Game 1. And how can anyone forget Chris Paul missing Houston's final two games of a seven-game playoff series last season? Not saying those were the reasons for three championships in four years; still, all of those misfortunes suffered by others favored the Warriors. But who’s keeping score? “There's a certain amount of luck involved with this, and we know that,” Kerr said. “We have been on both sides of that. Some of our opponents have suffered injuries. We have suffered injuries. It's just part of the deal. You just keep pushing forward.” Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019

Warriors' Zaza Pachulia has Kerr, not critics, in his head

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