Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

DeMar DeRozan’s triple-double lift Spurs past Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) jockey for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs’ suffocating defense, scoring runs and fans’ unrelenting contempt for the opposing team’s star player have often overwhelmed the opposition.Kawhi Leonard has seen it many times in San Antonio, but the Toronto star never experienced it from the opposing bench until Thursday night. It was worse than he expected.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Spurs gave reason for the fans to constantly cheer, leading by as many as 28 points against a Raptors team that has been atop the Eastern Conference for much of the season.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for San Antonio, Bryn Forbes added 20, Derrick White 19 and Rudy Gay 13.“Yeah it was a different kind of game, it was more of a playoff atmosphere, but that’s what we live for,” Gay said. “It’s the NBA, you’re going to have times like this, those are times you have to step up.”The night belonged to DeRozan, though, as he became the first San Antonio player with a triple-double at home since Tim Duncan in 2003.“I told him it was about time,” Popovich said.DeRozan shot 7 for 15 from the field, collecting 13 defensive rebounds and finishing with just three turnovers in 33 minutes.DeRozan’s 10th assist came on an entry to Aldridge that the Spurs center punctuated with a celebration in honor of his teammate’s career milestone.“He was in high gear tonight,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He was in his fast, athletic gear tonight and when he’s in that gear, he’s tough to handle, as we all know.”After leading by as many as 26 points in the first half, San Antonio opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 79-51 lead.The crowd erupted during a sequence of plays when Leonard had the ball tipped away, which led to a slam dunk by White. That possession was followed by Leonard being unable to corral an alley-oop pass, which led to DeRozan tossing in a runner and being fouled by Serge Ibaka. DeRozan made the free throw amid chants of “MVP! MVP!” — something Leonard heard during his time in San Antonio. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READcenter_img The reception didn’t surprise Leonard.“No,” Leonard said. “Media does a great mind to stir people’s minds and to influence them to think a certain way. So, I already knew how that was going to be the way the media was.”Fans were angry that Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that yielded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto for him and Danny Green.Leonard was booed heavily from the moment he walked onto the court for warmup. The boos continued during a pregame video tribute and player introductions, whenever he touched the ball and as he walked off the court following the lopsided loss.“I felt badly about it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Kawhi’s a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives about what we’re going to do with our futures and he has that same right as any of us. So, I felt badly, honestly.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo top early NBA All-Star vote totals Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We didn’t do a good job in transition, defense,” Leonard said. “We didn’t play well at all defensively. Spurs did a great job pushing the pace and kicking out for wide-open shots.”As the game ended, Popovich and Leonard embraced in a long hug and the Spurs coach led his former star to San Antonio’s bench to greet assistant coach Ettore Messina.TIP-INSRaptors: The Spurs played a tribute video for Leonard and Green prior to the game that ended with “Thank you Danny and Kawhi.” Green ran over to and hugged Popovich prior to tipoff. Green finished with no points on 0-for-7 shooting. … Lowry missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain.Spurs: DeRozan is the first Spurs player to have at least 15 points 10 rebounds and five assists in a half since Tim Duncan in 2007. DeRozan also recorded his first double-double in a half. … Gay played 23 minutes to Popovich’s surprise, who thought the 13-year veteran would miss the game with a sprained left wrist.UP NEXTRaptors: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Spurs: Host Memphis on Saturday night. DeMar DeRozan 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for first career triple-double and San Antonio welcomed back Leonard with thunderous jeers in the Spurs’ 125-107 victory over the Raptors.“You’ve got to thrive in moments like that,” DeRozan said. “You’ve got to love to play in that type of atmosphere, whether it’s at home or on the road. It kind of fuels you, kind of gets you going. That’s what made it so fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIt wasn’t much fun for Leonard and the Raptors, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped in inglorious fashion.Leonard scored 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but the anger the Spurs’ fans showered on him seemed to impact the MVP candidate. Leonard had to take a step back at the free throw line and compose himself amid chants of “Traitor! Traitor!” and “Quitter! 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