Celtics, Rockets and Bucks eye 2-0 1st-round series leads

first_img#KicksStalker: Basketball kicks get Avengers treatment Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said the film just highlighted shortcomings they knew about.“Free throws. And just upping our intensity on the defensive end. They upped their defensive pressure. I think we backed up a little bit,” Young said.Scoring wasn’t a problem for James Harden in Houston’s 122-90 win. The star had a game-high 29. Utah star Donovan Mitchell had 19, but was just 7 of 18 from the field.“Their defense was really designed to keep me out of the paint and we’ve got to find ways around that,” Mitchell said. “As a team we’re not going to miss the amount of shots we missed last time.”A look at Wednesday’s games:PACERS AT CELTICSBoston leads 1-0. Game 2, 7 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The 74 points scored by the Pacers in Game 1 marked the lowest total by a Celtics playoff opponent since Orlando scored 71 points on May 22, 2010. Indiana also shot a brutal 57% (12 for 21) from the free throw line. Those are two things the Pacers aren’t expecting to do two games in a row.KEEP AN EYE ON: Boston’s rotations. Jaylen Brown started in place of Smart in Game 1, but Stevens has lots of options to give the Pacers different looks.INJURY WATCH: Smart said he is remaining optimistic he can make an early return to action like he did last postseason following thumb surgery. But he said Tuesday was the first day he was able to walk without pain and that his focus for now is treatment. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Boston limited Indiana to eight points in the third quarter of its 84-74 Game 1 win. It was the Celtics’ lowest point total of the season and the first time they won a game in 2018-19 in which they didn’t reach 100 points.Change is on the minds of both teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor the Celtics that could mean tweaks to the starting lineup as they continue to adjust to the absence of Marcus Smart, who is recovering from a torn left oblique.“It’s frustrating, but you have to take it day-by-day and one day at a time,” Smart said Tuesday. Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42) pumps his fist after being fouled while making a basket by Indiana Pacers’ Bojan Bogdanovic, rear, during the second quarter in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — The Celtics are preparing for their Game 2 matchup with the Pacers aware their series-opening win was notable more for its ugliness more than the outcome.Meanwhile, the Rockets and Bucks are heading into their respective Game 2s with the Jazz and Pistons expecting more competitive games after dominating victories.ADVERTISEMENT KEEP AN EYE ON: Harden. The Jazz used a defense focused on making the left-handed superstar go to his right in Game 1. The tactic kept him from using his step-back 3-pointer as effectively as he normally does. If they use the same tactic in Game 2 look for Harden to continue driving to the paint and dishing off to teammates such as Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker for corner 3s.INJURY WATCH: Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha is questionable with soreness in his left hip and Kyle Korver is probable because of a sore right knee. The Rockets don’t have injuries but hope center Clint Capela will feel better after struggling during Game 1 while recovering from an upper respiratory infection.PRESSURE IS ON: Mitchell. He will need to play better if the Jazz hope to even this series after he had five turnovers and no assists in the opener.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far PRESSURE IS ON: The Pacers’ starting lineup. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Indiana starter to reach double figures in Game 1. Part of that was Boston’s pressure, but a lot of it was the Pacers missing open shots. If that trend continues, they’ll be headed home down 2-0.PISTONS AT BUCKSMilwaukee leads 1-0. Game 2, 8 p.m. EDT, NBA TVNEED TO KNOW: Detroit’s 35-point loss in Game 1 was more lopsided then the Pistons’ entire four-game series the last time they were in the playoffs. In 2016, they lost four straight games to Cleveland by a combined 34 points.KEEP AN EYE ON: Milwaukee had a 22-11 advantage in fast-break points in Game 1 and outrebounded the Pistons 54-46. If Detroit is going to keep this game closer, turning those two categories around may be the best path.INJURY WATCH: Detroit star Blake Griffin has been having knee problems and missed Game 1. The Pistons have described him as day to day, and coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday there was no change in his outlook.PRESSURE IS ON: Andre Drummond is Detroit’s other star frontcourt player, and with Griffin out, he wasn’t able to hold off the Bucks’ onslaught in the series opener. He had 12 points before being ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant foul on Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo.JAZZ AT ROCKETSRockets lead 1-0. Game 2, 9:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: After their 32-point win in Game 1, the Rockets talked about the need to maintain focus, after they won the opener of their second-round series against the Jazz last season only to lose Game 2 at home. The Rockets went on to win that series in five games but don’t like the fact that they lost that game in Houston and are determined not to let it happen again. 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But I think ultimately there’s going to be moments where Kyrie will be it. We’ll have one point guard on the floor.”Will that mean changes to the starting lineup?“We re-evaluate everything every day,” Stevens said.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hawke laments celebrity coupledom

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ethan Hawke, whose split from Uma Thurman caused a tabloid frenzy, says being part of a celebrity couple can be hard on the ego. “It’s unfair when one person’s career is taking off and the other is really suffering,” the 36-year-old actor tells AMC’s “Shootout” in an interview slated to air Sunday. “What happens – it’s not that they’re jealous of each other; it’s that the person you share your life with isn’t in the mood to support,” Hawke says. “You want to have a pity party for yourself, but they’re off to the Golden Globes and you don’t want to go because everyone is going to think you are jealous.” Hawke and Thurman were married in 1998. She filed for divorce in 2004. The couple have two children. “There’s a certain geometry to life – that life has a certain math equation to it and if you’re never together, you can’t build a home,” Hawke says. “Joanne Woodward put her career on the back burner for that marriage (to Paul Newman) to last. And something’s got to give.” Hawke received an Oscar nomination for his role in 2001’s “Training Day.” His film credits also include “Dead Poets Society,” “Great Expectations” and “Before Sunset.” Thurman, 37, has starred in “The Producers” and the “Kill Bill” movies. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction.”last_img read more

6th man surrenders in Simpson’s Vegas armed robbery case

first_imgBy Ken Ritter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – The sixth and final man sought in the armed robbery case against O.J. Simpson has surrendered in court. Charles Bruce Ehrlich of Miami was taken into custody in Las Vegas after a brief hearing before a judge who set his bail at $32,000. Ehrlich’s lawyer, John Moran Jr., said Ehrlich will plead not guilty. “He’s not a principal in this thing,” Moran said of allegations that Ehrlich joined Simpson and the other men in kidnapping and stealing sports memorabilia from two collectors last week. Moran called Ehrlich an acquaintance of Simpson’s, and expected his client to post bail and return to Florida later Friday. Ehrlich, 53, faces the same charges as four other co-defendants, including Charles Cashmore, who was arraigned minutes earlier on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. A kidnapping conviction could result in a sentence of life in prison with parole. Simpson faces one additional charge of felony coercion. Cashmore’s lawyer, Edward Miley, acknowledged that Cashmore has a 1997 conviction in a Utah bad check case, and has a bad check charge pending in Las Vegas. Prosecutors accuse Simpson of leading the five men as they burst into a hotel room at a Las Vegas casino, displayed guns, and stole autographed footballs and other collectible items. Authorities allege that the suspects went to the hotel room on the pretext of brokering a deal with Alfred Beardsley, 46, an accuser along with Bruce Fromong. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more