The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

first_imgIt certainly does not disappoint.Boston’s win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on the postseason’s second round — one that wasn’t exactly loaded with drama, since it was the first time since 2002 that none of the NBA’s four conference semifinal series went past five games. Cleveland swept Toronto, while Houston, Golden State and the Celtics all prevailed by 4-1 counts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEveryone gets to catch their collective breaths for a few days, with the league going dark until the weekend. Cleveland and Boston don’t tip off the Eastern Conference finals until Sunday, and the Warriors and Rockets start their West title series on Monday. And yes, the Cavaliers and Warriors are four wins away from a fourth consecutive meeting in the NBA Finals.A few things to know going into the conference finals: In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES This is the eighth time Cleveland and Boston have met in the postseason. Boston has won four of the previous seven meetings, but Cleveland has won the last two — including the East finals last season.WARRIORS-ROCKETS HISTORYThis is only the third Golden State-Houston playoff meeting, and all have come in the last four seasons. The Warriors are 2-0 in the series, winning both times in five games — the 2015 West finals and a first-round matchup in 2016.SEEKING 10Golden State is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the 10th time, a mark that two other franchises have reached. The Los Angeles Lakers have made The Finals on 31 occasions (winning 16 titles), and the Celtics have gone 21 times (winning a league-high 17 titles).If the Warriors successfully defend their NBA title and go back-to-back, it’ll be the franchise’s sixth time as the last team standing — and would tie Chicago for the third-most championships in league history, behind the Celtics and Lakers.MVP WATCHHouston’s James Harden seems like the probable winner of the NBA’s MVP award this season, with the only other realistic candidate for top honors probably LeBron James.They won’t know who won until June 25 — after the season.Regardless, they could wind up adding to a recent trend. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Folayang raring to make new memories in Singapore in comeback fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LEBRON, OF COURSEAny list of anything this time of year basically has to start with LeBron James, still generally considered the best player on the planet even at 33 years old and in his 15th NBA season.Cleveland’s star is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive season — something only four other players have done, and they were all Boston Celtics. Bill Russell went to 10 straight title series, Sam Jones and Tom Heinsohn went to nine, and Frank Ramsey went to eight.James is already the NBA’s all-time playoff leader in points, steals and minutes played. He’s fifth in playoff wins with 152, behind only Derek Fisher (161), Tim Duncan (157), Robert Horry (155) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (154).CAVS-CELTICS HISTORYADVERTISEMENT Celtics and Warriors: $1,646,226 each so far. They’d get $3,993,173 if they reach The Finals and lose, $5,188,122 if they win the championship.Cavaliers: $1,478,543. Would finish with $3,825,490 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,020,439 if they win the title.Teams use the playoff pool largely for bonuses for players and staff after the season. The 12 playoff teams that have already been eliminated will be getting checks adding up to about $7 million from the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The league MVP has played in the NBA Finals in four of the last six seasons — James and the Miami Heat won titles in 2012 and 2013, Stephen Curry and the Warriors won in 2015 and lost to Cleveland in 2016.MATTER OF TIMERay Allen is still the league’s all-time leader in playoff 3-pointers made, with 385.LeBron James and Stephen Curry are coming his way.James is No. 2 on the all-time list with 346 playoff 3-pointers. Curry is No. 3 with 329 — in only 79 playoff games. Allen played in 171, and James has played in 228.WELL DONE, SCHEDULE MAKERSHere’s how the NBA season began, back on Oct. 17: Boston at Cleveland, and Houston at Golden State.Almost seven months later, the conference finals begin with Cleveland at Boston, Golden State at Houston.WIN GAME 1Winning Game 1 of any NBA playoff series is important; under this format that the league has been using since 1984, teams that take 1-0 series leads ultimately win those matchups about 80 percent of the time. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James blows kisses as he walks off the floor after a 128-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.The NBA has its Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT View comments That’s even more pronounced in this round.Of the 68 teams that have taken 1-0 series leads in the conference finals, 57 have gone on to make the NBA Finals. But four times in the last seven years, a team has dropped Game 1 in this round and made The Finals anyway.MORE DAYS OFF?The NBA Finals start May 31.That means there could be a lot of days without basketball before then.If both series end in sweeps — unlikely, of course, but possible — the Boston-Cleveland winner would have 10 days off before The Finals and the Houston-Golden State winner would have nine.Starting Thursday, there will be no games five times in a nine-day span. There’s no games until Sunday, and there’s no games in either series on May 17 and 18. Those needing a basketball fix on those last two days, fret not — there will be NBA Combine activities going on in Chicago on those two days.POOL UPDATEThe NBA’s playoff pool for this season is $20 million, and here’s a look at how much the four remaining teams have made so far in this postseason — along with a look at what they could get.Rockets: $2,322,122. Would finish with $4,669,069 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,864,018 if they win the title. 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STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGAL

first_imgBY ADAM RORY PORTERTHEY’VE done it again – the Northern Lights made a spectacular return to the skies of County Donegal in the early hours of this morning.And he’s done it again – photographer Adam Rory Porter was up in the middle of the night to capture these sensational images.The good news is that if there is any sign of a clear night tonight the Northern Lights are expected to be even more spectacular. “It was superb,” said Adam Rory.“The Aurora Borealis returned to the skies near Buncrana We’re due an even bigger display over the next 24 hours,” he added.STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGALlast_img read more