With new career best, Almazan credits coach for giving him confidence

first_imgKerr says Warriors enduring ‘most difficult season’ of finals runs View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Almazan, who is averaging 17.63 points and 9.5 rebounds, has formed a lethal frontcourt partnership with Johnson who’s put up 23.75 points, 17.63 rebounds, and 4.25 assists.“It’s so nice to have Reggie in the paint, and he’s not the type of player that will be frustrated when you don’t give him the ball,” said Almazan. “Another thing is he’s unlike some of our previous imports that get lazy when we trail in the game.”“Reggie’s the one who will encourage you when the going gets tough and he’ll always say ‘come on team, let’s go!’ so there’s that willingness in him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Raymon Almazan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may have reached a milestone in his career Friday night, but for Raymond Almazan, it was just another day in the office.Almazan put up a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds and two blocks in Rain or Shine’s 104-94 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but the five-year veteran just shrugged it off like it was no big deal.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “That’s nothing, it’s just the team is on a roll right now,” said Almazan in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With the win, the Elasto Painters locked up a spot in the quarterfinals and Almazan said their 7-1 run in the conference is all thanks to the confidence head coach Caloy Garcia has given the team.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 crown“Coach Caloy just gives us this confidence and everything starts in practice,” said Almazan who scored 21 points in the first half.Another factor in Almazan’s stellar play in the Commissioner’s Cup is his frontcourt partnership with Reggie Johnson.last_img read more

Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen moving closer to season debut

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kevin Durant’s 49 points carry Warriors past Magic Hoiberg said the plan is to have Markkanen travel with the team on its upcoming four-game trip.The Bulls have been riddled by injuries this year. Denzel Valentine, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis also have missed significant time.Valentine is scheduled for reconstructive surgery on his left ankle on Tuesday in Wisconsin. Dunn and Portis were scheduled for conditioning and weight-room sessions on Monday night, and they could participate in the non-contact portions of practice on Tuesday.Dunn is coming back from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and Portis sprained the MCL in his right knee.“So they’re going to kind of get on the same path as what Lauri has gone through the last couple of weeks, to start integrating themselves back into the team,” Hoiberg said.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “He’s passed every hurdle that he’s had, as far as being medically cleared and going out and doing the individual workouts, having a controlled contact 2-on-2 session and then yesterday coming and going full-court 2-on-2 with some of our players,” Hoiberg said before Monday night’s 108-107 loss to San Antonio.“He felt good this morning and then went through shootaround and tomorrow will be the next test to see if he’s ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 7-foot Markkanen is perhaps the centerpiece of Chicago’s rebuilding plan, so the Bulls are looking forward to getting him back on the court. He was selected by Minnesota with the No. 7 pick in last year’s draft and then traded to Chicago in the Jimmy Butler deal. He averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 68 games as a rookie.“It’s going to be a day-by-day situation,” Hoiberg said. “If he has soreness, obviously we’ll scale it back. But hopefully he feels great and keeps making progress and we can get him out on the floor soon.” Rookie forward Chandler Hutchison returned against San Antonio after missing three games because of back spasms. He finished with four points in 18½ minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) shoots free throws before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. . (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen is moving closer to his season debut after spraining his right elbow in September.Markkanen has been cleared to “fully participate in practice” on Tuesday, coach Fred Hoiberg said. If that goes well, a timeline for Markkanen’s return could come into focus.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more