13 years in, Chris Paul finally gets into conference finals

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s been under a lot of unfair scrutiny throughout the playoffs and tonight he showed that he wanted it,” Utah star rookie Donovan Mitchell, who is close with Paul, said. “He does it every night, but taking over the way he did was very impressive.”Paul, a nine-time All-Star in his first season with Houston after an offseason trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, also had 10 assists and seven rebounds. His previous career-best in the playoffs was 35 points, which he accomplished three timesThe 33-year-old scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, answering everything the Jazz tried to do in order to close out the game and series.“He was playing with a chip on his shoulder,” Luc Mbah a Moute said. “In that fourth quarter, he just took over.”Paul had been in the conference semifinals four other times before finally getting over the hump this season. He lost to the Spurs 4-3 in 2008 while with New Orleans and was swept by San Antonio in 2012 with the Clippers. He also lost 4-2 to the Thunder while with Los Angeles, and his Clippers had a 3-1 lead in 2015 before Houston won the next three games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In Fizdale, Knicks get coach LeBron likes and players praise View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Rockets were able to close out the series despite Harden, the front-runner for MVP, being under the weather. Coach Mike D’Antoni disclosed that Harden wasn’t feeling well Tuesday, and he looked a little worn down postgame. But when asked what was wrong with him, Harden said he was fine.Paul said he was just trying to pick up the slack with Harden not feeling like himself.“Whatever it took to win,” Paul said. “James was under the weather so we were just trying to pick him up.”Houston lost to the Warriors 4-1 when they last reached the conference finals in 2015. They believe they’re much better suited to match up with Golden State this time around, but know it won’t be easy to dethrone the defending champions.“They’ve been built to beat everybody,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “They’re going to be a tough matchup. We’ll have to bring our A-plus game and I think our guys are ready.”While the Rockets took a minute Tuesday night to appreciate what they’ve done so far, they were quick to point out that they’re far from finished chasing their goals this season.“We just advanced in another series which is an accomplishment, but that’s not our main goal,” Trevor Ariza said. “We are still taking steps toward that, but this is an accomplishment.”Houston is in the conference finals for the seventh time in franchise history and looking to win its first title since taking back-to-back championships in 1994-95.Harden loves that he has so many players around him that have led to the team’s success this season and thinks that will be valuable moving forward.“In order to get where we want to go we needed the right piece, and that’s what they’re here for,” he said. “I know if we give the effort that we know we can it’s pretty tough to beat us.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img LATEST STORIES 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 Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers to finally reach the conference finals, helping the Rockets eliminate the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5.“He said you get out of the way … I’m going to put us on my back,” James Harden said. “You could see it in his eyes. He had that look in his eyes. If he has that look in his eyes … he’s a problem.”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 crownThe Rockets will meet Golden State after the Warriors closed out their series against the New Orleans Pelicans later Tuesday night. Top-seeded Houston will host the series opener Monday night.It will be Houston’s second trip to the Western Conference finals in four years and the first ever for Paul. The point guard has been panned for failing to get past the second round in his nine previous trips to the postseason. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is held back after his brother watching the game was removed from his seat during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. His brother later returned to his seat. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)HOUSTON — Chris Paul is an ultra-intense competitor, often the most passionate player on the court.But even for his Houston Rockets teammates, what they saw from him Tuesday night was on another level.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

More Local Companies Urged to Invest in Research and Development

first_img Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth.He indicated that the work directed towards innovation, introduction and improvement of products and processes is often lacking in some entities.“We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted.Dr. Wheatley was addressing the official opening of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited at Sydenham Commercial Plaza, Old Harbour Road, St. Catherine, on December 14.Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.“That is what we are about as Government. We want to provide an opportunity for our people to express their inherent innovative capacity,” he pointed out.He commended Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited, Omar Ricketts, for his innovation and growth of the company over its seven years of existence.The small business, which has been operating from its present location since 2013, produces purified bottled water for distribution entities, retailers, wholesalers and other bottled-water companies across the length and breadth of Jamaica.The 2,000-square-foot plant, which represents investment of about $10 million, includes water processing stations, office, kitchenette, restroom and a storage area.Mr. Ricketts informed that the company has moved from employing two persons to 12, and will open a new refilling station at Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town, in the coming year that will employ a further three persons.He also informed that the company will be introducing two new products –kiwi-flavoured water and lime-flavoured water.The new location is approximately 50 square feet, and is expected to serve at least 200 customers on a daily basis. “We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted. Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.last_img read more