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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only nonstarting Knick to have ever scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.“Coming off the bench, starting, whatever the team needs I’m going to do,” Beasley said. “If the team needs me to sit on the end of the bench and be a cheerleader then give me my pompoms.”It was perfect timing, too. Porzingis struggled in his return, missing all 11 shots from the field.“Michael Beasley had my back tonight,” Porzingis said.“Thanks to me the game was closer and I kept it close,” joked the Latvian superstar. “Kobe [Bryant] says you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Today I missed all hundred.”There was laughter. It was a good night. There was one more match to deal with before their Christmas Day game—their 52nd in NBA history, a league record.But just as it looked like the Knicks would ride into that match on a one-horse open sleigh, they got Grinched on Friday night, losing to the Detroit Pistons, 104-101. Ironically, Porzingis had 29 points in that game, although he missed a desperation three that could have saved New York.Just the Knicks being the Knicks. Maybe a little Christmas spirit can help them get going. And going, a little bit more consistently. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley (8) celebrates after scoring a three point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK—The Knicks are headed into the Christmas Day game in the manner that best describes their season so far: On the verge of something positive but also on the edge of failure. The ambivalence can be seen in their record. At 17-15, they look like a team that could make a playoff run but still fall into losses that lead critics to say they should tank the season.They have won five of their last seven matches, but the last two matches show just how much the Knicks lack the kind of consistency to be legitimate playoff contenders—but then can be fun to watch when they hit their stride.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics last Thursday, Michael Beasley came up with a huge game—32 points and 12 rebounds—that had the Madison Square Garden crowd serenading the well-traveled former No. 2 pick with “MVP!” chants. Beasley dismissed the cheers, saying they were most likely for star Kristaps Porzingis, who was returning from an injury-forced break.“It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP,” said Beasley. “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it’s not like Beasley did not revel in being the man of the moment.Pressed by reporters, he said he knew he had a hot hand way before his third quarter breakout that rescued the Knicks. In fact, he knew he was going to have a good scoring night 28 years ago. 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He was the second pick in the draft 10 years ago, after all. He’s talented and you all saw that tonight,” he said.“If KP’s out he obviously gets the bigger minutes. I thought he played great in filling in for him. He really helped us get some points on the board. Defensively, I liked what he was doing. He’s definitely a rotation guy for us. We have still Tim (Hardaway Jr.) out. That enables us to put Lance (Thomas) in there a little bit more so Mike’s still going to get that rotation,” added Hornacek.Beasley, who struggled with substance abuse in his early days in Miami, bounced around the league and became an MVP in China before joining the Knicks. He has settled well into his role as a reliable sub after getting a few starts early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

SatwikAshwini notch up stunning opening round win

first_imgChangzhou (China): India’s mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa stunned Indonesia’s world no 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round of the China Open badminton tournament here on Tuesday. Rankireddy then paired with Chirag Shetty to beat the Canadian duo of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura 21-7 21-18 in a 30-minute match to enter the men’s doubles second round. The Indian pair now face the fourth seeded Japanese duo of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWorld No 26 Satwik and Ashwini showed their grit as they recovered from a mid-game slump to outwit the sixth seeded Indonesian pair 22-20 17-21 21-17 in a 50-minute match to enter the second round of the USD 1,000,000 World Tour super 1000 tournament. Jordan and Melati have so far reached five finals, including the 2018 India Open, but they wilted under the relentless pressure created by the Indian pair. Ashwini and Satwik will now face the winner of the match between Japan’s Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo and Ireland’s brother-and-sister combo of Sam Magee and Chloe Magee at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium here. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe Indian pair had fallen back 4-7 early on but they reeled off five straight points to turn the tables and then held a slender 11-10 advantage at the break. Jordon and Melati, however, build up a huge lead of 18-12 after the interval but the Indian duo slowly erased the deficit and caught up at 20-20 and then sealed the opening game. In the second game, the Indonesian pair moved ahead from 4-4 to enter the breather with a 11-8 cushion. Jordon and Melati continued to march ahead to eventually roar back into the contest. In the decider, Satwik and Ashwin changed their tactics and jumped to a 4-2 lead initially. The Indian duo kept things under control, entering the break with a 11-6 lead. Jordon and Melati tried to make a comeback but the Indian pair kept their nose ahead to shut the doors on their fancied rivals.last_img read more