Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts with teammates after making a shot to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers at the end of the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)There’s a one-name superstar on either side: Giannis and Kawhi. There’s a Milwaukee franchise that hasn’t been to the NBA Finals in 45 years, opposite a Toronto franchise that has never been to the title round. The Bucks have a coach with an economics degree who wasn’t there last year; the Raptors have a coach with an accounting degree who wasn’t the boss last year.Similarities abound between Milwaukee and Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Over the next couple of weeks, one team will separate itself.The top-seeded Bucks play host to the second-seeded Raptors on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. They had the best records in the NBA this season — Milwaukee went 60-22, Toronto went 58-24 — and one of them will have home-court advantage for the NBA Finals starting May 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“You can’t get caught up in people’s expectations,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said Tuesday. “You’ve got to worry about self-expectations, team expectations, and winning, and that’s what we have to focus on. It doesn’t matter about the one-on-one match-up. This game isn’t a one-on-one basketball game.”Leonard made the shot that sent Toronto to the conference final, a buzzer-beating corner jumper over Joel Embiid that bounced on the rim four times before dropping. The Bucks, predictably, were impressed. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption RARITYThis is the first East final since 2006 where neither coach was leading his respective team a year earlier. Miami’s Pat Riley faced off against Detroit’s Flip Saunders in 2006; Riley was in the Heat front office the previous year, and Saunders was getting fired by Minnesota. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was an assistant with the Raptors under Dwane Casey last season, and Budenholzer was in the final year of his stint with Atlanta.INJURY WATCHThe Raptors are still without key reserve OG Anunoby (appendectomy), and Nurse said it likely will be at least another week before the team could pinpoint a possible return date. The Bucks will be without Pau Gasol for the rest of the season with a foot injury — so unlike the West final where Golden State’s Stephen Curry meets Portland’s Seth Curry in a brother-brother matchup, the East final will be played without Raptors center Marc Gasol facing his brother.POWER MATCHUPThis is the first time an East final has paired teams that posted at least 58 regular-season wins since 2011, when Miami (58-24) beat Chicago (62-20). It’s the 33rd time that a No. 1 seed has faced a No. 2 seed since the 16-team format was put into use in 1984; in the East, No. 2 seeds have beaten No. 1 10 of 18 times, and in the West it’s the No. 1 seeds with an 8-6 edge.CHASING HISTORYToronto has already tied a franchise record with 66 wins this season, counting both regular season and playoff contests. The 2015-16 Raptors went 66-38 overall; these Raptors are 66-28 so far. The Bucks are up to 68 wins this season, fourth-most in franchise history. The 1970-71 Bucks won 78 games, so Milwaukee’s single-season mark is out of reach, but this season’s team could get to No. 2. The 1973-74 Bucks won 70 games and the 1971-72 Bucks won 69.MONEY MATTERSThe NBA’s playoff pool of bonus money this season is a record $21,676,510, and Milwaukee and Toronto are both assured a significant chunk of that. The Bucks have already claimed $2,516,774 in pool money; the Raptors are up to $1,782,207. The winner of this series is assured $2,543,681 more just for making the NBA Finals — and would get another $1,295,117 for winning the title. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves the court after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)However, they weren’t rattled. The team with the best regular-season record also has the best record in these playoffs so far at 8-1, and confidence is not in short supply. The Bucks’ only blemish in these playoffs is a Game 1 loss at home against Boston in the second round, a mistake that will be on their minds Wednesday.“Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and you’ll still be fine,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said Tuesday. “But against Toronto, it’s hard to be in that spot, to lose the first game in your home.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer is acutely aware of all that Leonard brings to the table. He was an assistant in San Antonio when Leonard was getting started there — after the Spurs, somewhat ironically, traded George Hill to Indiana for Leonard’s draft rights. Hill is now the Bucks’ backup point guard.“He made a great first impression on San Antonio on his teammates, on his coaching staff,” Budenholzer said when asked about his early days with Leonard. “Just the ability to get loose balls, rebounds and all kinds of little things that sometimes go unnoticed. But to think that he was going to evolve to the player he is … I don’t know when that happened.”Here’s some other things to know going into the Milwaukee-Toronto series:ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo gets back at UST, forces decider for UAAP volleyball crown
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Hoyer is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bill; her two sons, Mark of Modjeska Canyon and Mike; and her daughter-in-law Heather and grandchildren Colin and Grace of Redondo Beach. – Bill Bell WHITTIER – A memorial service will be held for outdoor lover and community activist Linda Johnson Hoyer at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rose Hills Memorial Park’s SkyRose Chapel. Hoyer died Nov. 24 in Whittier Presbyterian Hospice after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer. She was 64. She was born on April 21, 1942, in Cleveland, where she graduated from Collinwood High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. During her working life she held a range of jobs and positions, from a part-time bookkeeper to waitress to staff writer for a local newspaper to corporate secretary-treasurer to an executive at the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Hoyer was a leader in her community, participating through volunteering and holding offices in the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Sierra Club, Women’s Crisis Shelter, Planned Parenthood and as La Serna High’s PTA President. Away from these pursuits, she was the quintessential outdoors person and loved hiking in the local hills, Idyllwild, Mount San Jacinto, Potato Mountain and, most of all, in Yosemite. She also enjoyed tennis, golf, occasional sailing and played club soccer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Japan vs Scotland (Friday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Argentina (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT Glen Johnson gives his review on the new Premier League fixtures The 50-year-old Croatian was a popular figure during his spell with the Hammers, which ended after two years in 2017 following a poor run of results.Bilic also enjoyed success with Croatia, guiding his home nation to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008.His most recent venture, with Saudi club Al-Lttihad, lasted just five months and he was dismissed in February earlier this year. getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Slaven Bilic returns to English football following a two-year absence Bilic told West Brom’s official website: “I’m delighted with this opportunity of course.“We want to improve, we want to improve on the pitch and Albion have convinced me they want to return to the Premier League. Albion have a short-term project and a long project and they do not clash.“They wanted me to lead them, to help improve them. They made it clear they wanted me to be the one to lead them in this and I didn’t think twice once they had spoken to me.”Technical Director Luke Dowling added: “We had the opportunity to ensure we conducted a wide range of interviews and were determined to take it. gameday cracker shining Bilic led West Ham to their best finish ever when they came seventh in 2015/16 REAL DEAL deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LATEST Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star getty 2 tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City West Brom will task Bilic with leading them back into the Premier League following their failed attempt this season.The Baggies sacked Moore while they were sitting fourth in the Championship, the same place they eventually finished, and lost their play-off semi-final on penalties to Aston Villa.First-team coach Jimmy Shan led the team as caretaker manager for the final weeks of the season, but was not considered a permanent option. whoops LIVE ON talkSPORT West Brom have confirmed the appointment of Slaven Bilic as their new manager.The former West Ham boss has signed a two-year contract to become the permanent successor to Darren Moore, who was sacked three months ago in March. IN DEMAND Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 13.23%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “We have spoken to some outstanding candidates and I would like to thank them for their interest in the post.“But from the moment we spoke to Slaven, we were struck by his enthusiasm and excitement about this challenge. He is determined to get back to the Premier League and believes passionately that he can do that with Albion.“We believe he is a great ‘fit’ for us – his presence, experience and management qualities are just what we need.”