Philippines, 19 Sep 2019
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


SECOND OVERTIME: Keeping the faith on these weary Warriors


PhilBoxing.com




CHICAGO -- To those with deep religious roots, faith is the belief in something they don't see. In sports, faith is the belief in something that's already been seen.

Through the course of this immensely challenging season --- a spate of injuries, a renewed threat from the Houston Rockets, internal strife, among other distractions --- my faith that the Golden State Warriors will win another NBA title has never wavered.

I saw them do it thrice in the last four years. I see them doing it again this June, this time in a historic three-peat that hasn't been accomplished since the 2000-02 L.A.Lakers that were headlined by the jarring and sometimes warring duo of Shaq and Kobe.

Which brings us to the ongoing 2019 NBA Finals, a bare knuckled and extremely physical brawl against the relentless Toronto Raptors.

Currently tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3 Thursday morning at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, doubt has once again accompanied these Warriors. And for good reasons.

Kevin Durant, the team's playoffs leading scorer with 34.2 points per, is out with a calf strain. Kevin Looney has been ruled out for the rest of this championship series with a rib injury. Klay Thompson hurt his hamstring late in Game 2. Andre Iguodala is banged up and DeMarcus Cousins is still working to find his sea legs after a long layoff.





Photos: The author chats up with the Warriors core of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr.

But as the injuries pile up and the pressures rise, I still think Golden State will come out on the bright side. Warts, Kawhi Leonard, and all.

Steph Curry is on a mission and he will not be denied. With Durant reduced as cheerleader, Curry has quietly assumed the leadership mantle to the tune of 27.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per.

Klay Thompson, the other half of the Splash Brothers, has awoken from an early postseason slumber and is hitting 41.1 percent from 3-point range.

Draymond Green continues to be a conveyor belt for triple-doubles, averaging 13.6 points, 9.9 boards and 8.3 dimes an outing.

Andre Iguodala is norming what appears to be a harmless 9.7 points per, but he remains lethal in the clutch, while the reserves have answered when the going rough, especially in that Game 2 where Golden State had to climb out of a 12-point hole.

Another added ace that reinforces my faith upon these Warriors is head coach Steve Kerr.

The 53-year old has come a long way from being a former Bulls reserve to team executive, to TV analyst, and now one of the brightest minds to ever straddle the NBA sidelines.

Playing under both Gregg Popovich and Phil "The Zen Master" Jackson, Kerr has applied his acquired knowledge well, devising winning schemes on both ends of the floor while spectacularly managing the egos of a team loaded with All-Stars and future Hall-of-Fame inductees.

With Kawhi Leonard and a band of fearless Raptors on the other side, the Warriors will be tested. And they will pass with flying colors.

Another June. Another championship.

How sweet it is.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Homer D. Sayson.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • ACTION PACKED SPENCE-PORTER UNDERCARD ATTRACTIONS
    By , Thu, 19 Sep 2019
  • Ring 8 honors New York Junior Olympic Boxing Team
    By , Thu, 19 Sep 2019
  • Q&A WITH FAST-RISING UNDEFEATED WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT BRANDUN LEE
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • PACQUIAO'S RECORD DEBUNKS MYTH
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • Pacquiao-Lomachenko Compared: A Bee to a Mosquito
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • TAYLOR VS. LINARDATOU PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD ANNOUNCED FOR CLARESSA SHIELDS vs. IVANA HABAZIN
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • PELTZ BOXING: A LIFE-LONG LOVE STORY
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • CARLOS 'THE SOLUTION' MORALES TO BATTLE MERCITO 'NO MERCY' GESTA IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY DAZN THURSDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • Split-T Management's Pacheco and Sylla remain undefeated with Victories over the Weekend
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • From pro basketball to amateur boxing, America's No. 1 heavyweight Danielle Perkins shooting for a medal at the World Championship
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • Pacquiao Amidst Boxing Revisionism
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • TAYLOR BIDS TO BECOME TWO-WEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION IN MANCHESTER
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • Greg Cohen Promotions Inks Long-Term Promotional Contract with UK-based Contender Jimmy Kelly Jr.
    By , Wed, 18 Sep 2019
  • Denver Cuello Out to Make Up For Lost Time and Opportunity
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Tue, 17 Sep 2019
  • World-Ranked Junior Welterweight Mykal Fox Continues Winning Ways with Shutout over Bernardo in Bethlehem
    By , Tue, 17 Sep 2019
  • Fighters make their final preparations for Xcite Fight Night 5 on Friday, Sept. 20
    By , Tue, 17 Sep 2019
  • Dmitriy Salita Congratulates Boxing’s Newest Elite Heavyweight, Otto Wallin
    By , Tue, 17 Sep 2019
  • Next wave continuing rich Reno boxing history Oct 25 in Inaugural RJJ Boxing & Silver Legacy event co-promoted with Joey Gilbert Promotions
    By , Tue, 17 Sep 2019
  • LAMONT ROACH JR. EXTENDS HIS PROMOTIONAL AGREEMENT WITH GOLDEN BOY
    By , Tue, 17 Sep 2019
  • MELINDO TO FIGHT IN JAPAN OCT. 5
    By Lito delos Reyes, Mon, 16 Sep 2019
  • Fight Report: Cook Digs Deep in Battle Royale Against Aguilar to Secure First Title
    By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro, Mon, 16 Sep 2019
  • Alamo-Moran Premiere Boxeo Telemundo Fall Series Oct.4
    By , Mon, 16 Sep 2019
  • The Pound for Pound Debate: Vasiliy Lomachenko (Part VI)
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Mon, 16 Sep 2019


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2019 philboxing.com.