first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo top early NBA All-Star vote totals MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The reception didn’t surprise Leonard.“No,” Leonard said. “Media does a great mind to stir people’s minds and to influence them to think a certain way. So, I already knew how that was going to be the way the media was.”Fans were angry that Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that yielded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto for him and Danny Green.Leonard was booed heavily from the moment he walked onto the court for warmup. The boos continued during a pregame video tribute and player introductions, whenever he touched the ball and as he walked off the court following the lopsided loss.“I felt badly about it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Kawhi’s a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives about what we’re going to do with our futures and he has that same right as any of us. So, I felt badly, honestly.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Spurs gave reason for the fans to constantly cheer, leading by as many as 28 points against a Raptors team that has been atop the Eastern Conference for much of the season.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for San Antonio, Bryn Forbes added 20, Derrick White 19 and Rudy Gay 13.“Yeah it was a different kind of game, it was more of a playoff atmosphere, but that’s what we live for,” Gay said. “It’s the NBA, you’re going to have times like this, those are times you have to step up.”The night belonged to DeRozan, though, as he became the first San Antonio player with a triple-double at home since Tim Duncan in 2003.“I told him it was about time,” Popovich said.DeRozan shot 7 for 15 from the field, collecting 13 defensive rebounds and finishing with just three turnovers in 33 minutes.DeRozan’s 10th assist came on an entry to Aldridge that the Spurs center punctuated with a celebration in honor of his teammate’s career milestone.“He was in high gear tonight,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He was in his fast, athletic gear tonight and when he’s in that gear, he’s tough to handle, as we all know.”After leading by as many as 26 points in the first half, San Antonio opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 79-51 lead.The crowd erupted during a sequence of plays when Leonard had the ball tipped away, which led to a slam dunk by White. That possession was followed by Leonard being unable to corral an alley-oop pass, which led to DeRozan tossing in a runner and being fouled by Serge Ibaka. DeRozan made the free throw amid chants of “MVP! MVP!” — something Leonard heard during his time in San Antonio. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption DeMar DeRozan 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for first career triple-double and San Antonio welcomed back Leonard with thunderous jeers in the Spurs’ 125-107 victory over the Raptors.“You’ve got to thrive in moments like that,” DeRozan said. “You’ve got to love to play in that type of atmosphere, whether it’s at home or on the road. It kind of fuels you, kind of gets you going. That’s what made it so fun.”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 ChrissIt wasn’t much fun for Leonard and the Raptors, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped in inglorious fashion.Leonard scored 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but the anger the Spurs’ fans showered on him seemed to impact the MVP candidate. Leonard had to take a step back at the free throw line and compose himself amid chants of “Traitor! Traitor!” and “Quitter! Quitter!” from the capacity crowd that adored him during his seven seasons in San Antonio. 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(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs’ suffocating defense, scoring runs and fans’ unrelenting contempt for the opposing team’s star player have often overwhelmed the opposition.Kawhi Leonard has seen it many times in San Antonio, but the Toronto star never experienced it from the opposing bench until Thursday night. It was worse than he expected.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We didn’t do a good job in transition, defense,” Leonard said. “We didn’t play well at all defensively. Spurs did a great job pushing the pace and kicking out for wide-open shots.”As the game ended, Popovich and Leonard embraced in a long hug and the Spurs coach led his former star to San Antonio’s bench to greet assistant coach Ettore Messina.TIP-INSRaptors: The Spurs played a tribute video for Leonard and Green prior to the game that ended with “Thank you Danny and Kawhi.” Green ran over to and hugged Popovich prior to tipoff. Green finished with no points on 0-for-7 shooting. … Lowry missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain.Spurs: DeRozan is the first Spurs player to have at least 15 points 10 rebounds and five assists in a half since Tim Duncan in 2007. DeRozan also recorded his first double-double in a half. … Gay played 23 minutes to Popovich’s surprise, who thought the 13-year veteran would miss the game with a sprained left wrist.UP NEXTRaptors: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Spurs: Host Memphis on Saturday night. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool ‘Top heavy Liverpool are going nowhere’ – Hamann slams Klopp’s creation Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:35 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City v Liverpool, Sept. 17 Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Sevilla Sevilla Premier League Jürgen Klopp The former Reds midfielder has questioned the “unbalanced” ranks at Anfield, with the wrong additions being made to a defensively unstable side Liverpool are working with one of the most “unbalanced squads” in the club’s history, with Dietmar Hamann accusing them of being “top heavy”.While the Reds continue to impress on the front foot, their defensive struggles are proving to be something of a problem.Liverpool 40/1 to beat Burnley 3-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Jurgen Klopp has pieced together a side full of goals – with Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added to the creativity department this summer – but they remain porous at the back.Hamman believes the wrong areas of the squad have been addressed in recent transfer windows and fears the club will stagnate for as long as they turn a blind eye to their faults.The former Reds midfielder told RTE after seeing Klopp’s side held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday: “On the bench tonight, you had [Daniel] Sturridge, [Philippe] Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain – I’m not sure why he was bought.“In defence, you have the likes of [Alberto] Moreno and [Dejan] Lovren – I’d have questions marks over these two and [Ragnar] Klavan, who was a sub tonight.”I have rarely seen a more unbalanced squad in Liverpool’s history. Dietmar Hamann Liverpool unbalanced“It’s very top heavy. In a recent game they won 4-0, they lose 5-0 and tonight they give the game away.”They are always prone to mistakes. I don’t think this team is going anywhere.”Liverpool have produced something of a mixed bag so far this season.A crushing 4-0 victory over Arsenal has been the undoubted highlight, while a 5-0 mauling away at Manchester City when down to 10 men represents the lowest point so far.They will get another opportunity to start adding greater consistency to their game when Burnley pay a visit to Merseyside on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more