‘We must win’ – Coley says Reggae Boyz must deliver in Haiti after 2-0 surrender to Panama

first_imgHaving pinpointed a number of areas where Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz failed to deliver in Friday night’s 2-0 surrender to Panama at the National Stadium, assistant coach Miguel Coley conceded a painful defeat, but said there will be no ‘licking of wounds’ as his charges will go all out to bounce back against Haiti on Wednesday. The Jamaicans failed to convince in Friday night’s opening game of their semi-final campaign in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match and watched as Panama cruised to three points in Group B of the round robin phase. Armando Cooper, with a 42nd minute free kick and a Wes Morgan own goal, subjected Jamaica to defeat. Elsewhere, Costa Rica also won three points to share leadership in the group, following their 1-0 win over Haiti, who, like Jamaica, are without a point. “In terms of Panama, over the years, it is not a team that we have done so well against. It’s not about underestimating them. Panama has always got a good result from us, so it is a team that we wanted to beat more than anything else. They have now scored four set pieces against us, and it’s not about underestimating any team whatsoever. It’s football and we have to go out there and fight, and Panama is one of those teams that we needed to win against,” Coley stressed. “They have beaten us at home and we now have to get a good result in Haiti.” The Reggae Boyz, who once played at ‘The Office’ like world champions in years gone by, have now suffered successive defeats at the venue at the hands of Nicaragua (3-2) and now Panama. “We want to protect this field, it means a lot to us. It’s a lot of pressure the guys go under out there, they want to do well here. Needless to say it was a bad performance and going to Haiti we know that it’s a must win, it’s a tough group and we have to do good and win,” Coley continued. Only the top two teams will advance to the six-nation Hexagonal that ultimately decides the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. “It’s a tough loss; in the first-half I don’t think we played that much cohesive. The Panamanians came here and they pressed us, we didn’t create the best chances as possible in the first-half,” assessed Coley. “In the second half the intent was to go out there and get back the goal. But we conceded an own goal and in the last 20 minutes of time we pushed and tried to get that goal, but it wasn’t to be,” Added Coley, who was in charge of the team in the absence of head coach Winfried Schäfer, who was serving a one-match FIFA ban. He remains buoyed by his team’s communication out on the pitch and said they “will improve”.last_img read more

Henry’s 20-day ban overturned

first_imgFormer champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry has successfully appealed a 20-day suspension and $10,000 fine imposed by the raceday stewards for his failure to ride MEET JUSTIN on its merits in the fourth race on Saturday, July 26.The Patrick Lynch-trained MEET JUSTIN finished fourth to the 30-1outsider DON TUDOR over the straight in a three-year-old maiden race on the day in question, but the stewards were not satisfied with the ride and summoned the jockey to an enquiry on September 29.His suspension was to have taken effect on October 10, but he appealed to the full commission and was granted a stay until the case was reviewed on Tuesday.COMPELLINGARGUMENTSAfter hearing submissions from the stewards, trainer Patrick Lynch and compelling arguments from Ed Barnes representing Henry, the full commission overturned the decision of the stewards, allowing Henry to walk.Since his return from a stint in the United States in July, Henry has been riding very well, notching 32 wins (including a recent four-timer) to hold down ninth position in the jockeys’ standings.- O.C.last_img read more

Finch upbeat about Gayle for Big Bash League

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s Big Bash League is bracing for the arrival of West Indies star Chris Gayle, and his Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch says he is looking forward to the prospect of playing alongside one of the game’s biggest names.The left-handed Gayle will be making his first appearance in the Bash in three years, and Finch believes the big-hitting opener can make a huge impact as the Renegades challenge for their first ever title in the competition.”I’ve been on the receiving end of some of his enormous innings in the past, so it will be good to actually play with him,” Finch said.”If we can bat around Chris and allow him the right amount of time to get going, it doesn’t guarantee success, but I think it sets up a pretty good model.”He added: “The statistics would say that Chris is the best player in the world, and I’m a pretty good player as well, so it could turn out to be quite a nice combination.”Gayle came under heavy criticism during his last stint in the Big Bash when he turned out for Sydney Thunder. Then, he managed a mere 137 runs at an average of 19, with his lavish off-the-field lifestyle taking precedence.Finch downplayed the controversy, however, pointing out that with the player based this time around in Melbourne and having the presence of fellow West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo, his focus would also be different.GREAT SPOT”He’ll be in Melbourne, for one. It’s a great spot, and Dwayne Bravo, one of his good mates, is here as well. So I think it will be a little bit more comfortable for him here, I think,” Finch contended.”He’s played enough cricket around the world – I think he’s played Twenty20 in most of the countries that you can play – so it’s just about making Chris as comfortable as he can possibly be and fit, that’s all we’re worried about.”Gayle reportedly underwent back surgery following the Caribbean Premier League in the summer and it has raised doubts about the player’s fitness.However, Finch said he was encouraged by Gayle’s readiness following his recent short stint in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.”I think it’s just a case of wait-and-see when he gets here,” Finch said. “I know he has been smacking them around in Bangladesh, and I’m sure hehas been swinging hard, testing it (back) out as well.”The Big Bash bowls off Thursday.last_img read more

Usain Bolt Foundation assists with Haiti relief

first_imgKINGSTON:The Usain Bolt Foundation (UBF) has announced that it has partnered with Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica to provide relief for communities in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew.The amount of the relief is not being disclosed.However, instead of donating cash, the UBF supported Jamaican businesses by buying non-perishables and water from Lasco Distributors and FFP will be responsible for the distribution.The non-perishables included corned beef, canned mackerel, chicken sausage, water crackers, baked beans and food drink.”We were saddened to hear of the devastation in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew,” said Bolt, patron of the foundation.”I was particularly moved when I saw the pictures of the children who were affected and who had become homeless. We had to do our part to relieve some of the suffering of our Caribbean children.”FFP Jamaica Chairman Andrew Mahfood was honoured that FFP was chosen as the vehicle for distribution.”Food For The Poor has been instrumental in bringing aid to Haiti, and we are humbled that the Usain Bolt Foundation has chosen to collaborate with us in assisting the Haitian people.”last_img read more

JC, KC clash in Walker Cup final

first_imgJamaica College (JC), fresh from gaining a fourth consecutive lien on the coveted Manning Cup, will be aiming to complete a Corporate Area double this afternoon when they face Kingston College (KC) in the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup final at the National Stadium. Kick off time is 5 p.m.The history of the Walker Cup shows that the school from Hope Road has only won the Walker Cup on just two occasions since it was first played for in 1961. KC, on the other hand, have lifted the Cup eight times. Only St George’s College, with nine liens, have a better record.While he has been very successful in the Manning Cup, JC’s coach, Miguel Coley, has not won the Walker Cup and he will, no doubt, want to add another cup to the school’s trophy cabinet.”JC are confident, but not overly confident. The work has been done, and it is just for the young men to go out and execute,” JC’s manager Ian Forbes told The Gleaner.Forbes, while maintaining respect for their old rivals, assured all that his players “want to win”.STRONG CHALLENGE”They have a very rich history and tradition, and it’s always a humdinger when both teams play, so we are expecting a strong challenge from KC, but as I said, we are confident in our abilities, and we expect to go out and do well,” Forbes said.While JC’s Coley is yet to win the Walker Cup, KC’s coach, Ludlow Bernard, has won it twice, in 2012 and 2013, at Wolmer’s Boys.He wants his charges to go all the way, having already ousted last season’s champions, Wolmer’s Boys.”I really expect the members of the team to give a good account of themselves. These are two competitive ball-playing teams. Both have faults within their ranks, and I think it’s just going to be a matter of who exploits each other’s weaknesses more,” he assessed.Bernard said his players have got over their 3-0 Manning Cup semi-final loss to Wolmer’s and are ready for today’s game.”The players are very upbeat. They see it as an opportunity to secure a piece of silverware for the team,” stressed Bernard.JC will expect top-level performances from key players Tyreke Magee, Donovan Dawkins – a man for the big occasion, and the leading scorer in this year’s competition with three goals, captain Oquin Robinson and Ronaldo Brown.KC will look to to goalscorer Rashaun Mackison, Trayvon Reid and defender Javian Brown, the team’s captain.Both teams recorded contrasting results en route to today’s decider.JC netted five goals, and conceded none. They beat Holy Trinity 3-0 and Haile Selassie 2-0.KC clipped Wolmer’s 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 full and extra-time scoreline and had a 1-0 win over Bridgeport.The ISSA-FLOW Urban Under-14 final between reigning champions KC and Tivoli High will precede the Walker Cup final. It’s set to kick off at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Draxler joins PSG

first_imgWOLFSBURG, Germany (AP):Germany’s attacking midfielder Julian Draxler has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Wolfsburg in a deal reportedly worth up to US$49 million.The 23-year-old Draxler has reportedly received a four-and-a-half-year deal according to a release from Wolfsburg. Both sides agreed not to disclose the transfer fee.German news agency dpa reported a fee of $43.9 million with bonuses of up to $5.2 million.Draxler joined Wolfsburg from Bundesliga rival Schalke for around 36 million euros in August 2015, but he never really settled at the Volkswagen-backed club.Draxler’s fortunes mirrored that of Wolfsburg. Bundesliga runner-up and German Cup winner in 2015, Wolfsburg are fighting relegation, with coach Dieter Hecking and general manager Klaus Allofs both losing their jobs earlier this season.Draxler had previously looked for a move – resisted by Allofs – and below-par performances saw him whistled at times by the club’s own fans.WORST HALF-SEASON”It was the worst half-season in my life,” Draxler said last Tuesday after Wolfsburg’s 2-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.Draxler scored five goals in 34 league games for Wolfsburg. Altogether, he has 23 goals in 153 Bundesliga games and three in 27 games for Germany.”Of course, on one hand, I regret Julian’s departure because he’s an outstanding football player. On the other hand, I think this step is the right one for all parties,” Wolfsburg coach Valerien Ismael said. “In both games against (Eintracht) Frankfurt and in ‘Gladbach he again gave everything and showed that he cared about our club. I hope that he now finds a new challenge in France.”last_img read more

WI face tough day in Pakistan contest

first_img COUNTER-ATTACK WEST INDIES 1st Innings 312 PAKISTAN 1st Innings (overnight 172 for three) Azhar Ali c wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 105 Ahmed Shehzad c Hope b Bishoo 70 Babar Azam c & b Gabriel 0 Younis Khan c Gabriel b Bishoo 0 *Misbah-ul-Haq c Hope b Holder 99 Asad Shafiq lbw b Holder 15 +Sarfraz Ahmed c Powell b Gabriel 9 Shadab Khan c Chase b Gabriel 16 Mohammad Amir c Hope b Holder 10 Yasir Shah c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 24 Mohammad Abbas not out 1 Extras (b16, lb16, nb12) 44 TOTAL (all out, 140 overs) 393 Fall of wickets: 1-155 (Ahmed Shehzad), 2-156 (Babar Azam), 3-161 (Younis Khan), 4-259 (Azhar Ali), 5-316 (Misbah-ul-Haq), 6-325 (Sarfraz Ahmed), 7-329 (Asad Shafiq), 8-354 (Mohammad Amir), 9-384 (Shadab Khan), 10-393 (Yasir Shah) Bowling: Gabriel 32-6-81-4 (nb9), Joseph 19-5-48-0, Chase 19-2-74-0 (nb1), Holder 29-11-42-3 (nb2), Bishoo 41-11-116-3. WEST INDIES 2nd Innings K Brathwaite not out 8 K Powell c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas 6 S Hetmyer not out 22 Extras (b4) 4 TOTAL (1 wkt, 14 overs) 40 Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Powell) Bowling: Mohammad Amir 4-2-7-0, Mohammad Abbas 5-1-14-1, Yasir Shah 3-16-0, Shadab Khan 2-0-9-0. Position: West Indies trail by 41 runs with nine second innings wickets intact. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: R Kettleborough, B Oxenford; TV – R Illingworth. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): West Indies were facing a daunting penultimate day of the second Test against Pakistan today, after Azhar Ali struck his 13th Test hundred to put the visitors on top in the decisive contest at Kensington Oval. Facing a deficit of 81 runs after Pakistan piled up 393 in their first innings, the Caribbean side finished yesterday’s third day on 40 for one – still requiring a further 41 runs to make the Pakistanis bat again. They suffered a blow in the 14 overs they were left to navigate at the end when left-hander Kieran Powell was brilliantly caught off the inside edge by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, off the enterprising seamer Mohammad Abbas in the second over of the innings. But novice left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, searching for his first score of note after failing in each of his three Test innings to date, stroked a breezy, unbeaten 22 off 34 balls to hold off the Pakistan attack. Showing little signs of nerves, the 20-year-old pulled Abbas to the ropes at midwicket for his first scoring shot and then straight drove seamer Mohammad Amir and cover-drove leg-spinner Shadab Khan, to account for three of his four boundaries. He was partnered by opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who was unbeaten eight from 46 deliveries. Earlier, Azhar scored 105 to help Pakistan consolidate their overnight position of 172 for three, as West Indies struggled in the morning session and were forced to go wicketless. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel topped the hosts’ bowling with four for 81, while captain and seamer Jason Holder (3-42), and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-116) finished with three wickets apiece. Azhar and Misbah blunted the West Indies attack in the morning session, gathering just 54 runs in 26 overs to push the visitors up to 226 for three at lunch. Resuming the day on 81, the right-handed Azhar added a mere 13 runs to be unbeaten on 94 at the break but reached triple figures in the fifth over following the resumption when he cut Bishoo to the backward point boundary. All told, he struck nine fours in a knock that spanned 278 deliveries and a shade over 71/2 hours. He had put on 98 for the fourth wicket with Misbah when he finally perished in the seventh over after lunch, nicking a Bishoo leg-break behind at 259 for four. Misbah, who started the day on seven, was unbeaten on 40 at lunch and raised his 38th Test half-century in the fourth over after the break when he cut off-spinner Roston Chase behind square for a single. The 42-year-old celebrated by clearing the ropes at long on with Chase as he dominated a 57-run, fifth wicket stand with Asad Shafiq (15), to further strengthen Pakistan. Misbah, who was left stranded on 99 in the first innings of the Sabina Park first Test, cruised to the verge of an 11th Test hundred but then got himself in a tangle trying to leave alone one from Holder that bounced, and managed to edge to Shai Hope at second slip. He faced 201 balls in just over 41/4 hours and struck nine fours and two sixes. West Indies then honed in for the kill with Gabriel removing Sarfraz Ahmed for nine to a catch by Powell at slip and Holder trapping Shafiq lbw with the last ball before tea, to leave Pakistan on 329 for seven. However, the Windies hopes of bringing a swift end to the innings were dashed when Shadab (16) put on 25 for the eighth wicket with Amir and another 30 for the ninth wicket with Yasir, as runs flowed at the end. SCOREBOARDlast_img read more

PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets

first_imgSan Sebastian, which went to two straight NCAA finals, will now make do without the lethal Grethcel Soltones, who carried the Lady Stags for the past couple of seasons.“So far so good, and I told them to we have to start this tournament on a good note so we can end this on the same level,” said new FEU head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos. “They have to release their maximum potential in the games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Of course our goal is the championship because it’s still a different when you win a championship, that’s the objective of the team.”Nikka Dalisay led the Lady Stags with 10 points. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees FILE PHOTO – FEU’s Bernadeth Pons (2) celebrates with her teammates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University gored through rebuilding San Sebastian in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in its first match in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Team captain Bernadeth Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points while Toni Rose Basas added 11.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Blatche hints at return 10 days before World Cup qualifiers begin

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 After Sunday’s morning practice, the team left for Tagaytay on Sunday for its three-day training camp.Apart from Blatche, four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro are also expected to lead Gilas’ bid to return to the World Cup. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Be back with my brothers real soon to take care of business #puso,” Blatche wrote on his Instagram account.The 31-year-old Blatche hasn’t donned the national team colors since leading Gilas to a sweep in the Seaba Championship last May here in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneHe was supposed to be with Gilas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon but pulled out due to security reasons.Gilas started its buildup on Nov. 3 with a closed-door session and has since been holding twice-a-day trainings. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas has yet to reunite with Andray Blatche, but it’s only a matter of time before the naturalized big man rejoins the team.Blatche has been tapped to lead the Philippines in its Fiba World Cup qualifiers bid, set to start on November 24 in Japan, and the former NBA veteran hinted at his soonest return.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Injured Jalalon rues missing World Cup qualifiers, shifts focus to Star Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Thunder star Paul George expects boos in return to Indiana

first_imgIndiana fans value loyalty — the player they hold in the highest regard, Reggie Miller, stayed with the Pacers for 18 years. They had their hearts broken back in 2005-06 when Ron Artest demanded a trade, the first step in the dismantling of a nucleus the Pacers expected to compete for NBA titles for years to come.George, also a one-time centerpiece to Indiana’s title hopes, is gone, too. He figures boos will rain down as a result.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“I honestly wouldn’t think it would be any other way,” he said. “The Pacers fans outweigh the Paul George fans, so that’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m going to embrace that. I’m going to thrive on that. It’s going to give me the energy to play better.”Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony will be in a similar situation when the Thunder visit the New York Knicks on Saturday. Anthony was sent to Oklahoma City in the offseason after he waived a no-trade clause. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Oladipo downplayed Wednesday’s game in his typical low-key manner. He said he still is friends with his former Thunder teammates and the game simply is about handling business.“I look forward to every game, every game I play,” he said. “This is just another game, just another game that we’ve got to win. Obviously, you guys and the fans want to blow it up, which is fine. But we have to go out and play Pacers basketball.”Anthony preferred to stir the pot. He believes the expected hostile environment in Indianapolis will provide an opportunity to build team unity.“We’ve got to be ready for that because it’s us against the whole (state of) Indiana,” Anthony said. “Not just the Pacers, but the whole Indiana. I think Paul is ready for it. As a professional, as a competitor, it’s kind of bittersweet because you spent so much time and you want a different reaction from the people you put a lot of work in for, you fought for and you competed for. But then again, you want to go in there and have a good game. You want to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES View comments Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots between Charlotte Hornets forwards Marvin Williams (2) and Frank Kaminsky, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George knows the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse well enough to expect a rude reception when he returns for the first time.George spent seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, and the four-time All-Star helped them reach the Eastern Conference Finals twice. After last season, George’s camp made it clear Indiana didn’t figure into his long-term plans, so the disappointed Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis rather than risk getting nothing in return for him.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours McIlroy plans busy schedule leading to the Masters 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 “When he gets booed, we get booed,” Anthony said. “We’re in this together. We understand the situation. I’m pretty sure he’s going to embrace that situation, and we’re going to help him embrace that situation, and as a team, we’re going to help him embrace that situation.”George’s transition has been a bit bumpy. He is playing outstanding defense, yet still getting comfortable on offense alongside Anthony and Russell Westbrook. He’s averaging 20.6 points on 42 percent shooting overall and 41 percent shooting from 3-point range and leads the league with 2.4 steals per game. The team has struggled to a 12-14 record.“We’re not enjoying these losses but we’re enjoying the grind,” George said. “We’re enjoying the battles, we’re enjoying the targets on our backs. We’re enjoying everything that brought this team together.”The trade seems to be just what Oladipo needed. After Monday’s games, he ranked 10th in the league with 24.5 points per game, and the Pacers were No. 5 in the Eastern Conference with a 16-11 record.“I think he’s just in attack mode,” George said. “He’s aggressive. He’s confident. You can tell he’s worked extremely hard over this past summer, and Indy has given him the keys. You’ve got a young team around, a fresh locker room. It’s a lot of positive energy over there. They are playing well. They are playing good basketball.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more