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LNB Standings
Group 1
 1. Indios SFM 11-6 
 2. Reales LV 10-7 
 3. Metros STGO 8-10 
Group 2
 1. Soles SD 10-8 
 2. Leones SD 9-9 
 3. Caneros Del Este 7-9 
 4. Titanes Licey 6-12 
Full Standings
Santiago League Stage Two Standings
 1. CDP 4-2 
 2. Pueblo Nuevo 4-2 
 3. Plaza 4-2 
 4. GUG 0-6 
Stage One Standings
La Vega League Standings
 1. Parque Hostos 5-2 
 2. Enriquillo 4-4 
 3. Dosa 3-3 
 4. Mattica 3-3 
 5. La Villa 2-4 
TBS Standings
Group A
 1. Rafael Barias 6-4 
 2. El Million 6-4 
 3. Huellas Del Siglo 4-6 
 4. Bameso 2-8 
Group B
 1. Mauricio Baez 8-2 
 2. San Carlos 7-3 
 3. San Lazaro 5-5 
 4. Los Prados 2-8 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Paris BASS
  Avg: 27.1
 1. P.Bass Titanes27.1 
 2. G.Suero Indios S24.6 
 3. V.Liz Metros S21.9 
 4. J.Moore Metros S21.2 
 5. M.Rhett Leones SD17.5 
 6. C.Fells Soles SD17.2 
 7. J.Suero Indios S17.1 
 8. T.Woodbury Titanes17.0 
 9. J.Johnson-Coston Titanes16.8 
 10. R.Galloway Leones S16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jhonatan ARAUJO
  Avg: 11.4
 1. J.Araujo Caneros11.4 
 2. B.Dawson Caneros10.5 
 3. B.Williams Titanes10.4 
 4. M.Olivares Caneros9.8 
 5. A.Johnson Soles SD9.3 
 6. E.Vargas Metros S9.3 
 7. P.Bass Titanes8.3 
 8. J.Guerrero Leones S8.1 
 9. M.Rhett Leones SD7.7 
 10. K.Gray Soles SD7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Miguel SUERO
  Indios S
  Avg: 5.9
 1. J.Suero Indios S5.9 
 2. G.Rice-Jr Reales L4.8 
 3. J.Soliman Caneros4.7 
 4. J.Coronado Reales L4.6 
 5. J.Corporan Leones S4.5 
 6. A.De-Leon Metros S4.5 
 7. G.Solano Reales LV4.2 
 8. J.Valdez Soles SD4.0 
 9. R.Galloway Leones S3.9 
 10. K.Appling Caneros3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jaison VALDEZ
  Soles SD
  Avg: 2.9
 1. J.Valdez Soles SD2.9 
 2. M.Olivares Caneros2.0 
 3. V.Liz Metros S1.6 
 4. G.Solano Reales LV1.5 
 5. R.Mendoza Reales L1.5 
 6. R.Bautista Titanes1.5 
 7. P.Bass Titanes1.4 
 8. J.Corporan Leones S1.4 
 9. J.Suero Indios S1.4 
 10. J.Coronado Reales L1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Reales LV
  Avg: 2
 1. D.Townes Reales LV2.0 
 2. M.Sutton Leones SD1.9 
 3. M.Olivares Caneros1.5 
 4. J.Guerrero Leones S1.5 
 5. D.Riley Indios S1.5 
 6. E.Vargas Metros S1.4 
 7. B.Dawson Caneros1.3 
 8. E.Santana Indios S1.1 
 9. P.Bass Titanes1.0 
 10. K.Gray Soles SD1.0 


Al Horford Failing to Meet Expectations for Celtics - Dec 26, 2018

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The Boston Celtics had one of the best seasons in the NBA relative to their expectations in 2017-2018, thanks to a young core and a group of veteran leaders coming together to produce magic on the court. But this year, the Celtics are struggling, with one of the big reasons why being that their group of veterans just aren't playing as well this time around. At the top of that list is Al Horford, whose issues this season have contributed to a decline from a team thought by many to be the favourite to win the Eastern Conference for years to come.

Horford, through the team's first 23 games, was averaging 12.1 points per game. That number is two points off of his career average of 14.1 points per game. And to make matters worse, Horford is down in several other key statistical categories. His rebounding has declined by over two boards per game, and his shooting percentages from the field, the three-point line, and the free throw line are all down as well. With Horford not taking part in action with the Dominican national team at the moment, the decline is even more puzzling.

Some of this has to do with the fact that Horford is dealing with some injury concerns at the moment, which has led to the Celtics giving him some extra rest. But unless Horford can get back on the floor and playing at the level that has come to be expected of him, this Celtics team might just fail to reach the heights that last year's team achieved during what turned out to be a magical run to the Eastern Conference Finals. As a whole, the Celtics' transformation from one of the best teams in the league to a team that doesn't appear sure as to what its identity is has been a surprising one. Celtics players have tried describing the problems they've had this year, with star guard Jayson Tatum attributing the team's problems to the fact that they started believing their own hype after last season.

Of course, there isn't too much cause for concern in Boston right now, as it should have been obvious that the team would experience growing pains after getting both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injury. If the NBA Playoffs started today, the Celtics would be there, and would still have a chance to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. In fact, as of December 5, the Celtics are still third favourites to win the Finals at 17/2 odds at Betway. But if the team is going to get to the Finals, Horford is going to have to play better, given his current salary situation relative to the rest of the team. Horford is making nearly $29 million in 2018-2019, which is the type of salary that players at the very top of the sport make. If Horford isn't going to play like one of the elite players in the game, that investment will continue to look worse for the Celtics.

Fortunately, the Celtics seem to be feeling good about themselves in spite of their less than stellar start to the season. Guard Marcus Smart, thought by many to be the heart and soul of the Celtics roster, feels that the team is starting to get its swagger back on the court. But all of the swagger in the world can't get a $29 million a year player to be worth the investment if he isn't producing on the court, which should ratchet up the pressure on Horford the rest of the season. Horford, it can be said, has been at the forefront of something of a basketball renaissance in the Caribbean as of late. In terms of native talent, DeAndre Ayton going number one overall from the Bahamas has turned heads. As for talent coming into the region from elsewhere, former Wichita State star Cleanthony Early playing club basketball in the Dominican Republic is another example of a strong last few years of hoops in the area.

Boston's identity this season seems to be focused on the defensive end, as one would expect from head coach Brad Stevens. If the Celtics can improve offensively, they should be in good shape in an Eastern Conference that lacks depth. But they will need Horford and the rest of their veterans to raise their level of play in the near future.

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Olimpico de La Banda tabs rookie Luis Santos - 13 days ago
Olimpico de La Banda (La Liga) landed 24-year old Dominican forward Luis Santos (203-116kg-94). He just graduated from St.Louis (NCAA). As mentioned above Santos is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He was selected to Dominican Republic National Team in 2016. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina   [read more]

Bahia Basket inks Jaison Valdez, ex Centro - 15 days ago
JAISON VALDEZ Bahia Basket (La Liga) signed 23-year old Dominican point guard Jaison Valdez (188-79kg-95). He just played at Centro in Higuey League in Dominican Republic. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Valdez's team won Dominican Rep. LNB Group 2 Regular Season in 2018. He was also voted All-Dominican Rep. LNB 2nd Team in 2018. Valdez has played also professionally for other Dominican Rep. teams like Huracanes del Atlantico, Soles de Sant...   [read more]

CMC2019: Steffon Bradford named MVP - 16 days ago
The Tonga NT are now the kings of the Copa Mitchell Cup. For the first time in event history there has been a new champion. Tonga NT took down the Atlanta Blaze, sealing this season's title by beating the Blaze, 101-90 on Sunday night. With the win they completed the first Mitchell Cup title outside of the GIE Maile Matrix, and earned the first sweep in the Finals since 2015. Ironically, Keith Closs (224-C-77, college: Cent.Conn.St.), Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) and...   [read more]

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