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Philadelphia 76ers Bounce Back in Game 2 to Even the Series 1 – 1 against the Brooklyn Nets

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NBA – the 3rd seeding Philadelphia 76ers host Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the visiting 6th seeded team Brooklyn Nets in their own best of seven series at Wells Fargo Center in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

The 76ers were stunned in Game 1, after the Brooklyn Nets steal the home advantage in a 111 – 102 win at Wells Fargo. Nets star player and point guard D’Angelo Russell lead the Nets in scoring with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. While the 76ers forward Jimmy Butler dropped 36 points and 9 rebounds in losing effort.

Game 2 is a must win for the 76ers despite their superstar player Joel Embiid is nursing an injury but available to play the game. While the Nets must continue what they do in Game 1 in order to get a commanding 2 – 0 lead before shifting the series at their home count at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In the game, the 76ers came strong as expected to take the 1st quarter by a storm leading by as much double digit but ending the quarter up by only 6 points, 34 – 28.

In the 2nd quarter, the Nets are still down by a double digit lead, but came back strong in the later minutes and even won the quarter 36 – 31 to finish the 1st half down by a single point 64 – 65.

At the start of the 3rd quarter, the 76ers came strong with 14 – 0 unanswered points 79 – 65 with 9:25 in the quarter. The 76ers never look back exploding for 51 points setting an NBA record in franchise history.

At the 4th and final quarter where the game is officially over after a massive 3rd quarter by 76ers that bounce back from Game 1, humiliating loss.

Ben Simmons sets a franchise record, becoming the 3rd player in 76ers to post a triple double in the NBA Playoffs. Simmons finishes the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists while Joel Embiid leads the 76ers in scoring with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Nets superstar D’Angelo Russel l was limited to 16 points.

Piston, Hornets and the Heat Battles for the 8th Spot in the East

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NBA – The cast for the 2018 – 2019 NBA Playoffs is almost completed with only one remaining spot in the Eastern Conference, where three teams battles for the last and the remaining spot on the right to advance in the 2019 post season. 

The Detroit Piston is currently holding the 8th spot in the East with 39 wins and 41 losses and in a 4 – game losing skid.

The Charlotte Hornets tied with the Miami Heat at 10th and 11th places respectively with 38 wins and 42 losses, the Hornets are in 3 – game winning streak while the Heat ate in 4 – game losing skid.

Among the three teams, the Detroit Piston has a much better chances of making the post season with lighter assignment in their last two games of the regular season against the Memphis Grizzlies and the New York Knick's.

For the Charlotte Hornets they will still have to rely upon on the result of the Piston remaining games, should the Piston losses one of their two last games? Hornets must win both of their last games which has a tougher match in their final game against the Orlando Magic.

Meanwhile, The Miami Heat is also in a must win situation, but in a much tougher assignment in their last two games against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. It has been a rough week for the Heat losing 4 – closed games against the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors.

So, let’s just wait the result of upcoming games for these three teams and let’s see who will make the final spot or the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference? Will it be the Detroit Piston? the Charlotte Hornets or for the final time in the post season Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat?

Miami Heat Trying to Hold on the No. 8 Spot in the East

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NBA – 3 – time NBA Champion the Miami Heat visits the 17 – time NBA Champion the Boston Celtics in their 3rd meeting at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The Boston Celtics are already booked a spot in the post season, which currently rank them at the 4th spot in the East Standing tied with the Indiana Pacers at 45 wins and 32 losses. A win against the Heat will remain at 4th spot, but a loss will send them down to 5th spot. 

The Miami Heat is currently holding the 8th spot in the East with 38 wins and 38 losses, which is a very tight spot that a slight mistake will endanger their chance of making the post season? Teams from 6th seed to 9th seed are just a game behind from each other so this spot is a circus spot that a slight mistake will turn every team's chances of making the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

The game between the Celtics and the Heat is a very important game for the Heat to hold on the 8th spot or even further up their chances of grabbing the 7th seed in the East if the Brooklyn Net loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their match tonight?

But a loss to the Celtics tonight will drop the Heat's record to 38 wins and 39 loss tied at the 8th and 9th spot with the Orlando Magic but again if the Magic wins tonight against the Toronto Raptors the Heat will be in 9th spot but a loss by the Magic means the Heat will remain in the 8th seed.

So this game is very important game to the Miami Heat they must win their match tonight against the Celtics and not rely on other teams to loss just to hold on the 8th spot.

Whatever happen on tonight’s game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics they will still face one another for their 4th and final match of the 2018 – 2019 NBA Regular Season at Americans Airlines Arena in Downtown, Miami this coming April 4 (PH Time).

LeBron James and the Lakers are officially out of the 2019 Post Season

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NBA – In his 16th NBA Season LeBron James will miss the post season for the 3rd time in his illustrious NBA Career. his first 2 years are during his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 – 2004 and 2004 – 2005 NBA Regular Season. 

James, who has been in 13th straight post season and 8th straight NBA Finals appearance is in an unusual place after his team Los Angeles Lakers is announce officially out of playoff contention after losing to the Brooklyn Nets.

James has been in his usual average, which is 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game in his first season with the LA Lakers. But the explosiveness and athleticism slightly decrease due to perhaps the injury he suffered on Christmas Day “The Groin Injury”.

With James returning from injury the Lakers continued their downfall in the West Standing and worsen the situation after the Trade rumors between the New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis in exchange of the entire Lakers young player which evidently damage the morale of some young Lakers player.

As the regular season proceeds the LA Lakers are unable to find their way back in the West Standings even the best player in the league LeBron James can help it. James, who will miss the Playoffs after dominating East Conference for 13th straight years is finally out after joining the Lakers in the West Conference.

For the Lakers franchise, the expectation this year are very high, but due to injury that happen to LeBron James that lead him to missed 17th straight games, the injury to Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram perhaps the result this year if that all injuries did not happen are pretty much different and perhaps the Lakers might be in 6th or 7th seed in the West?

But all of that is what if? The Lakers will be missing the West post season for the i 6th consecutive season and first in LeBron’s era. Better luck next time Lakers fan and LeBron James avid fanatics and haters.

Know the Latest Guide on the Renewal of Philippine Passport

Philippines – This article is only applied for passport holders that seeking the latest updates on how to renew their Philippine passport at any DFA branches all over the country. 

As we all know applying for a Philippine passport has been a major problem for some passport applicants due to the issue of securing an online appointment that takes several weeks or even months to finally set an appointment with the (DFA) Department of Foreign Affairs. 

However, the DFA made several improvements in their system such as adding ePayment system and improving the waiting time of securing an online appointment slot.

Read Also: DFA Pay First Policy

Steps on the Renewal of Passport before going to the DFA

1. Prepare all the documents needed for passport renewal.
2. Schedule an appointment with DFA Appointment System.
3. Print the Passport Appointment Packet (do not forget to bring this document upon your appointment with DFA).
4. Pay the Philippine Passport Fee at any authorized payment center. (ex. Bayad Center, 7-11, ecpay and others.)
5. Select your desired DFA branches for your appointment date and time.

Requirements for Renewal of Passport at DFA Branches

1. Confirmed Online Appointment.
2. Accomplished Application Form.
3. Personal appearance.
4. Current ePassport with photocopy of data page.
5. Bring any Valid IDs with one (1) Photocopy.
6. Original PSA authenticated documents that will support the change of name. Marriage Contract. Annotated Birth Certificate.

Acceptable ID for passport renewal (at least one):

1. Social Security System (SSS ID).
2. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
3. Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID Card).
4. Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certificate or Voter’s Registration Record.
5. (LTO) Driver’s License.
6. Senior Citizen ID.
7. Persons with Disabilities (PWD ID).
8. School ID (for students).
9. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC ID).
10. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
11. Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE card).

The cost for the renewal of passports is about PHP 950.00 for regular type that will take 12 days to process while PHP 1,200.00 for express type will take 6 days to process.

Applicants will have the option of paying PHP 150.00 for the delivery of their passport through courier or just return back for the releasing of their passport. Also the Passport validity is now 10 years instead of the usual 5 years validity.

Take Note: Dos and Don’ts at DFA Appointment

1. Must wear a proper attire or dress.
2. No excessive make up.
3. No Jewelry allowed.