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Frank Vogel Expects The Lakers To ‘Return To Form’ With Big Man Lineups Against Denver



The Western Conference Finals are set, and after a couple of more days of watching the Clippers get eviscerated on social media, we can turn our full attention to a series that hardly any of us would’ve anticipated, one that is perfectly emblematic of the way chaos continues to reign supreme inside the NBA Bubble in Orlando.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the playoffs are all about adjustments, and teams that are unwilling or unable to fine-tune their rotations and/or their playbooks, no matter how talented or how well-executed, tend to find a one-way ticket home. The Los Angeles Lakers, for instance, understood this reality when they enacted their own small-ish lineup to counteract the Rockets in the second round.

It’s a move that helped earn them a spot in the conference finals, where they will encounter a different animal entirely, one led by a 7-foot play-making colossus for which there are no easy solutions. But Frank Vogel understands that he’ll have to demonstrate some flexibility once again if wants any chance of slowing Nikola Jokic and company, and that will likely require deploying some combination of JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard.

Via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“‘Joker’ is one of the most unique players in the world, and one of the most unique players ever to play the center position in this league,” Vogel said Wednesday. “He can basically hurt you in all ways. He can hurt you at the 3-point line, in the pocket, playing the 4-on-3 game in the post, and obviously with his passing. …

“It does make this series a little different — a lot different, actually — in terms of how much we’ll use our centers. I don’t want to get too much into detail, but obviously we’re going to be the L.A. Lakers, who we’ve been all year. We adjusted to a small-ball team last series, but I would expect us to return to form.”

Though Howard and McGee saw scant playing time against the Rockets, they’d both been a critical part of L.A.’s run to the No. 1 seed in the West during the regular season. They’ve each mostly taken it in stride, although Howard was candid during a recent interview about his struggles to stay positive during this stretch while also dealing with the isolation of the Bubble.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals tips off Friday at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.


Hollyoaks spoilers: Shock exit for Ollie Morgan as he runs away?




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Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) received quite the shock in Hollyoaks tonight (September 21), as he learned that Ollie (Aedan Duckworth) had run away.

Viewers will know that Ollie has been struggling emotionally in recent episodes, and opened up to Brooke Hathaway (Talia Grant) about what he had been going through.

However, little did he know that she couldn’t hear him.

In tonight’s episode, Brody Hudson (Adam Woodward) revealed that he’d been to see abuser Buster Smith (Nathan Sussex) in search of an apology.

During the flashback scenes, Buster gave Brody what he wanted, but only on the condition that Damon (Jacob Roberts) come and visit him.

Therefore, Brody relayed word of Buster’s apology to Ollie, who then visited the abuser the following day.

Buster was extremely nasty to both Ollie and Brody, and proceeded to berate them both — revealing he didn’t mean a word of his apology to Brody.

In present day scenes, Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) revealed to Luke that she discovered a note from Ollie which indicates that he’s run away.

Has Ollie exited for good?

Hollyoaks continues Tuesday September 22 at 7pm on E4.

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Bautista Blasts The Rock for His Bad Acting, But Thinks He’s Still Really Special




Thanks to becoming one of the busiest and most recognisable people in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson is often credited with starting the wrestler-turned-actor trend. Well, according to Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista, there are some remarkable differences between himself and Johnson, most notably, their acting talent.

“There is something about him that’s really special. I’d never take that away from him. Would I consider him a great actor? F*** no.”

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While Dave Bautista faced the blunt end of criticism for some of his earlier roles, he has emerged as quite the talent as a character actor, with roles in the likes of the Marvel movies and Blade Runner 2049 standing out as prime examples of the difference in ability between himself and Johnson. Bautista continues, attributing these differences to the fact that, for him at least, there is a clear separation between his two careers in the entertainment industry.

“(The Rock and John Cena) are wrestlers who became movie stars. I’m something else. I was a wrestler. Now, I’m an actor. (The Rock and John Cena) are wrestlers who became movie stars. I’m something else. I was a wrestler. Now, I’m an actor.”

Bautista asserted that, though the likes of Johnson and Cena are happy to put their names to big action movie franchises, that is not the kind of acting career he wants to have. “I want good roles. I don’t care about Fast and Furious or Bumblebee. That’s not the kind of stardom I want,” he said. “I want to be in Dune, I want to work with Denis Villeneuve. I want to work with Sam Mendes and Jodie Foster, I want to work with Academy Award winners. I’m proud to be a character actor. I want that respect and credibility and education.”

Johnson may not be on-track to win any Oscars any time soon, but over the last few years he has certainly made his presence known on the movie scene, even becoming the highest-paid Hollywood actor last year. As for Cena, he has recently shown a penchant for comedy, and is teaming up with Bautista’s friend and director, James Gunn, for the upcoming DC movie The Suicide Squad.

As for Bautista, he continues to have the movie career that he desires and will soon be directed once again by Blade Runner 2049’s Denis Villeneuve in the highly anticipated sci-fi epic, Dune. Described as a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey and tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Dune has amassed the kind of hugely impressive cast that Bautista has been dreaming of, including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. Dune finds Bautista in full-on character actor mode as Glossu “Beast” Rabban, the bleached-skinned brutish nephew of Stellan Skarsgård’s Baron Harkonnen. Dune is currently scheduled for release on 18 December 2020. This comes to us courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times.

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Runaway June Announce ‘When I Think Of Christmas’ EP




By Aynslee Darmon.

Christmas is coming early for Runaway June fans.

The trio announced their new holiday EP, When I Think Of Christmas, featuring two original songs and three Yuletide classics.

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“Our new Christmas EP, When I Think About Christmas has all of these beautiful mountain Appalachian sounds,” Runaway June’s Naomi, Jennifer, and Natalie said in a statement. “So we put our own little spin on Christmas music and we’ve got some fiddle so why not!”

“Christmas On The Radio” and “When I Think About Christmas” are Runaway June’s original tracks. Accompanying the new tracks will be covers of “Sleigh Ride”, “O Holy Night” and “Let It Snow”.

When I Think About Christmas drops October 16.

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