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14 stunning Asia hotels opening this year

(CNN) — It’s quite the cocktail. With more than half the planet’s population, massive infrastructure projects and rapid growth in air connectivity, the Asia-Pacific region is attracting more international tourists than any other part of the world. The UNWTO puts the total tourism earnings from Asian countries at a cool US$390 billion, much of which…

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14 stunning Asia hotels opening this year

(CNN) — It’s quite the cocktail.
With more than half the planet’s population, massive infrastructure projects and rapid growth in air connectivity, the Asia-Pacific region is attracting more international tourists than any other part of the world.

The UNWTO puts the total tourism earnings from Asian countries at a cool US$390 billion, much of which comes from the hotel sector.
No surprise, then, that pretty much every Asia-Pacific destination you can think of seems to be opening new places to stay.

Now, here are some of the hottest new spots around the region due to open — and in one case, reopen — for business in 2019.
Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Raffles Hotel Singapore closed for a major restoration in December 2017.
courtesy Raffles Hotel Singapore

Arguably one of the most famous names in Asian hospitality, Raffles Hotel Singapore is set to re-open in mid-2019 following an extensive top-to-bottom renovation.
New features include dining concepts by globally renowned celebrity chefs like Alain Ducasse, new categories of suites and a brand new Raffles Spa. There’s 24-hour butler service and a Singapore Sling cocktail served to all guests on arrival, while a History Gallery illustrates the property’s heritage dating back to 1887.
Raffles Hotel Singapore has begun accepting suite reservations.

The Barracks Hotel, Singapore

The Barracks is due to open in mid-2019.
courtesy The Barracks Hotel

Another heritage building in Singapore undergoing a meticulous restoration is a former military outpost dating back to 1904.

The Barracks Hotel at Sentosa, an island off Singapore’s southern coast, offers 40 guestrooms and suites that promise elegant décor and the luxury of space.
One key feature is set to be their pool — always a welcome feature in a tropical climate — which sits amid their tranquil gardens. Ground floor suites have direct access for taking a dip.

Capella Bangkok

All of Capella Bangkok’s guestrooms overlook the Chao Phraya River.
courtesy Capella Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the world’s greatest hotel cities, offering rooms at every conceivable price point.
At the very top end of the scale, the “ultra-luxury” Capella on the banks of the Chao Phraya River is set to join the list.
Opening in the second quarter of 2019, it will offer 100 guest rooms and villas that all boast views of the bustling and iconic waterway below.
Gourmet restaurants include one from renowned Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, while a 9,000 sq. ft. Auriga Spa and pool will provide plenty of chances for serious downtime.
Capella Bangkok, 300 Charoenkrung Road,Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand; +66 2 658 7888

Rosewood Bangkok

Rosewood Bangkok will offer panoramic views of the city’s skyline.
courtesy Rosewood Bangkok

Moving to another prime location in the Thai capital, Rosewood Bangkok is located in heart of the central business district, amidst embassies and upscale retail options.
The property will offer 159 guestrooms that include Pool Sky Villas featuring large terraces and private plunge pools.
Three restaurants and bars, meeting and function spaces and an extensive Rosewood Spa complete the picture.
Panoramic views of Bangkok’s iconic skyline come as standard, especially from the Sky Villa event venue on the top floor.

Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

The Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will offer an urban resort experience.
courtesy Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

The third quarter of 2019 is when the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is due to start receiving guests. The nine acre waterside site will host an architecturally striking property designed to integrate seamlessly into the landscape.
With 299 keys — that’s rooms and suites to those not in the industry — the property is positioning itself as an urban resort experience.
That’s thanks in part to a series of uniquely designed green courtyards that thread through the site. Three restaurants will focus on Italian, French and Chinese cuisine, as well as a Latin American inspired social club and bar.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has an elevated treetop restaurant.
courtesy Waldorf Astoria Maldives

The Maldives is home to some of the world’s most stunning islands and beaches.
Joining the already wide range of luxury properties here is the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, a tropical retreat of 121 oversized villas spread across no fewer than three islands in the South Malé Atoll.
Each has an infinity pool and stunning ocean views. Meanwhile, amongst their 10 dining venues, the Instagram-worthy award will surely go to their elevated treetop restaurant.
Water sports and spa treatments are set to round off your trip to paradise.
This one is opening in April. And unlike many Maldives resorts, you don’t need to take a sea plane to get there. It’s just 30 minutes from Male International Airport by yacht.

Lelewatu Sumba Island Indonesia

Lelewatu Sumba will feature 27 villas.
Lelewatu

The Indonesian island of Sumba may lack the recognition of Bali or Lombok, but its relatively unknown status helps make it a draw for high-end travelers.
Rich culture, deserted beaches and some of the country’s best surfing spots are partly why Lelewatu Resort Sumba will debut there later this year.
Just 27 villas occupy a 10-acre site, each of which are made with authentic local materials, handicrafts and techniques. Views from the clifftop residences look out over both a private lagoon and the Indian Ocean, making for picture-perfect sunsets.
Lelewatu Resort Sumba, JL. Lelewatu No. 168 Wei Mangoma, Kecamatan, Wanokaka, Sumba Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia; +62 361 233 708
Art Series Hotel Brisbane

Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves has been partly built into a cliff under a bridge.
courtesy Art Series Hotels

The Art Series Hotels brand recently joined AccorHotels and their forthcoming opening in Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves — opening in March — is their eighth property.
An estimated $60 million has been spent on the hotel, which has been partly built into a cliff under the city’s Story Bridge.
It features 166 guest rooms, four dining outlets and a pool on the rooftop looking out over the Brisbane River below.
The skyline of the capital of the state of Queensland can also be seen from rooms across the six stories, each of which celebrates contemporary Australian artists.

Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing

Beijing’s first Mandarin Oriental features 74 guestrooms.
courtesy Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing Beijing

The acclaimed luxury hospitality brand Mandarin Oriental is set to open their first hotel in the Chinese capital early this year with the launch of Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing.
The property occupies the top floors of the new WF Central development, giving it outstanding views of landmarks across the city, including the Forbidden City.
Just 74 spacious guestrooms and suites are elegantly styled, while garden terraces evoke grand residences from centuries past. Dining options include their signature Mandarin Grill + Bar and casual Asian plates at Café Zi.

St. Regis Hong Kong

St. Regis Hong Kong will be located in the city’s Wan Chai district.
courtesy St. Regis Hong Kong

The first St. Regis brand to launch in Hong Kong is located in the city’s always-bustling Wan Chai district.
Hong Kong-based interior designer André Fu has created the interiors of the 129-suite property, due to open in mid-2019. .
One of the St. Regis’ biggest draws will be its views over iconic Victoria Harbor and Kowloon Bay, but eyes will also be drawn to the two signature Chinese and French restaurants, Rùn and L’Envol respectively.
There’s also a pool, open-air terrace and St. Regis Bar serving their signature Bloody Mary, while butler service reflects the traditions laid down by the first St. Regis hotel opening in New York, back in 1904.

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong will have some of the largest suites in the city.
courtesy Rosewood Hong Kong

The Hong Kong hotel for 2019 with views to beat all newcomers must be the Rosewood Hong Kong. As the luxury brand debuts in its home city — its owned by Hong Kong hotel-and-property company New World Development — those panoramas come thanks to the hotel occupying 43 floors of a waterfront tower in the Victoria Dockside arts, design and retail district in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui.
Opening March 17, it features 322 guestrooms sized from 570 sq. ft, as well as 91 suites starting at 990 sq. ft, making them some of the city’s largest.
For those for whom budget is not a concern, then the 10,764 sq. ft Harbour House on the 57th floor should do nicely, complete with its own pool, gym and gardens.
Eight dining concepts and a spa are set to make the property as popular with locals as with visitors.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3891 8888

Hoshinoya Guguan, Taiwan

Hoshinoya Guguan is the Japanese brand’s first Taiwan property.
courtesy Hoshinoya Guguan

The traditional ryokan inn has been welcoming Japanese travelers for centuries, but Hoshinoya has made a name for itself by offering a contemporary take on these gracious accommodation options.
The Japan-based brand is set to launch its first Taiwan property in Taiwan in the summer.
Luxury hot springs resort Hoshinoya Guguan sits in a valley surrounded by mountains.
Guests are first led through a bamboo forest before reaching a futuristic reception area and enjoying the cuisine, service and local touches that define a ryokan.
Hoshinoya Guguan, No.16, Wenquan Ln., Sec. 1, Dongguan Rd., Heping Dist., Taichung City, Taiwan, +81 50 3786 1144
The Chedi Mumbai, India

The Chedi Mumbai overlooks the city’s Powal Lake.
courtesy The Chedi, Mumbai

The Powai district of Mumbai, India’s beguiling and most populous city, is changing rapidly and The Chedi Mumbai is contributing to the momentum with its 312 guestrooms. Many overlook Powai Lake and the city’s skyline.
An exceptional line-up of dining options include their all-day dining spot called The Vegetarian, a Japanese restaurant by renowned Michelin-starred chef Hide Yamamoto and even a spot inspired by Switzerland, The Chesa.
Spa and wellness facilities help guests work off any dining excesses.
The Chedi Mumbai, LBS Marg & JVLR Junction, Kanjurmarg West, Mumbai, India; +91 22 6731 5555
The PuXuan Hotel and Spa, Beijing

The PuXuan Hotel and Spa, Beijing offers 24-hour check-ins.
courtesy The PuXuan Hotel and Spa

A 116-room luxury property opening this month, it offers views across the Forbidden City, while its interior design brings a modern take on the old “hutong” alleyways that used to dot the city.
Unique features include a guarantee that you can check-in at any time during the 24 hours of your stay, while Chinese culture and arts permeate the property and reflect local heritage. A complimentary mini bar should also ensure downtime is well spent, too.

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Analysis: Trump and his envoys have lost Europe’s confidence

So it’s perhaps no great surprise that several of his ambassadors to several European nations have behaved in ways that are not exactly diplomatic, in the traditional sense. Earlier this week, it emerged that Pete Hoekstra, the US ambassador to the Netherlands, hosted an event at his embassy for Forum for Democracy (FvD), a far-right,…

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So it’s perhaps no great surprise that several of his ambassadors to several European nations have behaved in ways that are not exactly diplomatic, in the traditional sense. Earlier this week, it emerged that Pete Hoekstra, the US ambassador to the Netherlands, hosted an event at his embassy for Forum for Democracy (FvD), a far-right, anti-immigration and anti-EU party that is gaining popularity in the country. Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer, which first reported on the event, described it as a fundraiser for the party. A US state department spokesperson told CNN that this event was not a fundraiser, but a “town hall discussion and Q&A session” with FvD. They added that during his stint in the Netherlands, Hoekstra has hosted “15 town halls with eight different parties,” suggesting that this event with FvD was nothing unusual. Not everyone agrees. “Hosting a political party event, fundraiser or not, you can see it as political support from the United States for a particular point of view. 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and FvD, not the governments of the day,” Schaake added. Hoekstra is just one of a number of divisive ambassadors appointed in Europe by Trump who appear to be eroding trans-Atlantic ties, enraging their hosts and representing Trump’s personal interests in Europe. “Europe has traditionally been a place where political appointees go, but usually it’s understood that they represent the US government,” said Tyson Barker, a former US State Department official in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. “What we have seen since 2016 is people representing Trump and his personal interests, rather than the US.” CNN recently reported that Woody Johnson, Trump’s ambassador to UK, was being investigated after allegations that he’d used his position to lobby for the British Open golf tournament to be held on one of Trump’s golf courses. Asked about the specific allegations, Johnson did not deny them and called it an “honor of a lifetime” to serve as ambassador. After the publication of CNN’s report, Johnson tweeted, “I have followed the ethical rules and requirements of my office at all times.” Trump said he “never spoke to Woody Johnson about doing that.”Johnson has also been open in his support of Brexit, suggesting it presents an opportunity for the UK and the US to grow closer, claiming this would strengthen Britain’s hand when dealing with the EU. This pattern has also been noticed in Germany, where former ambassador Richard Grenell waded into territory that diplomats traditionally avoid, such as tweeting that “German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately,” within hours of starting the job. Trump’s hard line on Iran has been particularly difficult for the EU to swallow, as the nuclear deal from which Trump withdrew was originally signed under the auspices of the EU, its most significant triumph on the geopolitical stage. Grenell also gave an interview to right-wing outlet Breitbart, where he said he wanted “to empower other conservatives throughout Europe.” Given the role of a diplomat is to deal with whichever government represents the country they are in, to speak so unambiguously about your political preference is highly unusual. Under Trump’s presidency, the US has also strengthened its relationship with EU countries that are generally considered to be delinquent member states, threatening the bloc’s unity. Most notably, Trump praised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during his trip to the White House last year. Orban “has done a tremendous job in so many different ways. Highly respected, respected all over Europe. Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that’s OK,” Trump said at the time. Orban spent the past decade presiding over assaults on his nation’s courts, academic institutions, central bank and press. The EU is currently investigating these assaults and could yet punish Orban by removing some of his rights at an EU level. The message has been well and truly received in Brussels. “Are there any EU-US relations left? The official political line is whatever the differences, there is more that unites us. But if you look at it properly, there are only divisions,” said one senior EU official. “Under Trump, it seems they never miss a chance to try and undermine the EU. They take radical action in areas of joint interest without consulting us, such as on Iran, moving the [US] embassy [to] Jerusalem. There is a growing sense that we simply cannot rely on the US in the same way as before,” the official added. In the eyes of many in Europe, the ambassadors appointed to key nations by Trump are consistent with a larger shift in EU-US relations. “Trump and his diplomats have given the impression that they want to punish the EU for some reason or another,” one German diplomat told CNN. “There is a huge internal debate over whether we can collaborate with the US anymore, even if [Joe] Biden wins, because they are just too unreliable.” The diplomat believes that the decline in relations began prior to Trump taking office. “In my experience, many of the younger politicians now in DC have a view of foreign policy shaped by 9/11 and the war on terror, not World War Two. They don’t really care about Germany or Europe anymore.” Barker explained that this new view of the US has changed what kind of relationship Europeans now want from the transatlantic partnership. “The transition from Bush to Obama to Trump has solidified the European view that America can pivot dramatically every eight years. 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{CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘removeEpicAds’);}CNN.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);CNN.VideoSourceUtils.clearSource(containerId);jQuery(document).triggerVideoContentStarted();},onContentComplete: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (CNN.companion && typeof CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) {CNN.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘restoreFreewheel’);}navigateToNextVideo(contentId, containerId);},onContentEnd: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(false);}}},onCVPVisibilityChange: function (containerId, cvpId, visible) {CNN.VideoPlayer.handleAdOnCVPVisibilityChange(containerId, visible);}};if (typeof configObj.context !== ‘string’ || configObj.context.length 0) {configObj.adsection = window.ssid;}CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;CNN.VideoPlayer.getLibrary(configObj, callbackObj, isLivePlayer);});CNN.INJECTOR.scriptComplete(‘videodemanddust’);The EU official said that calm minds in Brussels are already trying to answer that question. “From the second we knew Trump was to be President, we started to see it as an opportunity to be more independent in certain areas like defense and geopolitics. You can see already how we are taking a dramatically different approach to China, Russia and Iran than the US.” None of this is to say that the EU is seeking to drift from the US, but many feel now isn’t a bad time for Europe to start thinking more about itself and its place in the world. “I hope the relationship can be repaired, of course. The transatlantic relationship is robust. But the ability for the two sides to work together, both bilaterally and as a united front on the global stage, has been undermined by the Trump administration,” said Schaake. “What that’s done is made the case for a more autonomous, actively geopolitical EU much more of a priority.” CNN contacted the US State Department to ask if it agreed or disagreed with the assertion that American diplomacy under this administration has treated the EU as less of an ally than before. It declined to comment. The crux of the problem for many in Brussels is a growing sense that maintaining or strengthening the transatlantic alliance is less of a priority for US than American interests elsewhere in the world. There is a perception that DC now wants a more transactional relationship with Brussels, which would ultimately see Europeans defer to US priorities on trade, NATO funding and diplomacy For a continent that has for decades relied on its bigger brother as it recovered from some of the bloodiest wars in history, that presents a potentially alarming new reality: This is it, you really are on your own.

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World·NewSeven people were in custody on Saturday after a stabbing outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, including the suspected assailant, authorities said.Man and woman working at documentary production company were attackedThe Associated Press · Posted: Sep 26, 2020 10:56 AM ET | Last Updated: September 26A police officer stands near the…

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World·NewSeven people were in custody on Saturday after a stabbing outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, including the suspected assailant, authorities said.Man and woman working at documentary production company were attackedThe Associated Press · Posted: Sep 26, 2020 10:56 AM ET | Last Updated: September 26A police officer stands near the Opera Bastille where a suspect in Friday’s stabbing attack was arrested in Paris. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)Seven people were in custody on Saturday after a stabbing outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, including the suspected assailant, authorities said. Counterterrorism authorities are investigating what officials called an Islamic extremist attack linked to Charlie Hebdo, which lost 12 employees in an al-Qaeda attack in 2015. The weekly, which routinely mocks religious and other prominent figures, recently republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that outraged many Muslims.The suspected assailant in Friday’s stabbing had been arrested a month ago for carrying a screwdriver but was not on police radar for Islamic radicalization, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said. He said the screwdriver was considered a weapon but did not explain why. The suspect arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor, apparently from Pakistan, but his identity was still being verified, the minister said. This image shows the building where one of the suspects was living in Pantin, a suburb of Paris. (AFP via Getty Images) Seven others were detained in the aftermath of Friday’s attack, but one has been released, according to judicial officials. Five of those in custody were detained in the Paris suburb of Pantin in a residence where the suspect is believed to have lived, a police official said. Two people were wounded in Friday’s attack, when a woman and a man working at a documentary production company had stepped outside for a smoke break. The interior minister conceded that security was lacking on the street where Charlie Hebdo was once headquartered, and he ordered special protection for all “symbolic sites,” noting in particular Jewish sites around the Yom Kippur holiday this weekend. A Jewish grocery store was targeted days after the Charlie Hebdo newsroom massacre, in what authorities say were co-ordinated attacks.
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Boston Celtics fight off elimination in Game 5 of Eastern Conference finals vs. Miami Heat

CLOSE What I’m Hearing: Jeff Zillgitt breaks down what both teams were saying following the Lakers Game 4 win over the Nuggets to take a 3-1 series lead and why this is familiar territory for Denver. USA TODAYLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Boston Celtics finally won a “home” game.And they needed it.Facing elimination, the…

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What I’m Hearing: Jeff Zillgitt breaks down what both teams were saying following the Lakers Game 4 win over the Nuggets to take a 3-1 series lead and why this is familiar territory for Denver.

USA TODAYLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Boston Celtics finally won a “home” game.And they needed it.Facing elimination, the Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 121-108 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday. The Heat own a 3-2 series lead, and Game 6 is Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).The Celtics outscored the Heat 70-50 in the second half and leaned on their young stars. Forward Jayson Tatum, 22, scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the third quarter, and had 10 rebounds and six assists.Boston forward Jaylen Brown, 23, scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half.Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart speaks with forward Jayson Tatum during the second half of Game 5 against the Miami Heat. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)”Our deal was to come out and play, come out and compete, give it our best shot,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “I thought we played pretty well in the second half. But we’re going to have to do it again and again because of the position we’re in. “When we don’t get caught up in that other crap, we’re trying to be our best. We care about competing. We care about representing our team and our organization well. We care about each other. That’s why you compete.”Center Daniel Theis finally got the better of his counterpart, Miami’s Bam Adebayo, with 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.“We need him to provide what he provides,” Stevens said. “He was great in the middle of the zone. He caught it twice and scored. He was great there on the glass on both ends. We need him to be good. We got a lot out of that center position tonight. That’s important.”Boston outscores Miami 70-50 in the 2nd half… 👀 the BEST 2nd half buckets from the @celtics in their Game 5 comeback W!Game 6: Sunday – 7:30pm/et, ESPN pic.twitter.com/JWRoIN4GAU— NBA (@NBA) September 26, 2020While all games are played at a neutral site here at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, there is a designated home team based on seed, and the Celtics last won a “home” game on Aug. 19 in the first round of the playoffs.The home team gets the raucous introductions just before tip-off, and the Celtics get to hear the beginning of “Crazy Train” and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” at the start of the game. But nothing can recreate 18,000 fans at TD Garden for a playoff game.“Obviously, as much as the NBA has tried to make the home stuff matter, it just doesn’t,” Stevens said earlier in the series. “It has no impact, unfortunately. I’m not sure that we’ve played in a home game where the home team has won in three weeks. At the end of the day, it’s just guys playing in between those lines and who executes better and who plays the whole 48 or 53 or 58 minutes, or however long it takes, better.”Basketball ‘just a glimpse’ of who he is: Celtics star Jaylen Brown shows maturity, leadership beyond his 23 years’Stats don’t mean anything’: All-Star Trae Young determined to make Atlanta Hawks a winnerThe Celtics meandered through the first half without much purpose, settling for 3-pointers and playing apathetic defense.They trailed 60-51 early in the third quarter. But then it began to click for Boston. It started forcing the action on both ends – driving to the bucket looking for the best shot and defending with urgency.The Celtics went on a 20-3 run and took a 71-63 lead with 5:39 left in the third. They shot 54.2% from the field and made 11 of 12 free throws.By the midway point of the fourth quarter, Boston owned a 107-91 advantage.Tatum scored 20-plus points in the second half for the second consecutive game, and his third-quarter performance helped Boston take control.”Just finding my rhythm,” Tatum said. “Playing within the system, playing within the game. Knowing I need to be aggressive, try not to force it, but know I got to get myself going and make plays, whether it be for myself or other guys. Just build off that.”Boston overcame a 12-point first-half deficit, its largest comeback when facing elimination in 25 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info. “Boston played great in that second half,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They deserved and earned what they got. We understand how tough it is to win in the playoffs. We did not compete hard enough defensively, and we paid the price for that. But you do have to credit Boston. They played with great force, particularly off the dribble.”Miami’s Goran Dragic scored a team-high 23 points, and Jimmy Butler had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Heat shot just 19.4% on 3-pointers, and were outrebounded 50-38 as Boston dominated the paint.”They were playing harder than we were, which we all knew,” Butler said. “We’ve just got to correct that. That’s where it starts for us. Any time anybody is playing harder than we are, we are not playing our best basketball. I think a lot of it for us comes from how hard we play, how together we play, and we’ve got to get back to doing that.” AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideFind New & Used CarsNew CarsUsed CarsofPowered by Cars.com
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