Sunday, April 26, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Finals Game 6 Roundup

Game Seven. That’s all we really need to know as the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals winds up on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. 

Rock N Roll Raymond Almazan slams one home as ROS beat TNT to force a winner-take-all Game 7!
(image from the PBA)

Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

Box scores.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters were far from ready to go home, and they proved it with a tough stand in Game Six for a 101-93 win over Talk ‘N Text on Sunday that forced a do-or-die game for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.

The Elasto Painters led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but a strong third quarter for Talk ‘N Text and some big three-pointers from Larry Fonacier in the fourth trimmed the lead down to just four inside the final minute.
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NBA Playoffs Roundup: April 26, 2015

The 2015 NBA Playoffs saw its first sweep as the Golden State Warriors booted out the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 4. The Chicago Bulls failed to do the same, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in a close one, while the Grizzlies and Nets won their own games.

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

April 26, 2015:
Brooklyn 91, Atlanta 83
Brooklyn, NY ( - The Brooklyn Nets got the result they desperately needed in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, using a huge second-half run and a stout defensive effort to pull off a 91-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Saturday's Game 3. Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Joe Johnson all recorded double-doubles, and each scored six points during a pivotal 18-0 tear that bridged the third and fourth quarters and propelled the Nets to a crucial win after dropping the series' first two games in Atlanta. Lopez finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Young bounced back from a two- point effort in Wednesday's Game 2 by posting 18 points and 11 boards and Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points for Brooklyn. Johnson contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds. The top-seeded Hawks managed to overcome a 15-point first- quarter deficit to briefly move ahead in the third, but were ultimately done in by a wretched shooting display. Atlanta made just 6-of-30 attempts from 3- point range and ended 35.6 percent overall. Kyle Korver, the Hawks' top scorer through the first two games, was held to a mere two points on a 1-of-8 success rate, while Al Horford was 3-of-12 from the floor in a seven-point performance. DeMarre Carroll did register a playoff career-high 22 points for Atlanta, with Paul Millsap tallying 18 points and 17 rebounds in defeat. The Hawks will attempt to regroup when Game 4 takes place Monday at Barclays Center.

Golden State 109, New Orleans 98
New Orleans, LA ( - The Golden State Warriors wouldn't need a monumental comeback to secure a series sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. Instead, they were the ones who brought a healthy, double- digit lead into the final quarter before advancing to the next round. Stephen Curry posted 39 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the Warriors earned a 109-98 series-clinching win over the Pelicans in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Milwaukee 92, Chicago 90
Milwaukee, WI ( - After Bucks coach Jason Kidd was awarded a timeout with 1.3 seconds remaining, Jerryd Bayless made a layup at the buzzer to keep Milwaukee alive in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Chicago Bulls. Jared Dudley got the assist on a perfectly constructed inbounds play that gave the Bucks a 92-90 victory over the Bulls in Game 4. With a chance to wrap up the series for Chicago, Derrick Rose turned the ball over. Khris Middleton was going the other way with the ball when Kidd called a timeout. The officials then put 1.3 seconds on the clock before the Bucks drew up a perfect inbounds play, with Bayless cutting to the basket and Dudley lobbing a pass over the defense for the winning layup as time expired.

Memphis 115, Portland 109
Portland, OR ( - Marc Gasol registered 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies take a 3-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers with a 115-109 win on Saturday night. Courtney Lee had 20 points and Zach Randolph added 16 for the Grizzlies, who look to finish off the Blazers on Monday night in Game 4. No team has ever won a best-of-seven series when trailing 3-0. The win may have come at a cost, however, as point guard Mike Conley left the game bleeding from his face after taking an elbow in the third quarter. The Grizzlies were already without reserve guard Beno Udrih due to a right ankle sprain. Nick Calathes came up big with 13 points off the bench in place of Conley and Udrih. Nicolas Batum led all scorers with 27 points, C.J. McCollum netted 26 points and Damian Lillard went for 22 points and nine assists in the loss. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

All Game Highlights:

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

#NBA2015: All-NBA Teams

The playoffs are already nearing the end of the 1st round and some individual awards were given out this past week. Hoopnut posted our individual picks last week. Take a look HERE.

Now, it's time to give credit to more players who performed extremely well during the regular season.

New team (again) but dominant as usual
(Image from: USA Today Sports)
All-NBA Teams 

1st Team

G - Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors
G - James Harden, Houston Rockets
F - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
F - Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
C - Marc Gasol. Memphis Grizzlies
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NBA Playoffs Roundup: April 25, 2015

The 2015 NBA Playoffs saw two teams move within a win away of advancing to the next round as Houston and Washington gained 3-0 series leads over their respective foes. Meanwhile, San Antonio completely dominated the Clippers to get a 2-1 lead in their own series.

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

April 25, 2015:
Houston 130, Dallas 128
Dallas, TX ( - James Harden and Dwight Howard set playoff career highs on Friday night. The Houston Rockets needed every bit of their production. Harden netted 42 points, Howard snatched 26 rebounds and the Rockets edged the Dallas Mavericks 130-128 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series. After Harden found a huge crease along the left wing, he slashed through it and layed the ball in for a three-point play and a 127-123 Houston lead with 56.8 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki exhibited a nice use of the pump fake and was fouled on right wing 3-pointer at the other end before sinking all three free throws. Harden then knocked down a step-back left elbow jumper over Tyson Chandler which bounced in and out, ricocheted off the glass and rattled in to put Houston up 129-126 with 12.9 ticks to play. Monta Ellis answered by lofting a high-arching floater high off the glass and over the outstretched arms of Josh Smith and Corey Brewer split a pair of foul shots at the other end with seven ticks on the clock. Ellis, though, couldn't come through as his jumper from the top of the key over Smith was nowhere close to the rim, bounced off the right side of the backboard. The MVP candidate Harden was 15-of-24 from the floor, knocked down 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and sunk all seven of his free throws. He had connected on just 9-of-28 shots from the field over the first two games of this set.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Finals Game 5 Roundup

The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals can end on Sunday as the Talk N Text Tropang Texters moved within a win of copping the title after defeating Rain or Shine in Game 5. 

Ranidel de Ocampo had another superb showing to leas TNT to a big Game 5 victory.

Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

Box scores.
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters moved within reach of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title after dismantling Rain or Shine, 103-94, in a steady Game Five showing on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

They dominated the second quarter and took leads of as high as 20 points before weathering some big shots from Rain or Shine in the endgame to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven title series.
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NBA Playoffs Roundup: April 24, 2015

This day put to rest any doubt about whether the 2015 NBA Playoffs carried any excitement excitement. Boston put up a helluva fight, and two OT games? Yes, this is why we all love the NBA postseason. 

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

April 24, 2015:
Cleveland 103, Boston 95
Boston, MA ( - LeBron James and the Cavaliers finally shook the Celtics, building a series lead no NBA team has ever squandered. Kevin Love helped them do it, hitting a couple of late 3-pointers in his best game of the series so far. James had 31 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2-seeded Cleveland beat Boston 103-95 on Thursday night for a 3-0 lead in their first- round set. Love, playing in the postseason for the first time, added 23 points and nine rebounds. He made six 3-pointers, including two in the final 2 1/2 minutes as the Celtics tried to scrape their way back into it. He had 12 points in the first half after scoring 13 in all of Game 2, which the Cavs won 99-91 on Tuesday. J.R. Smith chipped in 15 points, Kyrie Irving scored 13 and Tristan Thompson had 12 for the Cavs. The Celtics will also host Game 4 on Sunday, but no NBA team has ever won a seven-game series after trailing 3-0. Evan Turner led them with 19 points, Avery Bradley scored 18 and Jae Crowder added 16 off the bench.
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2015 SEABA Championship Micro-Preview

There are three FIBA Asia Championship tickets up for grabs in the 2015 SEABA Championship, ,which will be held in Singapore next week. The Philippines, dubbed the Gilas Cadets, are the clear favorites, especially since they have naturalized big man Marcus Douthit, who is easily the biggest player in the competition, and with Thailand skipping this joust, it’s clear that the other two FIBA Asia slots will be contested by Malaysia, Indonesia, and home team Singapore.

There are two other nations in the tournament - Laos and Brunei - but neither one presents a significant threat to put a dent in the pecking order.

Having said that, let’s take a glance at each of the four contenders’ rosters and try to give a reasonable prognosis for their upcoming performances.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

NBA Playoffs Roundup: April 23, 2015

Hardly any surprise as Memphis and Atlanta went up 2-0 in their respective 2015 NBA Playoffs series, but the real doozy came when the Spurs and Clips played to OT in a classic back-and-forth slugfest. If only all postseason games were like that.

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

April 23, 2015:
Atlanta 96, Brooklyn 91
Atlanta, GA ( - The Atlanta Hawks continued this year's playoff trend simply by doing what they do best. Paul Millsap scored 19 points and led a strong performance from the perimeter that carried the Eastern Conference regular-season champions to a 96-91 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their opening-round series on Wednesday. The Hawks vaulted to the top of the East behind a 38 percent success rate from 3-point range, second only to Western Conference-leading Golden State for the best in the NBA. They made good on 12-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc on Wednesday, while staving off a determined late rally from the Nets to become the sixth team during this postseason to claim a 2-0 lead in the quarterfinals. Millsap went 4-for-4 from long distance and 7-of-11 overall from the floor, Kyle Korver buried a trio of treys en route to 17 points and Jeff Teague hit a pair of triples while compiling 16 points and six assists. Al Horford added an inside presence as well for Atlanta, putting up 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in addition to dishing out seven assists. Just as they did in Game 1, the Nets controlled the paint and put up a spirited comeback effort in the fourth quarter that ultimately fell short. Brooklyn cut a nine-point deficit down to 92-91 with under a minute to go, but the Hawks closed out the game at the foul line after Deron Williams' short baseline jumper rimmed out in the final seconds. Jarrett Jack tallied 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the eighth-seeded Nets, with Brook Lopez finishing with 20 points and Joe Johnson scoring 19 in defeat.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#PBA2015 Commish Cup Finals Game 4 Roundup

To say that Game 4 of the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals was full of excitement is a gross understatement. It had everything — from big shots, bench players stepping up, a near-brawl, and three ejections. Ah, PBA basketball at its finest.

Ranidel de Ocampo put up monster numbers against the Painters in Game 4.

Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

Box scores.
The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters survived a highly-physical game, 99-92, marred by a bench-clearing incident in the fourth quarter as they tied the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series at two games apiece on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Ranidel De Ocampo scored a career-high 33 points, Best Player of the Conference Jayson Castro posted 25 points and 6 assists, and import Ivan Johnson had 19 points and 10 rebounds in a wild Game Four.
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NBA Playoffs Roundup: April 22, 2015

Today’s action from the 2015 NBA Playoffs generally went as expected, with Cleveland and Houston pocketing 2-0 leads, but the big kicker was Washington repeating over Toronto ON THE ROAD. Who saw that coming? Now the Wiz are returning home just two wins away from sweeping the higher-seeded Raps.

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

April 2, 2015:
Cleveland 99, Boston 91
Cleveland, OH ( - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to Boston with a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series. James scored 30 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out seven assists as the Cavs held off the upset-minded Celtics 99-91 on Tuesday. James committed six of Cleveland's 18 turnovers but came through down the stretch. He also passed Jerry West for seventh on the NBA's all-time postseason scoring list. Kyrie Irving followed up his 30-point playoff debut with 26 points for the Cavaliers, while Timofey Mozgov and Kevin Love chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively. Isaiah Thomas once again led the Celtics with 22 points, but it wasn't enough for the underdogs to steal homecourt advantage. They will host Game 3 on Thursday night.
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