Sunday, May 24, 2015

#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 25, 2015

Game ball — Matthew Dellavedova, for (unintentionally) taking out Al Horford a game after he (unintentionally) took out Kyle Korver. Well, okay, LeBron James did pretty well, too, posting a jaw-dropping 37-18-13 line on the hapless Hawks to erect an historically insurmountable 3-0 series lead.


LeBron James crumples to the floor in exhaustion after helping the Cavs pull out a hardfought victory in Game 3.
(image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 25, 2015:
Cleveland 114, Atlanta 111 (OT)
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - A hobbled LeBron James initially asked to check out of the game in overtime before quickly changing his mind and waving off his substitute. He grimaced slightly after knocking down the go-ahead 3- pointer with under a minute left and was on all fours near midcourt after Shelvin Mack's potentially game-tying 3 clanked off the rim at the buzzer. The battered and bruised Cleveland Cavaliers are a win away from the NBA Finals. A victory on Tuesday could give them some needed rest before then. James had his first triple-double this postseason with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists and the Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 on Sunday night to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James, who missed his first 10 shots from the field, ended 14-of-37 from the field. His shot to give Cleveland a 112-111 advantage with 36.4 seconds left was his only 3 of the game. Jeff Teague, who posted 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds, drove down the lane and had a step on James at the other end, but James altered the shot and Teague's layup was well off the mark. James banked in a runner with 12.8 ticks on the clock and Mack missed a pair of 3s in the final five seconds. The four-time NBA MVP James favored his right leg more much of the extra session and dropped face down on the court in exhaustion when the horn sounded. Blatt said that James began cramping up in overtime, but stayed in the game because he (James) knew Cleveland couldn't win without him. James didn't find the scoring column until the 8:05 mark of the second quarter and recorded his first field goal just over a minute later.
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#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: May 24, 2015

The 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup saw some heated action tonight as the Barako Bull Energy notched their fourth win in as many games even as San Miguel stretched its winning run to three at the expense of the Star Hotshots.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over MERALCO BOLTS, 105-99
Box scores.
The Barako Bull Energy continued to remain the last undefeated team left standing in the PBA Governors’ Cup after finding a way to get past a tough Meralco side, 105-99, on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Joseph Yeo exploded for 28 points, including five three-pointers, and a team-high six assists despite coming off the bench while import Liam McMorrow shrugged off some foul trouble to finish with 19 points and 23 rebounds. RR Garcia scored 14 points, while Justin Chua and Jake Pascual added 12 apiece. Barako Bull improved to a league-best 4-0 record to open the conference while dropping Meralco, which got 32 points from import Andre Emmett, to 2-3. JC Intal and Dylan Ababou, who each averaged double-figure scoring in the team’s first three games, combined for just seven in this one, but it didn’t matter too much with several others picking up the slack. Prolific scorer Andre Emmett led the Bolts with 32 points, while Cliff Hodge backstopped him with 17 markers.

Line of the Game: Liam McMorrow (BAR) - 19pts, 23rebs, 6/7 FGs.


The Ninja, Josephy Yeo, puts the moves on Japanese import Seiya Ando.

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over STAR HOTSHOTS, 100-89
Box scores.
The streaking San Miguel Beermen kept rolling as they defeated the Star Hotshots, 100-89, for their third consecutive PBA Governors’ Cup win on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo posted 21 points and 20 rebounds in a monster showing. He shot 7-for-11 from the field and 7-for-11 from the free throw line. Import Arizona Reid led the Beermen with 29 points, while three other locals – Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos – finished in double-figures. After dropping its first two games of the conference, San Miguel has now improved to 3-2. Star, meanwhile, fell to 1-3. The Hotshots were paced by Marqus Blakely’s 29 points and 15 boards, while Mark Barroca and James Yap dropped 15 and 11 markers respectively.

Line of the Game: AZ Reid (SMB) - 29pts, 11rebs, 4asts. 

June Mar Fajardo pops a turnaround jumper in a dominant performance against the Hotshots.

Images are from the PBA.


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 24, 2015

If anything, Game 3 of the West Finals just confirmed what we already know — Steph Curry is toying with the Houston Rockets, who looked like they pretty much checked out of the postseason after getting plastered on their own home floor.


After hittng a three in the third quarter, the real MVP stares down the Houston crowd, who were chanting M-V-P all night for their own James Harden.
(image by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 24, 2015:
Golden State 115, Houston 80
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Curry outfought Dwight Howard for an offensive rebound and set another 3-point mark in a dazzling second quarter display. The third was even better. The NBA MVP quickly quelled a mini Houston Rockets charge by adding a few more triples to his record. Curry nailed seven 3s and scored 40 points as the Golden State Warriors routed the Rockets 115-80 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The sharp-shooting Curry, who broke his 2013 record for the most 3-pointers made in a regular season with 286, has now drained the most treys in a single postseason. Reggie Miller set the mark in 2000, but Curry surpassed him in nine fewer games. It took Miller 22 contests to get to 59 3s. Golden State can sweep the series and book its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1975 on Monday. Curry's record-breaking 3 came at the 4:32 mark of the second. He took a few dribbles to his left and rose several feet from beyond the top of the arc to record his 60th trey of the postseason and give the Warriors a commanding 49-32 lead.
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#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 23, 2015

When LeBron James is locked in, there’s hardly anybody on the planet who can stop him. The Hawks saw this first-hand in Game 2 as LBJ bucked the absence of sidekick Kyrie Irving to lead the Cavs’ dominance of ATL.


LeBron James was on full attack mode as the Cavs went up 2-0 heading home for Games 3 & 4.
(image by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 23, 2015:
Cleveland 94, Atlanta 82
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - A scowling LeBron James high-fived his teammates on the bench after being substituted late in the fourth quarter with a Game 2 win well in hand. Forget about the Big Three, all the Cleveland Cavaliers needed Friday night was the Big One. James finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, recording 30 points and 11 assists, as the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers routed the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 to open up a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James was 10-of-22 from the field and when he wasn't invading the paint and attacking the basket, he was finding teammates for open 3-pointers. Eight of his 11 assists led to a Cavaliers triple. James scored 11 of his points in a dominating third quarter where Cleveland outscored Atlanta 30-17 and led by as many as 20. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Irving sat out Game 2 due to a lingering left knee injury. He sat out Friday's morning shootaround in Atlanta to undergo additional evaluation for tendinitis with head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. He aggravated the injury in Cleveland's 97-89 Game 1 win. Kevin Love, of course, was lost for the playoffs after dislocating his shoulder during Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Boston Celtics. Cleveland started the game by knocking down 12 of its first 20 shots from beyond the arc and held a 47-39 advantage on the glass.
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#NBA2015 Jordan Clarkson and Co. visit Manila

A lot of people visited the NBA Store to catch a glimpse of
Horace Grant, Trey Burke and Jordan Clarkson

Filipinos love basketball and that covers local basketball plus international ball, namely the NBA. Therefore, it was not a surprise that a lot of fans flocked the NBA Store in Glorietta, Makati City to catch a glimpse of the NBA players that visited Manila. The place was packed with fans, shoppers and media personnel. 


The mascot of the Charlotte Hornets, Hugo, also shared some of the spotlight 

Retired NBA-player Horace Grant (mostly known as a member of the Chicago Bulls during the 90s), Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz and Fil-Am rookie, Jordan Clarkson of the LA Lakers visited the Philippines over the weekend. They were joined by the mascot of the Charlotte Hornets, named Hugo, plus the OKC Thunder dancers (Sorry, no pictures of the dancers). 
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Friday, May 22, 2015

#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: May 21-22, 2015

The 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup visited Dubai these past couple of days and treated UAE-based hoop nuts to great basketball action. The Painters drubbed GlobalPort in the first game of their back-to-back, but they dropped their second assignment opposite Ginebra.




Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER, 119-112
Box scores.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters registered their first win of the tournament after a 119-112 victory over GlobalPort Batang Pier in the first leg of the PBA Governors’ Cup Dubai tour Thursday (early Friday Philippine time) at the Al Shabab Club in United Arab Emirates. Import Wendell McKines posted 28 points and JR Quiñahan added 24 markers to help the Elasto Painters (1-2) arrest a two-game skid to start their campaign. Rain or Shine was able to weather Terrence Romeo’s impressive night of 40 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals that wowed the Filipino crowd. Playing in his first game for GlobalPort, import Jarrid Famous had 26 points, while his Asian counterpart Omar Krayem chipped in 24 points. Rain or Shine will try to notch another win on Friday as they take on Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the last leg of the Dubai tour.
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#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 22, 2015

The Rockets cannot blame anybody but themselves here. They played well in rallying from an early double-digit deficit, but they couldn’t make the biggest play of the game as, literally, they dropped the ball. Now Houston is down 0-2 and must win at least one at home to stay alive in the 2015 NBA Playoffs.



Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 22, 2015:
Golden State 99, Houston 98
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Splash Brothers drowned James Harden just before the buzzer and the Warriors survived the Rockets, 99-98, to take Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors saw an eight-point lead trimmed to one following a Harden to Dwight Howard alley-oop with 33.0 seconds left. After Harrison Barnes missed a reverse layup at the other end, the Rockets raced the ball up the court rather than draw up a final play. Harden was double-teamed by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with time winding down and curiously passed to Howard on the perimeter. Howard hot-potatoed the ball right back, Curry poked the ball between Harden's legs, and the clock struck zero before anyone gained control. The Warriors take a 2-0 series lead to Houston on Saturday thanks to the final defensive stop and another clutch performance from the league MVP. Curry scored 33 points to follow up his 34- point showing in the series opener, and Andrew Bogut stepped up with 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. The final sequence spoiled an otherwise sublime game from Harden, who finished with 38 points on 13-of-21 shooting and added 10 rebounds and nine assists. Dwight Howard played 40- plus minutes despite battling a left knee injury and totaled 19 points and 17 boards in a losing effort.





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Thursday, May 21, 2015

#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 20-21, 2015

Warriors got it done, erasing a 16-point deficit in the blink of an eye en route to beating Houston in their West Finals series. Meanwhile, the Cavs got it done, too, with JR Smith turning on swish mode as Cleveland turned back the Hawks on the road for a 1-0 series lead in the East Finals.




Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 20-21, 2015:
Golden State 110, Houston 106
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors, known more for their offensive prowess, locked in on the defensive end on two separate occasions Tuesday night en route to a Game 1 win in the Western Conference Finals. Stephen Curry scored 34 points with six rebounds and five assists as the Warriors defeated the resilient Houston Rockets, 110-106, to take the early lead in the best-of-seven series. Shaun Livingston deposited 16 of his playoff career-high 18 in the first half and Draymond Green posted 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Golden State, which is making its first appearance in the conference finals since 1976. Klay Thompson struggled to 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting -- including 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. The build up coming into this game was Curry, the league MVP, going against James Harden, who finished second in the voting. It lived up to the hype as Harden contributed 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to match Curry's strong performance. Trevor Ariza had 20 points and Josh Smith chipped in 17 points and seven boards for the Rockets, who have lost six straight to the Warriors dating back to last season. Dwight Howard, who played in just two of the four regular season games against Golden State, dealt with a knee injury throughout the evening and finished with seven points and 13 rebounds in just over 26 minutes of action. Game 2 is Thursday at Oracle Arena.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#NBAPlayoffs: 2015 Conference Finals Preview

EASTERN CONFERENCE

It will take more than one guy to slow down LeBron James
(Image by: Getty Images)

(1) Atlanta Hawks vs (2) Cleveland Cavaliers 
Different team but almost the same results for LeBron James when it comes to reaching at least the Conference Finals. For the 5th straight year, LBJ will participate in the Eastern Conference Finals. While LBJ looks stronger than ever, his supporting cast isn't quite as invincible as he is. The Cavs' primary concern is their injury list. They cannot afford to add more bodies to that list. Kevin Love has been out since the 1st Round but the Cavs managed to move along without him. However, if Kyrie Irving misses a game or two (or more), then this series could be over in 4 games and the Hawks would be moving on to the Finals. Atlanta had the regular season series edge at 3-1 and they won those games by displaying balanced scoring from their starters and bench. The Hawks have the deeper team, so expect them to shuffle their lineup often to keep the Cavs off-balanced defensively. At the same time, having fresher legs allow them to run in transition more frequently which favors the Hawks because that could free up Kyle Korver to shoot uncontested threes. However, Korver has somewhat struggled in the postseason (39% now from 49% in the regular season). Still, the Cavs cannot wait for him to get hot because that guy is deadly.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

#PBA2015 Govs Cup Roundup: May 18, 2015

Fans were treated to two close games in today’s action from the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup. Talk N Text had to weather a late rally to survive Alaska, while Hyram Bagatsing sank the Road Warriors with a game-winning three in the endgame.



Game recap (adapted from Interkasyon):

KIA CARNIVAL over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 85-82
Box scores.
Kia’s Hyram Bagatsing nailed a clutch three-pointer with one second remaining to give his Carnival squad a stunning 85-82 victory over NLEX in PBA Governors’ Cup action on Monday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Kia led by nine points, 80-71, with six minutes remaining but went scoreless in nearly four minutes as NLEX came back to tie the game at 82-all with 15 seconds remaining.
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