Friday, October 24, 2014

#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: October 24, 2014


Talk N Text picked up its first win at the expense of sister team NLEX even as Rain or Shine beat Blackwater despite anemic shooting in the 2014-2015 PBA Philippine Cup.

Jay Washington (L) and Raymond Almazan (R) came up big for their respective
teams in last night's PBA action.

Game Capsules (adapted from InterAKTV):

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over NLEX ROAD WARRIORS, 103-81
Box Scores.                                                                                                 
The retooled Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters put in a dominating performance in a blowout victory over sister team NLEX its  first win. The Texters unloaded 36 points in the third quarter to break the game open and bounce back after losing their opener to Ginebra last weekend. That huge third quarter storm made up for a subpar first half where TNT could only put up 39 markers. Gilas stalwart and offseason acquisition Jay Washington topped the scoring with 19 points while also grabbing 9 rebounds, handing out 2 assists, getting 2 steals, and blocking one shot. This is certainly the J-Wash TNT fans want to see, and here’s to hoping he can consistently put up these numbers. He was backstopped by Kelly Williams, who dropped 18 markers and 5 boards, while Jayson Castro and rookie Matt Rosser tallied 15 and 13 points respectively. On the other end, playmaker Jonas Villanueva led the way with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Asi Taulava registered a double-double with a dozen markers and 13 caroms. It was far from the ideal debut that NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez was hoping, especially after he just copped the NCAA Men’s five-peat for the San Beda Red Lions.
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#NBA2015: Players to Watch Part Two


With the 2014-2015 NBA season beginning in fewer than 10 days, I found it just right to look at some players we should all keep tabs on. There are no-brainers like LeBron, KD, CP3, and James Harden, of course, but there are also many other characters on whom we should put the spotlight. In this first of five parts, we’ll take a look at some key guys for the Mavs, Nuggets, Pistons, Warriors, Rockets, and Pacers.

Three forwards and three centers will shape the futures of their
respective franchises this season.

Chandler Parsons (DAL) -  Paying a professional athlete 46 million dollars to play for three years is the working definition of expensive. Doing that to someone who has never been an NBA All-Star that much money is the working definition of overpaying. Still, despite all the doubt and flak, the Dallas Mavericks are trusting Chandler Parsons, and Parsons, for his part, is more motivated than ever to prove he’s worth every cent. His numbers might not (yet) be worthy of All-Star consideration, but he has improved his offensive production every year he’s been in the league, and now that he’ll probably have more possessions than he did last season on a team featuring James Harden and Dwight Howard, Parsons should up his numbers even more. But, again, will it be worth being paid nearly double what Dirk Nowitzki is getting this season? That we’ll have to see.
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#PBA2015 Roster Review: The NLEX Road Warriors


With the 2014-2015 PBA season’s official rosters released, I found it only logical to look at each line-up and see where each team stands. In this series of posts, I’ll be breaking down each team’s bigs, wings, and floor generals while also looking at what kind of damage they’ll do this season.
                                                                                     
Let’s look at roster of the NLEX Road Warriors.

This is a new team filled with old faces.

Overall 2013-2014 Record: 15 wins and 25 losses as the Air 21 Express.

Best Finish: Semifinals in the 2014 Commish Cup as the Air 21 Express.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: October 22, 2014

Undersized Meralco showed a lot of grit in their big double-OT win over Barako Bull, while Alaska exploited a depleted Purefoods squad to open its 2014-2015 campaign.

Stepping up. Reynel Hugnatan (top) and Calvin Abueva (bottom)
led their respective PBA teams to victory.

Game Capsules:

MERALCO BOLTS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 112-108 (2 OT)
Box Scores.                                                                                                 
Natural power forward Reynel Hugnatan started and played 47 minutes en route to 28 points and 6 rebounds as the Meralco Bolts beat the Barako Bull Energy in two extra periods. Hugnatan was a perfect 10/10 from the charity stripe, while also shooting 9/14 from the field. He got a lot of help, too, as five other Meralco players finished in double-digits. Foremost among these was Cliff Hodge, who made the most of his 45 minutes by scoring 10 points, grabbing SIXTEEN rebounds, handing out 5 assists, and blocking 3 shots. Versatile forward Sean Anthony also did well with 14 markers, 9 boards, 3 steals, and 2 dimes. On the other end, Chico Lanete paced Barako Bull with 21 points on 10/19 FG shooting, while JC Intal added 20 markers on the strength of 4 triples. It was a sorry loss for Barako Bull as the Energy led by nine in the first half and looked well in-control before Meralco made its rally in the second half.
Line of the Game: Reynel Hugnatan – 28 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 9/14 FG, 10/10 FT.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The NBA: Power Rankings: Pre-Season Edition

The wait is over. The NBA season will officially start in a week. Can the Spurs finally repeat and win back-to-back rings for the first time in franchise history? Can LeBron bring the Cavs to the Promised Land? Can Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose discover their elite forms before devastating injuries shortened their seasons last year? There are so many questions to ponder which only the start of the season can answer... I cannot wait for tip off!

The standings refer to the 2013-2014 regular season standings.

The rankings from Last Week refer to the Off-Season Edition which was the last Power Rankings during the summer months of the NBA.

Please hit the comments and follow me on Twitter @rollzter

Kobe Bryant looks very healthy during the preseason.
(Image from: bluemanhoop.com)

1. San Antonio Spurs | 62-20 | Last Week: 1 | Same
The current NBA champions are returning with most of their bench intact and their core healthy. Kawhi Leonard looks to prove his Finals MVP was not fluke. The Spurs have yet to win back-to-back titles and this year looks to be their best chance yet. 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#PBA2015 Roster Review: The Meralco Bolts


With the 2014-2015 PBA season’s official rosters released, I found it only logical to look at each line-up and see where each team stands. In this series of posts, I’ll be breaking down each team’s bigs, wings, and floor generals while also looking at what kind of damage they’ll do this season.
                                                                                     
Let’s look at roster of the Meralco Bolts.

Are the Bolts ready to shock the PBA this season?
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#PBA2015 Philippine Cup Roundup: October 21, 2014


Highly-touted rookie Stanley Pringle enjoyed a great debut for the GlobalPort last night, although his production wasn’t enough to tow the Batang Pier to the win. New coach Leo Austria, meanwhile, also had a grand pro coaching debut, leading the Beermen past the Elasto-Painters.

Asi Taulava and Arwind Santos came up big for their respective
teams in their first games of the season.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

#NBA2015: Players to Watch - Part One

With the 2014-2015 NBA season beginning in fewer than 10 days, I found it just right to look at some players we should all keep tabs on. There are no-brainers like LeBron, KD, CP3, and James Harden, of course, but there are also many other characters on whom we should put the spotlight. In this first of five parts, we’ll take a look at some key guys for the Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, and Cavs.


A few guys hoping to make the jump, a couple who might get traded, and a
former MVP trying to return to form.
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#PBA2015 Roster Review: The Kia Sorento


With the 2014-2015 PBA season’s official rosters released, I found it only logical to look at each line-up and see where each team stands. In this series of posts, I’ll be breaking down each team’s bigs, wings, and floor generals while also looking at what kind of damage they’ll do this season.

Let’s look at roster of the Kia Sorento.

Can this team of novelty be a team of winners?

Overall 2013-2014 Record: Not applicable.

Best Finish: Not applicable.
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#PBA2015 Roster Review: The GlobalPort Batang Pier



With the 2014-2015 PBA season’s official rosters released, I found it only logical to look at each line-up and see where each team stands. In this series of posts, I’ll be breaking down each team’s bigs, wings, and floor generals while also looking at what kind of damage they’ll do this season.

Let’s look at roster of the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

Can a loaded backcourt push the Batang Pier into the next tier?

Overall 2013-2014 Record: 7 wins and 26 losses.

Best Finish: Quarterfinals in the 2014 Philippine Cup.
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