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MANILA – San Mig Coffee is seeking its second straight victory when it takes on Rain or Shine (RoS) on Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers are hoping that their recent victory against Air21 will help build their momentum in the tournament.
“We don’t care whether it’s an ugly win or a beautiful win, we just need to come out with a win,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone in the league’s official website after seeing his team drop three straight games before nailing its first win.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said Thursday he won't close the door on returning for the playoffs if his surgically repaired knee is up to it.
"If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing," Rose said Thursday during a news conference in his first public comments since tearing the meniscus in his right knee Nov. 22. "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I'll be out there playing. But if it's something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there's no need."
The Bulls declared Rose out for the season after he had surgery on the meniscus Nov. 25. General manager Gar Forman told ESPNChicago.com last week that Rose is "really out" for the season regardless of the Bulls' potential for a postseason berth.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Well, this wasn't the debate anyone expected the Knicks and Nets to have heading into their first showdown of the season. Rather than all of that offseason chest-pounding about who's going to own the city, and in place of each team's bombastic owner preening he was rolling out a championship-caliber team before either squad had even proven it could defend a pick-and-roll, there's new infighting.
"Who stinks worse?"
"We're the laughingstock of the league," Carmelo Anthony admitted Wednesday about his 3-13 Knicks, who are riding a nine-game losing streak.
MANILA – The Meralco Bolts are bent on stopping GlobalPort Batang Pier’s top gunners when they collide in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts, who are riding on a two game-win streak, knows how potent the Batang Pier’s offensive arsenal is.
“We are up against the best offensive team in the league. They are overflowing with individual talent. They can flat-out score,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio in PBA.ph.
This won't surprise you: The Miami Heat have one of the best offenses in the NBA. But as entertaining as it is to watch the two-time defending NBA champions execute, it's been equally fascinating to watch them evolve. The Heat's approach to scoring has changed drastically over the past few years. Just ask LeBron James.
"No one cares who shoots," James told me. "We went from a team that played a lot of isolation basketball to [being] first or second in the league in assists. Everyone on the team feels so comfortable offensively. We get the ball from one side to the other side, shifting the defense then attacking it or spraying out for 3s."
Scoring in the NBA is by no means easy. But when James is on the floor, Miami sure makes it look that way. The Heat are currently averaging an insane 111.9 points per 100 possessions with James on the floor.1 It's convenient to suggest that Miami's proficient scoring is merely a byproduct of its talent, but that overlooks a remarkable transformation in the team's philosophy and system. Yes, Miami has several gifted players, but as we saw last season in Los Angeles, talent alone guarantees nothing in the NBA. Teamwork and intelligent schemes are still required. Getting players to collectively generate value rather than just contribute as individuals is still the hallmark of winning basketball; it's also the hallmark of the current Heat offense.
Wangs Basketball survived Derulo Accelero’s late fighback to prevail, 81-71, in a battle of struggling newcomers in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup yesterday at Ynares Sports Arena.
Michael Juico pumped in a game-high 25 points built on an 11-of-16 clip apart from collecting four rebounds, five assists and three steals to lift the Couriers to their third triumph.
Boracay Rum regained its winning ways as Chris Banchero fired 20 points to power the Waves past Arellano-Air 21, 71-63, in the first game.
MANILA, Philippines – Paolo Hubalde relishes the chance to prove his worth for Petron Blaze, whose line up was limited by injury or sickness.
The 32-year-old shooting guard scored nine of his 15 points during the payback period against Barako Bull to help Petron to a 96-90 victory.
Thanks to Hubalde, the Boosters managed to secure the win even without Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Chris Lutz and Ronald Tubid.
LeBron James has been chasing his first feature film almost as long as he chased his first championship. Attached to a new co-star, comedian Kevin Hart, James is giving a comedy about an adult fantasy basketball camp another chance.
Hart, who has become close to James and several other members of the Miami Heat over the past few years, will write a movie called "Ballers" that will portray him as the lesser-known brother of an NBA star (James) who attends the fantasy camp. The movie is tentatively scheduled to be shot next summer in Miami.
Hollywood media outlets are already comparing the pairing to the movie "Twins," when Danny DeVito played opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger 25 years ago. Hart is 5-foot-3, James is 6-8.
ATLANTA -- The Los Angeles Clippers have been talking about being a defensive team since the start of training camp, but after Wednesday night's 107-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are growing frustrated with the team's lack of defense.
"We got to find a defensive identity," Paul said. "That starts with us in the locker room. We know what we do. We just got to do it. We've got to stop talking about it and we have to figure out how to stop teams."
The Clippers spent the majority of Tuesday's practice and Wednesday's shootaround working on defense, but it didn't show against the Hawks, who shot 51.2 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from 3-point range.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- As time wound down in the Trail Blazers' victory over the Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of "MVP! MVP!" from the Portland fans.
Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds in the Blazers' 111-104 win Wednesday night that snapped the Thunder's eight-game winning streak.
It was his ninth double-double and 15th game with at least 20 points this season. He made a career-high 17 field goals.