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Rajon Rondo. Image from HoopsHype Twitter account

The Boston Celtics have traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, the teams announced.

"We would like to thank Rajon for everything that he has done for the Celtics organization and the success we have experienced during his tenure with us," said Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations.

The Celtics are sending the All-Star point guard and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and draft picks. Boston will receive a conditional first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in 2016, as well as a $12.9 million trade exception.

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson took to Twitter to defend his decision to trade Tyson Chandler, saying Chandler could not have helped the team this season.

He also said that those questioning the trade should "relax."

"I'm OK with the Dallas deal. Tyson fits there and our three players, Jose, Sam, and Shane are on the court," he tweeted in response to a writer who opined the Dallas Mavericks got the better end of the trade.

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Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders suspended for 1 game (December 19, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

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NEW YORK -- Milwaukee center Larry Sanders was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for pushing Portland forward Nicolas Batum in the back as he elevated toward the basket.

The fourth-quarter incident in the Bucks' 104-97 loss at Portland on Wednesday night was upgraded to a flagrant foul 2. Sanders sat out the Bucks' game Thursday night in Sacramento.

Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press

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Kevin Alas of Talk 'N Text scores after beating the defense of San Miguel Beer's Jeric Fortuna. Sports5/Paul yan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters renew their budding rivalry as they tip off their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.

San Miguel Beer and Talk ‘N Text collide at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

The Beermen and the Tropang Texters, the marquee teams of corporate rivals San Miguel Corp. and MVP Group of Companies, are facing off once again in a matchup full of history and bad blood between the two.

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- A day after losing by 29 points to the Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James said the Cleveland Cavaliers already have enough on their roster to win big down the line. As long as every player improves as the season goes on, that is.

"If we continue to get better, every individual, if we continue to make strides every day, it's who we have," James said Thursday. "The guys in the locker room is who we have, and I think we can compete against anybody when we're playing at our best. But it's going to take us to maintain our focus every single day because we cannot afford to take a step backward, because a lot of teams are just better than us as far as chemistry, as far as the camaraderie they have over the years, and we don't have that.

"So we do have enough talent, but talent doesn't win anything."

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Alex Cabagnot. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

After slaying Barangay Ginebra on Tuesday, Talk 'N Text is once again facing a tough challenge in the best-of-seven semifinals series against top seed San Miguel Beer.

But while the Texters stopped the Beermen in their elimination round skirmish, San Miguel might be a different animal this time with the addition of guard Alex Cabagnot. The shooter was reunited with his Petron Blaze teammates after San Miguel acquired him in a deadline trade with GlobalPort in exchange for Sol Mercado.

"Before 'di ba 'yung guard nila medyo wala namang outside shot," said Talk 'N Text guard Jayson Castro of the Beermen. "'Yung man ni Sol 'yung laging helper namin [sa defense]. This time 'di kami puwedeng humelp masyado."

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Pacers' unity a welcome plus for coach Vogel (December 19, 2014)
Mark Lamport-Stokes [ Source: Reuters ]

 Dec 4, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel yells out to his team during the third quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - For Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, the one shining light in an injury-hit campaign where the Eastern Conference finalists of the past two seasons have resembled a sinking ship has been the team's strong unity.

Very few teams, if any, in the league could withstand the loss of a standout forward for an entire season and lengthy absences of two other key players but Indiana have refused to adopt a "woe is me" attitude.

Though they have stuttered to a dismal 8-18 record while struggling with patched-up lineups and unfamiliar plays, they have strived to compete as a team and Vogel has only praise for Indiana's collective spirit.

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Head coaches Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine and Alex Compton of Alaska. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, a champion coach with plenty of big-game experience, has a few qualities that sets him apart from other mentors in the league today.

One of those things is his calm amidst an opposing team’s run, usually resisting from calling timeouts and giving his players the chance to figure things out on their own.

That’s one of the things that Alaska coach Alex Compton is hoping to emulate as he continues to develop in his young coaching career.

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Andrew Bogut is averaging 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks this season for the Warriors. AP Photo/Steve Dykes

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely after undergoing therapy on his injured right knee, the team said Thursday.

Bogut, who will sit out his fifth consecutive game Thursday against Oklahoma City, had platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knee after consulting with the team's medical staff and his personal physician from Australia.

"We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. "Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100 percent healthy and we will continue to support him in any way to make that happen."

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Alaska's Vic Manuel and Rain or Shine's Beau Belga got into a little altercation late in the game. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Rain or Shine display the same old problems bugging the team when it dropped the first game of its best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinals series against Alaska, but coach Yeng Guiao is not yet worried about his team.

The no. 2 seed Elasto Painters lost in rebounds, 59-48,  and committed 19 turnovers — their two major concerns this conference — as they saw their seven-game winning streak snapped.

"Alam ko naman na binigyan na nila kami ng pitong sunod na panalo and sabi ko nga at some point mauubos 'yung buenas mo sa Alaska e," Guiao told reporters after the game.

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