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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, who beat Barangay Ginebra last night to secure the 4th spot, meets the well-rested Meralco Bolts in Game 1 of their Best-of-3 uarterfinals series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Game starts at 5:45pm.

While The Elasto painters had to go through an overtime last night, the Bolts haven't played in 8 days since beating San Mig Coffee last April 14. Fatigue could be a factor tonight.

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Heat use 18-4 run in 4th quarter to seal Game 1 win vs. Bobcats (April 21, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) gestures after shooting a three-point basket during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 99-88. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI -- Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark.

James Jones got his turn Sunday.

And the lift he brought, combined with the expected playoff showings from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, have the Heat off and running in these playoffs.

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Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

When Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism struggled for just six points is the Elasto Painters’ victory last week over the Air 21 Express, coach Yeng Guiao quickly stepped in to reaffirm his faith in his player.

“I don’t think this is the way he plays,” said Guiao after that game. “He’s a lot better in practice. It gives us hope.”

On Sunday night against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Chism bounced back in a big way, scoring 30 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and blocking five shots to lead the Elasto Painters to a crucial win over the Gin Kings.

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Paul George of Indiana Pacers wants to switch up defense (April 21, 2014)
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The Pacers look to find a way to slow down Hawks point guard (and Indiana native) Jeff Teague. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

INDIANAPOLIS -- Atlanta's spread offense is forcing the Pacers to scramble.

All-Star Paul George acknowledged he's likely to spend at least some time defending Hawks point guard Jeff Teague on Tuesday night, though it remains unclear how long he'll keep that assignment in Game 2 or whether the plan could change again before tip-off.

What is clear: Indiana must slow down Teague, a challenge George has already embraced.

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Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters clinched the fourth seed in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on Sunday with a hard-earned 105-101 overtime victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

It was an important win for the squad, which would have fallen to No. 7 for a twice-to-win disadvantage if it had lost the game.

But there was no time to celebrate for Rain or Shine as they have less than 24 hours to gear up for a matchup against the fifth seed Meralco Bolts in Game One of their quarterfinals series on Monday.

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Gregg Popovich sends well wishes to Craig Sager (April 21, 2014)
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SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager's return and "I promise I'll be nice."

TNT's Sager is missing the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. So his son, Craig Sager Jr., filled in for Sunday's broadcast of San Antonio's playoff opener against Dallas, asking Popovich a few questions after the third quarter.

Popovich is famous for his terse answers to in-game questions from Sager and other sideline reporters. Sager even joked about it in a statement Friday confirming his diagnosis: "Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop."

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Gabe Freeman of Brgy. Ginebra. PBA/Nuki Sabio

Gabe Freeman started off like a house on fire in his debut for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday, scoring 17 of his 29 points in the first quarter against Rain or Shine.

But Freeman and the rest of the Gin Kings could not sustain the effort, as the Elasto Painters pulled off a 105-101 escape in overtime.

The defeat relegated Ginebra to the No. 8 seed in the quarterfinals, where they need to win twice against an unbeaten top seed Talk ‘N Text squad.

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Tim Duncan scores 27 points, lifts Spurs past Mavericks in Game 1 (April 21, 2014)
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San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, celebrates after hitting a three-point basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of Game 1 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 90-85. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory.

The Mavericks were not going to let San Antonio beat them with 3-pointers, and they did not want Tony Parker using the lane as his personal playground. So the veteran Duncan overcame a brief injury scare to score 27 points. The Spurs held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 win Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5½ minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming with less than a second remaining.

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2013 third overall pick Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine (R) eludes the defense of 2013 first overall pick Greg Slaughter of Ginebra. Nuki Sabio

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters got a break when Greg Slaughter missed two go-ahead free throws at the tailend of the fourth quarter. They took full advantage of it by defeating the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings 105-101 in overtime, Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The win by the Elasto Painters gave them a 5-4 record, and a best-of-three series against the Meralco Bolts. Ginebra on the other hand was doomed to eighth place, up against the undefeated Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, who are armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.

In the other pairings, San Miguel Beermen, who have the other twice-to-beat edge, play the Air21 Express, while the Alaska Aces and the San Mig Coffee Mixers, who played tonight's curtain-opener, do battle again, with each team needing two wins to advance.

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PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- There were 51 fouls called during the Golden State Warriors' 109-105 win against the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening game of the first-round series on Saturday. But on Sunday, the NBA issued a statement admitting there should have been one more foul called.

With 18.9 seconds left in the game and the Clippers down 107-105, Clippers point guard Chris Paul was dribbling the ball above the arc when he was double-teamed by Steve Blake and Draymond Green. Paul then lost the ball after Green reached in and looked as if he had committed a foul.

The play was reviewed but since no foul was called on the floor, the only reviewable action was who touched the ball last, which was Paul. The Warriors would get the ball, hit two more free throws and go on to win the game.

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