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D-League

Barangay Ginebra will not be making any trades soon, nor is there any truth to rumors of fighting among players, team manager Alfrancis Chua said, Wednesday via his Twitter account.

“Again, walang trade saka walang nag away sa team kasi ba 3-5 standing may nag aaway na.” Chua said in a pair of tweets. “Mga haters ng ginebra saka mga walang magawa gumagawa ng gull para may mapag usapan lang.”

Ginebra’s record of 3-5 (eighth place) is a far cry from their league-best 11-3 record in the 2013-14 Philippine Cup, but their place in the quarterfinals has been secured, and last season, they made it all the way to the Finals despite placing seventh.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks over Kenneth Faried # 35 of the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on April 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded.

Griffin will stay home to rest, along with J.J. Redick, while the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers close out the regular season against the Trail Blazers.

They recorded their franchise-record 57th victory with a 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, when Griffin scored 24 points.

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Knicks pound Nets despite Carmelo Anthony's absence (April 16, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

New York Knicks' J.R. Smith (8) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Andrei Kirilenko, of Russia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in New York. The Knicsk won 109-98. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK -- At least the New York Knicks can say they won a city championship.

Only the Brooklyn Nets have a chance to compete for a real one -- though they'd better play a lot better than this.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and the Knicks, playing without the injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Nets 109-98 on Tuesday night to win the season series between city rivals.

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LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin has picked up his 16th technical foul of the season, triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension.

Griffin was assessed the tech with 3:23 left in the second quarter on Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets. He swung his right arm around to try to get the ball from Timofey Mozgov and hit Mozgov in the head.

Griffin pleaded his case with the referees to no avail.

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Rick Adelman, Minnesota Timberwolves facing crossroads (April 16, 2014)
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As the clock ticks down on the Minnesota Timberwolves' regular season finale on Wednesday night, one of the most quietly successful coaching careers the NBA has ever seen could be coming to a close right with it.

Over the past quarter century, Rick Adelman has won more than 1,000 games, developed an innovative offense that influences everyone from Gregg Popovich to Erik Spoelstra and developed a reputation as a master of exploiting opponents' weaknesses while maximizing the talents on his own roster.

But as his 23rd season draws to a close, it does so with everyone involved -- a coach who wanted to make one last playoff push, a franchise hoping to convince its star player not to abandon it, a fan base worn down by mediocrity -- left wanting more.

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NEW YORK -- Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has a small tear in his right labrum, the team announced.

No surgery is required.

Anthony will sit out the final two games of the season and will be re-evaluated in a month, the team said.

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San Miguel Beermen eye No. 2 slot, battle Air21 Express (April 16, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross is trapped by San Mig Coffee's James Mays and Mark Barroca. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer battles Air21 in the only PBA Commissioner’s Cup game slated Wednesday, with the Beermen looking for a win that would give them No. 2 spot in the playoffs sta rting next week at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen have a 6-2 record and can avoid complications of a playoff by winning their 8 p.m. clash with the Express, who will fall at either seventh or eighth—and with a twice-to-win disadvantage—regardless of the outcome.

As things stand, Talk ‘N Text already qualified as No. 1 and will play the No. 8 squad needing to win just once in the quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four. Globalport and Barako Bull were the teams that got the boot.

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Aaron Gordon, the Pac-12 freshman of the year, is coming for the NBA. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are leaving Arizona for the NBA.

One of the top freshmen during the 2013-14 season, Gordon was widely expected to leave after one season in Tucson.

Gordon was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year after averaging 12.4 points and 8 rebounds per game. He is a projected lottery pick, according to ESPN's Chad Ford, and is currently No. 6 on Ford's Big Board.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas have decided to enter the NBA draft.

They made their announcements Tuesday.

A source close to the situation previously told ESPN that Stauskas would leave for the draft.

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Air21's Eliud Poligrates scores on a fastbreak. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines – Despite his team’s 82-87 loss to Rain or Shine on Monday, Air21’s Eliud Poligrates is grateful for being given more playing time against the Elasto Painters.

The 26-year-old guard played a conference-high 24 minutes during his breakout performance against Rain or Shine, while helping Air21 climb back from a 13-point deficit.

“First time ulit dito sa Air21. 'Yun 'yung pinakamahabang playing time ko dito,” said Poligrates in the PBA website.

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