|Today - 4:15PM - Mall of Asia Arena|
|Today - 7:00PM - Mall of Asia Arena|
|Finals, Today - 4:00PM - Smart Araneta Coliseum|
MANILA, Philippines – Phoenix veteran JC Intal earned PBA Player of the Week honors after he helped the Fuel Masters race to a 2-1 start in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.
Now back to full health after being sidelined by a foot injury last season, Intal has been in top form for the Fuel Masters in their back-to-back wins.
He fired 22 points, five of which came in the final minute, to lead Phoenix to a 92-85 upset of defending champion San Miguel last Wednesday in Antipolo.
Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, one of the foremost triple-double artists in NBA history, believes Russell Westbrook can average a triple-double this season.
Kidd, who is third of all time in triple-doubles with 107, told ESPN that he could only dream of doing what Westbrook is doing right now. He has been most impressed with Westbrook's ability to win during his streak of five straight triple-doubles -- and do it all without Kevin Durant.
"It can be done," Kidd said of averaging a triple-double in a season, a feat that hasn't been matched since Oscar Robertson did it in 1961-62. "I have always said I think it could be done. You got to have a special player and I think we are looking at a special player."
MANILA, Philippines – Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio offered no excuses for his woeful shooting against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday night, but believed he made enough contributions on the defensive end to make up for it.
Tenorio missed all six of his field goal attempts against Rain or Shine in their PBA Philippine Cup game at the Mall of Asia Arena, and also muffed two crucial free throws when the Gin Kings were in the midst of a fourth quarter rally.
He did have five rebounds and six assists, while also playing solid defense down the stretch as Ginebra forced the Elasto Painters to miss their last 12 shots of the game.
HOUSTON – Boston big man Al Horford said he was impressed with the Houston Rockets' free-agency pitch over the summer.
It was a difficult decision for Horford, whose dad wanted him to play for the Rockets.
Horford, who eventually signed a four-year, $113 million deal with the Celtics, had one of his first free-agent meetings with the Rockets, with Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler among those in attendance.
MANILA, Philippines – A 10-point setback to the Phoenix Fuel Masters represented a massive step forward for a Mahindra squad that has been struggling mightily in the 2016-17 PBA All-Filipino Cup.
After losing their first two games by 22 points, the Floodbuster fought back from a 30-point fourth-quarter deficit against Phoenix and managed to get to within seven points with less than a minute left, before running out of time and settling for a 104-114 defeat.
It was the second time that they tried to mount a comeback but failed. Last Wednesday, they fell behind by 49 points to Rain or Shine, went on a 20-0 run in the third and fourth frames, and lost, 83-105. This time around, they had 21 unanswered points in the final quarter before Phoenix hit enough free throws to ice the game.
When LeBron James sprinted the length of the Oracle Arena floor and soared to meet Andre Iguodala's breakaway layup attempt at the glass in Game 7 of last season's NBA Finals, he was playing in only his 23rd game over a span of 75 days.
The Block has been immortalized as one of the signature plays in NBA history, but it wasn't the first glimpse of vintage LeBron the world witnessed during Cleveland's run to the title. James' 43 dunks during the postseason eclipsed his previous high of 30. At age 31, he consistently appeared to be the spryest player on the floor against younger opponents on Golden State, Toronto and Detroit.
There's little mystery as to why a transcendent superstar subjected to playing as many as five games in a week during the regular season would enjoy a spring revival: In the postseason, that workload was reduced to fewer than a single game every three days. Under the current playoff format, a team never plays on consecutive days, and that format is an admission by the league that at the moment when all eyes are on the NBA and its best talent, the more rest, the better.
Jeron Teng and Ben Mbala vowed to not rest on their laurels even after La Salle earned a passing grade from coach Aldin Ayo in Saturday’s 67-65 win over Ateneo in Game 1 of the best-of-three series for the UAAP basketball championship.
Ayo praised his players for their desire in performing well in the series opener, but Teng and Mbala believe that there are still lapses that need to be fixed ahead of tomorrow’s possible clincher at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I told the team that we have to play better, better than this game,” said Teng, whose go-ahead layup and block on Aaron Black in the dying seconds sealed La Salle’s victory.
University of the Philippines duo of Paul Desiderio and Jett Manuel were caught off guard when they were introduced as part of the Gilas pool on Monday in the Chooks To Go-Gilas Pilipinas Manok ng Bayan press conference at Makati Shangri-la.
“I didn’t know about it,” said Desiderio.
“I’m unaware of it, but (being a part of the national team) has always been my dream ever since,” Manuel said.
MANILA, Philippines – The pressure-packed atmosphere of a De La Salle University-Ateneo de Manila University Finals barely fazed Green Archers guards Kib Montalbo and Aljun Melecio, who delighted in quieting the "blue" side in their Game 1 victory last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Nearly 17,000 fans watched as the Green Archers came away with a nervy 67-65 win over the Blue Eagles, as the favored La Salle team needed a game-winner from Jeron Teng with 15 seconds left to finally put away the young Ateneo squad in the first game of the best of-three UAAP Season 79 Finals series.
Montalbo was instrumental in the win, as it was his crucial steal on Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena that led to Teng's go-ahead shot. Meanwhile, the rookie Melecio had six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, built on a couple of three-pointers that helped La Salle temporarily hold off the Ateneo rally.
The NBA regular season is poised to start a week to 10 days earlier beginning next season as part of scheduling changes planned in the league's forthcoming new labor agreement with the National Basketball Players Association, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that the 2017-18 campaign is earmarked to start in the Oct. 15 to Oct. 20 range -- up from Oct. 25 this season -- to create additional wiggle room that allows the league's schedule makers to further reduce the number of back-to-backs and four-games-in-five-nights sets on the current schedule.
To achieve this change will require a reduction in the preseason schedule. Sources say the current eight-game maximum of exhibition games per team will be reduced to five or six preseason games per team in the new collective bargaining agreement.