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Calvin Abueva of Alaska. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Star Hotshots and Alaska Aces aim to get back to the winning column.

The Hotshots (1-3) are on a three-game slump and hope to end it to avoid being buried to the bottom of the standings.

The Aces (3-1) are looking to occupy the solo second spot and bounce back from a 104-103 loss to Talk ‘N Text last week.

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Lakers begin pre-draft workout process (May 27, 2015)
Baxter Holmes [ Source: ESPN ]


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers invited their first group of potential draftees to their practice facility for pre-draft workouts Tuesday, beginning a weekslong evaluation process involving dozens of prospects leading up to the June 25 draft.

Six prospects went through a battery of drills, interviews and more with Lakers staffers and coaches, though none of the prospects were big-name players whom the Lakers were considering taking with the No. 2 overall pick.

Those players -- expected to include Duke center Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns -- are expected to work out with the team in the coming weeks.

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June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer. Sports5/Pranz kaeno Billones

The Barako Bull Energy target to maintain their still-flawless record as they test their wares against the streaking San Miguel Beermen in PBA Governors’ Cup action Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Barako Bull and San Miguel lock horns at 4:15 p.m. before the nightcap between the Star Hotshots and the Alaska Aces at 7 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

The Energy (4-0), the tournament’s surprise leader, are the only remaining unbeaten squad in the tournament. They added Meralco to their list of victims after a 105-99 win last Sunday.

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Young and hungry? (May 27, 2015)
Chris Forsberg [ Source: ESPN ]


The Boston Celtics own four picks in next month's draft, but nothing inside the lottery, which, barring a trade to move up, leaves some observers skeptical about whether the team can add the sort of player that will contribute immediately and help this team take another step forward in its building process.

Maybe that's why some Celtics fans have taken a more optimistic approach and suggested that, maybe in a way, Boston does have a lottery pick in guard James Young.

The line of thinking is that Young, snagged last year at No. 17, would be a lottery pick this summer if he had stayed for his sophomore season at Kentucky. It's impossible to know exactly how Young's stock might have shifted with another year at college, but here's what we do know: After Young's injury-detoured rookie season spent largely under the cloak of the Development League, the Celtics are hopeful the 19-year-old can display the sort of progress necessary to catapult him toward a rotation-caliber player next season.

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Jayson Castro of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters just got a little more dangerous with the return of PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference Jayson Castro, who played his first game of the conference on Tuesday.

‘The Blur’ was back to his old ways, blowing past defenders en route to 19 points, alongside five rebounds and five assists.

More importantly, his presence added another weapon for a Tropang Texters side that already has plenty of firepower, evident in the team’s 108-89 victory over NLEX, where six players finished in double figures for Talk ‘N Text.

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HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Kevin McHale said Tuesday nearly the entire team arrived safely at their homes following Monday's Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after severe storms battered the area.

McHale said as far as he knew no player was stuck on the side of the road because of flooding in the Houston area.

Star center Dwight Howard was stuck at the arena until roughly 2:30 a.m. ET with his son because the highway he lives off was closed due to flooding.

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‘Swift medical help came for CJ’ (May 27, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Local Basketball

OFFICIALS of a preseason basketball league said Tuesday proper emergency medical assistance were given Carl Jimwell “CJ” Servillon, the Jose Rizal University high school basketball player who collapsed on court and died two days later.

Organizers of the Filoil-Flying V Hanes Premier Cup said the on-site medic immediately attended to Servillon before he was rushed to the hospital.

Servillon’s relatives, however, told reporters that the league had been negligent.

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Jayson Castro of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters got a big lift with the return of Jayson Castro, the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference, as they got past sister team NLEX, 108-89, on Tuesday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Castro tallied 19 points alongside five rebounds and five assists in a little over 28 minutes from off the bench to help his team improve grab a share of second place alongside Alaska and Kia (3-1).

Import Steffphon Pettigrew led the way with 26 points while several other players finished in double figures for the Tropang Texters.

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This whole Zach LaVine dunking thing is really getting silly now.

LaVine, the gravity-defying NBA slam dunk champ, continues to terrorize baskets with above-the-rim slams that resemble "SlamBall" at a trampoline park. He temporarily diverted our attention from the great conference finals action with his eye-popping 44-inch vertical (above) jump over the weekend followed by this awesome aerial act of alley-oop dunking footballs:

LaVine's route-running could use a little work, but his dunk game is five fire emojis-certified.

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Tab keeps Gilas Cadets sharp for Singapore meet (May 27, 2015)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Marcus Douthit. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines - Even as the Gilas Cadets, reinforced by Marcus Douthit, bowled over the opposition by an average of 68.4 points at the recent Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championships, coach Tab Baldwin isn’t taking the competition lightly in the Philippines’ bid for a 17th gold medal in men’s hoops at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore on June 5-16.

Since the SEA Games welcomed the Philippines in 1977, basketball has been played in the biennial 11-nation conclave in 17 of 19 stagings. The Philippines has won 16 gold medals so far with Malaysia the only other country to hit paydirt in 1989. Basketball was not played in the SEA Games in Manila in 2005 because of the Philippines’s suspension by FIBA and in the 2009 edition in Laos because of the host nation’s prerogative.

Gilas Cadets team manager Butch Antonio said the other day practices continue to be held every day from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Meralco gym until departure for Singapore. “Coach Tab made two changes from the SEABA lineup with Bobby Ray (Parks) leaving for the US to try his luck in the NBA summer league and Russell (Escoto) out because he wasn’t in the original roster submitted to the SEA Games organizers last March,” said Antonio. “After the SEABA Championships, coach Tab gave the team a one-week break then resumed daily practice except for two days to allow those playing in the PBA D-League to finish their commitments. Coach Tab doesn’t want the team to lose its tenacity. The guys are in shape so coach Tab wants to keep that edge. We’re bringing in two new guys, Baser (Amer) and Prince (Rivero), so there will be some adjustments to be made.”

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