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Ranidel de Ocampo and Kevin Louie Alas. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters are just one win away from bagging the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title, and star forward Ranidel De Ocampo knows exactly what the team has to do to complete the task ahead.

“Sa tingin ko, ‘yung pagpunta namin bukas sa praktis, kailangan championship mentality na kami,” De Ocampo told “Kailangan talagang excited kami sa gagawin namin, kailangan focused kami, meron kaming killer’s instinct.”

De Ocampo has been playing superb all series long, and he stamped his class anew as the Tropang Texters, after losing two straight games, seized the 3-2 series lead. He finished with 27 points and eight rebounds in his team’s 103-94 win over Rain or Shine in Game Five.

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Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao has noticed that Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson is beginning to focus on helping his team on the floor rather than engage in the antics that has caught the ire of several opponents and has cost him dearly in fines.

In Game Five, a focused Johnson posted 27 points and six rebounds to help lead his team to a 3-2 series lead and move within a win from the capturing the franchise’s seventh PBA championship.

But more than that, Johnson’s steady play, coupled with some fine performances from teammates Ranidel De Ocampo and Jayson Castro, has made the Tropang Texters nearly impossible to stop.

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Jeffrei Chan played only the 1st 2 games of the series. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Rain or Shine sniper Jeff Chan has been ruled out for the rest of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals due to a foot injury.

After playing the first three games of the best-of-seven series, Chan missed the last two because of nagging pain to his torn plantar fasciitis, the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot, according to Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao.

“Wala na si Jeff. The doctor has been trying to help him out with some injections on his foot to minimize the pain pero ‘yung last game tsaka ngayon ‘di na umeepekto yung injection so baka napunit na yung plantar fasciitis niya,” Guiao said. “Which is also good kasi kailangang mapunit yun para mag-heal.

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Talk 'N Text head coach Jong Uichico. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Talk ‘N Text put itself in great position after a Game Five triumph over Rain or Shine that gave them a 3-2 series lead but their coach, Jong Uichico, knows that this series is far from over.

They are one win away from that title, but that victory isn’t likely to come easy.

“Di pa naman tapos, alam nating apat ang kailangan. Alam naman natin na yung Rain or Shine, laging naglalaro yan eh,” Uichico told sportswriters after the game, a 103-94 victory for his side.

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Ranidel de Ocampo. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters moved within reach of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title after dismantling Rain or Shine, 103-94, in a steady Game Five showing on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

They dominated the second quarter and took leads of as high as 20 points before weathering some big shots from Rain or Shine in the endgame to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven title series.

Ranidel De Ocampo and Ivan Johnson each scored 27 points to lead the way for the Tropang Texters

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates the Warriors' 123-119 overtime victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS -- Stephen Curry wasn't about to turn down the music or put any kind of damper on a giddy locker room celebration that seemed more reminiscent of a series-clinching triumph.

The Golden State Warriors still need one more victory to close out their first-round playoff series with New Orleans, yet couldn't help but exchange congratulatory embraces after the stunning, character-defining rally they pulled off in Game 3.

Curry scored 40 points, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to complete a 20-point, fourth-quarter comeback, and the Warriors beat the Pelicans 123-119 in overtime Thursday night to take a 3-0 series lead.

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Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose reacts after scoring during the second overtime of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Bulls won 113-106 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE -- Jimmy Butler intercepted the errant pass and darted the other way for a fast-break basket.

Finally, the Chicago Bulls were able to shake free from the pesky Milwaukee Bucks.

Derrick Rose scored 34 points, and Butler added 24 in the Bulls' 113-106 double-overtime victory Thursday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

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LeBron James scores 31 as Cavs grab 3-0 series lead over Celtics (April 24, 2015)
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James pulls up his sleeve while facing the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON -- LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series.

James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since a masterful performance in the 2012 postseason. And Cleveland moved one win away from a sweep in its first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory Thursday night.

James arrived an hour early at the morning shootaround, accompanied by teammate J.R. Smith. It was a sign of his leadership, according to coach David Blatt.

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Will 'inner Brad' push Raps to outer limits? (April 24, 2015)
Ohm Youngmisuk [ Source: ESPN ]


WASHINGTON –- The Toronto Raptors know they must contain Bradley Beal if they are going to have any chance of getting back into this best-of-seven series.

So perhaps in addition to finding a better way to defend the sweet-shooting Wizards guard, the Raptors should also try not to incite Beal as well.

Beal scored 28 points in Game 2 to help Washington seize a 2-0 lead heading back to D.C. and he did so with an edge.

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Rick Carlisle: Trade for Rajon Rondo 'a risk worth taking' (April 24, 2015)
Tim MacMahon [ Source: ESPN ]

"That [Rondo] trade was a risk worth taking," Rick Carlisle said. "We all agreed on that. Now, we're at a point where, hey, it's time to move on." Jason Miller/Getty Images

DALLAS - The results of the Rajon Rondo trade were far from what the Dallas Mavericks hoped, but coach Rick Carlisle nevertheless considers the deal "a risk worth taking."

Rondo's tenure with the Mavs all but officially ended Wednesday, when the team announced that he'd be out indefinitely with a previously undisclosed and untreated back injury a day after he played fewer than 10 minutes in a Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets. Carlisle said he did not expect Rondo, a free agent this summer, to wear a Mavs uniform ever again.

Dallas traded three players (Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and Jameer Nelson) and two draft picks (a protected first-rounder and a second-rounder) to Boston for Rondo and rookie center/forward project Dwight Powell in December.

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