|Today - 3:00PM - Smart Araneta Coliseum|
|Today - 5:15PM - Smart Araneta Coliseum|
Petron Blaze, the only unbeaten team this conference despite a depleted roster, tries to extend its winning streak to five games as it clashes with Alaska today in the PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With four key players still recovering from injuries, the Boosters test the mettle of the Aces (2-3) in the “Petron Saturday Special” at 5:45 p.m., right after the 3:30 p.m. encounter between Barako Bull (2-2) and winless Air21 (0-5).
Chris Lutz is expected to play against the Aces after coach Gee Abanilla opted to rest him despite being in full-battle gear in Wednesday’s 96-90 comeback win over Barako Bull. The former national team cager has been nursing some pain on his right thigh.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant will make his season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center.
It will mark his first game since tearing his left Achilles nearly eight months ago.
Bryant announced the news by linking to a two-minute video on his Facebook page Friday afternoon. The video showed his No. 24 Lakers uniform floating in the middle of the screen and being battered by the elements -- wind, rain, snow, etc.
Air 21 continues their hunt for their first win in the conference against Barako Bull.
The Express are coming off two straight overtime losses, and would like to snap its streak against the team that defeated them in their opening duel last November 20.
After a promising start, Barako Bull has stumbled with two straight defeats, and is looking to repeat their 88-75 victory to get back on the winning track.
The Houston Rockets are telling other teams that they intend to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik by Dec. 19, according to sources familiar with the team's plans.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets began calling potential trade partners Friday to let them know they intend to deal Asik between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19.
The significance of such a specific window is two-fold. Dec. 15 is the first day players who signed new contracts in the offseason can be plugged into trades, and Dec. 19 is the last day any player acquired by Houston in an Asik deal can be repackaged with other players before the league's Feb. 20 trade deadline.
Stuck in a slump to begin his third season in the league, Rain or Shine hotshot Paul Lee began to look back at the start of his PBA career to get some clues on how to get his mojo back.
“Kahit ako nagtataka rin na kung bakit nung unang conference ko grabe ako umatake, kahit sino inaatake ko,” said Lee. “Inisip ko lang siya parati lately and ibinalik ko ulit sa laro ko.”
It proved to be effective as Lee broke out for 26 points in the Elasto Painters’ victory on Friday night against San Mig Coffee, easily his best game of the season after averaging just 7.8 points in Rain or Shine’s first four matches.
The NBA fined Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson $25,000 on Friday for comments he made about officiating last week after a game in which he was assessed a technical foul.
"They hate me, they hate me," Robinson said, according to The Denver Post, after the Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 97-95 on Nov. 29. "I don't know why, but it is what it is.
"I already know I've got the target on my back, but I'll play through it. I don't care. I really don't. It doesn't bother me none."
Mark Barroca was one of the last guys out of the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers locker room after their 86-83 defeat to Rain or Shine.
The third-year guard was the leading scorer for his team with 23 points, but he missed a layup with four seconds left that could have tied the game.
“Hindi talaga para sa amin. Kung para talaga sa amin, mag-o-overtime yun. OK sa amin itong ganitong talo kasi experience sa amin ito,” said Barroca.
Paul Lee scored eight straight points entering the final two minutes of the game as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters quelled a late run by the San Mig Coffee Mixers for an 86-83 victory, Friday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lee had 26 points, scoring all but three in the opening and closing frames, making 5-of-9 three pointers and 10-of-15 shooting overall. Jeff Chan supplied 11 points, four rebounds and five assists.
The first thing that Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao did after the game was to praise the Mixers' gutsy play:
With Dwyane Wade missing numerous games as he manages knee issues, the Miami Heat have recently started trade talks looking for backcourt help, multiple league sources told ESPN.
Wade missed his fifth game of the season Thursday night, this one due to illness, as the visiting Heat lost 107-87 to the Chicago Bulls.
Coach Erik Spoelstra started Ray Allen in Wade's spot, the first start of Allen's tenure with Heat. Allen is the third player Spoelstra has tried in place of Wade this season.
In GlobalPort’s first victory this season, the Batang Pier relied on a 34-points explosion from rookie sensation Terrence Romeo to turn back Air 21.
In their second win on Friday against the Meralco Bolts, it was a more balanced attack that did the job despite Romeo having an off game.
Sol Mercado had 33 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while Jay Washington added 27 points and 10 rebounds for GlobalPort, whose win-loss record improved to 2-3.