The San Miguel Beermen eyes a second straight win for an early share of the lead in their match against defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots in PBA Philippine Cup action Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen and the Hotshots tangle at 5:15 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between the Barako Bull Energy Cola and the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
San Miguel Beer opened its season with an 87-79 triumph over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters last Tuesday in a game which new coach Leo Austria hopes would be a good start for the team that, despite its star-studded lineup, has failed to meet expectations.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore have been cleared to play in the team's season opener next week.
The Kings said Saturday that a CT scan on Gay's jaw showed no fracture. He was injured in the second quarter of Sacramento's 93-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday night's preseason finale.
The team said McLemore received five stitches above his right eye following a collision with the Lakers' Wayne Ellington in the game in Las Vegas. McLemore also passed a concussion test.
GlobalPort and Barako Bull seek to grab their first wins of the season.
The Batang Pier built a huge lead all throughout only to crumble in the end and yield a 101-96 result to the NLEX Road Warriors last Wednesday.
The Energy Cola also dropped a tight 112-108 overtime game to the Meralco Bolts last Wednesday.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel once again flashed the same fine form they showed in their opener as they put together a dominant performance against expansion team Kia, 87-55, in an out-of-town PBA Philippine Cup clash on Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, Quezon Province.
Ginebra made it back-to-back blowouts to start the season after a 101-81 rout of title contender Talk ‘N Text on opening day.
Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar each scored 16 points to lead Ginebra in the romp.
LAS VEGAS -- Kobe Bryant said Steve Nash can go to sleep at night knowing he did everything he could in order to return this season.
Bryant also said that if he was in Nash's position, he would accept his fate as well.
"You can control what you can control," Bryant said before the Lakers' final preseason game, a 93-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. "He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn't in the cards, if I couldn't get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible."
Purefoods Star Hotshots promising big man Ian Sangalang, a key figure in the team’s Grand Slam campaign last season, will be out for six to eight months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.
Head coach Tim Cone confirmed the development in a text message to InterAksyon.com.
“Ian will be out for six to eight months as it looks like he tore his ACL,” wrote Cone in a text message.
Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan has worked hard to get back into playing shape after suffering an illness a few months before the start of the season and it’s beginning to pay off for the lanky, 6-foot-8 sophomore.
Almazan was diagnosed with hepatitis during the offseason and it took a big toll on his body, with his weight dropping from his usual 200 lbs to just 180.
But he’s back on top of his game now, as he showed in his team’s win over the Blackwater Elite on Friday, scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and providing his usual defensive presence in the paint.
Saigon Heat, the first-ever Vietnamese professional basketball team, have clinched a spot in the semi-finals of the 2014 ASEAN Basketball League for the first time, despite losing their last regular season game on Friday.
The Ho Chi Minh City-based club lost at home 75-100 to Thailand’s HiTech Bangkok City at the CIS Arena in District 7.
The Saigon Heat players were exhausted after a thrilling 75-73 overtime win over the Indonesia Warriors less than 48 hours before their clash with the Thai rivals. The Vietnamese team survived a big late rally from the Warriors to secure their first-ever trip to the ABL playoffs during the game at BritAma Arena, Jakarta, on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES -- The preseason is concluded. Is your team ready for the regular season?
Based on Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers would say yes; the Los Angeles Clippers, not so much.
Damian Lillard scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half, and the bench held off a fourth-quarter rally as the Trail Blazers finished their exhibition schedule with a 99-89 victory Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson is ready for the regular season.
Thompson scored 35 points in nearly 36 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 119-112 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
"Our offense is going good and tonight is a good indication of what we can do," Thompson said. "After eight preseason games we are all ready for the real thing."