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Sam Daghles of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Slowly but surely, Talk ‘N Text is regaining its championship form with its vital cogs returning from injuries.

After Ranidel de Ocampo came back from a hamstring injury to lead the Tropang Texters to a win over the Alaska Aces last May 17, Castro made his 2015 Governors’ Cup debut to boost Talk ‘N Text to its third win at the expense of NLEX Tuesday night.

“Sabi lang ni coach hanapin mo agad yung rhythm mo once na makuha mo bola,” Castro said after his team’s 108-89 victory. “If you’re open shoot it para at least makuha mo agad yung confidence mo. So buti naman yung first three shots ko may na-shoot akong isa.”

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Maybe there's enough urgency to go around that both the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors will play at a level that's appropriate for the Western Conference finals. The Warriors didn't begin the series that way, the Rockets were mysteriously passive in their first home game, and the Warriors treated Game 4 as if their preparation consisted of reading the statistics about how all 116 previous NBA teams that went ahead 3-0 wound up winning the series.

The Warriors should be sufficiently jolted after watching Stephen Curry crash to the court in the second quarter of Game 4. They actually played their best stretch of the game when the action resumed, most notably by Klay Thompson. Curry checked out OK, but the prospect of advancing to the NBA Finals without subjecting him or anyone else to additional peril rid them of any remaining complacency.

The Rockets remain on the brink of elimination, a situation that has brought out the best in them throughout these playoffs. They're now 4-0 in those circumstances, dating back to when they fell behind 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round. Maybe it's because it seems to bring out the best in Josh Smith.

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After review, the NBA elected not to suspend Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, the league announced Tuesday.

League officials deemed that Howard's blow to Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut did not rise to the standard that would trigger an upgrade to a flagrant foul 2. Howard, who was called for a flagrant 1, would have been given an automatic suspension had the foul been upgraded due to previous flagrant fouls in the playoffs.

"I deemed it unnecessary but not unnecessary and excessive," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. "It wasn't over the limit."

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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 ]

NBA

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 ]

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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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