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Lee missing a tooth when Painters gun for 3-1 (April 21, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee is attended to by the medical staff after getting hit by an errant elbow of Talk 'N Text import Ivan Johnson. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

PAUL Lee, Rain or Shine’s super point guard, will be missing a tooth when Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals is played tomorrow at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

Lee has elected to forego a dental implant until the end of the Elasto Painters’ championship series with the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

The Painters hold a 2-1 lead after blasting the Texters, 109-97, last Sunday.

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Cavs' supporting cast steps up in Game 1 (April 21, 2015)
Dave McMenamin [ Source: ESPN ]

Tristan Thompson of Cleveland Cavaliers. David Richard/USA TODAY Sports

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The voting results for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year were announced Monday, with Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson finishing a distance fifth behind the winner, Toronto’s Lou Williams.

While Thompson won’t be receiving any hardware for his role, the fourth-year big man was rewarded for his efforts off the bench with the first playoff win of his career in the Cavaliers’ 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in Sunday’s Game 1.

Thompson had 12 points and six rebounds (four on the offensive glass) in 26 minutes and helped dig the Cavs out of an eight-point deficit in the second quarter with his infusion of energy on the boards and in the paint.

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MIAMI -- Pat Riley finds himself leaning his head to the left quite a bit these days. There's an irritated nerve in his neck, and it's far from comfortable.

"It's killing me," Riley said. "But I'm not going to make an excuse for it."

Such was the metaphor that Hall of Famer and president of the Miami Heat used to assess the 2014-15 season. Excruciating as it often was, Riley is still convinced the team that he helped assemble should be in the playoffs right now.

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Rain or Shine teammates react after Jericho cruz sinks a clutch three-pointer. Sports5/Pranz kaeno billones

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine rookie Jericho Cruz admits jitters got the best of him in the first two games of the PBA Commissioner's Cup, but he was able to make up for it with a solid performance in the third game of the best-of-seven series.

Cruz was held scoreless in the first two games against Talk 'N Text, but had 14 points in Game 3 – 10 of which came in the final quarter.

"'Yung first two games ko, masyado akong gigil at excited kasi first Finals ko eh," Cruz admitted in an interview with

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Portland Trail Blazers had a laminated card in their locker room at the FedExForum on Sunday that included the phrase "We don't lose to Spanish players."

The Memphis Grizzlies, the Trail Blazers' opponent in their Western Conference first-round series, feature one of the NBA's most prominent Spanish players, All-Star center Marc Gasol.

Gasol, who was born in Barcelona, responded to the comment Monday. "I don't know where it comes from, and I don't know what it means," Gasol said after practice, according to The Oregonian. "I have better things to think about than what they're writing on the wall. They've had Spanish players on their team in the past. I can think of three in the recent past. I don't know and I don't care."

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Archers launch Filoil title defense April 25 (April 21, 2015)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Local Basketball

THE COUNTRY’S top collegiate teams slug it out before the bigger tournaments ahead as the 9th Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup gets going this Saturday.

Defending champion La Salle faces a tough climb to a third title, leading a formidable 18-team field at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Archers will not only contend with the strongest teams based in Manila, but also those from Cebu.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man's arrest on aggravated assault and other charges.

The Centre Daily Times reports that 22-year-old Daniel Mondelice was first arrested early Saturday after fighting with another man over whether Air Jordan or King James reigns supreme.

It wasn't clear which player Mondelice backed.

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Why Paul Lee returned to game despite losing several teeth (April 21, 2015)
Marisse Panaligan [ Source: GMA Network ]

Paul Lee returned to action sans several teeth. KC Cruz

Paul Lee lost a tooth in the third quarter of finals Game Three on Sunday, but the star guard came back midway in the fourth quarter and finished the match for Rain or Shine.

He took an elbow to the mouth at the 5:07 mark of the third courtesy of a charging Ivan Johnson, who was assessed with an offensive foul.

Lee went back to the locker room to have the bleeding checked by team doctors, who found that two of his front teeth sank deeper into the gum.

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Spurs looking to free up Leonard (April 21, 2015)
Michael C. Wright [ Source: ESPN ]


LOS ANGELES -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called forward Kawhi Leonard a "neophyte as far as things we're doing with him" before Sunday's 107-92 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Leonard certainly won't graduate to expert level by Game 2. But with a day off from practice to rest and reflect before the teams meet again Wednesday night at Staples Center, the forward and the Spurs hope at least to find a way to minimize the impact of Los Angeles' double teams.

"You know, he didn't have a great night. But he tried. He competed," Popovich said of Leonard. "I thought their defense was, again, better than our offense. Their double-teams on him really hurt him."

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Al Horford uncertain for Game 2 (April 21, 2015)
Kevin Arnovitz [ Source: ESPN ]

Al Horford has averaged 16.2 points on 57.4 percent shooting in five games vs. Brooklyn this season. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

ATLANTA -- Hawks center Al Horford said Monday that "there's still some question" whether he will play in Game 2 of Atlanta's first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

Horford dislocated his right pinkie in the fourth quarter of the Hawks' 99-92 win over the Nets in Game 1 on Sunday at Philips Arena. He immediately left the game to get treatment in the Hawks' locker room and returned to action with just under six minutes remaining in the game, missing both of his shot attempts.

"It's sore," Horford said. "I've just been doing a lot of treatment on it last night and this morning."

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