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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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 PBA.ph.

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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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Sam Daghles. FIBA photo

Jordan national team star Sam Daghles has been through many battles against the Philippines, and he thinks that has helped him settle down in the basketball-mad nation as he takes his talents to the PBA.

Daghles has been tapped by the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters as one of their reinforcements for the PBA Governors’ Cup in May. In the third and last conference of the league’s season, teams are allowed to hire a foreign import with a height limit of 6’5″ as well as an additional Asian player with a height limit of 6’3″.

One of the vital cogs for Jordan, Daghles said he didn’t have any second thoughts about playing in the PBA.

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 Bong Valenzuela, General Manager, Herbalife Philippines; Dr. Jonathan Yarom, Member, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board; PBA Players Terrence, Mark Cardona and Alex Nuyles; and Younghee Chung, Sub-Region Head and General Manager, Korea and the Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines -- Herbalife International Philippines, a global nutrition company, was officially unveiled as the nutrition partner of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) during a press launch at Parmigiano Restaurant in Resorts World Manila over the weekend.

This is first partnership between the PBA, the premier basketball league in the country, and Herbalife.

“We are proud to be the PBA’s Official Nutrition Partner. Herbalife has been active worldwide in promoting good nutrition and healthy, active lifestyle. We sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and more champions in many other sports," William Rahn, Herbalife Senior Vice-President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific, said.

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Paul Lee drives to the hoop against Ranidel De Ocampo. PBA Images

Rain or Shine may have won Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals, but Elasto Painters guard Paul Lee still lost something in the game — his tooth, that is.

During the third quarter of Rain or Shine’s 109-97 win on Sunday, Lee received an elbow from Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson who was then driving to the basket.

As Johnson was slapped with an offensive foul, Lee had to exit the game for a moment to have his teeth attended. But the guard, who finished with 17 points, eventually returned to help Rain or Shine take a 2-1 series lead.

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There's no love lost between Rain or Shine and Ivan Johnson. KC Cruz

Ivan Johnson allegedly challenged another PBA player to a post-game fight following Talk 'N Text's loss to Rain or Shine in Game Three of the Commissioner's Cup finals on Sunday.

Elasto Painters guard Ryan Arana exchanged words with the import in the hallway of Araneta Coliseum, causing a small commotion after the highly-physical game.

"Sabi niya kanina, 'Let's do it later.' Sabi ko, 'Why later? Let's do it now," Arana told reporters of their encounter during the game.

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