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Jayson Castro pops a three-pointer over Wayne Chism and Ty Tang. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters look to overtake the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and grab the series lead in Game Three of their best-of-seven PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Tip-off is set at 5 p.m. live on TV5 with the series currently tied at 1-1.

The Elasto Painters are aiming to duplicate their impressive 116-108 win in Game Two last Friday where they had to rally from a 17-point first half deficit and survive a 44-point performance from Jayson Castro.

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New Orleans Pelicans' Tyreke Evans (1) and Alexis Ajinca shoot during NBA basketball practice in Oakland, Calif., Friday, April 17, 2015. The Pelicans play the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 in the first round of the NBA playoffs on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tyreke Evans is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his left knee later Saturday after banging knees with Golden State's Andre Iguodala and suffering a contusion that knocked him out of Game 1 of the team's first-round series.

After the game, without yet knowing the full extent of the injury, Evans said he "felt a little pop, felt a little snap" in the knee in the wake of the first-half collision with Iguodala.

"I never felt nothing like that before," Evans told of the sharp pain.

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Rain or Shine stars Chan, Lee battling injuries in finals (April 19, 2015)
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Paul Lee battled through pain to lead Rain or Shine to victory in Game Two. KC Cruz

Before the Commissioner's Cup finals series against Talk 'N Text, Jeff Chan was still unsure whether he would play for Rain or Shine due to a nagging plantar fascia injury.

He had sat out most of the semifinals against Meralco, seeing action for just five minutes in Game One and then totally resting for the next two games. The Elasto Painters managed to close out the Bolts without him.

The Tropang Texters, however, are a different story. To win the championship, Rain or Shine would need the presence of their best sniper.

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Warriors build big lead, then hold off Anthony Davis, Pelicans (April 19, 2015)
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) points to a teammate after scoring during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 106-99. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Golden State Warriors went up big before holding off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in their playoff opener Saturday.

Klay Thompson added 21 points, and Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut dominated down low as the Warriors looked every bit like the NBA's top seed -- at least for three quarters. They smothered Anthony Davis and the Pelicans with the league's best defense, thrilling a gold shirt-wearing sellout crowd of 19,596 that rocked and roared all afternoon.

The Warriors led by 15 after the first quarter, 18 at the half and 25 late in the third. The Pelicans pulled within four in the final minute behind Davis, who scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, to make the contest seem closer than it really was.

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Washington Wizards' Paul Pierce, center, is congratulated after their 93-86 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

TORONTO -- Paul Pierce beat the Raptors with a veteran mix of brains and baskets.

Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

"It takes the pressure off us and puts it on them now," Pierce said of winning on the road to start the series.

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Jayson Castro challenges the defense of Gabe Norwood. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Jayson Castro has been channeling Stephen Curry since the PBA playoffs began, and it's not just the fans who have taken notice of his semblance to the Golden State Warrior's star guard.

Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism was full of praises after the Talk 'N Text star waxed hot for a another career night on Friday, scoring a monster output of 44 points in Game Two of the Commissioner's Cup finals.

"You can call him JJ (Redick) or any one of those best NBA shooters, you can call him Steph (Curry) right now," Chism said about Talk 'N Text's top guard.

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LeBron James is 9-0 in first-round series, averaging 29.5 PPG. AP Photo/Mark Duncan

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Ten months have passed since LeBron James and the Miami Heat were bounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, losing Games 3 to 5 by an average of 19 points.

While James finds himself on a new team on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff opener against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, that Spurs series, as well as the rest of his playoff history, is on his mind.

"I'm 22-7 in the postseason," James said after Cavs practice Saturday. "So I think about every loss I've ever had, every series loss I've ever had, and all those experiences helped me get to this point. So it's definitely a different challenge for me. I'm going in with a much younger team, with a much [more] inexperienced team than I've had the last four years, but I look forward to the challenge."

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Despite being the No. 3 seed, Blake Griffin and the Clippers are being considered underdogs against the Spurs, a role the team "absolutely, 100 percent," embraces. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Clippers finished the regular season tied for the second-best record in the Western Conference and third best mark overall in the league, but they know where they stand in the court of public opinion entering their first-round series with the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

"According to pretty much every single poll we're supposed to lose," Blake Griffin said Saturday. "We're the underdogs in this. They're the champions. They're the defending champs, and they are that until someone knocks them off."

When Griffin was asked if he embraced the Clippers' unusual "underdog" role despite being the No. 3 seed and having homecourt advantage against the sixth-seeded Spurs, he said, "Absolutely, 100 percent."

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Rain or SHine's Jireh Ibañes holding Chris Tiu. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

He isn’t a star nor one of the big names for Rain or Shine, but veteran Jireh Ibañes makes sure his presence will be felt when his name is called.

Ibanes, known for his defense, showed that in the Elasto Painters’ Game Two win over Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals as he solidly guarded Jayson Castro, among others, late in the game.

As a bonus, he also finished with 12 points and made some crucial plays down the stretch that sealed the Rain or Shine win.

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Last year the Toronto Raptors general manager stepped in front of several thousand fans outside Air Canada Centre before the first game of the playoffs and declared "F--- Brooklyn" before his team took on the Nets.

Saturday he did it again, responding to Washington Wizards veteran Paul Pierce by standing in the so-called "Jurassic Park" outdoor viewing party in Maple Leaf Square.

"I don't give a s--- about 'it'," Uriji screamed into a microphone before walking off stage as thousands decked in Raptors gear roared.

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