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Calvin Abueva of Alaska. PBA Media Bureau Photo

Alaska star Calvin Abueva is ready to move forward from his exclusion from the Philippine national men’s basketball team’s lineup in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament instead focusing on making a splash in his Aces’ campaign in the season-ending Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup.

“Laking motivation para sa akin,” Abueva told InterAksyon.com.

“Pero ito kasing Alaska, ito na yung mother team mo, ito yung priority mo, ito yung trabaho mo, yung hanap-buhay natin.”

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Marcus Simmons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Marcus Simmons isn’t blaming anything or anyone but himself after Phoenix suffered its third straight loss Saturday night.

Simmons had a nightmarish outing, scoring measly seven points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field in a 106-89 setback at the hands of Rain or Shine in a game where the Fuel Masters led by as much as 11 points late in the third quarter.

“I played like s**t and I gotta man up to it and I’ll be ready to play next game,” Simmons told reporters.

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New Warriors trio looks sharp in Team USA's exhibition victory (July 24, 2016)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

Kevin Durant (23 points) wouldn't let Argentina stop him from good work with Draymond Green. Joshua Dahl/USA TODAY Sports

LAS VEGAS -- The watershed moment happened in the second quarter of Team USA's 111-74 win over Argentina on Friday in the first game of the Olympic preparation run. For the first time, new Golden State Warriors teammates Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson shared the floor.

They didn't even realize it.

"When you're out there right now, you don't even think about the fact that we're teammates," Green said. "We're all teammates right now. Honestly, if you want me to be quite frank with you, I didn't even notice me, Klay and KD were out there together."

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Rain or Shine import Dior Lowhorn under the basket against Phoenix center Norbert Torres. PBA Media Bureau photo

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters faced a huge task as they entered the fourth quarter trailing by nine but still ended up with a more than comfortable margin over Phoenix in the end, 106-89, in their 2016 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup clash on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Rain or Shine outscored Phoenix, 41-15, in a lopsided final period to blow their opponents out despite their earlier struggles.

Dior Lowhorn led the Elasto Painters with 26 points and 14 rebounds while JR Quinahan added 18 points, five rebounds and five assists.

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Kris Rosales. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Playing backup to Jayson Castro at TNT was one of the factors Kris Rosales took into consideration in choosing the team he’ll play for in his second crack at the PBA.

For Rosales, who was selected by Barako Bull in the second round of the 2015 PBA Draft but was left unsigned, there was no pros and cons playing behind one of the best guards in Asia.

To him, he saw it as an opportunity to expand his game and grow further as a player being in an environment surrounded by teammates, who are proven veterans and know what it takes to win.

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Jayson Castro of TNT KaTropan wound up with 24 points 7rebounds and 5 assists. PBA Media Bureau

The TNT KaTropa remained undefeated while handing sister team Meralco its first loss after a tough 98-95 decision in the 2016 Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup on Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jayson Castro scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half as he led his team to a second straight win.

He also posted seven rebounds and five assists as he engaged his old teammate Jimmy Alapag in an intriguing point guard battle. Alapag finished with 11 points and 12 assists in the contest.

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Celtics to sign Gerald Green, bring back RFA Tyler Zeller (July 24, 2016)
Chris Forsberg [ Source: ESPN ]

Gerald Green averaged 8.9 points and shot 39.2 percent in 69 games as Dwyane Wade's backup in the Heat's rotation last season. Oscar Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images

The Boston Celtics will sign free-agent swingman Gerald Green, and have agreed to a deal with restricted free agent Tyler Zeller sources confirmed to ESPN.

The news of Green's signing was first reported by the Sporting News, while Zeller's news was first reported by the Boston Herald.

Green is expected to ink a one-year deal worth $1.4 million with the team that originally selected him with the No. 18 pick in the 2005 draft. He spent two seasons with Boston before being dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Kevin Garnett deal in 2007.

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PBA All-Star 2016

The All-Star game could be interesting for Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao, who has been named as the bench tactician for a North team composed of rival players in the PBA.

Guiao will have GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo, Alaska's Calvin Abueva, Star's Marc Pingris, and Barangay Ginebra's Mark Caguioa and Japeth Aguilar as his starters for the game on August 7.

While the fiery coach sees the All-Star game as just another assignment for him to fulfill, the on-court bad blood between him and the players admittedly crossed his mind.

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Mike "Optimus Prime" Glover

GlobalPort has decided to bring in Mike Glover while releasing import Dominique Sutton.

Batang Pier team manager Bonnie Tan said Sutton got an offer to workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers prompting GlobalPort to honor the import’s “NBA out clause.”

“Sutton was offered by NBA team to work out, specifically the Cavs since that is his dream, GBP have decided to grant him his NBA out clause,” Tan said on his Twitter account.

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June Mar Fajardo of SMB. PBA Media Bureau

Reigning back-to-back MVP June Mar Fajardo and rising stars Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo headline the starters handpicked by fans for the 2016 PBA All-Star Game in August.

San Miguel’s Fajardo will team up with fellow Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter, Star Hotshots veteran James Yap and Gin Kings members Scottie Thompson and Joe Devance for the South All-Stars.

Joining GlobalPort’s Romeo and Alaska’s Abueva for the North All-Stars are Star’s Marc Pingris and Ginebra teammates Mark Caguioa and Japeth Aguilar.

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