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SMB wants no repeat of last year’s disaster (February 06, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Playing hurt during the PBA Philippine Cup finals, San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo gets the privilege of extra days of rest as he and the Beermen prepare for the Commissioner’s Cup. (Ernie U. Sarmiento)

San Miguel Beer Coach Leo Austria is giving his players a short rest before preparing for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the tournament where the Beermen hope to get redemption following a disappointing performance last year.

San Miguel entered the Commissioner’s Cup last season on a high note after winning the Philippine Cup but could not sustain its form, winning just four of 11 games and failed to make the playoffs.

Austria said he plans to make things different this time although the circumstances are the same as San Miguel is coming from winning a championship.

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J.R. Smith, who ranks 18th all-time in 3-pointers made with 1,584, has never competed in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend during his 12-year career. David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith said he knows he can't change the NBA's decision not to include him in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, but he hopes the league reconsiders how it chooses participants for future All-Star festivities.

"Other than stats and analytics and everything they use on everything else, I hope they just use better judgment," Smith said Friday morning when asked what criteria should be weighed when making selections.

Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston's James Harden, Milwaukee's Khris Middleton, Toronto's Kyle Lowry, Miami's Chris Bosh and Phoenix's Devin Booker were invited to participate in the event.

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SMB's June Mar Fajardo protects the ball from Alaska's Calvin Abueva. PBA Media Bureau

 The San Miguel Beermen made history when they rose from a 0-3 standing to claim the Philippine Cup championship.

According to the head coach of San Miguel, the return of center June Mar Fajardo was vital to the team's success.

"Nung nawala siya, nalungkot yung mga players namin, galit na galit sila dun sa nangyari sa kanya," Coach Leo Austria said during an interview on GMA News TV's News to Go on Friday.

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Compton admits: No game plan for Ross’ three-point spree (February 06, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross reacts after hitting one of his four 3-pointers in a 96-89 win over Alaska in Game 7 of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Alex Compton was at it again, PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 7 against the San Miguel Beermen.

When Compton thought there was finally a way to slay the red beast, San Miguel and Chris Ross were there to spoil Alaska’s Game 7 plans.

“We didn’t have a game plan for Chris Ross hitting four threes and turning into Marcio Lassiter,” Compton said after as his Aces once more failed against the Beermen in a Game 7. “After the game, gave him a hug and told him he’s a winner. He’s huge.”

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Turner has become a key player in the Pacers' offense since being inserted into the starting lineup. Ron Hoskins/Getty Images

NEW YORK -- Twenty-four hours after blowing up Twitter, the tall teenager emerges from a black SUV and onto the New York City streets in relative anonymity.

"Who was that?" his driver asks.

That was Myles Turner, a 19-year-old rookie who plays for the Indiana Pacers.

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Compton: ‘I have never felt more empty’ (February 06, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Alex Compton. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Alex Compton is a jolly fellow, always with a joke to crack in English or in Filipino.

And conversation with the Alaska coach will never end without a hearty laugh.

But as he talked on that fateful Wednesday night inside the Mall of Asia Arena press room—minutes after San Miguel Beer completed its incredible rally from 0-3 down to win the PBA Philippine Cup title series—one could “feel” the real Alex Compton.

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 Alaska coach Alex Compton. Photo by Josh Albeda, ABS-CBN News

Although Alaska coach Alex Compton prefers to move on from their bitter loss to San Miguel Beer in the recent PBA Philippine Cup Finals, saying the defeat was a tough one to swallow for the Aces.

“A large part of that is the psychological, mental, emotional thing,” Compton said in Karlo Sacamos’ report to Spin.ph.

“When you look at these numbers [looks at stat sheet], it’s easy to get caught up with numbers. But behind each jersey number is a human being. It has family members, kids, and they’re guys that have dreamed of winning an all-Filipino.”

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Opposing players continue to intentionally foul Andre Drummond this season. The Pistons center is averaging 7.8 free throw attempts per game and is shooting only 35.1 percent from the line. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a little more than three months after saying that rules regarding the "hack-a-player" strategy were unlikely to change, has changed his mind.

"I'm increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer," Silver told USA Today Sports. "Even for those who had not wanted to make the change, we're being forced to that position just based on these sophisticated coaches understandably using every tactic available to them. It's just not the way we want to see the game played."

Silver told ESPN in October that he was "conflicted" on the issue because he sees both sides of the argument about whether the league should do more to try to prevent teams from intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters.

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Opening salvo: Star-Meralco; Blackwater-TNT (February 06, 2016)
Arman Carandang [ Source: Journal ]

D-League

CAN defending champion Talk 'N Text survive in its initial outing in the PBA Commissioner's Cup next week minus its import?

The Texters will play without import Ivan Johnson as they take on Blackwater at the start of the mid-season conference this Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Johnson has been suspended for one game on top of the P50,000 in fines slapped on him for hitting Blackwater's John Paul Erram and for chasing Frank Golla during the two teams' tune-up game Tuesday at the Moro Lorenzo Gym.

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Greg Slaughter vs Mo Tautuuaa. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Ginebra center Greg Slaughter could miss his team’s opening game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against NLEX on Friday due to measles.

The Kings’ center, who was diagnosed of the viral infection on Thursday, could also miss their second game depending on his progress, according to Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.

“He’s out five to seven days. He could possibly miss our first game or two, but nothing is sure for yet,” Cone told INQUIRER Friday. “We’re still waiting to see if he responds to the medicine.”

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