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Romeo Travis of Alaska. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Alaska Aces go for a masterful sweep of the Star Hotshots as they try to dethrone the defending back-to-back champions in Game Three of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Alaska and Star clash at 5 p.m. live on TV5.

The Aces have simply outclassed the Hotshots in their first two meetings in the series. Alaska erased an 18-point deficit in Game One for a 97-91 win, while the team which boasts of a “never-quit” attitude didn’t need such a comeback in Game Two after a 95-74 rout.

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Lakers, Pacers nearing trade that will send Roy Hibbert to L.A. (July 05, 2015)
Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]


The Los Angeles Lakers are nearing agreement on a trade with the Indiana Pacers that will bring them forme‎r All-Star center Roy Hibbert by week's end, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com the teams still are discussing the final framework of the deal but have committed to a swap that will see Hibbert absorbed into the Lakers' salary cap space after they missed out on all of their primary free agent targets.

Thursday is the first day that the deal can be consummated, after a leaguewide moratorium on roster business is lifted, and one source told ESPN.com on Saturday: "It'll get done after July 9," referring to the end of the moratorium period.

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 Wendell Mckines was a one-man wrecking machine for Rain or Shine in Game 2. PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines -- Rain or Shine import Wendell McKines isn’t taking sole credit for his ferocious performance on Saturday night.

Instead, the well-built McKines pointed to coach Yeng Guiao and the rest of his coaching staff for keeping him and the rest of the Elasto Painters focused and conditioned in the PBA Governors Cup.

“I credit (my conditioning) to the coaching staff. The Rain or Shine staff has been preparing us, and us pushing each other, but coach Yeng is the man and the coaching staff because they watch film and break it down,” McKines told sports scribes, shortly after his masterful 53-point effort to power Rain or Shine to a swashbuckling 113-110 win over San Miguel Beer to level their semifinal series at one win apiece.

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San Miguel Beer’s defensive game plan coming into Saturday night’s Game 2 of their best-of-five semifinals series with Rain or Shine had a lot to do with limiting the Elasto Painters import Wendell McKines.

The Beermen tried but failed miserably after losing a game where they made 21 3-pointers and once led by as many as 20 points with only about a quarter and a half left.

It may be inexplicable at first as to how San Miguel would lose such game but the reason behind it was obvious.

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Kevin Durant expects to be fully cleared by August (July 05, 2015)
Royce Young [ Source: ESPN ]

Kevin Durant says he is moving forward in his rehab and is on track to be cleared in August. Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty ImagesORLANDO, Fla. -- With a two-day break in his rehab process to recover from a third surgery on his right foot, Kevin Durant came here to take in some summer league basketball and support the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I've been in OKC since the season ended, since I had surgery," Durant said. "These are my two off days, so I just tried to get out and see some basketball, check out the guys."

Durant said his rehab is entering "Phase 3," with him on the floor taking jump shots but not running and cutting yet. He said everything is on track and that he expects to be fully cleared sometime in August.

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Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

In three decades of coaching in the PBA, Rain or Shine’s veteran mentor Yeng Guiao has probably seen close to everything that could possibly happen in a game.

He doesn’t remember a lot that went quite like this.

Guiao’s Rain or Shine squad refused to wilt despite falling behind by 20 points in the third quarter and managed to come back behind the heroics of Wendell McKines, who scored 53 big points, and Jeff Chan nailing a go-ahead three-pointer to clinch a 113-110 win that tied the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series at 1-all.

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San Miguel Beer's Marcio Lassiter salutes the crowd after hitting one of his career-high 10 three-pointers. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Marcio Lassiter played the best game of his career so far after going on a hot 10-of-13 clip beyond the arc for 31 points in Game Two of San Miguel Beer's best-of-five semifinals series against Rain or Shine on Saturday night.

He could have been Stephen Curry, the main man of his favorite NBA team and 2015 champions Golden State Warriors, as he made five three-pointers in the fourth quarter alone and nine treys total in the entire second half.

The young gunner, however, said channeling the NBA Most Valuable Player was far from his mind during the game.

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LeBron James, Cavaliers not talking yet, according to sources (July 05, 2015)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

LeBron James continues to wait on the Cavaliers to finish their other free-agency business before he will engage in talks with the team, sources say. Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers are busy on several fronts as they attempt to solidify their roster. But for the moment that does not include talks with free agent LeBron James, sources told ESPN.com.

James' agent, Rich Paul, has made it known to the Cavs that serious talks on a new deal for James will not take place until a new contract for restricted free agent Tristan Thompson is in place. Paul also represents Thompson.

James intends to re-sign with the Cavs, sources said, but is not in a hurry.

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Jeffrei Chan's game-winning three. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Rain or Shine sniper Jeff Chan had been struggling with his outside shot all conference long. But when the Elasto Painters’ needed him the most, he and his famed shooting touch were right there to deliver.

The lefty swingman sank a the go-ahead three points with seven seconds remaining in the game, pushing Rain or Shine to a huge 113-110 come-from-behind victory over San Miguel in Game Two of the best-of-five semifinals series on Saturday.

Chan, who shot just 6-for-30 (20%) from three-point range in the elimination round of the PBA Governors’ Cup, kept his confidence up, not shying away from being in position to affect his team’s fortunes despite his struggles.

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The New York Knicks have agreed to acquire restricted free agent Kyle O'Quinn in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic, league sources told ESPN.com.

Thursday is the first day the deal can be officially consummated, after a leaguewide moratorium on roster business is lifted.

The Magic gained the right to swap a future second-round pick with the Knicks in exchange for O'Quinn, sources say. Orlando also obtained cash from New York.

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