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Bolts out to keep lead vs NLEX (February 27, 2015)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

JOSH Davis (right) seen here driving against Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar is a doubtful starter for Meralco after getting injured in an out-of-town match. EDWIN BACASMAS

MANILA, Philippines—Easily the biggest surprises of the tournament so far along with Kia, Meralco and Barako Bull hope to sustain their impressive runs when they square off with separate rivals Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

But the pacesetting Bolts could miss hard-working import Josh Davis as they shoot for their sixth win in seven games against the NLEX Road Warriors at 7 tonight.

Davis, who is averaging 20 points and 17 rebounds through six games, is listed as day-to-day after suffering a severe muscle contusion. The 6-foot-8 import fell hard on the floor in the second quarter of a blowout loss to San Miguel Beer in a PBA Petron Special road game in Cagayan de Oro last Saturday and did not return.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will have surgery next week and be sidelined for at least another month.

The team said Thursday that the operation is to repair a "core muscle injury." Collison has missed the past seven games with what the team said was a strained right hip flexor.

The Kings said Collison is to meet with Dr. William Meyers on Monday in Philadelphia. Collison will have surgery Tuesday and be re-evaluated in three to six weeks.

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Barako Bull, Rain or Shine collide; eyes share of 2nd place (February 27, 2015)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Dave Marcelo of Barako Bull Energy. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Barako Bull Energy clash with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters  4:15 p.m with the winner gaining a share of second spot with the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.

Barako Bull’s 4-2 record has come as a pleasant surprise for coach Koy Banal, who said it is a reflection of the hard work the Energy have put in the tournament.

“We don’t have the most competitive of lineups compared to other teams,” said Energy coach Koy Banal. “But the players have shown a willingness to work hard, that’s why we’ve been winning.”

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George put himself on the clock Thursday.

Almost seven months after a gruesome leg injury seemingly ended his season, the Pacers' star finished his first full practice -- three days ahead of schedule. Now, the next countdown can begin: When will he play?

"I've got LeBron tomorrow night," George joked, referring to Indiana's game Friday night against Cleveland.

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Meralco import Josh Davis in action against Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine. Sports5/Kent Clever Cruz

Despite Josh Davis suffering a deep bone bruise to his backside during their last game, Meralco coach Norman Black said that he has no plans of finding a replacement for the injured import.

“You can’t replace a good import like Josh Davis,” Black told in a telephone interview.

“We’re gonna play him tomorrow (Friday).”

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Michael Beasley returns to Miami Heat on 10-day contract (February 27, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Michael Beasley is back for a third stint with the Heat. Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

MIAMI -- Looking for help for the stretch run, the Miami Heat turned to a familiar face.

Michael Beasley is with the Heat for a third time, signing a 10-day contract on Thursday with the team that drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick seven years ago.

Beasley's addition comes less than a week after the Heat learned they would lose All-Star forward Chris Bosh for the remainder of the season because of blood clots on one of his lungs. Miami (25-31) entered Thursday in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

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MANILA, Philippines – KIA's Hyram Bagatsing is immensely grateful to Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao for giving him another opportunity to play high level basketball with the Carnival in the PBA.

Bagasting, speaking to, revealed that he played with Pacquiao in pick-up games but didn't think he would ever get a chance to play in the pro league after a stint in the D-League.

He got his chance, however, when KIA entered the league and his pick-up game teammate was tabbed as the playing coach.

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Are Los Angeles Lakers stuck in the stone age? (February 27, 2015)
Baxter Holmes [ Source: ESPN ]


Jeremy Lin remembers the packet. The Houston Rockets distributed it at season's end, an ocean of personalized data slimmed down to a few pages. It showed that the point guard was one of the NBA's best at driving and making plays at the rim, but that he also struggled shooting from the left wing and 3-pointers off the dribble.

"Things like that, I didn't know," Lin said. It helped shape his offseason training regimen.

Lin is savvy on the subject, one he has been interested in dating back to his playing days at Harvard. He said his agent even doubles as a personal analytics assistant. "I'm not going to overreact to some numbers," Lin said. "I want to know what they are, though."

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Kia's Manny Pacquiao being interviewed in the locker room after his team defeated Talk 'N Text. Photo from @dyancastillejo instagram account

MANILA, Philippines – The KIA Carnival are proving to be giant-killers in the PBA Commissioner's Cup as they claimed the scalp of another former champion team in the form of the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters on Wednesday.

It was KIA's third win of the conference, with their other victories coming against defending champion Purefoods and All-Filipino Cup champion San Miguel Beer.

Against Talk 'N Text, the Carnival overcame a 17-point deficit to notch a 106-103 victory, with import Peter John Ramos tallying 24 points, 25 rebounds, and nine assists.

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Kobe Paras, LA Cathedral crash out of California playoff (February 27, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines—Los Angeles Cathedral and Kobe Paras weren’t so lucky when they faced top-seeded Torrance Bishop Montgomery on Thursday (Manila time).

Cathedral absorbed a 59-47 defeat to Torrance Bishop Montgomery and failed to advance to the semifinals of the Southern Section Open Division, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Oregon State-commit Stephen Thompson Jr. was there for Bishop Montgomery every time Cathedral knocked on the lead.

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