Friday, November 29, 2013

Fastbreak 2 for Yolanda is already tomorrow

Kiefer Ravena and friends organized the first Fastbreak for the victims of Sendong back in January 2012. With the aftermath of Yolanda, they banded together again to set up Fastbreak2, this time for the victims of Yolanda.

Scheduled on November 30 at the Blue Eagle Gym, this will feature a exhibition game features these guys:

In addition, there is a halftime portion, which includes recent UAAP women's volleyball standouts who have just graduated, like Melissa Gohing, Michele Gumabao and Jen Reyes.

For more details, you may proceed to their Facebook page.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Champions for a Cause exhibition basketball match announced

In an effort to raise money for the relief operations, the champions of the two premier collegiate basketball leagues will face each other on the hardcourt.

UAAP champions La Salle and NCAA champions San Beda will play in the Champions for a Cause on December 7. Tip-off is scheduled at 12nn at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum and will be shown LIVE on TV5, with a replay scheduled at 9pm on AksyonTV.

If you are going to watch it at the Big Dome, tickets will cost PhP 1000 for Patron, PhP 500 for Lower Box, PhP 300 for Upper Box A, PhP 150 for Upper Box B and PhP 20 for General Admission.

Sports5 Head and SMART-Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes says, “Sports5 is privileged to be collaborating with the schools and Fil-Oil Flying V in presenting this rare basketball game where the two best collegiate teams will be giving their best for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Basketball fans will surely enjoy this game where everyone wins,”

Both teams are also scheduled to face each other before this game, as they have earned their spot in the PCCL Final Four, which will have a round-robin format once the four teams have been revealed. (Already booking their spot alongside the two is Southwestern University, while ongoing right now is the Luzon-Metro Manila qualifiers)

San Beda just secured its fourth straight title in the NCAA, surviving Letran in a repeat of last year. Led by Boyet Fernandez, he will entrust it to his core, led by Finals MVP Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer, Rome de la Rosa and Ola Adeogun.

La Salle ended their championship drought by beating the University of Santo Tomas in a dramatic finals. Led by Juno Sauler, he has solid rotation led by their Finals MVP Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Almond Vosotros and Arnold Van Opstal.

Sports Advisory for PBA and UFL games to be televised today, November 28

Heads up.

The PBA has a doubleheader scheduled later today featuring the matchup of the Alaska Aces and the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, as well as the GlobalPort Batang Pier against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

If you want to catch these two games LIVE, you can watch them on AksyonTV starting at 530pm.

If you missed out on the games, you can still watch them again, this time on TV5. The Ginebra-GlobalPort game will be shown tonight at 11pm, followed by the Alaska-TNT game at 1am.

If you think that is really late, TV5 will also have a replay of the two games tomorrow, November 29, starting at 8pm. They will show the Alaska-TNT game first, followed by GlobalPort-Ginebra.

For football fans, due to the sudden change of schedule, with the PBA having to temporarily take over AksyonTV's time slot, the UFL will be shown on IBC-13, starting at 5pm, featuring the remaining UFL Cup quarterfinal matches (Air Force vs Union Internacional - Manila & Stallion vs Pachanga Diliman).

The PBA is also scheduled to have a doubleheader on Tuesday, December 3 featuring TNT vs GlobalPort and Meralco vs Ginebra, so they will show that doubleheader on AksyonTV, forcing the UFL to move its telecast of the UFL Cup semifinal matches to IBC-13.

Sixers officially announce Iverson jersey retirement

Photo c/o Clarence Tabb, Jr. from The Detroit News via USA Today
Just before the start of the season, Allen Iverson announced his official retirement from the NBA. The question then was, when are they going to put the 3 on the Wells Fargo Center rafters?

We now have that answer.

The Sixers are going to have their Allen Iverson jersey retirement on March 1, against the Washington Wizards.

According to Sixers CEO Scott O'Neill, “Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform. Allen left everything out on the court and no one could ever question his heart – he was relentless, fearless and pound-for-pound, was one of the greatest to ever play the game.”

"The Answer" played 722 games for the 76ers (6th best in franchise history), logging in 29,879 minutes (2nd most in franchise history). He averaged 27.6 points, which is tied with the legendary Wilt Chamberlain as the highest in Philly.

Other franchise accolades:

Iverson also ranks among the top players in Sixers history in field goals made (3rd, 6,962), field goals attempted (2nd, 16,543), free throws made (2nd, 5,122), free throws attempted (2nd, 6,576), assists, (3rd, 4,385), steals (2nd, 1,644) and points (2nd, 19,931).

During the course of his career, Iverson would go on to earn the following accolades :

NBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
3× All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2002, 2003)
11× NBA All-Star (2000–2010)
All-NBA Third Team (2006)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997)
4× NBA scoring champion (1999, 2001, 2002, 2005)
2× NBA steals leader (2003, 2005)

Of course, there are those lasting images to accompany the feats, from the crossover to the step-over. There is no question he belongs up in the rafters alongside the other Sixers legends.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

UEFA sympathizes with the Philippines

UEFA expressed its solidarity with the Philippines as the nation picks up the pieces in the aftermath of SuperTyphoon Yolanda.

This scene was seen or will be seen in all of the Matchday 5 venues of the UEFA Champions League Group Stages.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Warriors and Blazers fireworks

c/o Sports Illustrated via Ben Margot/AP
While most of us were focused on a boxing match on Sunday, the Roaracle hosted something of that sort at that moment as well.

Three players (Mo Williams, Draymond Green and Wesley Matthews) were ejected (although for Matthews, it was because he incurred his second technical from the incident in question) from the game after further review.

The league just handed out its corresponding sanctions earlier today.

One-game suspensions for Andrew Bogut (to be observed against New Orleans) and Williams (to be observed against New York). Fines were levied for LaMarcus Aldridge, Matthews and Green. 

Kobe = Laker for Life

c/o Lakers' Twitter account
Any questions on Kobe's future in the league have been virtually addressed.

The Los Angeles Lakers officially revealed that they have signed a two-year extension with the Black Mamba that could possibly allow him to become a "Laker for life." Even Kobe himself acknowledged that:

c/o Kobe Bryant's Twitter account

Terms of the deal were not disclosed officially, but multiple media reports have pegged it to be worth $48.5 million. When broken down, the amount per year will ensure Bryant remains the highest-paid player in the league, even when you consider that this is already a pay cut from his current $30 million salary. He also gets to keep certain quirks from his old contract, like his no-trade clause, for instance.

If he completes the extension, Kobe will have spent twenty years wearing the purple and gold, which would be the longest that one player would have spent with one team.

Meanwhile, the comeback trail continues, as he gets closer and closer to being able to play, although he will not play in Washington to open their road trip. 

Derrick Rose is done for the 2013-14 NBA Season

from the Chicago Bulls website. Photo c/o Cameron Browne/NBAE/Getty Images
As what we shared on Sunday, Derrick Rose was announced to have been shelved indefinitely. Earlier today, that length has been defined a little bit.

The Bulls announced that he will be out for the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair the meniscus on his right knee.

The statement reads:

Earlier this morning, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery to repair his previously torn medial meniscus in his right knee. The surgery was performed at Rush University Medical Center by Chicago Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole and team physician Dr. Chuck Bush Joseph.

Rose is out for the remainder of the season. He suffered his injury in the third quarter of Chicago’s loss at Portland on Friday night.

The team opted with the reattachment of the torn portion of the knee instead of removing the meniscus. That particular option has a longer recovery time, but since Rose is just 25, it was perceived to be the better thing do career-wise.

Derrick played ten games this season for Chicago, where he averaged 15.9 points (on 35.4% shooting from the field), 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists in over 31 minutes. He has only played 49 games in the last three seasons, in stark contrast to his first three seasons where he only missed a total of five games..

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Derrick Rose injures knee, out indefinitely

Photo c/o the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Bulls suffered a double whammy yesterday at the Moda Center in Portland.

Not only did they lose, 98-95, while owning a 21-point lead, but also lost Derrick Rose to a knee injury.

Rose injured his right knee with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter, when he lost his footing while trying to change direction to get back on defense after Nicolas Batum stole a pass from Joakim Noah. He could not put any weight on the knee and needed to be helped off to the locker room.

Rose at the time had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

The MRI conducted earlier today revealed that Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear and will need surgery. Reports from multiple media outlets vary the length of time that he will be out from eight weeks to four months. The Bulls officially ruled him out indefinitely.

The official statement is as follows:
Bulls guard Derrick Rose sustained an injury to his right knee against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery. Rose is out indefinitely, and will not accompany the team on the rest of its current road trip.

This is how he got hurt.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pau Gasol's pledge for Yolanda relief

Pau Gasol has always had a soft spot for children. He is one of the myriad of UNICEF Ambassadors, and has always felt the pulse about the Philippines.

With the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda, many institutions have done their share with getting aid into the country. The Spanish big man is also doing his part to raise the necessary funds.

Gasol has pledged to donate $1,000 for every point he scores in their next game, which happens to the Golden State Warriors this Saturday morning, local time. The money will be addressed to the US Fund for UNICEF.

He averaged 14 points last season for the Lakers against the Warriors, and scored 12 in their first meeting this season (a.k.a. the Klay Thompson fireworks escapade).

The bright spot is that Pau's career average against Golden State is 20.3, the highest among the Western Conference teams.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Roach and Ariza et al. feature in altercation

c/o Top Rank Boxing Twitter account

Alright, the buzz from today is the altercation involving Freddie Roach and members of Brandon Rios' camp.

To be fair, Elie Seckbach has provided his version of the narrative here. It is up to you whose side you want to believe and comprehend.

Don't forget, the Pacquiao vs Rios fight is to take place this Sunday locally.

Kobe is back in practice

c/o the Los Angeles Lakers Twitter account

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers revealed that its team doctors have medically cleared Kobe Bryant to do basketball-related activities.

Today, this is what Kobe was doing:

He also did this:

In spite of all of that, there is still no timetable for his return. So be patient, Lakers fans.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Brandon Jennings to Andre Drummond lobbing it up at Staples

c/o The Big Lead
The Detroit Pistons got railroaded by the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday, 114-99, especially in the second half. But in the first half, the Motor City was humming and revving like crazy. And this play encapsulated that excitement that moment.

Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin runs with Philippine flag

Taken from the Seattle Seahawks Twitter account
Doug Baldwin caught two balls for 63 yards and a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks in their 41-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings for their league-leading tenth victory of the season, but the biggest impact he had might have been before the opening kickoff.

The wideout from Stanford ran out on CenturyLink Field with the Philippine flag.

Baldwin, who is 1/4 Filipino through his grandmother, has relatives who are based in Tacloban that bore much of the brunt of Yolanda when it went through the country. According to him, most of his relatives are accounted for and are "apparently okay."

Baldwin led the campaign for relief efforts of the Seattle Seahawks for Yolanda, with the fans and owner Paul Allen combining to donate over $24,000 to the Western Washington Red Cross.

You may be wondering why the red portion of the flag is on top, as per the Seahawks: "We are fighting the devastation of #Haiyan which has been worse than many war-torn regions of the world."

Doug himself adds this statement from his twitter account (because a lot of people technically remain confused with the red aspect of the flag on top):
If I offended anyone of the Philippines, it was not my intent. I only meant to call attention to the plight of the people devastated by typhoon Haiyan. The aftermath of the typhoon can be compared to conditions after a battle during war. Leyte, is battling to overcome the ravages of typhoon Haiyan. My blessings and well wishes are with the families impacted by this disaster.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Statement from Jason Day re: Yolanda

Jason Day is scheduled to play alongside Adam Scott in the World Cup of Golf this weekend at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course. He also is half-Filipino, as his mother moved to Australia 30 years ago.

His roots trace to Tacloban, which had been hit hard by Yolanda. In fact, eight of his relatives have passed away due to the Supertyphoon.

His mom shared that her mom (Jason's grandmother), her brother (Jason's uncle) and six of her nephews (Jason's cousins) perished.

Below is a statement from PGA Golfer Jason Day coursed through the PGA Tour.

"I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.

"We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media's interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Phillippines, I hope that all will respect my family's privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you."

Lakers officialy make their Yolanda relief donation

c/o Lakers Twitter account

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Lakers revealed that they are chipping in for the relief effort in the aftermath of Yolanda.

With the Filipino contingent of the Jr. NBA present in Los Angeles as their reward for their excellence in the National Training Camp, it is they who are representing the Philippines, specifically the Philippine Red Cross, as the Lakers presented their donation of $150,000 to the organization.

If you are wondering who comprises this contingent, it's Samuel Abuhijleh of San Beda, Vince Ferrer of UST, Miguel Fortuna and Marco Sario of La Salle Zobel, Gian Mamuyac of Ateneo, Paolo Rivero of La Salle Greenhills, Tyler Tio of Xavier School, Pawandeep Singh from Pampanga, Anthony Sistoza from Gen. Santos City and Mahloney Tarranza from Davao

Friday, November 15, 2013

Late game dramatics at Roaracle

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images via ESPN
The Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder gave fans a lot to be entertained about.

With the Warriors up two, Russell Westbrook provided some late-game dramatics.

But then, Andre Iguodala sent the Roaracle rockin'

Yep, that $48M investment is reaping immediate dividends for Golden State, securing the 116-115 victory, moving them past the Thunder in the Western Conference standings in this the early days of the season.

Update: As it is with the NBA, they decided to go phantom-cam on both plays. Here is how they did it:

Matt Barnes in the past 24 hours

(Stephen Dunn, Getty Images / November 13, 2013) c/o Los Angeles Times
The game-changer for the Clippers' 111-103 victory over the Thunder was this play just before the end of the first half.

Matt Barnes shoves Serge Ibaka, then Ibaka cocks his fist while pushing back. Both get ejected. Barnes would then send this tweet in the locker room (which was later deleted).

Earlier today, he released a statement in a series of tweets, which when assembled and edited, goes like this:
I'd like to take a second to apologize to the #LACorganization, my #Teammates & #CoachingStaff & the #ClipFans for my actions not only on the court, but (also) off (the court). I was completely wrong for pushing Ibaka, & then for what I tweeted following the altercation. I've been doing this for too long to let my emotions get the best of me. My poor choice of words & timing do not reflect who or what I am about. It was very selfish on my part to make this situation about me instead of my teammates that fought their hearts out & earned a big win against a tough OKC team. Now, I could have took the easy way out & said, "My twitter was hacked," but that's not what I'm about. I accept full responsibility for all my inappropriate actions last night & I am truly sorry!
Tweeting during games is not allowed, in the aftermath of the Charlie Villanueva halftime tweeting controversy in 2009.

The League has announced that he has been fined $25,000 the inappropriate language used on the tweet.

The Los Angeles Lakers providing Yolanda relief assistance

The Los Angeles Lakers have always been one of the most recognized teams for Filipino fans. And they have dug in into the relief effort for Yolanda.

Earlier today, the team released a statement on their website, which goes as follows:
The Los Angeles Lakers will make a donation to the Philippine Red Cross to assist in the relief efforts for victims of the devastating typhoon that ravaged the eastern and central parts of the country last week.

The Lakers will donate $150,000, as well as give all proceeds from the Lakers Youth Foundation In-Arena Auctions at all Lakers home games between November 12-24, to the Philippine Red Cross.

This is after the NBA and its players made donations to UNICEF and World Vision, and after the Miami Heat (in conjunction with its sister company Carnival Corporation) pledged $1 million.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Erik Spoelstra's UNICEF PSA

Here is Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra asking everyone to do their share and donate to UNICEF.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Xavier Henry punctuates Lakers win

The Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from their blowout loss to Minnesota with a 116-95 domination over the New Orleans Pelicans.

c/o Getty Images by Andrew D. Bernstein

Highlighting that blowout is this poster from Xavier Henry to Jeff Withey.

Xavier finished with 15 points in the win.

Interestingly, both players were teammates in Kansas as freshmen in 2009-10. Henry would then bolt for the draft, while Withey matriculated for four years in Lawrence, developing his niche as solid big man for Bill Self. Coincidentally, today's NBA games pretty much were the background to the main event of the day in the American basketball world, the Champions Classic.That event featured four of the top 5 teams in the AP Top 25, with almost 70 NBA scouts checking possibly 14 future first round picks, including one Kansas Jayhawk.

Miami Heat to donate $1M for Yolanda relief

It is very clear that Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) made a major impact in the Visayas. Words could never express how much it has affected those who went through it.

It entails a massive relief effort to be able to address the damage that Haiyan / Yolanda made, and many nations / organizations have stepped up to the plate to help.

That includes those who dabble in sport, of which the NBA is leading the way.

The league, through NBA Cares, has set up a website specific for Haiyan relief. They, along with the players (NBPA) have made a couple of $250,000 donations, one to UNICEF, the other to World Vision.

In addition, the defending NBA champions Miami Heat, in conjunction with sister company Carnival Corporation, Plc (a conglomerate of cruise brands which is owned by Micky Arison, who also owns the Heat) have made a pledge to donate $1 million.

Here is what Mickey Arison said in a statement:
"All of us at Carnival and the Miami HEAT extend our deepest sympathy to the Philippines and its people,” Arison said. “The typhoon in the Philippines has caused massive destruction, and is having a tragic impact on people and families, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region. We are in the process of evaluating a variety of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines. In addition to providing financial support for relief efforts, our collective thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted."

From head coach Erik Spoelstra, who is of Filipino heritage:
"We would like to extend our condolences to the victims in the Philippines, an area I hold close to my heart and have visited four times in the last five years. It is vitally important that we do everything possible to help those impacted by this tragedy. My thanks and appreciation to Carnival, Micky Arison and the entire Miami HEAT organization. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers."
On the local sporting end, The Philippine Basketball Association has donated PhP1 million to the Alagang Kapatid Foundation, while the NCAA has donated PhP 100,000, which is the same amount that the Gilas Pilipinas players have collated. Also, the United Football League's ticket sales from the rest of the UFL Cup will be sent towards the relief operation.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Derrick Rose & Kyrie Irving, finally.

from the AP via the Stamford Advocate c/o Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

The Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-81 at the United Center on Monday, but all the attention coming into the game went to the first-ever meeting between their star point guards, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving.

Both players went #1 overall. Both won the Rookie of the Year Award. Both are asked to carry their franchises to great heights.

However, the actual mano-a-mano between the two didn't exactly meet the hype that preceded it.

Kyrie scored 39 points in that double-OT thriller against Philadelphia, but struggled against the defensive schemes of Tom Thibodeau, netting just 16 points on 5/19 shooting. He also missed all six of his attempts from the field in the first half, managing just a couple of free throws with 96 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

As for Derrick, he also finished with 16 points, but all the attention is focused on his right hamstring, which he tweaked with just over 3.5 minutes remaining in the game. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, but fortunately for him, their next game isn't until Friday against Toronto.

Interesting footnote to this affair is that Mike Krzyzewski was attending the game. The head coach of both Duke and USA senior men's basketball took in the game since the Blue Devils are in town for the Champions Classic matchup against Kansas at the same venue the next day.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nonito issues KO victory

c/o the Associated Press via the Sydney Morning Herald
Nonito Donaire made sure that the Philippines had something good to look forward to in light of Haiyan / Yolanda.

Donaire needed nine rounds to dispatch old nemesis Vic Darchinyan in Corpus Christi, Texas. A left hook sent the Armenian down, but he bounced back up and Nonito would not let up, getting off a couple of uppercuts before referee Laurence Cole intervened with 2:06 remaining in the round.

The KO can be seen below. See for yourself how the Filipino Flash earned and worked his way to victory.

Uncle Drew gets it done against Philly

c/o David Richard of USA Today

Kyrie Irving scoring 39 points in a myriad of ways, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 127-125 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Q yesterday.

Included in that 39 is a layup with .6 seconds remaining that pegged the final score above and ensure the home-and-home is split.

This is how Kyrie took it to Philly.

Jeff Green bails out the Boston Celtics.

Found this on Truth on Causeway

.6 seconds on the clock. What can you do? Not much. But Gerald Wallace and Jeff Green found a way...

First things first, great job by Gerald Wallace on the inbound. He was calm enough to check out the available options AND then throwing it to Green, who made such a ridiculous shot, so ridiculous it sort of eerily reminds people of Ray Allen in Game 6 versus San Antonio.

Green finished with 24 points, 5/8 from beyond the arc, in the 111-110 victory by the Celtics.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Stephan Schröck on your local television sets

c/o Eintracht Frankfurt's official team website
The Azkals winger is the third Filipino International to play in the Europa League, after Neil Etheridge for Fulham and Paul Mulders then for ADO Den Haag

Although Eintracht Frankfurt lost, 3-0 to Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, they are still on top of their Group with 9 points.

ABS-CBN Sports has the television rights to show both the Champions League and Europa League matches. They have specifically targeted all of Eintracht's matches so far, just to get the chance to see Stephan in action, and they finally got their chance early Friday morning.

Steve Blake: the Hero

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip) c/o ESPN
  The Los Angeles Lakers were down two points with 3.4 seconds remaining. And then, this happened.

Steve Blake makes his 4th triple to give the Lakers their 3rd win of the season. With Kobe out, he has temporarily taken hold of the other starting guard spot alongside soon-to-be Hall of Famer Steve Nash. But if you are a true Laker fan, you might know that he has done this kind of heroism before. In fact, it was against the same team.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The struggles of Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett was a surprise number 1 overall pick by Cleveland in the 2013 NBA Draft. It elicited this reaction from ESPN's Bill Simmons during the coverage.

To say that he is having a rough start is an understatement. This is his current shot chart for the season, c/o the NBA's Stats Page.

In addition, his minutes have dropped the past four games, just playing 10 minutes in their 93-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. In contrast, Andrew Bynum's minutes have increased (although he did not play in their game against Indiana because it was a second game of a back-to-back).

Could Anthony be pressing? Maybe. He is averaging 3.3 rebs and a steal, so he is doing the little things. He even got his first block as a Cav against the Wolves. It's just that he cannot make a basket.

Considering the injury history of both Bynum and Anderson Varejao, Bennett will be needed on that Cleveland front line, eventually. At least right now, his fellow Canadian, Tristan Thompson, has been holding down the fort, and both Bynum and Varejao are currently healthy, with Earl Clark able to play the power forward position in case of small ball lineups.

Up next for the Cavs is Milwaukee. Hopefully he gets this duck out of his system quickly.

Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers end Houston's unbeaten run

c/o AP and Jae C. Hong via ESPN

The Houston Rockets came into their match against the Los Angeles Clippers looking good and on a high. They were one of four unbeaten teams at the start of the day. Their offense was humming.

Then Chris Paul brought them back to down to earth, scoring 23 points, dishing out 17 assists as they beat the Rockets, 137-118.

With no Patrick Beverley to harass him effectively, the superstar guard took advantage of whomever guarded him, particularly against Jeremy Lin. (h/t to Larry Brown Sports)

c/o SB Nation
Here is the matching audio:

Houston can seek revenge soon enough. They play again this weekend, but this time in the Toyota Center. Both teams play two games until then (Clippers go on the road for their Florida swing, while Rockets play against the Blazers before their date with the Lakers in Houston)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Andre Iguodala dazzles at Wells Fargo

c/o & Jesse D. Garrabrant

Andre Iguodala was a major offseason acquisition by the Golden State Warriors, coming from the Denver Nuggets via trade.

However, AI9 struggled offensively, scoring 26 points TOTAL in his first three games.

But things might have gone for the better, as they faced the then-undefeated Philadelphia 76ers. The Arizona alum and former Sixer draft pick torched his old team for 32 points in an easy 110-90 victory.

27 of those 32 came in the first half, making 6/9 from beyond the arc.

c/o ESPN Stats & Info

He also issued this ridiculous behind-the-back assist to David Lee.

c/o CBS Sports
Andre's offensive explosion actually got the spotlight away from Stephen Curry's 2nd triple-double of his career.

UPDATE: if you want some audio along with the GIF

Curry finished with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He also added 5 steals.

ICYMI: 2013 PBA Draft Results

Greg Slaughter is the 2013 PBA Draft's 1st overall pick. c/o Pranz Kaeno Billones of InterAKTV

Here are the results from the 2013 PBA Draft held last Sunday at the packed Robinson's Midtown in Manila.

Before the Draft, Enrico Villanueva on Twitter revealed that he was traded to GlobalPort. The PBA would then later on officially confirm the structure of the deal, which sent Willie Miller and Hans Thiele to Barako Bull in exchange for the former Ateneo slotman.

Overall, 44 out of the 79 draftees were selected, with former FEU and Cagayan Valley big man Mark Bringas serving as this year's "Mr. Irrelevant," being the final pick in the 7th round by the Meralco Bolts.

Round Team Pick Trade Notes
1st Barangay Ginebra Greg Slaughter
1st SanMig Coffee Ian Sangalang
1st Rain or Shine Raymond Almazan
1st Barako Bull James Forrester Pick traded to Barangay Ginebra for
Rico Maierhofer and Willie Wilson
1st Barako Bull Terrence Romeo Pick traded to Petron for Mark Isip and Magi Sison,
who then traded pick to GlobalPort for Yousef Taha
1st Barako Bull RR Garcia Pick traded to GlobalPort for Denok Miranda
1st GlobalPort Isaac Holstein
1st Alaska Ryan Buenafe
1st Rain or Shine Alex Nuyles
1st SanMig Coffee Justin Chua
2nd GlobalPort Nico Salva
2nd Rain or Shine Jeric Teng
2nd SanMig Coffee Justin Melton
2nd Barako Bull Jeric Fortuna
2nd Alaska JP Erram Pick traded to Talk 'N Text for 2015 2nd round pick
2nd Air21 Eric Camson
2nd Talk 'N Text Robby Celiz
2nd Alaska Ping Exciminiano
2nd Rain or Shine Gayford Rodriguez
2nd Barako Bull Carlo Lastimosa
3rd Air21 Joshua Webb
3rd GlobalPort Jopher Custodio
3rd Barako Bull Darwin Cordero
3rd Barangay Ginebra LA Revilla Pick traded to GlobalPort along with
2016 & 2017 2nd round picks for 2014 1st round pick
3rd Petron Sam Marata
3rd Meralco Anjo Caram
3rd Talk 'N Text Eliud Poligrates
3rd Alaska Raymund Ilagan
3rd Rain or Shine Ervic Vijandre
3rd SanMig Coffee JR Cawaling
4th GlobalPort PASS
4th Air21 Angelo Ingco
4th Barako Bull Jett Vidal
4th Barangay Ginebra John Usita
4th Petron Nate Matute
4th Meralco Mike Parala
4th Talk 'N Text Oping Sumalinog
4th Alaska PASS
4th Rain or Shine PASS
4th SanMig Coffee PASS
5th Air21 Randolph Chua
5th GlobalPort PASS
5th Barako Bull Mike Silungan
5th Barangay Ginebra Alvin Padilla
5th Petron PASS
5th Meralco Mark Lopez
5th Talk 'N Text Byron Villarias
5th Alaska PASS
5th Rain or Shine PASS
5th SanMig Coffee PASS
6th GlobalPort PASS
6th Air21 PASS
6th Barako Bull PASS
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Russell Westbrook returns from knee injury

c/o CBSSports

The Oklahoma City Thunder faithful received some good news before the start of their home opener against the Phoenix Suns yesterday.
“Russell Westbrook has gone through a methodical rehab process jointly created by our medical and performance teams and treating physicians. The process has been instrumental in getting Russell to this point and has included various physical and medical benchmarks. The final benchmark being unrestricted basketball activity. After hitting the necessary marks, all parties, including the team, consulting physicians, Russell’s representatives, and most importantly Russell, jointly determined that returning to play was the correct next step.”  - OKC EVP & GM Sam Presti

Russell Westbrook had been officially cleared to play after receiving the go-signal from all parties. You probably remember how he ended last season:

It had been previously expected that the All-Star would miss as much as 22 regular season games, but he just missed two. And the fans missed him.

The Thunder definitely needed him against the Suns. They trailed at the half, 45-44. Their outside shooting was clearly off the mark (2/18 from 3-pt range) the whole game. He played 32.75 minutes (only KD played more), scored 21 points and dished off 7 assists to secure the 103-96 victory. He did struggle a little bit, shooting 5/16 from the field, but made up for it by going 11/14 from the free throw line. Russell acknowledged that the rust that accompanies the long lay-off, but he will work his way through it. What matters for him is that he is able to do what he wants, like these:

Sixers go for 4-0

c/o Alex Brandon. Taken from ESPN's TrueHoop

There are four NBA teams that are currently undefeated. Two of them made the historical trip to Manila. The third is the Minnesota Timberwolves.

And then there is the curious case of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Expectations made towards them were low, given their recent moves. Their hashtag is brutally honest, too. #TogetherWeBuild.

However, the Sixers managed to pull out late victories against Eastern Conference contenders Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center, while traveling to the Verizon Center and beating the Wizards in DC.

Leading the way is their first round pick, Michael Carter-Williams. Unsurprisingly, the Syracuse alum and 11th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft has been named as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. As quoted from the NBA's official press release:
Carter-Williams is only the second player (Shaquille O'Neal, 1992) to earn the honor to begin his rookie season. The 11th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, Carter-Williams helped guide the Sixers to a 3-0 start, which included wins over the defending champion Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. In his first three NBA games, Carter-Williams averaged 20.7 points and team highs of 9.0 steals and 4.3 steals. In his NBA debut on Oct. 30, a 114-110 home win over the Heat, Carter-Williams recorded 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. The nine steals were the most by a rookie in his NBA debut, while the 12 assists represented the second most for a player in his first NBA game (Buffalo's Ernie DiGregorio dished 14 assists in his NBA debut in 1973).

They go for 4-0 against the Splash Bros. and the Golden State Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Rubilen Amit takes the 2013 Women's 10-ball crown

With the home crowd watching and cheering her on a Monday afternoon that stretched to the early evening, Filipina pool artist Rubilen Amit claimed the 2013 Yalin Women's 10 Ball Championship at the Newport Mall in the Resorts World Manila complex in Pasay City.

The 2009 champion came from behind to beat Tsai Pei Chen of Chinese-Taipei, 9-7 in the semifinals, before facing the 2011 champion, Kelly Fisher of Great Britain in the final to guarantee a first two-time winner of the event.

Amit trailed Fisher, 2-0, then 3-1 and then 6-4 during the match, but missed opportunities allowed the Cebuana to stay in striking distance and even take the lead at one point.

But on rack 15 with the match tied at 7, Fisher commits a violation that gives the point to Amit, then on the next rack, she opened with a scratch, allowing Amit to clean up and go "on the hill" at 9-7.

Completing the trifecta was Fisher unable to convert a makeable 8-ball, allowing Amit to finish the rack, the match and the championship.

Here is our photo of the championship moment, c/o of our Instagram account.