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Fastbreak_buzz“Luckily, we have the import we had the last conference, so I hope we get to jell and get sharper on offense and defense,” said Marcio Lassiter, a key contributor in San Miguel’s All-Filipino title run.


“Nah, we’re not vulnerable at all,” James said. “It’s just basketball. You go out and play, you try to win and give it your best shot.”


Paul tried to be positive about the situation and hopes he’ll be helped by some divine intervention. “I’m going to get with our training staff and … I know my grandmother back in North Carolina is praying right now,” Paul said. “She’s praying, and she’ll let my mom pray over it and all that too, and it will be all right.”


Riding high on a string of impressive performances, Cafe France seeks a sixth straight victory against a struggling Hapee squad Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan. The Bakers have been playing with a spring in their step, shrugging off an opening-day loss to Cebuana Lhuillier on their way to five straight victories. Sports Inquirer


ATLANTA, United States – The well-rested Washington Wizards shook off injury scares for Bradley Beal and John Wall on Sunday to shock the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in game one of their NBA second-round playoff series. Beal battled through a right ankle sprain to score 28 points and Wall shrugged off a left wrist injury to add 18 as the Wizards downed the Hawks 104-98 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference set.Sports Inquirer


Neither the Warriors nor Grizzlies really felt good about the way they played. The difference is the Warriors did what they usually do at home: take care of business – and comfortably, too. Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, and the Warriors wore down undermanned Memphis in a 101-86 victory in Monday’s series opener. ”I think now we’ve got the cobwebs out of our offensive game. We should be able to build some momentum,” Curry said. Philstar


The Rockets are in the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 2009 and 13th overall. The Clippers have advanced to the second round for the fourth time and second straight year. Along with the possible fatigue of starting a series about 48 hours after finishing the last one, the Clippers are also dealing with an injury to eight-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Philstar


It has been quite the season for Golden State Warriors floor general Steph Curry.This year, Curry has been the driving force behind the Warriors, leading them to a league-best 67-15 regular season record and of course, the top seed in the very tough Western Conference. To add to his already magical season, the sweet shooting sixth-year man out of Davidson is expected to claim the NBA’s 2014-2015 regular season Most Valuable Player Award, as per league sources. Sports ABS-CBN

With five players scoring in double figures, Malayan School romped to a 97-77 win over University of Santo Tomas and kept its share of the Group B lead with Jose Rizal University in the 8th Smart-PCABL (Philippine Chinese Amateur Basketball League) Freego Cup recently at Philippine Buddhacare Academy gym in Quezon City. Sports Inquirer

Barangay Ginebra and Barako Bull struck a trade deal on the eve of the opener of the PBA Governors Cup with the Gin Kings acquiring combo guard Sol Mercado for slasher Joseph Yeo. Philstar


The Bulls are charging at him. On Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers, missing two starters, will open their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals against a confident and finally healthy Chicago team looking to exact some revenge on James, who has eliminated them from the NBA playoffs three times since 2010. The Cavs, who entered the postseason as the East’s favorite to make the NBA Finals, will be without power forward Kevin Love and his 10 rebounds and floor-spacing ability for the rest of the postseason after he underwent shoulder surgery. And, they’ll also be missing starting guard J.R. Smith, who has been suspended for Games 1 and 2.  Philstar


“We need to start strong and get our rhythm to get our game going,” said Jarencio on their Governors Cup debut versus Meralco. “We must focus also on defense especially as their imports are both scorers,” Jarencio also said. Philstar


“Iyung nangyari sa amin last conference, di ko alam kung ano. Sana maibalik namin yung ginawa namin sa All-Filipino, lalo na sa defense namin at transition game namin,” said Baguio, one of Alaska’s acknowledged leaders.