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Hoopster: LeBron still rules

THE King (LeBron James) still rules. At age 33. The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached the third round of the four-tier National Basketball Association playoffs for the fourth year in a row and will face the winner of the other East semifinal series between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers in the conference finals. The Celtics […]

Sweep for Cavaliers, Celtics?

IT’S over. Oh-and-3. RIP, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers. Of the 129 teams in National Basketball Association playoff history to fall behind 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, none has ever come back to win. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, both toting a commanding 3-0 lead over the East top-seeded Raptors and third-seeded 76ers, respectively, […]

Dubs are team to beat

TAKE note, The Beard James Harden and the Houston Rockets.The road to the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship will still have to pass through the Bay Area.The reigning NBA titlist Golden State Warriors zoomed to a 2-0 lead against the New Orleans Pelicans in their best-of-seven West semifinal (second round) duel with twin victories at […]

NBA conference semis

IT’S on to the second round – conference semifinals – of the 2018 NBA playoffs. It features the top four seeds from the East and the top two seeds and a pair of lower-seeded first-round survivors from the West. In the East, the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors take on the No. 4 seed Cleveland […]

Surprising Pelicans

I WAS of the belief there won’t be any series sweep in the National Basketball Association’s best-of-seven, first-round playoffs. Neither would there be any off-chart series results. The New Orleans Pelicans have proved me wrong on both counts. The sixth-seeded Pelicans upset the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers and whitewashed them in four straight games in […]

Villanova rules

IN the three-week, 68-school U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball tournament where there were a lot of twists and turns and relatively-high 20 off-chart results (a higher-seeded team losing to a lower-seeded team), the winner of the 67th and final game turned out to be just what many prognosticators and Las […]

It’s Villanova vs Michigan

THIS is it – for all the marbles in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball tournament. The three-week, 68-school competitions have come down to the Final Two – the national championship game to be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, USA today, April 3 (Manila time), between the […]

Perfect 5 title finish

ONE Big Fight A perfect 5-for-5 title finish in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball competitions it was for a quartet of products from Ateneo de Manila University during their entire collegiate tenure. Their names: Nico Salva, Justin Chua, Tonino Gonzaga and Chris Sumalinog. All four earned UAAP championship rings with […]

Rare ‘assists’ feat

THE basketball statistic “assists” is usually dominated by point guards or maybe forwards with outstanding passing skills. That’s why it is rare for a center – designed by most teams to do work off the glass or act as their rim protector – to pace a professional league in that department for an entire season. […]

NBA career records

“THEY say it’s your birthday … we’re gonna have a good time” says iconic Beatle Paul McCartney. Okay but don’t tell that New Orleans Pelican Anthony Marshon Davis, who hardly celebrated his 25th birthday last March 11 following his team’s 116-99 home loss to the fast-rising Utah Jazz in a National Basketball Association game. In […]

Contrasting Mondes Cup finals result

THE 12-under and Juniors championship games of the Mondes Cup 12th Filipino Chinese Alliance Basketball League produced mixed results with one erstwhile unblemished team unable to handle prosperity and falling by the wayside and another squad keeping its slate immaculate en route to a second straight title. In the 12-under finals, MGC New Life Christian […]

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