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Upcoming UAAP/NCAA Stars Will Play in Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game at Jr. NBA National Training Camp

MANILA – If you want to see the blue chip rookies who will play for UAAP and NCAA teams in the coming collegiate basketball season, watch the Jr. NBA All-Stars Alumni game on April 27, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall at 12 noon.

24 Jr. NBA alumni from Batch 2009 to Batch 2013 will compete in a Red vs. White basketball game that will be coached by NBA talents Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and WNBA Llegend Tina Thompson. Called Team Gordon and Team Tina, the two teams will reprise last year’s very successful and crowd-pleasing alumni game between Team Muggsy and Team Jolas. Last year’s teams were coached by then visiting NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues and Jr. NBA Philippines Coach Jojo Lastimosa of Alaska.

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Recapping The Playoffs (April 21)

After a stirring set of Game 1s that saw five upsets, it was time to see how the home teams would respond.  The first team up was the LA Clippers.  After Blake Griffin played only 19 minutes in the opener due to foul trouble, how would he respond?  In addition, the Oklahoma City Thunder laid out a thrashing on the Memphis Grizzlies in their Game 1.  Would Memphis be able to respond to the Thunder's firepower?

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Series Tied 1-1

Blake Griffin: 35 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

What a difference staying on the floor makes.  No longer marred by foul trouble, Blake Griffin put forth a dominant effort against the undermanned Warriors frontline.  He shot 13-17 from the floor and the team was  +22 with him on the court.  Oh, and, he didn't commit a single foul.  DeAndre Jordan helped out and nearly had a triple double with 11 points and 9 rebounds while adding 5 blocks.  No one but Steph Curry really got going for the Warriors as he finished with 24 points and 8 assists.  The series will now shift to Oakland for two games before heading back to Staples Center for Game 5.

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Mike Woodson Out, Steve Kerr In?

One of the most high-profile jobs in basketball is now vacant.  

It was announced today that the New York Knicks have fired head coach Mike Woodson and his entire coaching staff.  This comes after a season of turmoil that saw the Knicks finish with a 37-45 record and did not qualify for the NBA Playoffs for the first time in four years.

This was a huge drop off from last season where New York finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a 54-28 record.

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I love them Double D's

Did I get your attention? Good! Stick around and scroll down as to who is my pick for tomorrow's game.

My gut was right all along, Marc Gasol indeed netted me a 30 PRA. I was feeling good with Gasol edging Randolph in PRA's in the fourth but Z-Bo turned it up in OT and finished 33 PRA. Nevertheless, it was a good showing for the Grizz as Conley racked 38 PRA which is the best pick in my opinion. As for the Warriors/Clippers game, the Clips were a different team when Blake Griffin and Chris Paul weren't into foul trouble. The loss of Andrew Bogut due to injury is hurting the Warriors inside with Blake already scoring 17 in the first half. Fortunately for both game 1 losers, they have won yesterday's tiff to make their series interesting.

 

My pick for April 22 will be:

 

DeMar DeRozan

 

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Latest Podcast Episode

  • Episode 56: It's Playoff Time

    On this episode, guest host Vico Sotto joins Isaiah as the NBA Playoffs begin. They discuss which Western Conference matchup has the most potential for an upset, and whether Miami or Indiana has the easier road to their almost inevitable Eastern Conference Final matchup. Also, they give their thoughts if the current Playoffs format is flawed and how it can possibly be fixed.

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