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GAME 2 OPENING NIGHT DISASTER: CURRY\’S FINGER CRUSHED AND HARDEN\’S EYES POKED

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The rivalry between Golden State Warriors and Houston as Game 2 started off with two of their top players getting injured. Such a huge coincidence. Steph Curry got a dislocated middle finger while James Harden got poked in the eye in the first 6 minutes of the playoffs.

Definitely not a good start for the warring teams.

Yet Curry comes back with his 2 fingers taped together.

Amidst the drama in the first half of the playoffs, hundreds of excited and weary fans cheer on, many of whom are Filipinos rooting for their favorite NBA stars.

Elizabeth Ferrer, a Filipina who has been staying in Oakland for 18 years, excitedly talked about her first time to watch the playoffs along with her son, Gilbert. A solid GSW fan, Ferrer talked about a sad experience last Christmas when she paid $600 for a game ticket to watch a play between the Warriors and the Lakers only to see her beloved team lose.

Yet, this did not stop Ferrer from continuing to support the Curry and his team. Wearing a trademark GSW Jersey, Ferrer was all smiles when she said, “Go Warriors! I hope you win!”

The game went to a power play as Curry continued to play with his mangled finger and Harden slowly walked off court with his gouged eye.

Draymond Green, who coincidentally injured Lebron James\’ eye last year, also got to do the eye-poking-challenge again to Harden this time around.

With a mixture of sympathy and anxiety from the crowd, Filipinos went on to root for their respective teams. Their mere presence in the Oracle Arena tonight went to show how much Filipinos adore basketball as the sport also made them feel closer to their homecourts thousands of miles away.

Meanwhile, Green was seen to be checking in on Harden during timeout. Correspondent Ponciano Melo Jr. witnessed firsthand how badly Harden reacted as he feltdownright cheated when his eyes got \”accidentally\” injured by his opponent.

The incident was certainly no laughing matter as Green had to go back in the locker room. Rockets’ coach Mike D\’Antoni described that their lead player\’s eyeball was bleeding.

Yet, this did not stop Harden from going back to the court and rejoining the battlefield.

13 turnovers in the first half of the power play.

The cynical side of the crowd was anxious that Harden might start blaming his eyes for not shooting properly. Meanwhile, all sympathy went out to Curry and Harden as they continue to wrestle the game night against all odds.

On the officiating side of the story, both fans and players worried about game officiating in tonight\’s gameScott Foster, the NBA referee that had a not-so-awesome history with the Rockets\’ lead players. Fortunately enough, despite the minor drama with Curry and Harden, the referees had managed to behave this time.

It was indeed a tough game night not just for the WArriors and Rockets, but also for the cheering crowd.

With a 10-point lead, the Warriors still manage to own the court during second half.

Nike also went wild as t-shirts and jerseys were reportedly sold at a low price of $20 to a skyrocketing rate of $200! The latter being the ones worn by the players themselves.

Some Filipinos who were interviewed were happily saying that they $3,000 on a ring side seat. One Filipino even mentioned shedding $300.00. All this goes to show how far Pinoys are willing to go just to see their favorite stars tear down the arena live.

In the meantime, Kevin Duran aced the game by leading the Warriors with a staggering 29 points supported by Klay THompson with 21 points. Curry, despite a minor dislocation, still scored a whooping 20 points in a balanced WArrior attack. All starting five finished with double figures in scoring.
On the other side of the court, Harden led the Rockets in a losing effort with 29 points with his bloody eyes and all.
The Warriors prevailed with a final of 115-109 and now takes the 2-0 series lead before they head back to Houston for Game 3.

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LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

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LeBron James drops triple-double in MSG, passes Steve Nash in all-time assists leaders

LeBron James made history once again, and this time he got all the reasons to celebrate as his Los Angeles Lakers got an overtime road win against the New York Knicks, 129-123.

The 38-year old superstar moved up fourth all-time in the assists department, surpassing the great Steve Nash, while dropping a triple-double as well.

James finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists with a +22 efficiency.

Along with it, he also inched closer to become the all-time scoring leader as he is now less than a hundred points away from breaking the 39-year record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Supporting LeBron in the dub was Anthony Davis with 27 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

Rui Hachimura made his presence felt in his second game in Lakers uniform with 19 markers, and nine boards.

Russell Westbrook continued to shine off the bench with 17-6-8 and three steals.

For the Knicks, Jalen Brunson had a night scoring a game-high 37 points, Julius Randle added 23 but it wasn’t enough to take down the purple and gold in overtime.

Next stop for the Lakers is at Indiana while the Knicks remain at home to welcome Miami.

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Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

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Celtics wins in OT after controversial regulation ending vs. Lakers

The Boston Celtics had the last laugh against the Los Angeles Lakers after a 125-121 overtime win in the NBA’s rival week.

Jaylen Brown went take over mode in the extra period before finishing with 37 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Jayson Tatum supported with a double-double of 30-piece, 11 boards along with four assists plus the no-call on his foul on LeBron James potential game-winning layup at the end of regulation.

With four seconds left, game tied at 105, James got the inbound pass and went straight to the basket where he was challenged by Boston’s defense and Tatum clearly hit him in the forearm.

James was furious with the no-call and was on his knees full of frustrations.

Patrick Beverly, who made an insane putback slam in the clutch, brought out a DSLR camera to show the referee the obvious foul and got T’d up for it.

With the emotions running high, Boston took advantage and sealed the win.

James delivered another 41-point performance but it was not enough to carry the Lakers to a win.

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

The 10 players from the Eastern and Western Division that will start the 2023 NBA All-Star has been named.

As expected, LeBron James will spearhead another game as he dominated in the voting.

Joining him in the west are Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson.

Out East, Giannis Antetokounmpo topped Kevin Durant for being the captain. Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell completed the five.

James and Antetokounmpo will do the honor of drafting hours before the actual ASG.

The festivities in Utah will mark James’ 19th All-Star appearances in his 20-year career. 

Curry will made his ninth All-Star, fourth for Luka Magic, fifth for the reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic and second All-Star for Williamson.

The Greek Freak will see his seventh ASG, Durant with his 13th, Kyrie with his eighth, and Tatum and Mitchell both their fourth appearances.

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