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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

FRESH from their victory in their last game, the GlobalPort Batang Pier take on the San Miguel Beermen in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup action today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Defeated the Kia Picanto, 102-90, in their match on Aug. 20, the Batang Pier (2-2) look to sustain the momentum of that win in their 7 p.m. main game encounter with the Beermen (2-1), who lost last time around.

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Like clockwork, after Isaiah Thomas was traded by the Celtics to the Cavaliers, a national reporter tried to drag the player through the mud using anonymous sources. FS1's Chris Broussard cited anonymous league GMs who cited anonymous Celtics who said Isaiah wasn't beloved in the locker room.

Immediately and overwhelmingly, various Celtics teammates of Isaiah fought back. Also, common sense fought back. We had not once seen signs of strife within these Celtics, despite a Boston sports media built to identify and thrive on drama.

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The Cavaliers brought in a great haul for Irving in a market where returns for stars were diminishing.

The Cavaliers had little leverage in the Kyrie Irving trade after he made it clear he wanted out in early July. But despite everyone knowing Irving was going to be moved, the Cavaliers still managed to haul in a big return. By trading Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Brooklyn’s unprotected 2018 first-round pick, and Ante Zizic, the Cavaliers are still ready to win now, but have also improved their team for the future.

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The Kyrie Irving trade may have been focused on Isaiah Thomas and the Nets’ pick, but Crowder will give LeBron a hand on both ends of the floor.

The Cavaliers swapped All-Star point guards with the Celtics in a blockbuster trade that shocked the basketball world. But of all the other pieces in the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade, don’t forget about Jae Crowder.

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