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NLEX vs Talk ‘N Text (TNT) | June 3, 2018 | PBA Livestream – 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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The NLEX Road Warriors is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters at 4:30 P.M. on June 3, 2018 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.

KaTropa will make an attempt to share the top spot of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters while the Road Warriors are seeking its first back-to-back victories when PBA resume this afternoon in Pasay City.

Many already aware especially PBA fans that the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft second overall pick, Kiefer Ravena won’t be suiting up with NLEX due to the 18-month ban slapped to him by FIBA after he was found positive of a doping substance.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as well as the PBA abide with the sanction announced by FIBA which means Kiefer will play basketball by his own. He is even not allowed to play in practice with the Road Warriors.

“He’s also not allowed to practice. It’s all basketball related,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.

Coach Yeng Guiao will be leading his team without his prized rookie along with Kevin Alas who is also out since the 2017-18 Philippine Cup Semis due to an injury.

“We actually felt really bad as a team. Everybody knows he is a key player in this team, and his suspension really has a profound effect on everyone. But our focus right now is moving forward or moving on without Kiefer for the meantime, and just keep ourselves in the race.”

The good news for NLEX is that they have come-up with a victory in their last outing against a struggling Blackwater Elite. Arnett Moultrie came out with his A-game and gave coach Yeng Guiao a reason to keep his as their import. Moultrie logged 26 points and 16 rebounds while Juami Tiongson and Alex Mallari added 10 points apiece.

Talk ‘N Text is currently on a roll and looking for its three-game victories. To strengthen their campaign, they have brought back Joshua Smith who helped them reach the championship round last year.

NLEX vs Talk 'N Text (TNT) | June 3, 2018 | PBA Livestream - 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup

Coach Nash Racela tested his “JumboTron” against the Columbian Dyip in their last outing and he only needed 13 minutes to calibrate his “balik-import”. KaTropa demolished Columbian with a massive 28-point margin.

This afternoon, it’s expected that Smith will be given more playing time to matchup with Moultrie.

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