IF San Miguel Beer can pull it off, why can’t Golden State?
That’s the mentality of SMB gunner Marcio Lassiter, a diehard Warriors fan, as his beleaguered Dubs try to overcome a 3-1 deficit against Oklahoma City in the NBA’s Western Conference Finals.
Lassiter is no stranger to monumental comebacks, having done so with the Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, where they fell into a three-game hole before winning the next four games to complete the reversal.
The Warriors, led by back-to-back MVP Steph Curry and coach Steve Kerr, are in a smaller hole, which nine teams have already come out of in NBA history.
“(If we can do it,) anyone can, right?” Lassiter said. “They’re a great team, so they’re going to do what they have to do. They have the Coach of the Year and MVP.”
The objective observer in him refused to make a prediction which teams will meet in the Finals as things stand also in the East Finals series which Cleveland leads against Toronto, 3-2.
“It’s tough. It could be anyone, man,” Lassiter said.
But the GSW fan in him is definitely not giving up on the Warriors.
“We’re going to fight back,” the Filipino-American cager beamed. “ They’re going to win at home and then bounce back and play in Game Six and they to steal one there just to get back to Game Seven.”
Gilas Pilipinas pool teammate Ray Parks believes the Warriors’ record-setting regular season where they won 73 of their 82 games is already taking its toll.
“It’s tough to win that many games and go into the playoffs and win every single game, too,” Parks said.
“You get banged up and you leader, Stephen Curry, is going through injuries and I know, for sure, he’s not a hundred percent,” he added. “He may say that he’s back, but it’s tough coming off an injury being a basketball.”
Parks was also hardly surprised the Raptors managed to tie the series after protecting their home court, before the Cavaliers regained the lead.
“It’s tough to win in Toronto,” the NBA D-League campaigner said. “That flight? Me, personally, coming from the States and traveling each and every night then try to fly to Toronto and try to win games, it’s tough.”
Parks also declined to make a prediction on which teams will eventually face off in the championship round.
“I feel that whoever wins it this year really deserves it,” he said.
For Japeth Aguilar, he wants a rematch of last year’s finals between Golden State and Cleveland.
“Parang medyo mas exciting yun,” the Western Kentucky University product said. “Syempre may history na yung dalawang yun tapos pag nagka-rematch sila ulit, expect mo na talagang intense.”
“Tsaka yung Cleveland kumpleto, healthy si Kyrie, yung Big Three nila, so yun yung gusto ko makita,” he added.