THIS is one rare game where Yeng Guiao is certain he won't be in a referee's ear, won't bawl out a player whether from his team or the other, and won't get slapped with a technical - or much less ejected.
"I won't be as tense, that's for sure," he smiled.
They Said It!
"This team is not lacking in leadership. We have players like Jeff (Chan), Paul, Jervy, Beau (Belga) and Chris Tiu who can lead and bring this team together... The success we have now is the result of our investment in this group of players." Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao
For a change, the coach with the multiple championships and explosive temperament will be enjoying a little peace and quiet while watching Game Five of Rain or Shine's PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Petron in the comfort of his own home.
That's not by choice, of course, as Guiao will be missing the game after being slapped with a one-game ban and a P100,000 fine for his latest outburst in Game Four where he flashed an obscene gesture at league officials.
"Medyo relaxed syempre when I'm detached from the game (environment)," said the former national coach and PBA Coach of the Year awardee. "Sometimes, that's good."
His suspension puts the Painters at a disadvantage in Game Five, especially with star guard Paul Lee nursing an ankle sprain and forward Jervy Cruz wearing a mask to protect a nose busted late in Game Four.
But Guiao has enough confidence in his coaching staff and players to expect the team to close out the best-of-seven series, which it currently leads, 3-1, and book a return trip to the all-Filipino finals.
"(Assistant coach) Caloy (Garcia) knows the system, he knows the game plan, and he knows the team. In fact, he's been with the team longer than I have," said Guiao.
"We have a competent coaching staff. I'm sure they know what to do," he added.
But most of all, Guiao has confidence in his team who he said is not lacking in leaders and has been together for so long that the players know what to do in every game situation.
That, Guiao said, will be crucial, more so in a playoff-type environment.
"This team is not lacking in leadership. We have players like Jeff (Chan), Paul, Jervy, Beau (Belga) and Chris Tiu who can lead and bring this team together," said the many-time champion coach.
"I think that's the fruit of our investment in keeping this team together for a long time. The success we have now is the result of our investment in this group of players."
So for now, Guiao can afford to put his feet up and watch Game Five unfold without the tension and madness he usually has to deal with on the sidelines.
But with Yeng, you'll never know.