AZ Reid is tired of losing to San Mig. He said his teammates should be, too.
Moments after another 69-78 loss in Game Three pulled San Mig within a win of the PBA Governors Cup and a season grand slam, the import with the multi-faceted game and single-minded determination urged his Rain or Shine teammates to take do-or-die Game Four personally.
Reminding his teammates that this is the same San Mig team that beat them in the Philippine Cup Finals, the two-time Best Import awardee said Rain or Shine will have to dig deep and dig in if they don't want to see a grand slam coronation on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We’ve got to take the pressure, like what I told them, San Mig beat you in the All Filipino (Finals), this (series) got to be a personal battle. They just can’t let them keep doing this to you,” a clearly agigated Reid said.
“If a boy keeps hitting me, eventually I’m gonna hit him back. So you gotta toughen up. This is the Finals. Every possession counts. We’ve got to take it personally, coz I take it personally,” Reid added.
No local player, however, scored in double figures in Game Three as usually reliable gunners Jeff Chan and Paul Lee were held to four and two points, respectively, on a combined 12 shots.
Rain or Shine should leave everything on the floor on Monday, Reid said.
And it begins with him.
“I want to win bad. I’m giving everything I got, night in night out," said the Rain or Shine import. "I ain’t holding anything back."