AZ REID offered no excuses for the heartbreaking loss of Rain or Shine to San Mig Coffee that enabled the Mixers to complete a rare PBA Grand Slam on Wednesday night.
Despite being hampered by a sprained ankle, the reigning best import had 23 points and 14 rebounds but couldn't save Rain or Shine from falling, 89-92, in the final game of the 2014 season.
Reid said Rain or Shine lost to a better team.
“A loss is a loss,” said Reid after emerging from the gloomy Rain or Shine dugout. “It is what it is. Congratulations to San Mig.”
Reid played with a sprained ankle in Game Five, an injury he suffered last Monday. But Reid preferred not to blame his injury for the loss.
“I blame myself a lot but I did what I could. I wouldn’t stress my injuries. If it’s any other game, I wouldn’t play. I wouldn’t even step on the floor.
“But it’s Game Five, man. What can I say. This is what I dream of. I hate that it went down this way. I’m hurting because this was the biggest game of the season. But I tried my best,” said Reid.
Reid put up a gallant stand scoring 19 in the second half despite the hurting ankle.
He remained proud of the effort put up by his squad.
“I’m not a person that will make excuses. We almost had it. We fell short,” said Reid, who will next play in Belgium in August.
Reid also assured that he will be back for another tour of duty if Rain or Shine needs him again.
“We’ll see. It depends on Rain or Shine. If they want me back, I’ll be back,” said Reid.