JUSTIN Brownlee expects Ginebra's bid for a third straight PBA Governors’ Cup championship to be a lot harder than the first two.
“I’m not sure how different it will be. I just know that I’m sure it’s going to be tough, even tougher than the previous two," Brownlee said after Ginebra wrapped up its eliminations campaign with a 112-93 win over TNT KaTropa.
The Gin Kings go to the playoffs as the top seeds with the loss of just two games in the conference, but Brownlee cautioned that the road will be tougher beginning with the quarterfinal against eighth seed NLEX.
For one, he expects Ginebra to have a big target on its back in the playoffs.
“The advantage the teams may have is that they’ve seen this team more. Even though I think we’ve gone better, teams definitely know what we're gonna do. Personally, they know each guys’ strengths and weaknesses,” said Brownlee.
The good news for Ginebra is that Brownlee is not easing up on the gas pedal. The resident Kings import put together a triple-double of 31 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 rebounds in a game the team didn't need to win.
Yet Brownlee agreed with coach Tim Cone that the top seed amounts to nothing more than 'pogi points' in the playoffs.
“I definitely agree with him,” Brownlee said. “You come in number one, you may get a little bit complacent, a little less hungry, teams will be hunting you for sure.”
“We know that. Luckily, we’ve been in this position before so hopefully, we can learn from that and we can do better,” said Brownlee.