RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is hoping Paul Lee would just let the game come to him as the Elasto Painters star continues to recover from a knee injury.
Guiao felt Lee was forcing his long-range attempts and hardly attacked the rim in the E-Painters’ 103-98 win over Mahindra in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game on Wednesday.
“We will always try to help out getting his confidence back, pero ang problema kay Paul, he's trying to settle with his three-point shots; that's not his game,” Guiao said. “He's used to driving to the basket, playing better defense.”
“Of course, yung condition niya, we can’t demand too much from him cause he's just got back,” the veteran mentor was quick to add. “But I guess it’s really a function of his condition. If he gets in better shape, he'll be playing a lot better.”
Lee, who wound up with just two points after missing all but one of his seven shots, along with three boards and one assist in 20 minutes, admitted frustration is still getting the better of him.
“Kasama naman yun sa paggaling ko at pagbalik ko,” the former Rookie of the Year said. “Mangyayari talaga yung ganun.”
“Syempre wala pa rin ako sa rhythm kaya kailangan talaga ng practice with the team. Makukuha ko rin naman yun, he added. “Think positive lang ako na makakabalik din ako agad.”
Good thing the E-Painters are winning as they rolled to their third straight win.
“Maganda naman yung resulta so okay lang kahit mabagal yung process (ng pag-heal ko),” Lee said.