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    Unlike NBA Finals sweep, Cone braces for long, tough PBA Finals

    Jul 25, 2018
    Ginebra coach Tim Cone is bracing for a tough and long title series against the mighty Beermen.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone sees a lengthy series between the Kings and San Miguel as the two teams figure in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, starting in Game One on Friday.

    But while Cone had already labeled the Beermen as one of the greatest teams in the history of the league, the Grand Slam coach believes the Gin Kings are also capable of pulling off a victory in the series.

    “Most series go long because both teams in the championship are good teams. They’re going to find ways to win. So rarely is it lopsided,” said Cone.

    Cone said he is preparing that the series will go deep into the finals as he believes the Kings can match up well against the Beermen. The finals series already has interesting individual matchups with Justin Brownlee set to take on Renaldo Balkman, while Greg Slaughter renews his rivalry with June Mar Fajardo since Cebu when the two giants collide.

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    “I don’t see this going like the way of the Warriors and the Cavs was… I think San Miguel has the edge and experience and confidence and knowing what it takes to win at this level. But like I said, I think we match up to them on a man-for-man basis very well. I think it’s just going to be a really tough series.

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    “And usually, a really tough series end up being a long series,” said Cone.

    Cone, however, doesn’t want to look too much ahead as the Kings are focused on Game One of the Finals. After finishing off Rain or Shine on Monday in four games, the Ginebra coach is pleased that both teams have gotten an opportunity to take a rest before plunging into action on Friday.

    “I appreciate that we have the extra time after the semis to get ourselves over it, get ourselves rested and have time to prepare. I know we’ll come in a lot better than we would have if we’d have to play tomorrow,” said Cone.

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    “You do plan for a long one because chances are it will be long. But like I said, you take it one game at a time because you can’t afford to look beyond what’s right in front of you. You got to stay with what’s right in front of you,” said Cone.

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    Ginebra coach Tim Cone is bracing for a tough and long title series against the mighty Beermen.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño
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