A USUALLY mild-mannered Justin Brownlee let out all his emotionals in the title-clinching Game Six of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals when he screamed following a dunk conversion during the second half of the match.
Even Ginebra coach Tim Cone was surprised with the reaction.
“Justin plays with such calm. That’s the first time I ever seen him, he actually dunked, turned around to the crowd, and he went ‘Raaar.’ That’s the first time I’ve ever seen that. But he plays with such calm,” Cone said.
Entering Game Six with an average of 29.06 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6.33 assists, Brownlee on Wednesday eclipsed those numbers, contributing 31 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists in the title-clinching 93-77 win at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With his numbers in the Commissioner’s Cup finals, Cone believes Brownlee will be a big target in the coming Governors’ Cup where he will once again be the reinforcement of the Kings.
“I think Justin will have a huge target on his chest,” said Cone. “Every import will go out there and prove themselves against him."
Cone also believes every import will be trying to do their best when playing against Brownlee.
“He is going to be like the Michael Jordan in the next conference where whenever you go up against Michael, it’s total focus. I think every import will be totally focused against Justin,” said Cone.
With rivals' defense expected to focus on Brownlee in the Governors' Cup, Cone says their job now is to create space and better situations for their import.
“That’s going to be for the coaching staff to help get him open and be able to play his game. We have to continue to be creative and help him out,” said Cone.