RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said the Elasto Painters will be approaching Game Three of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals with the goal of improving on their execution as they try to regain the momentum in the best-of-seven series against San Mig Super Coffee on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta coliseum.
The Elasto Painters are coming off a two-day respite, just enough time to get their act together after playing horribly in Game Two that allowed the Mixers to score an 80-70 win on Sunday and level the series at 1-all.
“Now it’s our turn to make an adjustment. And we’ll make adjustments not trying to tie the series, but with a chance to take the lead again,” said Guiao, heading into the 8 p.m. match.
Though the Mixers dominated the Elasto Painters in Game Two through their daunting defense and crisp ball movement, Guiao said the team is only making simple defensive adjustments to ensure it could keep up with San Mig.
“We’ll make very simple adjustment on defense. Probably put more pressure on their ball carrier, deny their isolation and their post-up options,” explained the fiery Rain or Shine mentor.
“Our execution is our main concern. Our ball movement in Game Two was bad, that allowed San Mig to play better defense on us.”
Guiao said he’s not worried even if the team won’t have injured guard Ryan Arana due to a sprained ligament on his shoulder, which he sustained during the first quarter of Sunday’s game.
“Just when Paul (Lee) got injured, this (Arana’s injury) will give a chance for others to step up,” said Guiao.
“Yes, malaking bagay si Ryan, but things like this can happen. This team, though, is built for situations like this. It’s a loss that we’re ready to absorb,” added the 53-year-old Rain or Shine bench tactician.
For San Mig coach Tim Cone, the two-day break is a perfect time to give his starters the rest they needed since coming off a seven-game semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra.
Still, Cone made sure the Mixers maintained their focus on the Finals during the two-day break, considering the Elasto Painters are capable of bouncing back strong in the title series.
“Any break at this point is good for us. You kind of like to want to get back and have the momentum going, but Yeng is a master strategist,” said Cone, now gunning for his 16th PBA title, which will make him the all-time winningest coach in league history.
“You give him (Guiao) two days and he’ll have time to throw things to us so we can’t relax too much. We’ve got to keep our concentration going forward. We need to keep our momentum going,” he added.