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    Cone on possible early playoffs clash with SMB, Magnolia: 'Let the chips fall where they may'

    Jul 14, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    TIM Cone is not about to have himself worry on which team defending champion Barangay Ginebra could face in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    Cone said the Kings will just play out their remaining assignment on Sunday and then see where things would take them from there.

    The 6-4 Kings play a Columbian Dyip side which still has a very slim chance of forging at least a playoffs for the remaining quarterfinals berth at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on the penultimate day of the eliminations.

    “We can’t control who we will play in the quarters. We just need to focus on what’s in front of us,” said Cone heading to the Kings’ 6:45 encounter with the Dyip (3-7).

    Cone dreads a matchup with a rejuvenated San Miguel Beer in a best-of-three quarterfinals, a scenario that brightly looms following a late playoffs push made by the Beermen led by import Chris McCullough.

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      And then there’s also the possibility of the Kings arranging a quarterfinal series with long-time rival Magnolia, a team that has eliminated Ginebra in the playoffs the last two conferences.

      The Kings are tied for third and fourth places with Blackwater with 6-4 cards. In the event the two teams ended up with a similar record at the end of the eliminations, the Elite would get the no. 3 spot by virtue of their 108-107 overtime victory over Ginebra.

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      “Our goal is to just keep winning and gathering some momentum going into the playoffs,” said Cone.

      “After that, let the chips fall where they may.”

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