RAIN or Shine did lose Game 1 of its PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Talk `N Text, but in the eyes of sophomore guard Paul Lee it’s the defending champions who need to make adjustments in the course of the title series.
Despite being at the losing end Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, 81-87, Lee thought the Elasto Painters did everything right except missed their shots from beyond the arc and crumble in the endgame.
“Sa tingin ko wala kaming adjustment na gagawin,” the unflappable guard from Tondo said.
“Tama naman `yung ginawa namin lahat. Si Jayson Castro umiskor ng sixteen points, given na yun. Siguro baka sila pa` yung mag-adjust sa ginawa namin kanina.”
One thing he also felt contributed to the team’s downfall was its slow start, one which saw Rain or Shine trail by as many as 33-15 in the first half.
“Siguro better start lang. Nalayuan lang kami kanina,” added Lee, who was scoreless in the first quarter when the Elasto Painters fell by as many as nine points. But he did finish as the team’s second-leading scorer with 11 points, including seven in the final frame.
In all, the reigning Rookie of the Year didn’t really play well, shooting just 4-of-14 from the field and missed a crucial lay-up from close range down the stretch that could have cut the Talk `N Text lead to only two points.
Lee attributed his slow start to his adjustment of playing back in the Finals after he missed all of the remaining five games of the Governors Cup title series which Rain or Shine won in seven games over B-Meg due to a dislocated left shoulder.
“Dala na rin siguro sa gigil sa laro. Alam no nandyan na eh, pwede na manalo.”
But he stuck with the positives, remaining upbeat the Elasto Painters can equalize the series.
“Hindi naman kami natalo na talagang ‘talo’,” Lee explained. “Mas marami lang silang na-shoot na three points sa amin. Yung sa amin hindi lang pumasok sa butas ng ring. Then yung mga crucial part, missed lay-ups ako, missed free throws kami.”
“Pero may chance kami talaga.”