DONTE Greene was glad to finally flash his NBA pedigree when it mattered most as he led TNT KaTropa to an 86-84 win over Mahindra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup on Sunday.
After playing in the shadows of his local teammates in his first two games, the Texters import showed the way this time, finishing with 24 points, including 11 in the payoff period where his team shrugged off a late stand by the Floodbuster to stretch their win streak to four games.
“I go through stretches where I look like I never played basketball before and then I go through stretches where I look like I've been where I've been,” Greene said. “Just trying to put it all together, it's a difficult league, it's not easy. The Philippines is not like your normal basketball league.”
“But you know, I'm getting adjusted, the main thing is we're still winning,” the former Sacramento King added. “If we were losing we would be in even more trouble. But just try to continue to build and get better every day.”
Still, Greene believes he can provide more than what he already has once he has fully adjusted to the conditions.
“Hopefully. Rest up and try to get my legs underneath me,” the 29-year-old cager said. “Just get my touch back, get my rhythm. We'll figure it out I'll get in there with the coaches and just figure it out.”
But apart from offense, Greene is eager to make a name on the other end.
“Defense is what wins championships,” the Syracuse product said. “We try to make sure, we know that our offense will come, but we need to focus on defense, get everything down pat on that end.”