GREG Slaughter admitted that it should be him that needs to adjust to his teammates — and not the other way around as Barangay Ginebra has thrived in a faster pace while he was away.
The chemistry issue was evident in the Gin Kings’ loss to Meralco at the start of their title defense on Sunday when Slaughter, who played his first game since September 9, appeared to slow his team down as they scored a measly fast-break point compared the Bolts’ 18.
“I think we just have some chemistry to figure out, you know?” the 6-foot-11 slotman said. “I’m coming in after over a year, during that time we really had a lot of success, so it’s up to me to try to figure out how to fit in with everyone. We have a different style of play now.”
“So I’m looking how I can fit in, help everyone else, complement our team to be better,” he added.
Slaughter did see some positives early on when they built a 30-19 lead late in the first quarter, before unraveling in the middle quarters.
“I think we started out well, but kinda lost our chemistry in that second half,” the 2014 Rookie of the Year said. “We gave up a lot of easy fast break points. We didn’t have any fast break going on.”
The Gin Kings also didn’t make the most of their big lineup that had Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, and import Justin Brownlee clogging the lanes as it was the Bolts who outrebounded Ginebra, 60-52, with 24 rebounds coming from Meralco import Allen Durham.
“I think that rebounds were out of control,” Slaughter said. “That’s up to me, Japeth, and Justin and figure out with our big lineup how we’re going to control them rebounds because with a lineup with our size, I don’t think there should be any game where we lose rebounds.”
At least individually, Slaughter played solidly with 14 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and one assist in 30 minutes.
“I feel good – better than I was before,” the 29-year-old cager said. “(But) still trying to find my timing and I’m trying to find how I can fit in with the guys.”