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    Blackwater brings back Greg Smith ahead of quarters as knee pain slows down Staphon Blair

    Jul 15, 2019

    BLACKWATER simply won’t be satisfied by advancing to the PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals as the No. 3 seeded team.

    With eyes on making the semifinals for the first time in franchise history, the Elite are set to bring in former NBA player and one-time import Greg Smith for the playoffs of the mid-season conference.

    The door suddenly opened for the 28-year-old Smith as import Staphon Blair has been playing with a hurting knee.

    SPIN.ph learned Smith is set to arrive on Monday, well ahead of the quarterfinals that start on Saturday.

    He was originally considered as a replacement for ailing import Alex Stepheson, but was still tied up with his Puerto Rican ballclub during that time.

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      Smith, who suited up for three seasons with the Houston Rockets, played for the Elite in this same conference two years ago, although the team failed to advance to the playoffs after ending up with a 3-8 win-loss record in the elims.

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      Smith showed a lot of promise that he was considered by then Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes as naturalized player for the national team.

      Smith also played for Dallas and Minnesota despite being overlooked during the 2011 NBA draft.

      He was also a former D-League All-Rookie team and an All-First team.

      The return stint of the Vallejo, California native couldn't have come at a better time for Blackwater, which ended up as the No. 3 seeded team in the playoffs - the highest ever in franchise history.

      As it is, the Elite face the prospect of meeting either Rain or Shine or San Miguel in a best-of-three quarterfinal playoffs.

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