JAMES Mays expects more cuts and bruises in Game Four when San Mig Super Coffee tries to land the knockout punch against Talk ’N Text and capture its third successive PBA championship crown on Thursday night at the Philsports Arena.
The 6-foot-8 Mixers import showed to Spin.ph bruises and scratches on his arms, following the team’s highly physical encounter on Tuesday that saw them escape with a 77-75 win to take a 2-1 lead in their Commissioner’s Cup Finals series.
“It’s (Game Four) gonna be hard, it’s not gonna be a walk in the park,” Mays said whose team had its Game Four preparation on Wednesday afternoon at the Ronac gym in San Juan.
Although they’ve unmasked the Tropang Texters’ weakness in the Finals, the former Clemson standout knows Talk ’N Text will give its all to forge a sudden death.
“We’re the only team to beat them, twice, but they will put everything they got on the line. It’s (Game Three) a do-or-die for them, so it might get more physical, but hopefully we’ll be prepared for that,” said the 28-year-old NBA D-League veteran.
Mays contributing 20 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals, and helped contain speedy Talk ’N Text guard and Best Player of the Conference Jason Castro in Game Three.
But knowing that Talk ’N Text has been in the Finals many times the past seasons, the San Mig import expects the Texters’ gunners including Larry Fonacier, Jimmy Alapag and Ryan Reyes to come out firing in Game Four.
“A team like Talk ’N Text, they have incredible scorers. All around, they have starters. But when we play defense, we can keep the score low,” he added.