JAMES Yap waved off the notion that he sleepwalked trough the eliminations then switched to game mode when San Mig entered the PBA Governors Cup playoffs.
After posting measly averages of 9.5 points on an atrocious 22.6 percent from the three-point zone and just 38.6 percent from the field overall, Yap jacked his stats to 14.8 points on a red-hot 57.9 percent shooting from the three-point zone. He also shot 46.8 percent from the field overall during the semifinals.
But the former MVP says he simply struggled in the early goings of the tournament.
“Di ko rin alam eh pero siguro natural lang na mag-struggle ka, player lang naman, di tayo perfect,” Yap told Spin.ph before the start of the Governors Cup Finals press conference on Monday at the Sambokojin in Eastwood City, Libis.
The former University of the East standout averaged 24 points on a scorching 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from beyond the arc.
Yap also noted that things have been different under third-year coach Tim Cone.
Unlike his first seven years when there is a designated play just for him, Yap explained that the triangle offense gives everyone the opportunity to score.
“Dito kasi sa triangle, kailangan move without the ball sa triangle,” he said.
“Kung maka-score ako, okay, pero kung hindi okay basta makatulong sa defense, kasi si coach first priority niya talaga is defense.”
The Mixers are three wins from achieving a rare Grand Slam feat this season, but Yap remained firm with his personal decision to take the Finals one game at a time.
“Ang sinasabi lang ni coach, alam natin kung ano pinaglalaruan natin ngayon. Alam natin kung ano ang mangyayari, eh legacy, history kasi 18 years pa yung last (Grand Slam),” said the native of Escalante, Negros Occidental.
“Pero for me, di ko iniisip talaga, di ko alam sa ibang player, basta laro lang, steady lang, ganun ako mag-isip,” he added.
Game One of the Finals is set on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.