TWO-time MVP James Yap is looking at Star’s coming PBA Governors Cup game against San Miguel on Sunday as the biggest test for the reigning champions.
The Hotshots have lost back-to-back games to Globalport and Meralco, but a win over the talented Beermen, according to Yap, would be good enough to bring their confidence back.
“Mahirap na laban 'yan (versus San Miguel), pero diyan mate-test 'yung team kung magwo-work ba yung mga na-trabaho namin nung break,” Yap told Spin.ph on Thursday.
“Pero makaisa lang kami, makakabalik din ang kumpiyansa namin,” he added.
San Miguel has won its last two games, including a 124-102 rout of erstwhile unbeaten GlobalPort which saw import AZ Reid finish with 41 points, including a hot 9-of-11 shooting from three-point range.
The same can’t be said of Star, although Yap chose to look at the brighter side of the team’s back-to-back losses.
“Ganyan naman talaga kapag natatalo, mas nakikita mo kung ano yung kulang mo, kasi usually, kapag nananalo ka, hindi mo na nakikita ano yung maling ginagawa mo,” explained the shooting guard out of University of the East.
Since the team’s 83-81 loss to the Bolts last Sunday, Yap said the past few days gave the team the chance to revisit its patented triangle offense and make some adjustments on defense as well.
At the same time, the 33-year-old Yap also isn’t making a fuss of his benching in the dying minutes of the team’s last two outings, saying he totally respects and trusts the decisions of coach Tim Cone.
“Di ko na iniisip 'yun (benching in the last two games). Basta sa akin, diskarte na niya 'yun. Ang importante eh ready lang ako lagi kapag tinawag,” said Yap.