INSTEAD of focusing on his expected shootout with Marcio Lassiter, Jeff Chan is bracing instead to be the defensive stopper on one of the PBA's top gunners today come the Commissioner's Cup finals between San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra.
"Try ko siyang (Lasister) i-stop. Kung malibre ako, I'll take it. Pero mas focused kami sa defense to stop them. Yung ma-limit namin sila," said the veteran shooting guard.
The Jeff-Marcio match-up is just one of the compelling story lines in this first finals showdown between the storied sister teams since the Beermen beat the Kings in the Philippine Cup title series last year.
Chan still wasn't with the Kings back then and only arrived middle of this second conference following a trade with Phoenix primarily to add an outside threat the team badly needed.
But the 34-year-old former Gilas hotshot said Ginebra's defense more than him engaging Lassiter in a lights out duel is the Kings' best weapon against a team as lethal as the defending champions.
"Yung kalaban namin mabigat, hindi madali," Chan pointed out.
"It's not on offense but more on defense. Basta ma-execute lang namin yung defense namin mas dadali ang buhay namin."
Chan is in his first finals stint since winning a championship with Rain or Shine in this same conference two years ago.
The Far Eastern University product said he'll definitely enjoy this one starting in Friday's Game One at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"Happy ako dahil ang tagal ko ring nabakante," he said. "Na-miss ko yung playoffs kaya excited akong makabalik sa finals."