JOHN Fields insisted he didn’t disrupt Columbian Dyip’s chemistry in the team's 134-103 loss at the hands of Alaska in his PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut on Friday night.
The Dyip had been the surprise team early in the midseason tournament, winning two of their first three games behind original import CJ Aiken to surpass their win total in the last two conferences combined.
But they surprisingly replaced defense-oriented Aiken, tapping the services of Fields who proved a better-rounded offensive player with 39 points against the Aces, although he scored 19 points in the fourth quarter where the outcome was all but decided.
But asked if he disrupted the flow of the team with his arrival, Fields believes the Aces just caught them on an off night.
“No (disrupt chemistry),” Fields said. “Coach wanted a certain player who can put the ball in the basket from any angle – low post, drive, and wherever. I feel like I didn’t disrupt the chemistry.”
“I feel like we just didn’t come out and play good, we didn’t shoot it good, so I think we’ll bounce back game,” he added.
Individually, the 30-year-old Fields feels he can improve his free-throw shooting after making just 11 of his 18 charities.
“It’s an adjustment period,” Fields said. “It could’ve better, struggled from the free-throw line, so I’ll get better from the free-throw line and I’ll get better and efficient, know where my shots are coming from, and knowing how to play the offense.”
“I felt like, coming to the PBA, this is my first time in Asia, I had to prove I belong, but the team, just getting adjusted to me, so we got to tighten some stuff up when we take on Rain or Shine next game,” he added.