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    Joshua Smith motivated to lift TNT spirits in Game 4 'regardless of who's guarding me'

    Jun 26, 2017
    A doble-double by Joshua Smith was not enough for TNT in Game Three. Jerome Ascano

    JOSHUA Smith admits players are in somber mood after TNT lost the crucial third match in the best-of-seven title series with San Miguel, but he is focusing on getting back in this series and looking for positives heading into Game Four of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals.

    "Some guys are down. I mean, we didn't play our best today. We turned the ball over 23 times and they got 26 points off it. That's the name of the game right there," said Smith.

    "We just gotta keep our heads up. Like I said, the series isn't over, its only 2-1, we just gotta keep going."

    [See San Miguel wrests 2-1 finals lead as Alex Cabagnot runs rings around TNT KaTropa]

    Charles Rhodes has been tasked to take on Smith and while it has worked well for San Miguel, the UCLA and Georgetown product believes he can overcome the Beermen’s new defensive setup.

    "It doesn't matter who's guarding (me). I mean, they can put whoever they want on me. Every time I catch the ball, it's five guys who are looking at what I do every time," he said.

    "Whether it's Rhodes, whether it's June Mar, I'm gonna still do what I gotta do, and like I said we just gotta forget about it."

    [See SMB import Charles Rhodes says it will be 'crazy' for TNT to replace Joshua Smith]

    Smith still wound up with 18 points and 14 boards in 24 minutes of play.

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    "They played harder than us. That's the name of the game. We're down 2-1. Its not over. We just gotta learn," Smith said.

    [See Jayson Castro credits SMB defense after committing 10 turnovers in Game 3 loss]

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