YENG Guiao refused to sulk even after the twice-to-beat incentive Rain or Shine came close to getting had slipped through its grasp.
Moments after a close 93-92 loss to San Mig Coffee on Sunday night kept the Painters out of the running for the No. 2 qualifying spot and a twice-to-beat privilege in the playoffs, Guiao chose to look forward instead of looking back.
The fiery Rain or Shine coach said he will use the team's final game of the eliminations against Barako Bull on Friday to build momentum ahead of the playoffs, regardless of which team they will be facing.
“Wala naman kaming pakialam dun (which quarterfinal opponent they will face). It’s useless to agonize over something we can’t control,” Guiao told Spin.ph.
Last season's Coach of the Year also plans to use the Painters' final elims game at the MOA Arena to break in Paul Lee, the reigning Rookie of the Year who has not seen action since aggravating a shoulder injury during the Governors Cup Finals against San Mig Coffee.
Lee has missed the team’s first 13 games, although he has been participating in team drills and in two-to-three and five-on-five scrimmages in practice for the last couple of weeks, said Guiao.
“Paul Lee is more or less in shape now. Kung papayagan lang naman siya ng doctor saka ko siya papalaruin,” he added.
While Guiao said he doesn’t intend to immediately give Lee heavy minutes once he returns, he feels the former UE Red Warrior can provide another scoring threat for his team.
Lee and celebrited rookie Chris Tiu, who just recently returned from injury, can give Rain or Shine more offensive options to add to what Jeff Chan, Beau Belga, JR Quinahan and Jervy Cruz have been providing throughout this conference.
Tiu has averaged 10 points, two rebounds and two assists in 22.5 minutes two games since returning from a hamstring injury he suffered during his pro debut against Petron early on October.