SAN Miguel sharpshooter Marcio Lassiter proudly wore a black Klay Thompson sleeved jersey- and a big smile on his face - during practice on Thursday.
He had all the reasons to, not only because they’re on their way to their sixth straight semifinal appearance, but because his hometown Golden State team had just taken a 3-0 lead over the Cavaliers after a 118-113 comeback victory in the NBA Finals.
Growing up in the Bay Area before moving to the Philippines to play professional basketball, it’s no surprise that Lassiter is one of the biggest Warriors fans here in the country.
Ironically, he’s also a part of the only team in the PBA to come back from 0-3 down - a mountain the Cavs need to climb at the moment. The Beermen achieved the feat when they stunned the Alaska Aces in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
That’s why Lassiter exactly knows what the Cavaliers need right now.
“Come on man. What they really need is a Beeracle,” Lassiter said with a smile.
“They need some advice but that’s just me and I’m a Warriors fan so I’m happy. We’ll see what happens in Game Four but so far so good,” he added.
Though he stopped short of predicting a sweep for the Warriors, Lassiter is quite confident considering how the Warriors showed poise against a rampaging Cleveland squad in Game three.
“You saw, that was their best punch,” said Lassiter of the defending NBA champions.
“LeBron and Kyrie finally got it going at the same time but the Warriors came out with better stops and scored 11 points straight.”
“That’s just how great of a team they are. Whatever you do, they just find ways to counter. It’s just a true testament to how great of a team they are.”