SAN Mig coach Tim Cone wants his team to play with a greater sense of urgency when the Mixers tangle with Talk ‘N Text in the main game of the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Mixers opened the conference with back-to-back losses against defending champion Rain or Shine (75-79) and Air21 (82-93), respectively, and will try to arrest the skid against the Tropang Texters (1-0) in their 6:30 p.m. game.
Cone stressed his team should take full advantage of the absence of four key Talk ‘N Text players in Larry Fonacier, Ranidel de Ocampo, Jason Castro, and Jimmy Alapag, who were all given a month off after suiting up with Gilas Pilipinas in the recent 27th Fiba-Asia Championship.
“We need to play with a little bit of sense of urgency but I don’t think we’re in a sense of panic,” said Cone. “We just need to settle things out even though we did miss practice due to the typhoon.”
The Mixers were supposed to play the Globalport Batang Pier on Wednesday in one of two scheduled games that were cancelled due to the heavy rain and flooding caused by Typhoon Maring.
The San Mig coach said he’s the least bit worried at superstar James Yap’s shooting slump to start the season-ending conference.
The 6-foot-2 Yap is averaging just 5.0 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting an atrocious 8.3 percent from the field.
“At some point, it’s a nice wake up call for James and go through the slump because he has really picked it up in practice, spending more time working on his shots before and after the practice,” said Cone.
“I’m not worried about it (Yap’s shooting slump) at all. Hopefully, tomorrow, he’ll explode.”
For Talk `N Text coach Norman Black, the team’s immediate goal is to protect the painted area to prevent San Mig import Marqus Blakely from getting his shots.
The 6-foot-5 Blakely is averaging 31.5 points and 22.5 rebounds in the first two games but is shooting poorly from the foul line with an average of 33.3 percent.