NASH Racela anticipates Tim Cone’s major adjustment come Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals revolves around how to limit import Joshua Smith from doing damage inside.
And so he’s trying to dig deep into Cone’s coaching archives and see how the legendary mentor of Ginebra reacts to an import of imposing height.
“Nagpapakuha ako ng mga game tapes from 10 years ago ni coach Tim. I have to study his adjustments,” said Racela following TnT Katropa’s 100-94 drubbing of Ginebra in the opener of the best-of-five series Sunday night.
The 6-foot-10 Smith wreaked havoc down court against the Kings, torching them for a league career-best of 35 points and 13 rebounds – 11 off the offensive boards – in the Game 1 win.
Like in a chess match, Racela sees Cone coming up with a better defensive scheme to wear out the 330-lb. Smith in Game 2 on Tuesday, and he’s ready to make a counter move by anticipating what the league’s most accomplished coach is thinking.
“Kasi before uso pa yung mga post-up plays. So tingnan natin baka may mga nakatago siya na ganun,” said the TnT Katropa mentor.
But in a separate interview with SPIN.ph, Cone appears resigned to the fact Smith will have his points, a drawback he plans to offset by doing good in other areas of the game.
“Josh Smith is going to get his stuff. He’s that good, he’s that big. He’s going to get his stuff, but we can compete in other areas,” said the Ginebra coach.
“And I felt that was what we didn’t do last game. We lost in the other areas also. And if we’re going to lose to him and in all the other areas, then we don’t have a choice.”