AZ Reid rediscovers old form with business-like approach against former team
AZ Reid scored 36 points in leading SMB past former team Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

ARIZONA Reid said his breakout game on Tuesday night had nothing to do with playing against his former team Rain or Shine.

Instead, Reid insisted his game-long brilliance was fuelled his desire to get San Miguel out of the rut.

“I have to be me because if I’m not me, why should I be here (playing in the PBA)? If I try to be somebody else, I’m not gonna be successful,” Reid said, shortly after erupting for 28 of his 36 points in the second half of the Beermen's 104-91 win over Rain or Shine.

The drama that surrounded Reid’s first game against his former team was absent on Tuesday. There was none of the thrash-talking with Yeng Guiao that escalated into a bumping incident that led to the ejection of the Rain or Shine coach.

The two-time PBA Best Import admitted he treated Rain or Shine just like any opponent this conference.

“Every team is just the same to me. I just want to win. I don’t care if it’s them (Elasto Painters) or a high school team playing in the PBA,” he added.

[See San Miguel ends dry spell as AZ Reid once again haunts former team Rain or Shine]

Reid was all business in the game against the Elasto Painters, scoring inside while posting up smaller men like efensive ace Jireh Ibanes or scoring in transition and from the outside against bigger defenders.

“My teammates look for me. And I look for them. I have a lot of weapons. And with my game, it’s gonna be tough to beat us,” he said.

“I have to be sharp because I am the AZ that everybody waited to see in the third conference.”

Reid said he is finally recovered from gastroenteritis that had him in and out of Medical City the past week and it showed in his game. Now he said there's no turning back.

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 “I have to get my body back slowly. I known it ain’t gonna be back overnight, but I just gonna have to keep building on it.”

[See Guiao demands consistency from import Wendell McKines]

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