Expectant father Joshua Smith says first born baby an added motivation in TnT Katropa's title drive
Injured entering the title series, Joshua Smith delivers another huge game for the Texters. Jaime Campos

JOSHUA Smith has bigger things in mind aside from an ailing right foot. 

While the massive import is busy banging bodies with San Miguel's big men in the PBA Commssioner's Cup finals, Smith’s partner Krysty Ochoa is expected to deliver the couple’s first child in the US.

No wonder the TnT Katropa had been rallying behind him as apparent in the badge plastered on the players’ uniform bearing her name on Wednesday in Game Four of the title series which the team won Wednesday night, 102-97.

Smith, who finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds, definitely appreciated the gesture. 

“They know what I’m sacrificing outside of my foot, but the birth of my daughter. It probably won’t hit me until she’s actually out. She’s due tomorrow," the TNT import disclosed after the win that tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

“I really have a lot to say. I’m happy, anxious, nervous. I want to see what this baby looks like. We’re still playing with a lot of names, with three. Once she’s out, we’ll go from there," he added.

That only adds further motivation for him as he looks forward returning back home as a champion and with his first born baby waiting for him.

“The way I look at it, there’s two more games with a chance to three, and I’ll have a chance to relax and be a dad. I might as well give it all I can," he said.

It's on to Game Five for Smith now, and he expects nothing less than a grind.

With all adjustments having been made, it’s now just a matter of which team wants it more.

“It’s the same as every game. We go out there, try to execute, physical, and usually, the more physical team wins. All we did today was to tie it. Now its a best-of- three series and we got to go back to practice tomorrow and prepare for a tough Game Five."


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