TNT's David Simon admits Alaska pressure defense 'really got us'
TNT import David Simon is quick to shrug off a kne injury. Jerome Ascano

WHILE his absence allowed Alaska to make a run, David Simon believes it’s Tropang TNT’s turnovers that did the team in in an 85-81 loss to Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

The Texters import was forced to go out with barely a minute gone by in the third quarter after suffering a minor knee injury. He saw the Aces score nine unanswered points while he was on the bench.

Simon returned halfway through the period and led a Texters’ rally.

“They went on a little run when I had to come out of the game and we fought back,” Simon said. “But we shot ourselves on the foot with our turnovers.”

“We turned the ball over way too much,” he added of his team's 25 errors. “Some of it was from their defense, some of it, we just made bad plays. But definitely the staple of their game is to put pressure on the other team and tonight, it really got us.”

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Simon stressed the Texters have to limit their turnovers to win Game Three on Friday.

“I think the turnovers really got us really bad,” he said. “When you give a team like Alaska that many extra chances, it’s going to be very tough to win.”

Simon believes his injury is hardly serious as he went on to finish the game and register 31 points on 14-of-19 shooting, 15 boards, two blocks, and one steal in 40 minutes.

“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” he said. “It’s sore now, but hopefully I’ll be back to one-hundred percent by Friday.”

“(There was) no pop or anything. It was just painful.”

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