Guiao confirms Paul Lee returning to combine with new import Mo Charlo in match vs SMB
Paul Lee is set to make his conference debut in the match against SMB. Jerome Ascano

PAUL Lee and new import Mo Charlo gives Rain or Shine a boost as the Elasto Painters aim to get on a roll in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, squaring off against streaking San Miguel Beer on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The star combo guard, who missed the team's first five games after aggravating a knee injury, is set to make his debut in the midseason tournament when his team tries to register its first winning streak in the conference.

E-Painters coach Yeng Guiao confirmed hours before the marquee matchup that tips off at 7 p.m. that his prized ward will finally play.

“We hope he can make a contribution,” said the veteran coach, whose team snapped a three-game skid in a huge way with a 121-94 thumping of NLEX last Friday that improved its win-loss record to 2-3.

The Painters, however, are expected to have their hands full against the Beermen, who have won their last three games after starting the conference with a loss and are running third in the 12-team standings.

Charlo, the former NBA D-League All-Star and All-Defensive First Team, will have his hands full in his league debut as he gets his baptism of fire against Tyler Wilkinson - one of the most impressive imports in the fold.

The San Miguel import came up big in the Beermen’s 94-86 drubbing of league leader Meralco, which suffered its first loss in the conference in Legazpi City last week.

Charlo took over the spot left by Antoine Wright.

Meralco, which remains on top of the table at 5-1, tries to get back on track as it faces sister team NLEX, which shares the same record as ROS, in the first game of the doubleheader at 4:15 p.m.

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