Up 2-0, Rain or Shine not taking chances against SMB as Wilkerson status still unclear
It is uncertain if Tyler Wilkerson will play for SMB, while Yeng Guiao is rejoining RoS after missing a game. Jerome Ascano / Jaime Campos

RAIN or Shine is not underestimating San Miguel Beer as it tries to finish off the Beermen in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Thursday night at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The Elasto Painters are seeking to sweep the embattled Beermen, who might play without an import after Tyler Wilkerson was a no-show in practice on Wednesday.

While the Beermen could miss their high-scoring reinforcement, the E-Painters are welcoming back coach Yeng Guiao, who had to attend an engagement and missed Game Two.

“No change (in mindset),” Norwood told SPIN.ph on the eve the 7 p.m. encounter. “These guys are proven champions no matter who is on the court.”

“We need a championship-type performance to win,” the Elasto Painters utility player added.

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After all, the Beermen, who have won three of the last four conference titles, are in familiar territory and know what it takes to pull off a reversal, having authored the greatest comeback in league history in the Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska.

“We just have to stay composed, stay focused, and know it’s a quick turnaround,” Norwood said after their Game Two win on Tuesday night. “We can’t celebrate too much.”

Coincidentally, the Beermen are playing in the same venue where they started their amazing comeback from three games down against the Aces.

“It’s an added piece of the puzzle. It’s a bit sweeter for us if we can get the win,” Norwood said as they look to stick to what has been working for them by keeping their foot on the gas pedal.

“We just have keep to our game plan and luckily for us, we play a lot of players, so we shouldn’t be too tired,” the Gilas Pilipinas standout said. “Everybody should feel rested, and really just come out with a lot of speed.”

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