PAUL Lee is leaving all the excess baggage behind.
There's a big playoff series to play.
“Ako kasi kapag natapos na itong elimination [round], lahat ng nangyari binubura ko na yun,” said the Magnolia guard after the Hotshots sufered a 98-83 loss at the hands of TnT Katropa on Wednesday night.
In all, the team lost for the fourth straight time for a 5-6 record at the end of the PBA Governors Cup eliminations - not the kind of mood you'd want to have entering a best-of-three series against rival Barangay Ginebra.
Lee said the playoffs should be the perfect time for Magnolia to reboot.
“This is another chapter for us na mag-focus kami ng mas maayos. Kasi excess baggage pa 'yun 'pag inisip mo pa yung apat na talo,” he said. “No room for that. Just move on and focus sa quarterfinals."
Lee topscored with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field for the Hotshots, who paraded a new import in Rakeem Christmas.
But his effort couldn't stop the Hotshots’ freefall entering a reprise of the same playoffs match-up during the last Philippine Cup which Magnolia won over Ginebra.
Lee pointed out, correctly, that they'll be facing an entirely different Ginebra team.
“Tumama lang yung game plan namin last conference. This time, different scenario. They got (Justine) Brownlee, they got Stanley (Pringle). So may piyesa sila para manalo,” he said.
“Kaya kailangan paghandaan pa rin namin,” Lee added. “Bilog naman yung bola, e. So sana maganda lang yung game plan namin. And maniwala kami na kaya naming manalo.”