San Mig superstar James Yap said he never felt this good on the floor all season.
Yap wished he could say the same about his shooting touch.
Finally free from back pain after undergoing a series of therapy sessions in Europe during the conference break, the San Mig Coffee superstar was eager to get back on the court and atone for his disappointing showing in the last Commissioner's Cup.
The two-time league MVP said perhaps he was so eager to put up a good showing he ended up firing bricks and making a mess of things in the Mixers' 75-79 loss to Rain or Shine in their Governors Cup debut.
“Para akong nagbalik sa rookie year ko. Kasi kundisyon naman ako dahil wala na akong iniindang injury pero more on gigil 'yung laro ko kanina,” Yap said after finishing with just eight points on a frigid one-of-14 shooting.
When the shots wouldn't fall, he ended up trying to force things in the endgame and making it worse.
First, Yap was called for an offensive foul when he tried to barrel through Ronnie Matias’ leech-like defense, leading to a Rain or Shine bucket at the other end.
Yap then turned the ball over several sequences later, before bungling a wide-open three-point attempt. Import Marqus Blakely’s turnovers and an airball sealed San Mig's fate.
The San Mig gunner said he was perplexed by his woeful shooting, more so now that he is no longer bothered by a stiff back that had slowed him down in the latter stages of the Commissioner's Cup.
But whatever the reason is, Yap knows he has to find his shooting touch soon before it's too late.
“Every game is parang playoffs," he said of the one-round eliminations in the season-ending tournament. "Kaya kailangan naming bumawi.”