RAIN or Shine star Paul Lee admitted he had a dismal PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Alaska, but feels the Elasto Painters have to be better as a team to be successful in the future.
After averaging 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 turnovers in 23.5 minutes in the elimination round, the fourth-year playmaker’s numbers dipped to 10.5 points, 3.7 boards, 2.2 assists, and two turnovers in 28.3 minutes in the Final Four.
“Masama (ang series ko),” Lee admitted. “Credit din sa depensa nila kasi pag-atake ko talaga sa middle, nakikita ko na naka-clog talaga sila. Binibigay nila sa amin yung outside shot pero hindi kami nag-co-connect. Yun ang storya ng series.”
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Asked which Alaska opponent defended him best, Lee said it was the entire team that gave him a nightmare.
“Team defense yung binuhos sa akin ng Alaska,” said Lee, who tallied just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, and one assist in 30 minutes in the Game Six defeat. “Pinapa-commit talaga nila talaga sa akin yung pasa ko sa labas, i-give up ko yung bola.”
While feeling he could’ve done more, Lee believes it’s the entire squad that needs to improve.
“Kailangan namin kasi hindi lang isang tao dapat eh. Kailangan namin maglaro as a team talaga. Kailangan pa namin matutunan yun.”
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao refused to pin the blame on his misfiring star.
“It would’ve been nicer if Paul had a better game, but we don’t want to put the responsibility on the shoulders of one player,” Painters coach Yeng Guiao said. “Hindi kami ganun. It’s always the team.”
“Kung meron kaming dapat sisihin, dapat umako ng kasalanan, it’s on the team,” he added. “We made bad decisions. Hindi si Paul naman parati ang pwede mong tingnan diyan. We don’t want that kind of pressure on one guy.”