PAUL Lee may be banged up again in the PBA Governors Cup, but that won’t stop the Rain or Shine combo guard from leading the Elasto Painters’ championship bid in the season-ending conference.
Lee averaged 16.0 points and and 5.5 rebounds in Rain or Shine’s two crucial wins over KIA Carnival and Meralco, respectively, last week to help his team secure a Top Four spot in the playoffs.
The shifty guard out of University of the East overcame dizziness after getting elbowed in the mouth late in the fourth quarter by pouring in 20 points against KIA, including eight straight free throws in the homestretch to preserve Rain or Shine’s 94-90 win.
Coach Yeng Guiao admitted Lee has been the subject of rough plays by opposing defenders, but his prized shooting guard is not the type who will back down.
“He’s (Lee) one tough guy. He will keep attacking the basket even if he knows he’ll get fouled hard,” Guiao said of the six-foot guard from Tondo, Manila who was named Accel-PBA Press Corps. Player of the Week for the period of June 15-21.
Four days after the KIA game, Lee had 12 points and seven rebounds while combining with import Wendell McKines in a final-quarter breakaway as Rain or Shine pulled off a 96-89 win over Meralco that made it the third seed entering the knockout quarterfinals.
As a result, the Elasto Painters go to the playoffs riding the crest of a six-game win streak.