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    Paul Lee taking backseat to red-hot McKines, but ready to take over when necessary

    Jul 6, 2015
    Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee admits he's not 100 percent healthy. Jerome Ascano

    A HURTING foot is bothering Rain or Shine go-to-guy Paul Lee, who hasn’t had a big game in the team’s ongoing PBA Governors Cup semifinals series against San Miguel Beer.

    Lee was averaging 14.61 points for the Elasto Painters heading to their matchup against the Beermen, but only had eight points in the team’s amazing 113-110 comeback in Game Two on Saturday night.

    The combo guard made up for his lack of offense by focusing on setting up teammates as he logged a total of six assists in the game that saw the Elasto Painters storm back from the depths of a 20-point deficit.

    Asked why he seems hesitant in taking shots, the 25-year-old pride of Tondo was straightforward in his answer about nurturing a foot injury.

    “Medyo may nararamdaman lang ako sa paa ko. So siguro kung nandyan yung tira, ititira ko. Kaso ayaw kong mag-gamble. Hindi ako 100 percent eh,” he said.

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    The outspoken Rain or Shine superstar also stressed the monster performance of import Wendell McKines has prompted him to take the back seat.

    “Saka mainit yung import namin eh. So feed na lang ako ng feed. Kasi alam naman niya ginagawa niya eh. Kaya hindi rin ako nagsisi sa ginawa ko,” he said of McKines’ remarkable 53-point explosion.

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    Lee however, stressed if in case the need arises for him to score, then he will gladly answer the call.

    “Oo naman. Pag kailangan na, gagawin ko na. Saka may sistema naman kami na ginagawa base sa utos ni coach (Yeng Guiao). Ready naman ako lagi,” he stressed.

    “Basta kung ano ang ginagawa namin as a team, mas okay siguro. Kasi 'yun naman ang sistema namin eh. Kailangan lahat mag-contribute,” said Lee, who scored the breathtaking, pirouette move off Barako’s seven-foot import Liam McMorrow in Rain or Shine’s 134-132 double overtime win over the Energy that sealed the team’s place in the semifinals.

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    With San Miguel expected to clamp down on McKines, Lee declared he’s ready to supply the needed offense for Rain or Shine.

    “Expected naman namin na mangyayari 'yun. So nakahanda kami. In place na ang strategy namin. Na-stress na ni coach Yeng 'yun sa ensayo namin kahapon,” added the former UE Red Warriors star.

    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao claimed he is not worried with the low production of Lee so far.

    The fiery mentor declared the situation has not gotten to the point he needs to personally talk to the versatile guard to stress the obvious.

    “Hindi ko naman siguro na kailangan pa siyang kausapin. If you think he hesitates on offense, I will only trust his judgment. I trust his judgment. Hindi problema sa akin (if he won’t score the same way he does before),” said Guiao.

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