PAUL Lee believes Rain or Shine will have to take a different mindset when it sets out for Game 5 of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday as it tries to prevent San Mig from ending the best-of-seven Finals.
“Laro na lang kami ng nothing to lose,” said the Elasto Painters shooting guard as he tries to fight his way through after another disappointing setback to the Mixers, 93-90, that put them on the verge of losing the title series outright.
At the same time, Lee urges the Elasto Painters to play together as a team and keep their morale high.
“Down kami siyempre. Iyung morale namin down na down, pero sa mga sinabi siguro ni coach Yeng (inside the dugout), eh lalaban pa rin kami ng mga teammates ko,” he said.
“Pero kung ida-down mo lang ang sarili mo, wala namang mangyayari. Di rin naman makakatulong.”
The 6-foot-1 guard out of University of the East valiantly carried the scoring brunt for Rain or Shine, whose shooting struggle continued on Friday.
“Sad to say ano, pero di naman nanalo eh, so useless,” Lee told sports scribes after seeing his 28-point effort went for naught following the tough Game 4 loss.
The former Rookie of the Year had a chance to send the game into overtime, but his three-point attempt in the dying seconds of the match played before a crowd of 11,000 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum rattled in and out.
“Iyung last shot na yun, akala ko talaga papasok,” he said.
“Straight kasi pag release ko. Pero after tumama sa bakal, nawalan ako ng pag-asa. Umalog lang. Eh kung ma-shoot ko, sobra na,” said Lee.