PAUL Lee believes the lopsided win pulled off by Star at the expense of Phoenix is a boon to the team’s preparation for its highly-anticipated showdown with his former team Rain or Shine next week.
Or it could be a bane either.
Whatever, the combo guard said it’s all up to coach Chito Victolero to keep the momentum going of the Hotshots’ 123-79 whipping of the Fuel Masters in Saturday’s lone PBA Philippine Cup offering at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Lee topscored for Star with 18 points, 15 of which came in the first half when the hot-shooting team began to pull away from a Phoenix side that just couldn’t keep on track on both ends.
He admitted registering the season’s biggest winning margin is definitely a confidence-builder for the Hotshots going to their game against the league-leading Elasto Painters (3-1) on Dec. 18.
“Magandang boost sa kumpiyansa namin going to the Rain or Shine game. Ang ganda ng panalo namin e,” Lee said.
There could also have its downside.
“Pero pwede ring mag back-fire dahil sobrang laki nga ng lamang namin. So baka mag-relax ang mga players,” he pointed out. “So trabaho ni coach Chito at ng coaching staff na sabihan ang mga players na huwag tumigil mag-trabaho at huwag makuntento.”
While two-time league MVP James Yap admitted next week’s first meeting against former team Star is a ‘big deal for him,’ Lee is taking it just like any ordinary game.
Lee and Yap were the two central figures involved in the blockbuster off-season trade involving the Hotshots and the Elasto Painters.
“Ok lang naman, pare-parehas lang yan,” said the ‘Lethal Weapon.’ “Siyempre magpe-prepare kami, hindi lang ako, yung buong team kailangan mag-prepare talaga.
“Part of life yan as a player. Kahit saan ka magpunta, you need to be ready. Nakapag move on na rin naman ako.”