PAUL Lee was off form on offense in Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup finals.
Lee had seven points and shot 3 of 9 from the field as Magnolia bowed to San Miguel, 114-98. The best-of-seven series is now tied at 2-2.
His scoring has actually dropped in each matches in the finals after scoring 18 points in the Game One victory. After scoring 10 in Game Two, Lee had eight in Game Three, before struggling once again on Wednesday.
Lee is also a combined 3 of 10 from threes in the series - the two coming in Game One.
Lee, however, said it will still be Magnolia’s defense, instead of offense, that will carry the Hotshots to the win in the championship series.
“Medyo mataas na naman ‘yung nabigay namin (points). Alam naman namin kung paano kami natalo. So best-of-three na sa Friday,” said Lee.
The 30-year-old Lee admitted he needs to adjust on the offensive end with San Miguel’s defense more prepared against him.
“Siguro credit din sa depensa nila,” said the former University of the East standout, who tied Mark Barroca for the most number of threes in the elimination round for Magnolia with 21. “Talagang pinaghandaan din naman nila. I need to find ways kung paano ako makaka-diskarte sa loob.”
Lee said he remains optimistic about their chances as the team believes the longer the series goes, the better for Magnolia.
Lee added Magnolia has showed resiliency countless times this conference especially after the Hotshots started out 0-3 in the Philippine Cup before reaching the finals as the sixth seed.
“’Yun naman ang hiling ni coach Chito sa amin. Habang tumatagal ang series, feeling niya, okay para sa amin. Sana lahat umayon sa amin. Hindi pa naman natatapos. Kailangan talaga naming paghirapan. San Miguel showed championship character,” said Lee.
“Wala naman rason para ma-down kami. Isipin na lang namin kung saan galing ‘yung team namin, kung paano nag-start yung team namin dito sa conference. I think wala na dahilan para maging down sa amin,” said Lee.