GRAND SLAM-seeking San Mig Coffee is one win away from another finals appearance but PJ Simon knows it is too early to celebrate and he hopes the Mixers would keep their guard up against Talk 'N Text in the PBA Governors Cup semifinal series.
"Sabi nga ni coach Tim, talagang ka-come out sila na mas desperate at mas aggressive sa amin," he said.
After they eked out a 92-88 overtime win in Game One, the Mixers came out with a more comfortable 93-85 win, but Simon noted it would be hard to close out a series against a talented side such as Talk ’N Text.
“Talk ’N Text ang pinakamahirap i-close out na team,” he said. “Akala lang nila madali na kasi 2-0 na pero syempre hindi naman basta-basta ang Talk ’N Text.”
Add to that the Mixers’ injury problems including Simon himself, who is playing despite back spasms. Simon played for 21 minutes and registered eight points, four rebounds and four assists in Game Two. James Yap (toe injury), Marc Pingris (ankle and knee) and Joe DeVance (bad back) are also playing hurt.
It would be tough to pull off a third straight win against the Texters, but the Mixers will have all the reasons to go all out and complete the sweep — they can get the extra rest before a possible title series since the other semi between Alaska and Rain or Shine is tied and is certain to go at least three more games
"If ever aabot ng Game Five mahirap kasi ang momentum nasa kanila na," said Simon. "At pag Game Five its's anybody's ball game na 'yan. Hangga't may opportunity i-close out na."