THE All-Star break is a good opportunity for Rain or Shine import Reggie Johnson to get into shape, according to Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.
Garcia expressed his satisfaction towards the play of the wide-bodied Johnson as the Elastopainters occupy the top spot in the team standings with a 5-1 win-loss slate.
At the same time, Garcia said the All-Star break is also a chance for Johnson to shed a few more pounds and get into better condition entering the next stretch of the Commissioner’s Cup.
“I’m satisfied with the import. The nice thing about it is that he has two more weeks to get into better shape,” said Garica after their final game against Globalport before entering the All-Star break.
“Pagdating sa fourth kasi, medyo pine-pacing na niya sarili niya.”
In six games with the Elastopainters, the 6-foot-10 Johnson is averaging 25 points, 17.17 rebounds, 3.83 assists, and 1.5 blocks.
So despite of his hefty frame, Garcia said Johnson’s performance is just what the Elastopainters need although he will be even more effective if the team hit their outside shots.
Garcia emphasized that in their win against Globalport last week, Rain or Shine only hit two three-point shots.
“What we want for him is what we get. We’ve been getting scoring from inside, the double teams he attracts a lot of defense,” said Garcia.
“I told them the only way we can be consistent is to hit our outside shots and help him out,” said Garcia.
Garcia returns to the court on June 2 against Magnolia, where he hopes the team can maintain their good showing in the Commissioner’s Cup.
“It’s good to be number one right now, but it’s still a long way. We are halfway in the season. We hope that when we come back, we can still be better. At least, it gives us weeks to review on what we have to work on. Siguro ‘yung mga execution namin on offense and defense and how we can be a better defensive team,” said Garcia.