MARC Pingris said he considers Talk 'N Text as probably the toughest opponent San Mig Super Coffee has faced in the many playoff series the Mixers have played under coach Tim Cone.
But now that their PBA Governors Cup semifinal series is down to sudden death on Friday, Pingris expects everyone from the starting unit to the last player on the bench to gut it out against Talk ‘N Text.
“Sa mga pinagdaanan namin, mabigat yung Talk ‘N Text kasi marami silang mga players. Eh lahat puwede magpalit palit, like yung second or third group eh puwede mag first five,” Pingris told Spin.ph during San Mig's practice a day after an 81-84 overtime loss to the Texters on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old San Mig forward said he isn’t taking anything away from Petron (now San Miguel), which the Mixers defeated in seven games to win the Governors Cup Finals last season, or Rain or Shine, which they beat, 4-2, in the Philippine Cup title series this season.
San Mig had also defeated Talk ‘N Text, 3-1 in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals, moving the team within one championship of completing a rare grand slam this season.
But the task of capturing the “Triple Crown” only got harder for San Mig after Talk ‘N Text bounced back from a 0-2 hole, which all the more bolsters Pingris' belief that the Texters are the toughest foes the Mixers have ever faced in a playoff series.
“Ginawa naman ng Talk ‘N Text ang trabaho nila. Eh sinabi ko nga sa kanila (San Mig teammates), di basta basta na kalaban ang Talk ‘N Text. Malakas na team 'yan at may respeto kami sa kanila,” he added.
As the Mixers quickly filed out of the Ronac gym on one by one on a rainy Thursday afternoon, Pingris assured the San Mig fans of one thing: “Basta laro na lang at kakayurin namin 'yan sa next game. Ibibigay na namin lahat kahit pagod na kami.”