TALK ‘N Text knows the danger of playing against a team without an import and that’s enough reason for the unbeaten Tropang Texters not to slack off against Rain or Shine Friday in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
“Suddenly, the pressure is on you to win,” explained Talk N Text coach Norman Black after his team took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series with a 94-87 win on Wednesday night.
The Tropang Texters gun for their 13th straight win and a sweep of the Elasto Painters side that faces the prospect of playing without import Wayne Chism in the 8 p.m. encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although Chism has vowed to play in Game Three despite suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee in Game Two, it remains to be seen whether the Rain or Shine import will be healthy enough to play a pivotal role for the team.
Still, Black is not taking any chances with or without Chism, citing the Tropang Texters’ ninth and final elimination round game against Globalport.
During the game held last April 11, the Tropang Texters played without import Richard Howell owing to an injury, and had to grind out the victory against the Batang Pier, 92-91.
Black also knows Rain or Shine won’t go down without a fight.
“It’s not always easy to be facing an all-Filipino team especially Rain or Shine because they are still fighting and playing with a lot of heart,” Black said.
The heart of Rain or Shine was in display during Game Two after it played the second half without Chism and other injured players such as JR Quinahan, Jervy Cruz, and Chris Tiu.
“I give a lot of credit to the Rain or Shine team for the way they played (in Game Two). They could have given up without their import but they didn’t. They played with a lot of heart and continued to fight,” said Black.