NLEX coach Yeng Guiao hardly looked worried after a 99-84 loss to Magnolia in Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series, feeling they were probably due for a loss following a solid string of games.
After starting the conference losing four of their first six games, the Road Warriors went on a run that saw them win seven of their next eight games to get to where they were coming into Game Two.
“Well, I just feel that even if we lost, I don't feel that badly about it,” Guiao said. “I guess winning seven out of our last eight before this game takes a toll on you. It's human nature that you'll probably going to be relaxed a little bit. We're not as sharp as we needed to be.
“But I'm sure we can play better in our next game,” he added ahead of Game Three on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. “I guess the law of averages is going to catch up with you one of these days.”
It definitely caught up with the Road Warriors on Monday night when they fell by seven points after the first quarter and went down by as many as 18 points late in the game.
But Guiao is somehow relieved to get this loss out of the way.
“It's also some kind of pressure release, and we can probably play a little bit more loosely in our next game,” the veteran coach said. “'Yun ang importante na mas loose kami ng kaunti, ano.”
Guiao feels the Road Warriors will be more relaxed if they extend the best-of-seven series as far as they can.
“We expect this to be a long series,” the NLEX coach said. “I hope we can keep prolonging it, because I feel that the longer the series goes, the bigger our advantage should be. Alam ko naman na the absence of Ping (Marc Pingris) is going to put a lot of pressure or prolong the minutes of Ian (Sangalang) and their other bigs, so if we can play more games, maybe that can have an effect towards the end of the series.
“The same thing with Paul (Lee), 'no. We'll just keep putting on the pressure and see if that will have an effect in the series,” he added.