WHAT THIS GAME MEANS
Do not panic.
That seems to be the mood around the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters as the second game of the PBA Finals is about to start. The odd thing about it is that the person setting the mood is Coach Yeng Guiao.
We a re used to seeing a fired up, screaming at the top of his lungs, heavy metal type of reaction from the Vice Governor. Instead, we are seeing a zen type, cool, collected, and Kenny G mood from Coach Yeng. If the E-Painters drop Game 2, don’t expect to see any clarinet playing calmness from him.
As for the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, they are just rolling. Despite the huge meltdown in the final seven minutes of the first game, TNT was well in control of the entire game. They played great defense. Honestly, I think that they played even better offense than they did D.
Will the “no panic” mode of Rain or Shine pay off and equalize the playoff? Or will the machine known as the Tropang Texters just roll right on through to a 2-0 series lead? It will either be a best-of-five series from there or RoS will need to win four of the last five games against the two-time defending Philippine Cup champs.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
The physicality of the second game is going to be off the charts. You can even ask former Talk ‘N Text head coach, Chot Reyes. In a twitter conversation with Jared Dillinger, the national team coach had this to say.
@jdhawaii20 And u in Game #2. U never they’re coming back HARD
— Chot Reyes (@coachot) January 9, 2013
Don’t worry though. It didn’t come as a shocker to Game 1’s Player of the Game.
@coachot yeah you are right. We won’t expect anything less from them.
— Jared Dillinger (@JDHawaii20) January 9, 2013
Expect to see Rain or Shine come out of the gates with a purpose. Not a purpose to hurt, but a purpose to show that they will not be afraid to. This team has so much pride and heart in them that they will make sure that TNT know it from the get go. Not like in the last game where we only saw it at the tail end of what could’ve been a huge blowout.
WHO TO WATCH OUT FOR
How long can Coach Yeng keep the panic level down? When the game is getting close and every close call becomes a topic of discussion between friends, how will Yeng react?
There are times that his team looks really flat out on the court. You can pretty much look at the entire first half of Game 1 and you will see how flat the players were against the Tropang Texters. This is when you will expect Vice Gov to start to lose it.
His team needs it. They feed off of his energy. They need to see the fire in his eyes to light the rest of the team up. How long it will take to get there is the biggest question.