From the PBA website

I haven’t been following the PBA lately as much as I want.

I guess they need to try their best to veer away from the NBA Playoffs.

With that said, are we still going to have another June Mar Fajardo MVP season? I don’t hate The Kraken but I thought for sure the entry of Christian Standhardinger and Terrence Romeo would lessen his scoring opportunities.

I am writing this piece after reading June Mar’s 31-point (13-of-14 from the field) performance.

I am going to say this once, and probably a couple of million times when I deem it necessary. Leo Austria is a good national coach with the way he’s doing his job in San Miguel. Right now, he’s currently massaging the egos of Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Standhardinger, Romeo, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter. Of the seven names mentioned, six of those are averaging in double figures in the Philippine Cup. Ross, the odd man out, is averaging more than nine points. And heck, Von Pessumal is averaging less than seven points.

I know, more double-digit scorers don’t necessarily translate to wins. Rain or Shine was a game away from reaching the finals and apart from James Yap, none of the Elasto Painters are averaging ten or more points.

Has Santos and Romeo fought though?

San Miguel is currently engaged in a dogfight against the Magnolia Hotshots. The defense-oriented squad has four players in double figures – Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, and (barely) Jio Jalalon. I’ll try to catch the fifth game of their dogfight but I doubt if they’ll win the series if they let San Miguel go beyond the century mark.

I can’t help but think that the best way for them to win is by having 40-something Rafi Reavis score 16 points and haul 15 rebounds on a nightly basis like what he did in Game 3.



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