What else can I say?
If we’re including playoffs and everything, the Bolts are going to be one of the only three teams that have a winning record against the San Miguel Beermen. While the fact that the other two are the Alaska Aces and KIA (I know right?) kind of makes that statement a lot less bold, it is quite encouraging that the Bolts have that sort of edge going in to this crucial match-up.
For the Bolts, it is pretty simple what they have done well and what they will need to continue to do: shoot the lights out of Araneta. In their past two games against the Beermen, the Bolts have shot at least 55 eFG%. They have done so by getting different contributors all over the place, so we’ll need to see who will rise up to the situation in this game.
The Bolts have to be careful to realize that a lot of their shots were really lucky. They had the benefit of being bailed out by an awkward heave at the end of the shot clock that threw the Beermen off their game. In order to replicate their success on offense of the past games, they will have to move around off the ball more often and get the Beermen defense shuffling. We all saw what happened in the first quarter of the last game. That’s what happens when the Bolts lose focus on offense.
Another thing that the Bolts have to be wary of, is their defense or lack thereof. They got away with allowing the Beermen to shoot a blistering 54.1 eFG%, which on any other day would have blown them out of the water. Just take a look at the Beermen’s shot chart.
The Bolts are allowing too much to happen down low and allow too many corner threes (ie. The Advance Stats Enthusiats’ Fetish Spot). I might be tough to stop the Kraken down low, but they have to put more effort into running out to close out on Marcio Lassiter and Ronald Tubid in those corner (WITHOUT FOULING THEM).
It will be an entertaining game at the very least, simply because it’s a do or die game. If it turns out to be a barnburner that goes down to the wire with the deciding three-point shot coming from someone who rarely shoots threes again (my money is on Kelly Nabong this time), that just means all the more for us fans to enjoy.
TV: LIVE ON TV5 AND AKSYONTV
RADIO: RADYO 92.3 NEWS FM AND DZSR 918 KHZ AM
TIME: 7:00 PM
ARENA: SMART-ARANETA COLISEUM
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