The Purefoods Star Hotshots (5-4) look to bounce back after suffering a tough loss at the hands of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. This time, they will be up against a team that ‘s just like the Elasto Painters (or maybe even better), the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (6-3).
Just like the Elasto Painters, the Tropang Texters love to run. Both teams are tied at 1st in terms of pace, averaging 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes. TNT’s brand of basketball haven’t changed since the days of Coach Chot Reyes with the team as they are still all about offense. This conference, Talk ‘N Text leads the league in terms of offense with 102.1 points scored per 100 possessions. And they are doing this at an impressive effective field goal percentage of 48.4% (2nd in the league). They are also one of the top teams in terms of taking care of the ball with an average turnover rate of 13.6%.
In their game against Rain or Shine, Purefoods had a hard time containing the run and gun attack of the Elasto Painters. If they don’t make the necessary adjustments this time, they will be eaten alive by the Tropang Texters. One thing that Purefoods need to do for them to have a fighting chance in this game is to lessen their turnovers (4th – 15.6%) and control the pace of the game. Also, PJ Simon must be able to wake up from his 2-game slumber as the Hotshots need his scoring in this game.
Unless Talk ‘N Text will come out and have an off night, I highly doubt Purefoods’ chances of winning this one. As a matter of fact, this conference, Purefoods has not yet beaten a top tier team so far. This should be a cause for concern for them as the playoffs is just around the corner.
Can Purefoods magically turn things around again in time just like what they’ve been doing the past conferences or will it be too late already? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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