For the last game of the elimination round of the 2014 PBA Governor’s Cup, the San Mig super Coffee Mixers (5-3) and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (5-3) square-off in an important game that would determine their final positions in the team standings going into the playoffs. The Mixers and the Elasto Painters are already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage going into the playoffs but the outcome of this game will decide their match-ups going into the next round. Lets look at the remaining scenarios as provided by Interaksyon.com:
This game will be a difficult one for the Mixers as they will be facing a very “hot” Elasto Painters squad that has won their last four games before this one. ROS’ confidence right now is on another level and they would be a tough team to beat right now. However, the Mixers are also coming into this game with a lot of motivation to atone for their loss against TNT in their last game which makes this an even more interesting match-up to watch. What should San Mig do to snatch this game against Rain or Shine and stop their four-game winning streak?
Keys to the Game
In this game, the Mixers must be able to display their true defensive identity that brought them three-straight crowns as they will be facing a superb offensive team. Currently, Rain or Shine is 2nd in the league in scoring, averaging close to 108 points per 100.
The Mixers must be able to disrupt the offensive flow of the Elasto Painters as they are currently the best team in the league in terms of passing, averaging 24.2 assists per game. Almost anybody can contribute in Coach Yeng Guiao’s system but San Mig’s defense must be wary of there three main weapons lead by their import Arizona Reid as well as Jeff Chan and Paul Lee who have been playing great basketball the past few games.
To have a better chance of winning, the Mixers must be able to hit their free throws. In their last game, poor free throw shooting cost them the game against TNT. In this game, they should expect more free throw attempts as Rain or Shine is 3rd in the league in FTR allowed at 22.2 percent. Marqus Blakely and the rest of the Mixers must take advantage of this and make Rain or Shine pay for sending them to the foul line.
The Mixers must be cautious of taking care of the basketball in this game as Rain or Shine is a good team in forcing turnovers, currently ranked 2nd forcing opponents to turn the ball over on 18.1 percent of their possessions. These turnovers by the other teams quickly results into transition points for Rain or Shine with them leading the league in fast break attempts (13.5) and fast break points per game (19.8). If the Mixers just limit their turnovers and be able to stop the transition game of the Elasto Painters, they would have a good chance of winning in this game.
Key Match-up: James Yap vs. Jeff Chan
Two of the deadliest shooters from beyond the arc in the league today are James Yap and Jeff Chan. In this conference however, it seems that Jeff Chan’s got the better shooting touch so far being able to hit 15 of 31 (48.4 percent) compared to James Yap’s abysmal 7 of 29 (24.1 percent) three-point shot attempts. Will Jeff Chan be able to continue his dominance from long range in this game or will this be the breakout game James Yap’s been looking for?