MANILA, Philippines -- While Ginebra's NSD spirit is alive and well, it's pretty obvious that the top-seeded Gin Kings are going all out in order to tie their 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series against TNT.
Down 0-1, Ginebra is looking to avoid going down 0-2 to the KaTropa as Game 2 of the best-of-5 showdown tips off Tuesday at the MOA Arena.
Bullied by Joshua Smith in the series opener, the Gin Kings are desperate to find an answer against TNT's hulking reinforcment.
Playing less than 30 minutes in Game 1, Smith still managed to punish Ginebra for 35 points and 13 rebounds. A similar outing from Smith could spell trouble for the Gin Kings.
TNT of course will continue to pound the ball inside to Smith as the 6'10" import was simply unstoppable down low.
However, a cause of concern for the KaTropa will be Jayson Castro's production.
While the Blur buried the dagger three to ice TNT's Game 1 win, Castro struggled for only four points on 1-of-10 shooting and played his worst playoff game in six years.
This article originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.
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