Rain or Shine's Arizona Reid attempts a layup past San Mig Coffee's defense. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine import Arizona Reid believes the Elasto Painters should dictate the pace of the game if they want to outlast the San Mig Coffee Mixers and win the do-or-die Game 5 for the PBA Governors Cup title on Wednesday.
Reid spearheaded Rain or Shine's charge in Game 4, scoring 22 points, but got tremendous local support as the Elasto Painters beat the Mixers, 88-79.
"We don't change nothing," Reid said, when asked about the adjustments they need to make for the deciding game.
"Game 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, we're not gonna change nothing. The way we play is the way we play," he stressed.
"But one thing that we must do is keep the pace fast," he quickly added. "We can't play a slow, walk-down game with San Mig. They're very dangerous that way."
Reid's 22-point output against San Mig in Game 4 was his lowest of the series, yet they won comfortably as locals, including Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Paul Lee and even reserve Jonathan Uyloan, stepped up and made contributions.
"I got my teammates involved and came off the ball a little bit," Reid said. "Help other players score double-figures, and win rebounds. I think it's the first time in the playoffs that we won rebounds, and that's a big plus for us."
Reid had been averaging over 32 points per game in the first three games of the series, yet he willingly made the adjustment to play more off the ball in Game 4, and the sacrifice worked.
"I just gotta trust in my teammates and give them the ball. That's the biggest adjustments I made," he said. "It was a team effort, and I'm thankful for my teammates that they came ready to play tonight, and we pulled out this win."