MANILA, Philippines – B-Meg Derby Ace coach Tim Cone hopes that key players he rested in Game 3 will perform well when they meet Rain or Shine (RoS )again in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup title series on Sunday.
Cone benched James Yap and PJ Simon in the entire fourth quarter of their Game 3 loss to RoS last Friday.
He also utilized Marc Pingris sparingly in the fourth period of the game.
“If we could steal some rest for James and Pingris, that would be a good strategy. I just felt they need some rest to put them back to the basketball game,” Cones said in PBA.ph.
“Our road has been a lot tougher than Rain or Shine’s. If we can steal some rest time and make them mentally fresh, hopefully, in Game Four, we can play the way we want to play.”
Rain or Shine took a 2-1 series lead via a 93-84 victory over the Llamados in Game 3.
The well-adjusted Elasto Painters outhustled the Llamados even without injured player Paul Lee.
Lee, who is a candidate for Rookie of the Year, may not be able to play again in Game 4.
The former University of the East standout is still nursing a shoulder injury he sustained in an 80-85 RoS loss to B-Meg in Game 2.
“It’s a day-to-day thing. Sabi ng doctors, pag wala ng pain ang shoulders kapag natagtag, pwede na akong maglaro,” said Lee.
Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said he wants Lee to fully recuperate instead of risking a prolonged injury.
“Unless it’s a game seven at kailangang-kailangan na talagang maglaro si Lee, doon ko pa lang siya ipapasok.”
The finals action between Rain or Shine and B-Meg will resume on Sunday after the PBA Annual Awards.