Aminado sina Tim Cone at Chito Victolero na hindi magiging madali ang PBA Governors Cup semifinals a pagitan ng Barangay Ginebra at Magnolia.
Maghaharap sa isang best-of-5 series ang dalawang koponan simula Sabado at tanging iisa lang sa kanila ang maaring pumanhik sa finals.
"It's going to be a tough one for us," ani Ginebra coach Cone sa PBA.ph.
"Ilan na bang games ang hindi kami nananalo sa kanila? Lima, anim?" ayon naman kay Magnolia coach Victolero.
Ayon sa Hotshots coach, marasap ang pakiramdam na nakabalik sila sa semifinals. Pero hindi raw magiging madali ang laban dahil defending champions ang makakaharap nila.
"But we have a big task ahead of us," aniya. "Obviously, we're the underdog in this series against the defending champions, but nothing is impossible."
Ilan sa magiging tink sa lalamunan ng Magnolia ay sina Justin Brownlee, Greg Slaughter at Sol Mercado. Dagdag pa rito ibang kabarangay na sila Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson at Aljon Mariano.
"We just need to double our efforts, execute our game plan, work very hard on both ends and we need to be mentally tough so we can have a chance to win the series," ayon kay Victolero. "Every game is a grinding game. We expect a very tough series."
Para naman kay Cone, magiging palaisipan sa kanila ang tandem nina Paul Lee at Romeo Travis pati na ang mga guards ng Hotshots.
"Their guards are so quick," ani Cone. "They jump into the passing lanes, they get into you and it can be very frustrating to play against that kind of style.”
"Then you've got the great Paul Lee. He controls the game. He just plays in a different tempo than everybody else. He just controls the game. You've really got to try to figure out a way to knock him off his rhythm because he plays with such a tremendous rhythm.
"Those are our big challenges. Making sure we're not turning the ball over, allowing them to get out on the open court with their young, quick guards and trying to figure out a way to stop Paul Lee."
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