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SF Game 3: Ginebra VS San Miguel - Time to Step Up!

(c) PBA Media Bureau
(c) PBA Media Bureau

Trust me, the war is just beginning. I have this feeling that game 5 will be reached but let us talk first about game 3. 

What happened in game 2? SMB got the lead early and kept enough firepower to survived the comeback of Ginebra. The biggest adjustment was the more aggressive Elijah Millsap who went for 29 shots but only managed 9 makes. Even with that inefficiency, his aggressiveness magnet the defense and open up his teammates. 

One thing that Ginebra can smile of from game 2 was their assists. If they can do that again, that will be a great advantage in this game.

THE KEYS
Key Match-up: LA Tenorio VS Marcio Lassiter
Key Stats: Rebounding
Key Question: Does Japeth needs another peptalk?

Prediction

LA Tenorio and Marcio Lassiter will not really face each other in the court but they are the best outside gunner of their team and that will be important in this game. We all saw the magnified effect of the long bombs in game 1 and I can see that happening again soon. 

Numbers don't lie, rebounding is a key in this series. 

9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 turnovers are not acceptable numbers for Japeth. Greg is not there to clean up his mess so he needs to show up, consistently. 

Marcio is getting into his rhythm and I expect a more focus Fajardo to control the rebounds in this game. In short, San Miguel will win.

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