J-Wash on pair of clutch treys: It was pretty good timing
Paul Lintag on Mar 26, 2017 08:27 PM
"Didn't play a lot of minutes but the minutes that I was out there, I just try to be productive." --- Jay Washington.
James Yap wasn't the only new face to join Rain or Shine this season via trade. Jay Washington also came aboard in the near-overhaul done by the Elasto Painters.
And just like Yap, Washington looks like he's getting more and more comfortable wearing his new uniform as his stint with ROS is now in its second PBA conference.
"I think so, just being around the guys, having more time going through a conference with them. It's really a feeling out process last conference, as much as we wanted to contribute and help everybody win, it was still chemistry," Washington said on his and Yap's continued adjustments with Rain or Shine.
"It doesn't happen overnight. I think we both feel a lot more comfortable now with our new team. Hopefully [we] can get them back to where they were in that championship form," he added.
Sunday night at Antipolo City, Washington gave a glimpse of what he can do to help the Elasto Painters regain their championship swagger as the former no. 1 overall pick practically won a game for Rain or Shine.
Stuck in a deadlock against pesky Blackwater, Washington fired back-to-back booming treys in the game's final three minutes to help the defending champion Elasto Painters keep a perfect 3-0 start in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Thos two baskets were the only makes of Washington in a game where he only played 14 minutes.
"It was pretty good timing. Just happy to get the win, help the guys out, help the team. Didn't play a lot of minutes but the minutes that I was out there, I just try to be productive," he said as he finished with six points, six rebounds, and two assists.
Off to another hot start, Washington wishes for his team to maintain its winning ways and prevent a similar collapse they suffered in the Philippine Cup.
The Elasto Painters went from second to eight in the All-Filipino, losing to eventual champion San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals.
"That really smacked us in the face. I think it took us by surprise how fast it happened," Washington said.
"Everybody felt that we should have been in a better situation last conference but that's the way it happens. We learned from it and hopefully don't let it happen again," he added.
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