No. 1 ranking means nothing for Durham and the rest of Meralco.
Paul Lintag on Sep 24, 2017 11:16 PM
"They don't give you trophies for being no. 1 in the regular season," --- Allen Durham.
A year after "The Shot", Meralco's revenge tour puts the team front and center in the 2017 Governors' Cup after the Bolts earned the no. 1 seed entering the playoffs.
However, reigning Best Import Allen Durham says that everything is still practically the same as last year, when he led Meralco to an inspired Finals run as the no. 4 seed.
After all, the Bolts are not the only good team in the playoffs now. The no. 1 and no. 7 teams are only separated by two games.
"I think SMB, and Ginebra, and TNT [are] playing good. We're not the only team that's playing good right now," Durham said after another near triple-double resulted in a big win over the Beermen to wrap up the elimination round Sunday.
"We just gotta keep doing what we do and we can't worry too much about the other teams," he added.
Durham, who poured 35 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists against San Miguel, says that the real work only starts now in terms of Meralco's title run.
No. 1 in the eliminations is good but no. 1 after the playoffs is better. Actually, it's the best.
"It feels good but they don't give you trophies for being no. 1 in the regular season," Durham said.
"If you wanna be a champion at anything, it's not gonna be easy. Championship is in my mind," he added.
No. 1 Meralco, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, will open the playoffs against no. 8 Blackwater next Tuesday.
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