FIBA WC Qualifiers: Slimmed down Andray Blatche out for revenge in 3rd window
Philip Matel on Jun 13, 2018 10:34 PM
For Andray Blatche, the game plan will simple against Australia, and he hopes it will be enough against one of the top teams of the FIBA-Asia region.
Preparing for the third window of the FIBA World Cup, a visibly slimmer Gilas star center Andray Blatche is getting himself ready for a better performance against Chinese Taipei and beefed up Australia.
The 6'11 center was interviewed by reporters after watching the Magnolia-TNT game at the Mall of Asia Arena, sitting near PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial at front row.
Shortly before the game ended, the former Brooklyn Nets big man talked about facing the Australian national team in front of what should be a boisterous Gilas crowd at the Philippine Arena on July 2.
However, things will be much different as the Boomers will be parading Milwaukee Bucks duo Thon Maker and Matthew Dellavedova, two months removed from their seven-game series loss against Eastern Conference finalists Boston Celtics.
For Blatche, the game plan will be simple, and he hopes it will be enough against one of the top teams of the FIBA-Asia region.
"I mean, Australia's already a tough team. They added two great talents, Thon Maker and Dellavedova. I mean, at the end of the day, we still have to come out and compete. Hit our shots and play tough defense. So, it's going to be up to us to control the games here at home and to hype up the crowd."
Clutching his back and complaining about the pain, Blatche said that he had prepared for weeks and is starting to find his shooting stroke.
" I mean, I decided to play again. Last month, I played again. I hadn't played in months. To play a lot, to practice a lot, to get thay rhythm again. I found my shots."
After a sorry six-point performance at the hands of Chinese Taipei in a 90-83 win at the Big Dome last November, he has a message against naturalized center Quincy Davis III, who dominated the shaded lane with a 20-point and nine-rebound performance before fouling out.
"Yeah, I got something at (Quincy) Davis."
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