PBA: Smith not too worried about latest loss to San Miguel
Paul Lintag on Jun 16, 2018 10:41 PM
After TNT got frustrated by the Beermen once again on Saturday, taking a 94-99 loss, Smith says he's not worried about any playoff implications or whatever. For one, it's not the playoffs. Not yet anyway.
By virtue of their classic Finals in the Commissioner's Cup last year, San Miguel and TNT will always have some history in the mid-season conference.
However, KaTropa import Joshua Smith has moved on from the loss one year ago.
After TNT got frustrated by the Beermen once again on Saturday, taking a 94-99 loss, Smith says he's not worried about any playoff implications or whatever.
For one, it's not the playoffs. Not yet anyway.
"My thing is... everyone wants to talk about the Finals last year. We're not playing them in the Finals, it's the regular season," Smith said.
"The playoffs is a whole new ball game. It's regular season, I'm not worried. They won, credit to them," he added.
Against the imposing San Miguel frontline, Smith played just a shade under 45 minutes, his most since returning to TNT a couple of weeks ago.
He scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
The hulking import doesn't mind the workload, saying he'll play heavy minutes if that's what it takes for the KaTropa to pile up wins.
"If I have to play 45 minutes for us to win, I will. I'm all about the team. Whatever they need I'll do it," he said.
"It's one of those times that I didn't realize it until I got to the locker room and read the stats. I'm just trying whatever I can to help the team out," Smith added.
With a two-game slide, TNT has lost control of the no. 1 spot, going down to solo fourth as the elimination round nears its end.
Regardless, Smith says the KaTropa's approach remains the same. Right now TNT is moving on to a crucial showdown with sister team Meralco.
"We play hard every game and we're trying to win. We'll focus on what we can control," Smith said.
"We're on a two-game slide right now we just gotta lock in and bounce back," he added.
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