PBA Finals: First four games of series 'strange' for Tim Cone
Philip Matel on Aug 03, 2018 11:00 PM
Tim Cone will take the ugly win any time of the day.
The winning margins of the Commissioner's Cup Finals series between defending champions San Miguel and challengers Ginebra have been completely outlandish.
At the conclusion of the first four games, the final scores have been decided by an average of 30.3 points, including tying the record for biggest lead in a game in a Finals game, a 40-point advantage in Game 2.
San Miguel's Game 3 win also tied the record for biggest winning margin at 38 in their 132-94 decision.
With that said, the winningest coach in PBA history likened the series to the recently-concluded NBA Western Conference Finals between the top-seeded Houston Rockets and eventual champs Golden St. Warriors.
The first three games of the best-of-seven affair featured a winning margin average of 25.3 points, before getting close for Games 4 and 5, where Houston got the 3-2 advantage.
He also added that this stretch of games had been a 'strange' one, an unprecedented one so far midway through the Finals clash.
"I think what happens is we got two explosive teams. If you allow one team to get momentum, its really hard to break because they are that good," Cone said The team that can grab momentum is the team that can get it rolling so far.
He also shares sentiments with the average PBA fan and pundit, but Cone clarified that he'll take the ugly win any time of the day.
As for newly-crowned Best Import of the Conference Justin Brownlee, his first in four campaigns with the crowd darlings, the American coach called the awarding 'well-deserved' as the 6'4 5/8 swingman dominated in a field of bigger imports.
For this conference, the height ceiling is 6'10 while the Governors' Cup is pegged at a maximum of 6'5.
"He absolutely turned us around. A small import playing with the big boys. The last two championships we won he was the import he didn't win Best Import," the Ginebra tactician mentioned.
"We're really happy he got it this time around. Can't explain how a good person he is. He is a gentleman. He's so ferocious on the court but he's a gentle person."
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