PBA 43 Review: Is Rain or Shine still a contender?
Paul Lintag on Dec 28, 2018 01:05 PM
As one of the steadier teams over the last couple of seasons, this season for the Elasto Painters was anything but.
The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one.
Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball.
But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018.
Today, we take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Rain or Shine won a title just two years ago. Easy to forget that now with all the turnover the team has experienced.
While the changes were not as drastic as last season when head coach Yeng Guiao and star guard Paul Lee left, ROS still had to deal with quite a few movements this season.
As one of the steadier teams over the last couple of seasons, this season for the Elasto Painters was anything but steady.
The top-2 movements were the departures of guards Jericho Cruz and Don Trollano, two more losses from Rain or Shine's last title team.
The Elasto Painters also had to deal with the Raymond Almazan AWOL situation, which coincided with the team's collapse in the Governors' Cup. Finally, guard Chris Tiu is now contemplating retirement.
All of that development and drama and still, Rain or Shine is one of the top-5 teams in terms of cumulative standings this season.
Their playoff streak continued in the Philippine Cup and the Elasto Painters even took the number 1 seed in the Commissioner's Cup, which eventually allowed the team to represent the country in the Asian Games.
The reinforced Elasto Painters finished in 5th place.
The Governors' Cup performance was downright ugly but for next season, ROS should remain as contenders.
The Elasto Painters still feature one of the stronger guard rotations in the league, but questions about their frontline and the team's ceiling persist.
Just what can Rain or Shine accomplish in 2019? We'll find out soon enough.
Rain or Shine ELASTO PAINTERS in the 2017-2018 PBA Season
Philippine Cup: 6-5 (5th place)
Commissioner's Cup: 9-2 (1st place)
Governors' Cup: 3-8 (10th place)
Overall: 20 wins and 21 losses. Two playoff appearances, one semifinals.
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Loaded with guards, ROS took San Beda forward Javee Mocon in the first round.
Mocon should fit right in with the Elasto Painters, giving the team size, shooting, and championship pedigree.
ROS also added Jjay Alejandro and Paul Varilla for more scoring and Kent Lao for insurance at the forward spots.
All these rookies however, will have to fall in line as the Elasto Painters feature a veteran squad. Still, that's not such a bad thing as Rain or Shine now has some nice depth and they can take time to develop all these players or maybe use them as trade pieces.
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