PBA: Phoenix losing its edge sans Alas, Calvin
Paul Lintag on Jun 10, 2019 03:00 PM
“I just feel like we’re losing a bit of our edge with Calvin gone and coach Louie suspended for a couple of games,” guard Matthew Wright said of their early-conference struggles. (PBA)
Safe to say, Phoenix is not looking as formidable in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup compared to the last two PBA conferences.
No. 2 in last year’s Governors’ Cup and no. 1 in this year’s All-Filipino, the Fuel Masters have stumbled out of the gate in the Commissioner’s Cup.
After winning its first game in the mid-season joust, Phoenix has lost three straight.
The Fuel Masters have lost original import Rob Dozier to injury and Richard Howell hasn’t had time to truly adjust in his Philippines return after layer two quick games in three days.
Head coach Louie Alas was also suspended for two games, which Phoenix both lost.
The biggest blow however, is the absence of Calvin Abueva. The Beast is suspended indefinitely by the league and Phoenix’s edge went away with Calvin.
“I just feel like we’re losing a bit of our edge with Calvin gone and Coach Louie suspended for a couple of games,” guard Matthew Wright said of their early-conference struggles.
“I feel like we’re just losing a little bit of our edge as a team, the edge that Phoenix has been playing with the last couple of conference that you guys has been familiar with, I thought that we’re just getting a little soft and other teams are taking advantage of that,” he added.
It’s all too late for Phoenix to turn things around, it’s still pretty early in the Commissioner’s Cup.
The Fuel Masters should get a boost with Alas coming back to the sidelines but the problems run deeper Phoenix and they’ll need to do more to fix their problems.
It’s going to be an internal solution that’s for sure.
“Everybody has to step up, we don’t know how long Calvin’s gonna be gone for but we just have to take [it]. What he brings is hustle, rebounds, toughness, guys just have to step up and be that and try to be as Calvin as possible if that makes any sense,” Wright said.
“We’ve been on the wrong side of the media last couple of weeks and I feel like it’s kind of seeping into our mentality a little bit and we have to arrest that immediately before this conference becomes a sayang,” he added.
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