PBA: Time for another Manila Clasico playoffs

Paul Lintag on Jul 20, 2019 07:18 AM
PBA: Time for another Manila Clasico playoffs
Game 1 of the Manila Clasico quarters will be at Saturday at the MOA Arena with a tip off time of 6:45 p.m. and Game 2 of the best-of-3 is at Tuesday.

We’re starting to get spoiled with all these Manila Clasico playoffs.

For the third straight conference, Ginebra and Magnolia will meet in the postseason, the latest one being the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.

The Gin Kings, the reigning and defending Commissioner’s Cup champions, enter on a high, having won three straight games for a 7-4 record good enough for the no. 4 seed.

Ginebra also debuts a new weapon in the playoffs in Stanley Pringle. The Gin Kings pulled the mid-conference trade for the star guard to have success in the postseason and win a title. Now is the time to put that trade in true test.

Meanwhile, despite being the no. 5 seed, the Hotshots limp their way into these playoffs. After a five-game winnning streak in the middle of the conference, Magnolia has lost four straight for a 5-6 record.

The Hotshots also have zero stability at the import slot unlike Ginebra with Justin Brownlee. Rakeem Christmas is only playing his second PBA game by the time the playoffs start and he underwhelmed in his league debut.

Still, Magnolia has been winning Manil Clasico in the playoffs. The Hotshots eliminated Ginebra in the 2019 Philippine Cup quarterfinals and Magnolia ended the Gin Kings’ title reign in the 2018 Governors’ Cup with a 3-1 semifinals win.

Ginebra obviously wants no part of that now.

Game 1 of the Manila Clasico quarters will be at Saturday at the MOA Arena with a tip off time of 6:45 p.m. and Game 2 of the best-of-3 is at Tuesday.

 

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