PBA: If Jones can be asked to defend LeBron, he can defend Brownlee

Paul Lintag on Jul 28, 2019 06:54 AM
PBA: If Jones can defend LeBron, he can defend Brownlee
With Terrence Jones all over him, Brownlee was limited to only one point in the fourth quarter of a Game 1 loss to the barangay.

Looks like TNT figured out a way to slow down super import Justin Brownlee.

In Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, the KaTropa’s own super import took on Brownlee on defense and it worked.

With Terrence Jones all over him, Brownlee was limited to only one point in the fourth quarter of a Game 1 loss to the barangay.

The strategy was something the KaTropa discussed but in an effort to not burn Jones out, TNT implement the move when they needed it most.

In the fourth quarter of Game 1, the KaTropa certainly needed to slow down Brownlee in order to complete a comeback win.

“Yeah that was definitely something we were talking about with Terrence, you know towards the end of the game,” active consultant Mark Dickel said on Terrence Jones picking up Justin Brownlee on defense.

“The problem is, of course, trying not to wear Terrence out. I’m playing him so many minutes anyhow, it’s a hard ask if we play you three on one end and then you gotta guard their guard on the other end,” Dickel added.

In Game 1, Jones played the whole way through, suiting up for 48 minutes.

For the rest of the series, Jones on Brownlee will continue, whether it’s by design or not.

Dickel says Jones will want to pick up Brownlee on defense anyway but it’s up to TNT to time that strategy well.

Jones is certainly more than capable to guard Brownlee, it’s just not ideal to do it for 48 minutes.

“Brownlee’s an incredibly hard player to guard but…Terrence’s capable, man. Throughout his career, he has always won and he has a role even in the NBA his matchup is LeBron James. They don’t put you on him unless you can defend, so I know he’s capable,” Dickel said.

“It’s just a hard ask if we expect him to do that for 48 minutes. It’ll be something this situational more towards the end of the game but Terrence is competitive. He wants to guard the best player all the time. That was gonna happen whether I ask him to do it or not,” Dickel added.

 

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