PBA: Stopping Durham is a challenge McDaniels is willing to take
Paul Lintag on Dec 15, 2019 09:47 PM
“Most definitely, I wanna be that way with Allen. He’s a great player, so it’s a challenge for me. It helps my game to get better as well.” — KJ McDaniels. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
KJ McDaniels and Allen Durham will most probably dictate how the TNT-Meralco series will go in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
They’re two high-caliber imports that can deliver on both ends of the floor.
In Game 1 Sunday, KJ and the KaTropa outplayed Durham and the Bolts, leading to a nice 103-94 win.
Moving forward, TNT will have to keep limiting Durham, who scored 32 points but only on 43 percent shooting.
McDaniels says he’d already like to take on the challenge of limiting AD himself.
“Most definitely, I wanna be that way with Allen. He’s a great player, so it’s a challenge for me. It helps my game to get better as well,” KJ said.
“He’s a force to be reckoned with, just gotta keep finding ways to limit him and make his teammates do a lot,” McDaniels added.
Limiting Durham is only one part of TNT’s scheme.
The KaTropa will have to bank on a great team defense to keep winning. The way to make another Finals is by getting it done on the defensive end.
“Our defense was great, that’s what we have to do to win,” McDaniels said.
“We’ll just go back tomorrow, watch film, and see what we can do better. Keep moving forward from here,” he added.
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