Justin Brownlee urged his Barangay Ginebra San Miguel teammates to play their best game yet Wednesday night as the Kings seek to clinch the PBA Commissioner's Cup crown at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Game 5, however, showed that Ginebra's locals can step up even if Brownlee was held to 8-of-21 from the field for 18 points, as Scottie Thompson, LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter also made their presence felt in winning the closest game of the series.
Brownlee said the capability of defending champion San Miguel to bounce back from disappointing setbacks like Sunday's 87-83 loss at the Smart Araneta Coliseum should pose a big concern for the Kings, who are aiming for their 11th title in team history.
"I think we have to play the game of our lives, especially having to go up against the defending champions who are very tough," Brownlee said. "But we've expect that, just like what we've expect the whole series. And hopefully on Wednesday, we can close it out."
The Best Import of the Conference is aiming for his third title since making his debut in Ginebra's dramatic title win in the 2016 Governors' Cup.
This Finals is perhaps Brownlee's best to date. He averaged 35.0 points on 78 percent shooting in the first four games.
But Brownlee said having the same performance as in the last game just won't cut it this time, especially with the stakes even higher.
"We gotta embrace the momentum, but not just be satisfied with it," said Brownlee.(JT)