PBA: Guiao to address issues hounding Road Warriors.
By Ernest Hernandez
After starting out strong in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, the NLEX Road Warriors have now dropped two games in a row. Both losses were decided in a similar fashion, something that head coach Yeng Guiao plans to address.
"We are a little concerned. We lost the last two games in similar fashion," said Guiao.
Guiao singled out the issues hounding the Road Warriors.
"Number one is, we were not rebounding the way we should. We lost rebounding by -19 in this game. Then the last game, we lost rebounding by -9 - only on the offensive board," he said.
The problem could not have come at a worse time considering NLEX is set to face defending champion San Miguel Beer on Friday.
"The other situation is, we are not finding our rhythm offensively. Our three-point shooting is 20-percent, way below what I expect from the team, way below the standards to be decent around the three-point area," Guiao pointed out.
On defense, the veteran coach noticed how the team was having difficulty defending for 24 seconds.
"We were able to play defense for 18-19 seconds only to break down towards the end of the possession," he said. "We have to sustain defense for the whole possession and not get broken down towards the end of the shot clock."
For the past games, the team has become a superstar-led franchise. This is uncharacteristic when compared to Guiao's past teams.
"Kiefer (Ravena) played a great game actually today offensively but that is not our style of play. We don't really want one player to take over offensively and try to bring us or carry us on his shoulders for us to win," Guiao said.
Ravena had been averaging 19.3 points, 7.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in his first four games as a professional. In their loss to the Magnolia Hotshots, 'The Phenom' played had his best scoring night with 31 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
"But I guess, we don't have a choice. All your other offensive options are not working then we just have to go to what is working. In this situation it was Kiefer," he said.
Guiao is aware that the team won't go far with this style of play.
"I told the team, if we are to do it that way, we are not going to win too many games. With our system, we always won more games when more people got involved and more people spread in double figures. Kiefer played a great game offensively but he did not get the support from the rest of the team," ended Guiao.
NLEX's head coachh Yeng Guiao (MB Phtos | Rio Leonelle Deluvio)