San Mig Super Coffee Mixers guard Peter June Simon drives past Air21 Express defender Joseph Yeo. The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers try to advance to a third straight PBA finals appearance when they battle the Air21 Express in Game 4 of their semifinal playoff in the 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup 8 p.m. Monday, May 5 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. PBA Image/Nuki Sabio
The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers gun for the second finals seat and their third straight when they battle the Air21 Express in the semifinals of the 2014 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
Holding a 2-1 series lead in their best-of-five semifinal clash after winning the last two games, the Coffee Mixers aim to end the series against the gritty Express in Game 4 at 8 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum May 5, Monday.
Wary of the ability of Air21 to bounce back San Mig Super Coffee coach Tim Cone wants to end their semifinal matchup.
“We definitely need to finish it to avoid danger. That team is too dangerous so we need to grab this opportunity to close it out,” said Cone.
The back-to-back league champion took Game 3, 84-73. The depth of San Mig Super Coffee was evident for the second straight game.
A victory by San Mig will set up the anticipated titanic clash the unbeaten top seed Talk ‘N Text in a best-of-five finale.
If the prevail then a deciding Game 5 will be played on Wednesday to determine who earns the right to face the Tropang Texters.
One key factor that may very well be pivotal for Game 4 is Sean Anthony’s presence. An achilles heel injury kept the do-it-all Air21 swingman from playing in Game 3.
“Without Anthony, that puts a lot of pressure on (Wesley) Witherspoon to carry that team,” said Cone.
Anthony is a doubtful starter for Game 4 tonight. He indicated that he’s doing everything he can to be able to to suit up and help his team keep its surprising run in the conference alive.