Game 2 of the Finals of the 2020 Philippine Cup, and things are going to be rather interesting for the TNT Tropang Giga.
In Game 1, we were all treated by an amazing overtime game that saw both teams warring from tipoff to the buzzer.
In the end, Barangay Ginebra drew first blood, 100-94.
Now, with Game 2 approaching things are becoming more intriguing.
TNT almost had the W last Sunday night, and Jayson Castro will be haunted by missing a game-winning shot.
However, a big reason to the stellar play of the Tropang Giga is Ray Parks, as he finished with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks.
But there are reports that TNT might have to play Game 2 without the 27-year-old all-around guard. He seems to have re-injured his calf and is doubtful for the next contest.
With Parks possibly out, Tropang Giga will have a big hole to fill as his ability to do multiple things on the floor and still score at a high-level will be missed.
Now, if you’re a TNT fan and you bet on the blue and yellow squad to win this series, you’re probably panicking.
However, there is one big possibility that with Parks on the sidelines, we might see a more dangerous Tropang Giga squad.
Now, before we continue, I just want to leave a disclaimer that this is not an attack on Parks. I’m just saying that with him on the sidelines, TNT will be forced to rely more on their ball movement. (If you ever read this Ray, I don’t have any beef with you.)
Looking back at the Tropang Giga before acquiring Parks, they already had Castro, RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario as scoring threats. They were a better passing team then as the three guys were forcing the opposing team to scramble and help a lot on defense as they were all capable if single-handedly beat you with their scoring.
However, since the whole super team started this season, sacrifices were made in order for it to work and the man that got affected the most was Rosario.
Last season’s PH Cup, Rosario averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds in the eight games that he played.
This season however, despite playing all 11 games, he only averaged 12.2 points but increased his rebounding to 8.0 per game.
Rosario hasn’t even scored 15 points or more in the playoffs and had one scoreless game.
Last game, the 28-year-old forward only scored eight points and only had six shot attempts. Castro only had 12 points in 4 of 13 shooting from the field.
Now, with Parks likely to miss Game 2, we could see Castro and Rosario play at the level we’ve been used to seeing in the past. They’ll be forced to do so to win Game 2.
The last time the Kings had a 2-0 lead in the Finals series was back in 2017 Governors’ Cup, where they went on to win it all and become back-to-back champs.
With momentum on the side of the Barangay Ginebra, it’s no question that they’re a favorite to take the second game of the series.
However, whether Parks would play or not, TNT could have a big game and tie the series to get the momentum on their side and pull off a series comeback.
Do you think the Tropang Giga still have a chance without Parks? Sound off below in the comment section!