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PBA Finals Hoops Dreamin': MVP Or Manila Clasico?

Breaking down the storylines surrounding the possible rivals in the last stage of the Governors' Cup
by John Paulo Aguilera | Oct 3, 2017
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The Meralco Bolts and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel have drawn first blood in the semifinals of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, against the Star Hotshots and TNT KaTropa, respectively.

While it's too early to fancy a rematch between last year's familiar foes, identifying the potential Finals matchups and their backstories would make for great discussions. So, which teams should face each other in the Promised Land?

Star vs TNT: Beasts Awaken

These powerhouse franchises have been dormant for quite some time now. They last met in the 2014 Commissioner's Cup Finals as the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers and Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, with the former stamping its class on its way to a Grand Slam. Now bannering new names and head coaches, will the outcome be different?

Meralco vs TNT: Sister Act

The sister teams have no significant history...until TNT finally let go of veteran Ranidel de Ocampo, who ended up with Meralco a few weeks back. It would be interesting to see how RDO fares against the squad that he competed for in eight seasons. At the end of the day, though, MVP will be the one smiling no matter what happens.

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Ginebra vs Meralco: Revenge Game

The Bolts were a Justin Brownlee game-winner away from extending last year's Finals, and they'll be damned if they waste another opportunity to square off against the defending champs again. Allen Durham will be out to prove that those likely back-to-back Best Import awards were no fluke. As for the Gin Kings, the dreaded sixth man (crowd) will be going all out in their title defense.

Ginebra vs Star: Crowd Control

Who wouldn't want them in a best-of-seven series? The two most popular PBA teams today battling it out on the sport's biggest stage is pure basketball bliss. It has been two decades since their rivalry went all the way (1997 All-Filipino Cup). Expect attendance records to be broken, and Kume going, "ka-ching!"


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