The NBA season is finally over (Congratulations, Dubs!), and we're back to regular programming: the semifinal round of 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Despite TNT and SMB being the favorites to barge into the Finals, it would be wrong to count Ginebra and Star out. There are still four possiblilities for the next round, with each of them having interesting storylines.
TNT vs San Miguel
After getting their hands full with Ricardo Ratliffe, June Mar Fajardo and Charles Rhodes will learn how much of a handful Joshua Smith is—literally.
Every game will be a shooutout with Lassiter, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and RR Garcia all having the ability to get hot.
TNT vs Star
In a battle of heavyweights, who will come up bigger for his team? Ratliffe may be giving up a few pounds to Smith, but don't expect him to budge.
While the wrestling match in the paint is must-see TV, the elite point-guard matchup of Castro and Paul Lee will also be worth watching.
San Miguel vs Ginebra
Ah, a rematch of the last Philippine Cup, with Rhodes and Justin Brownlee likely to cancel each other out in a mirror match.
It will be up to the locals to make this a potential Grandslam for the Beermen or a revenge title for the Barangay. Imagine seeing Greg Slaughter check in to face The Kraken...
Star vs Ginebra
If the two most popular teams in the league are able to advance to the Finals, attendance records will easily be broken.
Ratliffe and Brownlee will be a curious head-to-head, but one thing's for sure: social media is about to get crazy with the throngs of diehards.
Which PBA Finals matchup do you want?
SMB vs Ginebra (Where will San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua sit?)
Star vs Ginebra (Will Jio Jalalon beat Scottie Thompson on the boards?)
Star vs TNT (Who is the better stretch four: Aldrech Ramos or Troy Rosario?)
SMB vs TNT (Will David Semerad even see his twin brother Anthony on the court?)