Tonight, we'll finally know who will rule the 2013 edition of the PBA Governor's Cup.
After six grueling games full of the kind of intensity, highlights, and bakbakan only a finals series can provide, we're now down to one last game. It's winner-take-all time, folks, with the San Mig Coffee Mixers and the Petron Blaze Boosters trying to bring home the proverbial bacon.
Jason "The Flying" Deutchman's jersey is prophetic
We love Game 7s, and we know you do, too. We've grown tired of short PBA Finals matchups, like the previous two which ended in uneventful (but still kind of exciting) sweeps.
A Game 7 is also what this series deserves. We've got the top two teams of the elimination phase, both of whom were pegged early as the favorites to go all the way, facing each other. Their match-up also epitomize what basketball is all about: offense vs. defense. The Boosters are perhaps the most offensively loaded team in the league while the Mixers take pride in making their opponents bleed for points.
And let's not forget the imports. It's Marqus Blakely against Elijah Millsap, two prime ballers that would get a naturalization nod if only they were five inches taller. The Mixers' Blakely is like a bigger, stronger Calvin Abueva minus the dila effect and with more hops. Petron's Elijah Millsap, brother of Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Milsap, shows us talent runs in the family with his awesome and unstoppable inside-out offensive game. They're both fun to watch, whatever side you're on.
It's also no secret that Petron and San Mig Coffee have the deepest lineups in the league. With players like James Yap, Marc Pingris, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz, Peter June Simon, and Junemar Fajardo taking turns burning the hoop, we can safely say Game 7 is not going to be just a Blakely-Millsap show.
Junemar Fajardos' version of a kalawit rebound
Now the question is, who do we think will win it all? Pasensiya na mga ser, but we can't really give a straight answer. This is Game 7 we're blabbing about it and, as they say, anything can happen in a Game 7.
However, we can tell you this: Whatever happens, mapa-Petron or San Mig ka man, panalo ka! If there's one thing we learned while watching the whole series, it's that the PBA, and by extension Pinoy hoops, is bound to get even more exciting! Head on to the next page for our reasons why!
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