The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers are just one conference championship away from achieving a PBA grand slam, that is, sweeping all of the conferences in a single season. They might have done the three-peat, but a grand slam is a different monster.
One thing going against the Super Coffee Mixers is that playing in the finals the past three conferences mean that they have accumulated the most number of games played in that span. Coupled with short breaks in between conferences due to a constricted schedule, a drive for the big sweep entails a lot of dedication from everyone in the franchise.
Coach Tim Cone devised a way to spread the minutes so that his main stars will have the potency come playoff time. This was evident in the Commissioner’s Cup when Cone admitted that he was resting his starters for this purpose.
San Mig Super Coffee has also found a way to have the tournament format work to their advantage. The team coasts in the eliminations, winning enough games to ensure it enters the playoffs. It is then during the knockout rounds when they start showing their teeth and going for the kill. Cunning but effective.
Will San Mig dominate the Governors’ Cup? Maybe not. Can San Mig Coffee win the conference? With the right kind of mix, the Mixers might be able to pull it off. And with it comes the grand slam.
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