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Tim Cone downplays revenge angle in San Mig Coffee-Rain or Shine series

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Revenge? Not really.

San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone said avenging their Governors’ Cup finals loss to Rain or Shine last season won’t be what motivates the Mixers when they begin their Philippine Cup semis series.

Instead, they see the Elasto Painters as a mere stumbling block to their goal of entering the finals of the tournament.

“Revenge is not a healthy or positive emotion so we won’t stress it,” Cone told InterAKTV.

The team then known as the B-MEG Llamados fell in seven games to the Elasto Painters in last conference’s title series.

“Certainly we want to beat Rain or Shine and realize that they beat us the last time out. But our focus is that Rain or Shine is just the team that is in way of us making the finals,” said Cone.

Behind the hardworking Jamelle Cornley and finals Most Valuable Player Jeff Chan, the Elasto Painters downed the Llamados, 83-76, in Game Seven of the finals.

This time, however, Tim Cone feels more confident heading into their best-of-seven series.

“We ultimately feel that we match up to them much better this year,” said Cone. Key players Joe Devance and JC Intal, who both missed the Governors’ Cup title series because of injuries, are back in harness for the Mixers.

But Rain or Shine will be welcoming back a top player too in Paul Lee, who missed most of the finals after suffering a shoulder injury in Game Two.

Lee, the star in the Rain or Shine’s 102-89 Game Three win against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in their quarterfinal series, is raring to lead his team to a second straight PBA title.

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