The Road Warriors look to break out of their two-game slump on PBA Saturday.
2022-23 PBA Governors' Cup Saturday Games (February 18)
Venue: Smart Araneta Coliseum
First Game: Terrafirma Dyip (2-4) versus Phoenix Super LPG (1-5)
Second Game: Converge FiberXers (5-1) versus NLEX Road Warriors (4-2)
Fuel Masters now in must-win mode
Holding a 1-5 slate with only five games left on their schedule, it’s now must-win mode for Phoenix if they want to make the playoffs. They have to find a way to steady the ship on the defensive end, where they dropped from first in defensive rating (100.1) last conference to only 7th (114.4) in their current campaign.
In their matchup against Terrafirma on Saturday, Phoenix’s defense will have to hone in on two players: import Jordan Williams and lead guard Juami Tiongson.
Can NLEX break out of their slump?
NLEX’s fantastic 4-0 start to the conference is now blemished by two consecutive defeats against two elite teams in Ginebra and Magnolia. But there’s no need to hit the panic button for NLEX just yet, especially with how consistently good their local stars Kevin Alas and Don Trollano have been so far.
But after giving up an average of 116.5 points in their two losses, the Road Warriors’ defense will face another litmus test against the FiberXers, one of the most balanced teams in the Governors’ Cup.