Smith finally responds with monster game for TNT

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The towering Joshua Smith was a beast for TNT in Game 3, scoring 31 points and grabbing 27 rebounds.

In the game’s most critical moment, Joshua Smith wasn’t exactly sure why he was on the floor.

With TNT down one with six seconds to go and Meralco holding possession, Smith was in charge of harassing the inbounder, a role not typically played by an import who’s listed at 6’9″ and over 300 pounds.

As light as he is with his feet, Smith is not exaclty the most agile players out there.

“I mean, you know, it’s weird cause in those situations, I’m out of the floor,” he said.

“The fact that they put me on the ball, I kinda looked at the coach ‘Are you sure you want me out there? But Okay.’ I was just trying to be disruptive, use my length,” Smith added.

Him being the first line of defense ended up working wonders for Smith and TNT as Chris Newsome botched the inbound play, leading to the Bolts fouling Jayson Castro with the game on the line.

Although the Blur would split his free throws with five seconds left, it was enough to send the game to overtime where the the KaTropa pulled off the win.

“it’s just the heart of my teammates. Today, it was about the team who could finish all the way. I’m just glad it was us,” Smith said of TNT’s comeback win.

Being TNT’s fourth import in the Commissioner’s Cup, Smith didn’t have too many chances to take over for the KaTropa. 

With TNT facing elimination, he finally had that chance. And he delivered.

“Especially in do-or-die games, you wanna leave it all out there,” Smith said after finishing with 31 points, 27 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block in Game 3.

“You don’t wanna have any regrets. I wanted to make sure I could score as many points as I can and to try and grab as many rebounds,” he added.

 


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