Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia wants to see his boys move the rock more often as the team enters the 2018 PBA season with a new offensive scheme in place.
“We changed our offensive routines. We have lots of skilled work now. Our offense has more ball movement,” he told FOX PH during the league’s first-ever Media Day at the Solaire Resort and Casino last January 12.
The Elasto Painters are coming off a season that saw them finish the year outside the playoffs with a 3-8 record in the Governors’ Cup. This was a far cry from their showing in the two prior conferences, where they qualified for the playoffs both times.
Burnout from the Asian Games might have played a role in the team’s regression at the tail end of the season. Rain or Shine was only able to muster 95.7 points per game on 40 percent shooting from the field—numbers which ranked second to the last in the league.
But with everyone getting more touches on offense, Garcia is positive that those figures will normalize as they continue their quest to stay among the league’s elite.
“Everybody’s responsible now. We don’t have a particular guy whom we’ll go to, and everybody’s enjoying it so far. We’re being more patient now on offense. I think it’s a big factor that everybody must enjoy the game and the system,” he explained.
It also helps that they’ll be entering the new season with a full lineup in tow. Raymond Almazan, who went missing in action for nine of the team’s 11 games last conference, appears to have patched things up with the franchise, and the Elasto Painters will also be entering the season in full health.
All that’s left to do is to keep everyone in line.
“Our realistic target is to make the semis. I agree that the players right now that we have probably can provide us wins. My job is to keep them focused on the goals, not to be too individualistic. So far, we’ve been doing well. We just have to put everybody’s responsibilities and roles to adapt to the system,” he mused.