Millsap says Fajardo’s marked improvement makes his job easier at SMB

Three years since Elijah Millsap led Petron (San Miguel Beer’s former name) to a runner-up finish in Governors Cup, the former Utah Jazz took note of teammate June Mar Fajardo’s huge improvement in his game.

“He’s (Fajardo) got a lot better.  He commands double team when he gets the ball and he’s doing a great job passing the ball out and scoring when he needs to,” Millsap said, who led the Beermen to a 114-110 win over NLEX to advance to the PBA Governors Cup semifinals.

The 29-year-old Millsap added that the two-time league MVP’s maturity in the game greatly benefited him.

No wonder, Millsap doesn’t command the double team at all against NLEX, giving him the freedom to create his shots or set his teammates up when he attacks the basket.

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The younger brother of Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap banged in 39 points and hauled down 11 rebounds as the Beermen reached the semifinals for the fourth straight conference.

Fajardo, on the other had, registered his 10th double-double this conference after finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while issuing five assists.

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But with Barangay Ginebra now waiting in the semis, Millsap isn’t expecting a walk-in-the-park in the series.

“It’s the playoffs. So the whole game is not going to be easy,” he said.

“We still have to fight to get the win.  Even though were a talented win, we still have to earn the win.” – Richard Dy

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