San Miguel and TNT figured in another high intensity match in Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals with the Beermen pulling off a close 106-101 victory to even the best-of-seven series at 2 games apiece.
With the game already decided, TNT called for time and while the recently crowned Best Import Terrence Jones was walking past the SMB bench, he was suddenly sandwiched by Christian Standhardinger and Kelly Nabong. Jones pushed his way past the two San Miguel bigs which prompted tempers to flare. Cooler heads, however, prevailed and the tension immediately subsided.
Nabong later clarified that there was no exchange of words between him and the mercurial TNT import and that he was only trying to applaud his teammates for a job well done.
“I just think that he knew the game was over and you know, we already called a timeout and I was trying to high-five my players for a good job,” said the 30-year old Fil-Am.
“I guess he didn’t like the fact that they lost this game so he just pushed me. I mean, that’s it. No words spoken. That’s it,” he added.
Nabong was quick to downplay the pushing incident and even ridiculed the former NBA player for his constant flopping.
“I mean, it’s fine. It’s fine. That was a little baby push. That was nothing. That’s a little softness, a little too much finesse in him. That was like a flop push, just like what he always does – flops.”