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Despite Finals loss, new dad Smith still relishes first PBA stint

MANILA, Philippines – Joshua Smith's first PBA stint did not end as he would have wanted, as the TNT KaTropa bowed to the San Miguel Beermen in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup Finals.

The hulking import was slowed down by an injured foot for most of the best-of-seven series, which saw SMB rout TNT, 115-91, in Game 6 to secure the title.

TNT import Joshua Smith (34) calls for the ball against SMB's Charles Rhodes in Game 6 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports
For Smith, his first stint as a PBA import has been "fun" for the most part.

"Some ups, some downs," said Smith, who was integral in TNT's win over Brangay Ginebra in the Commissioner's Cup semifinals before being hampered by injury in the championship series. "You know, the goal at the start of the conference is to get the championship. We got to the championship."

"Obviously, we didn't win it, but you just gotta get better next year," he added.

The former University of California at Los Angeles and Georgetown University center played 15 games for the KaTropa, averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds per contest. However, Smith was limited to only 15 points and six rebounds in Game 6 of the Finals, wherein he played only 22 minutes.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/05/17/despite-finals-loss-new-dad-smith-still-relishes-first-pba-stint

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