Henry Walker's offensive production is the last thing fans should worry about.
That's what Walker said in the aftermath of Blackwater's rousing 86-84 win over Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday, where he finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
Walker said he's much more concerned about getting his teammates going by giving them the confidence-booster they need after dropping their first seven assignments in the mid-season conference.
That's exactly what he did as he settled for being a facilitator for several stretches. He even made an entry pass to a cutting JP Erram, who uncorked a layup that tied the count at 84-all with under a minute left.
"I can torch anybody I want to but it's not about me scoring though. I can't win unless the guys pick up the pace and pick up their own work, carry their own slack and that's what we're seeing now," he said.
But the former NBA player reminded everyone that the Elite can still count on him when the chips are down.
In the dying seconds, Walker breezed through counterpart Curtis Kelly and soared for a throwdown. He missed the bonus free throw, but atoned for it by blocking Jio Jalalon's last-ditch heave from way beyond the half court line.
Blackwater, thus, nailed its first victory in eight games and Walker's second.
"Couldn't leave it to chance. I don't really dunk anymore but for the game, I didn't want to get it blocked, my daughter's watching, I got to put it down for the win," he said.
Blackwater has a slim chance of making the playoffs, but Walker, the winner that he is not going to let other teams whip the squad he led to the playoffs in the Governors' Cup last season.
"How am I going to approach the game? What do you think? I'm going for the win. We're gonna win. That's how we're approaching it," he said.
"We're building for the last conference but at the same time, I didn't come over here to lose. I don't have that in my body. It doesn't matter how it looks, we got to win. That's the goal for the last three, make the big bosses give up some bonuses man."
Blackwater will face Meralco, Rain or Shine, and defending champion San Miguel Beer in their final three assignments.