Joshua Smith will suit up for TNT in Game 1 of the Finals against SMB

Paul Lintag on Jun 20, 2017 05:19 PM
Joshua Smith will suit up for TNT in Game 1 of the Finals
ALL EYES ON ME. Joshua Smith will play for TNT to start the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, but just how healthy is the towering import remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure, Joshua Smith is TNT's official import to start the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

His actual on-court contribution though, that's TBA (to be announced) as of now. We'll all have to see in Game 1.

But all signs point to the towering Smith reinforcing the KaTropa against San Miguel Beer even if TNT already has Mike Myers on standby just in case.

"Okay pa siya, nandito pa siya ngayon di ba. The status is as of today, he is practicing, I think he's okay," TNT team manager Virgil Villavicencio said Monday during the official Commissioner's Cup Finals press con.

"I'm just taking it day-by-day. I feel good. The last two days [of rest] really helped, I'm ready," Smith said on his condition, nodding his head when asked if he'll suit up for the series opener.

The 6'10", 300-pound Smith has been limited since Game 3 of the semifinals against Brgy. Ginebra, leaving that game early after an apparent foot injury.

Turns out he suffered torn ligaments on his toes but still managed to will himself into playing Game 4 against the Gin Kings. He even scored 18 points as the KaTropa eliminated Ginebra after a 3-1 series win.

Head coach Nash Racela says if it's possible, he would like to stick with Smith for the whole series against the Beermen.

"Nagpa-practice din siya [Mike Myers]. At this point, if we could, we want to stick with Joshua," he said.

"He's familiar with the game, with the PBA, the officiating. He's been with the team for a month and a half, so the question is why replace him if he can play. If we can stick with him until the last game, then we will," Racela added.

 

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