Wala 'to -- Lee shrugs off finger injury, will play in Game 4
Mark Escarlote on Apr 01, 2018 10:55 PM
Magnolia guard Paul Lee hurt his right middle finger but will be ready on Game 4.
Thank goodness, it was just a minor injury.
Magnolia guard Paul Lee hurt his right middle finger early in the fourth quarter and sat out the rest of the match as the Hotshots suffered a 111-87 blowout loss to the San Miguel Beermen in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 3 Sunday at the Big Dome.
The Hotshots went down, 1-2, in the best-of-seven series.
Lee was called back to the bench with 8:28 left in the fourth and with Magnolia trailing 83-71 after he jammed his middle finger while trying to go for a steal.
He was clutching his finger in pain and was subbed out.
“Daliri, na-jam siya. Pagsundot ko tumama sa tuhod ni Matt (Ganuelas-Rosser),” said Lee, who finished with 15 points and seven assists.
Lee added that he wanted to get back in the game but head coach Chito Victolero decided to give him an early rest with the game already out of their hands.
“Actually OK naman ako, ewan ko lang kung ano, siguro ipinahinga na rin coach kanina kasi lumobo na rin ang lamang,” said Lee, whose finger was heavily bandaged.
But the guard said that he will be ready on Wednesday as Magnolia, who already lost Marc Pingris (ACL tear) while Justine Melton is nursing hamstring injury.
“Ready ako, ready ako,” he said. “Wala naman ito, di naman gaanong (malala). Yun nga lang kailangang tiisin, pain reliever lang siguro.”
[Do-or-die mentality na kami] kasi mahirap mabaon sa 3-1 so big game sa amin sa next game,” Lee added.
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