PBA: Missing injured players, Ginebra 'paying the price' for Commissioner's Cup title
Philip Matel on Sep 21, 2018 10:48 PM
Down four major rotation players, Ginebra will have to survive day-to-day.
Ginebra fans, it is not a pretty sight.
Four major rotational players and a reserve player are down with the injury bug for the Gin Kings following an assortment of injuries. Greg Slaughter (ankle), Japeth Aguilar (calf), Sol Mercado (knee), Jervy Cruz (bone spur removal), were all out in Ginebra's 124-118 overtime loss against the Blackwater Elite.
They could have been big for the Gin Kings down the stretch, but head coach Tim Cone says the two-time defending Governors' Cup champs are 'paying the price' for sacrificing their bodies in the Commissioner's Cup, where they clawed back from a 1-5 record and toppled the San Miguel Beermen in the Finals.
"I’ve never went to this in my 30 years of coaching, these many guys injured at one time. That’s the price you pay for winning the championship. We gave our all to win that championship. We came back from 1-5 deficit. The guys that should not been playing, played. And now, they’re paying the price," Cone said after the game.
The winningest coach in league history added that a lot of these injuries his players are recovering from are a result of wear and tear, playing through them just to get by in the previous conference.
Now at a 3-1 record, all Ginebra needs to do is hold the fort, and wait until their players come back, but at the top of their to-do list will be a big one, against vanquished San Miguel on Sunday at the Big Dome.
"Let’s see what we can do there. We’ll play with who we have. We’ll go to war with the guys we have. The guys that we dont have, they’re out of our minds right now.We’re not thinking about them. We’re not saying 'Sayang'".
As for the return of the 7'0" Slaughter, Cone is still unsure when will he return, nor Aguilar, clarifying that they will be out for 'a few weeks,' but does not know for sure how long.
"We’ll have to play just day by day at this point."
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