PBA Finals: Durham, Bolts brace for life vs. Ginebra without Almazan

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jan 14, 2020 01:07 PM
PBA Finals: Durham, Bolts brace for life without Almazan
“He’s been playing great this series. Anytime you lose a player the caliber of Raymond, it’s definitely gonna hurt your team,” import Allen Durham said on the best frontline part he’s had in four years with Meralco. (Photos by Josh Albelda and Arvin Lim)

Aside from figuring out how to overcome a 1-2 deficit in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Ginebra, Meralco also now has to deal with the injury of Raymond Almazan.

Almazan left in the first quarter of Game 3 Sunday with a knee injury and his status for Game 4 and the rest of the series is in question. Manila Bulletin's Jonas Terrado reports say that Almazan has a Lateral Meniscal Tear on his left knee.

But even if he’s available to play, it’s easy to imagine that he will not be as close to 100 percent as the Bolts would want to.

“He’s been playing great this series. Anytime you lose a player the caliber of Raymond, it’s definitely gonna hurt your team,” import Allen Durham said on the best frontline part he’s had in four years with Meralco.

“But you know, hopefully, he can come back, but if not, the next man gotta be ready to play,” he added.

If Almazan can’t go, Durham still has confidence in his team that they can pull through.

He only has to look at their fourt-quarter performance in Game 3 as a reason to believe. Down by as many as 23, Meralco managed to come to within five before ultimately coming up short.

“You know, that fourth quarter showed the type of ball that we should be playing,” Durham said.

“So everybody just gotta believe and have that confidence in themselves and I think we can still make this a good series,” he added.

 

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