FACING an 0-2 deficit in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Finals, embattled reigning champion Indonesia also faces one more major concern when the series shifts to Jakarta for Game Three on Wednesday.
Filipino import Jerick Cañada is doubtful for the Warriors' home stand against the San Miguel Beermen after the back-up guard suffered an injury in Sunday’s Game Two at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.
Cañada fell awkwardly during a fastbreak play against Beermen point guard Jeric Fortuna early in the fourth period and later complained of pain in his left knee as he was carried off the court by his teammates.
Indonesia coach Todd Purves said Cañada's status for Game Three remains doubtful.
“We really don’t know,” Purves said after the Beermen's 66-65 victory. “I don’t know if he is going to compete in our next game or for the rest of the series.”
After being held to just four points in the series opener, Canada emerged a big factor for the Warriors in Game Two, scoring 11 points while converting three of his four attempts from beyond the three-point arc before finally missing out most of the fourth period.
San Miguel coach Leo Austria admitted Cañada was visibly missed by the Warriors in the endgame as the Beermen pulled off the come-from-behind win.
“I think it was a big factor,” said Austria, referring to the injury suffered by his former player at Adamson. “Cañada is a defensive player. He can contain our point guard especially (Chris) Banchero.”
“It’s unfortunate for him na he got injured. I hope that it wasn't serious because they need him and the player is really working hard,” added the San Miguel mentor.
Aside from Cañada, Filipino-American John Smith also went down late in the fourth period.
“They are going to take them to the hospital,” Purves said of his injured players.