GILAS Pilipinas was without two of its big men in Greg Slaughter and Troy Rosario in the team's second tune-up game against Alab Pilipinas Monday night at the Meralco gym.
Both players showed up in civilian clothes, with Slaughter wearing a protective glove on his right hand for his injured thumb.
Slaugher dislocated his right thumb in what Gilas coach Tim Cone describes as a 'freak accident' during Barangay Ginebra's practice last week.
Rosario meanwhile, has been nursing a slight achilles injury that also forced him to sit down last week's friendly against Alab which Gilas Pilipinas won.
"Greg was out, Troy Rsoario was out, and so we're trying to play four guys as the bigs," said Cone after the tune-up which Alab Pilipinas won, 93-89.
But late entry Kiefer Ravena already suited up for the national team for the first time since being included in the traing pool by Cone.
Ravena's entry came following the muscle strain injury suffered by Jayson Castro.
Cone said the national team is taking Slaughter's injury on a day-to-day basis.
"His thumb is not movable at this point and can't be moved. It's still locked in to what he's doing. It still got swelling," according to the national mentor.
"Until he can actually gripped a ball, he won't be back."
Rosario's situation is likewise a concern, according to Cone.
"Troy has an achilles problem and now he has finger problem. We need him to be on the floor so we can get used to play with him. He's one of the guys that were really looking to be in the lineup for the versatlity that we need to play," said the Gilas coach.