SEAN ANTHONY bared a nagging injury has been hampering him since the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs started.
Anthony was noticeably hobbling in Game Two of Air21’s semifinal series against San Mig Coffee as he was limited to only eight points on 2-of-7 shooting from the field — a far cry from the past games where his effort had carried the Express deep into the playoffs.
Anthony was pulled out of the game late in the fourth quarter as he watched the Express lose to the Mixers, 82-75, to even up the semifinal series at one game apiece.
When asked by reporters why he is in pain during Game Two, Anthony said he has been playing with a strained Achilles heel.
“It’s been bugging me a little bit,” Anthony said. “I strained my Achilles like two weeks ago. Game after game after game.”
Anthony said the injury began to get really bad during the epic double overtime victory over the San Miguel Beermen in the quarterfinals. Incidentally, that game started Anthony’s rise.
“It started with the double overtime win against San Miguel. It really tightened up. But it’s do-or-die. I played in the fourth and two overtimes,” Anthony said.
Anthony added that he has been taking care of his Achilles at the start of the semifinal series and has not been joining Air21 practices just to rest. However, the injury tightened up again at the start of Game Two, making him ineffective the rest of the way.
Anthony expressed disappointment that he couldn’t play a hundred percent for Game Two.
“Coming into today, it was already tight. I tried my best to play through it but couldn’t give the effort that we needed,” Anthony said.
Anthony, however, assured that he will play in Game Three.
“Of course,” Anthony answered resoundingly when asked if he is going to play on Saturday.