INJURED forward Rudy Hatfield believes the upcoming PBA All-Star break will be beneficial for Barangay Ginebra’s injured players since it will give them time to heal in time for Game Three on May 8.
The hardworking Hatfield missed Game Two after spraining his left ankle early in the second period of Friday’s series opener, which the Gin Kings won by a mile, 104-81.
“Sprain, it’s just mild. The day after (Game One), I just couldn’t walk but now it feels a lot better,” said Hatfield after the game.
“When we get back to practice, I should have no problem by then,” added the 35-year-old, who prefers his ankle injury to heal naturally.
Aside from Hatfield, superstar guard Mark Caguioa (knee) and center Billy Mamaril (fractured finger) have missed the playoffs.
“With the All-Star initially, I wasn’t happy about it but there’s a purpose for it. For me and for Billy Mamaril as well and it would be nice for Mark as well if he could come and play,” said veteran Barangay Ginebra forward.
Hatfield expects the Gin Kings to come out with a lot more grit come Game Three, which will be held at the Big Dome 10 days from now.
“That’s what you get to play the game for, just battle it out. I played Talk ‘N Text so many times so you know what you get anytime,” he added.