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    Andrew Nicholson unsure if he'll be fit to play in Game Five

    Jan 7, 2023
    Christian Standhardinger Andrew Nicohlson
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    ANDREW Nicholson is non-committal on a possible return in Game Five of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.

    The Dragons were forced to play without an import on Friday after Nicholson suffered a sprained ankle in their loss to Barangay Ginebra in Game Three.

    The 33-year-old import wore a protective boot in his left foot and was in street clothes when he showed up for Game Four, which the Dragons won even without him, 94-86, to even the series at two game apiece.

    READ: It's Nicholson or nothing for Bay Area, says coach

    Nicholson said he is not sure about suiting up on Sunday.

    “We have to wait and see,” said Nicholson. “Let’s wait and see how it is. We will take it day-by-day.”

    Bay Area coach Brian Goorjian confirmed Nicholson’s situation.

    “Our situation is day by day with Andrew. He rolled it pretty good and it’s pretty swollen. I’m just listening to the doctors. We talked about each day and he is doing rehab 24 hours a day to try to get back.”


      Nicholson said the past days have been tough, not being able to practice and play with the Dragons who are fighting for a championship.

      There is a slight progress though as Nicholson said he is already walking after he was taken out on a wheelchair on Wednesday after their 89-82 defeat in Game Three.

      “It’s tough. I just started walking today actually. Just going to take it day-by-day and see how it is, be better tomorrow, just continue to do the treatment. We have a great treatment staff, continue to take some meds and recuperate,” said Nicholson.


      The Bay Area import said he was happy for his teammates as they were able to pull through and essentially keeping their hopes alive for the championship after avoiding a 3-1 hole in the series.

      “I’m so proud of them, honestly. The opportunity came to shine and to show that they can play good basketball without having an import on the floor. It’s a great testament to our team. It’s a great testament to our coach to show what we are able to do.

      “We are an East Asia Super League team. We are going to need everybody to compete in the tournament. It’s good to see them thrive with this opportunity,” said Nicholson.

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