JOE Devance still walks around with an obvious limp due to a tore plantar fasciitis on his left foot.
At best, he might be out for the next two weeks or at least in the first half of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. But the way the Kings had been winning in his absence, Devance doesn’t see the need for him to rush back into action.
"Hey, clearly the team doesn’t need me,” he joked.
“I’ll sit out as long as we can win,” said Devance on the eve of Game One of the Kings’ semifinals series against the Star Hotshots. “I’ll gladly to sit out just cheering for the team.”
The Kings won a pair of do-or-die game against Alaska to advance in the semis with Devance not around.
He injured the foot in the second half of the team’s first meeting with the Aces in the quarterfinals, and never got to finish the game which Ginebra won, 84-80. Devance then sat out the sudden-death match on Tuesday and watched from the bench as the Kings hacked out a 108-97 victory to make the Final Four.
“I’m glad everybody just stepped up, everybody played hard, and we played together,” said the 34-year-old veteran.
Devance said the foot still hurts, but he feels a lot better now than before.
“I cannot put pressure on my heel,” he said of the injury, which he has been nurturing since the finals of the Governors Cup. “I’ve just been playing through it and its getting worse.”
He’s been injecting pain reliever on it just before every game, and on Sunday Devance said, “I guess I overdid it.”
The 6-foot-7 Devance said he’s not yet certain about the timeline of his return.
“I don’t know when can I play,” he admitted. “We’re not too sure. They say it’s a day-to-day thing. If I can take the pain, I can play. But they suggested a week or two right now.”
But as he stressed as long as the team keeps winning, ‘Clearly the team doesn’t need me.”