SAN Miguel coach Leo Austria doesn’t see Dez Wells missing games after he twisted his left ankle in Sunday’s game against Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Wells got hurt during the second quarter of the Beermen’s 125-99 loss to the Bolts on Sunday. The injury looked severe after repeated replays on television when Wells stepped on the foot of Chris Newsome while bringing the ball to the frontcourt.
Wells did return to finish the second quarter, but didn’t play in the second half.
Austria, however, allayed fears of Wells possibly missing games for San Miguel due to the sprain.
“The fact na nakabalik siya after he twisted his ankle, I think there is nothing serious about it,” said Austria.
Austria said San Miguel didn’t want to risk a serious injury by fielding Wells in the second half.
“What our PT (physical therapist) wanted was to manage the swelling. It can affect a lot of things sa kanyang ankle. Kailanga mag-subside agad ‘yun. I think he will be okay next game. First, we have to give him rest,” said Austria.
“We don’t want to aggravate it. We didn’t allow him to play in the second half because there are a lot of important games especially in the next three games. We are not yet assured of any spot in the quarterfinals. That’s why very careful kami,” said Austria.
The good news for San Miguel is that the team will have a lot of time to rest and also reflect on their losing streak that dropped them to 5-3 in the team standings.
San Miguel will next face Blackwater on Nov. 6.
“We are fortunate because we have 10 days before our next game. Chance to reflect because we are trying to figure out what’s really wrong, whether it’s physically, mentally, or psychologically. There are so many things that contributed to our bad performance in our last games.”