MUCH as he wanted to step on the court and help save a losing game against Air21 on Friday night, Alaska guard JV Casio had to keep reminding himself that he needs to look at the bigger picture.
"Off course syempre gusto ko na maglaro," said Casio, who was left to watch the game from the bench by lingering pain on his knee as the Aces absorbed only their second loss in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, 68-74.
"Pero I'll just look at the big picture. Sabi ng doctor ko, rest now and you can play later on."
The pain on the Aces starting guard's knee is caused by Patellofemural Pain Sydrome or PFSP, which according to medical websites is characterized by pain or discomfort seemingly originating from the contact of the posterior surface of the patella (back of the kneecap) with the femur (thigh bone).
Casio, who has blossomed into one of the league's top point guards since the trade that sent him to Alaska, has no definite target for his return as he can only wait for the pain to ease.
Alaska can only hope he comes back soon enough.
Without their streak-shooting guard, the Aces never got into a flow on offense as they were forced to play some crucial stretches in the fourth quarter with Cyrus Baguio playing at the point guard position.
The Aces also made just 35.3 percent of their shots in the game (24-of-68).
"Oo naman, we did our best (pero) mahirap lang din kasi wala starter namin si JV (Casio)," said Baguio. "Nahihirapan kami kung wala siya (JV)."