CHARLES Rhodes hopes his hurting ankle would be fine in time for Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series between San Miguel and Star.
The muscular Beermen import twisted his ankle in the second half of the series opener on Saturday while trying to stop Hotshots counterpart Ricardo Ratliffe on a strong drive to the basket.
Rhodes limped back to the San Miguel bench after a timeout, but managed to shake off the injury and finish the game which the Beermen lost, 109-105.
The San Miguel reinforcement said the ankle is a little bit swollen and will have it treated after the game.
"Let's see how it feels tomorrow (Sunday). Hopefully it feels good," he said. "I twisted it pretty good. I just got to get treatment and see how it feels."
Rhodes admitted feeling some pain in the foot, but decided to play through it especially after the Beermen fell behind by as many as 15 points in the final quarter before fighting back behind the hot shooting hands of Marcio Lassiter to make a game of it.
"I felt it when I hurt it but after that I didn't think about it anymore," said Rhodes, who finished with 34 points and 19 rebounds.
He has one day to have the injured foot treated as the next game won't be played until Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
And one day too, to get back against Star in the hope of leveling the best-of-five series.
“They got this one, now we have to go back, and be prepared and try to get this Game 2,” he said.