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    Ginebra winning streak somehow eases the pain for grounded 'Air Force' Ellis

    Aug 10, 2016
    An injured Chris Ellis is reduced into a spectator on the Ginebra bench. Jaime Campos

    IF it’s any consolation to injured wingman Chris Ellis, Barangay Ginebra is currently on a roll in the PBA Governors Cup.

    Otherwise, it would be a double whammy for him sitting and watching helpless from the bench.

    The 27-year-old Fil-Am was grounded for the second straight game owing to a pulled groin, but the Kings nonetheless cruised to another victory, 107-95, at the expense of Blackwater on Wednesday night.

    The victory was the third straight win for the league’s most popular ballclub, propelling it to solo third place with a 4-1 (win-loss) record behind unbeaten co-leaders TNT Katropa and Mahindra.

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    The streak was good enough to bring a smile on the face of the high-flying Ellis.“I’m glad that our team is playing the way it is right now. It doesn’t put as much of a stress on me that I have to play the game,” said Ellis afterwards.

    “It’s frustrating, but it’s good our team is winning. I could only be a supporter and try to do the thigns that I could on the court and during practice.”

    Contrary to perception he sustained the injury against NLEX, the one-time slam dunk king said he’s actually playing through the pain even before the season-ending conference began.

    He only aggravated it during the Kings’ 85-72 win over the Road Warriors.

    “I played before with bone spurs in my ankle, and even with a broken thumb,” he disclosed. “I just consider myself as having a high tolerance for pain. But groin (injury) is something you can’t ignore.”

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    Ellis continues doing rehab with the injury, but declared himself ready to play in the Kings’ next game Sunday against defending champion San Miguel.

    “I’ll be ready for the game Sunday. It’s a must-win,” he stressed. “I’ll just try to do what I can for the team, try to go out there and try to contribute as much as I can.

    “I’m just being optimistic and hoping for the best.”

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    An injured Chris Ellis is reduced into a spectator on the Ginebra bench. Jaime Campos
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