CHRIS Ross is not using his hurting knee as excuse as Barangay Ginebra's backcourt continue to outwork its San Miguel Beer counterpart in the ongoing PBA Governors Cup semifinals.
Ross admitted the knee injury he suffered in the mid-season continues to bother him and has been the reason why he's not playing in the same form that made him the Finals MVP of the all-Filipino conference.
But this is no time to complain, according to Ross. Not now when the defending champions are in the thick of a war with the Kings.
"I'm not 100 percent (healthy). But I'll be fine," said the Fil-Am guard. "I just figure out a way to do the things that I've been doing when I'm 100 percent. I really have no excuses. I'll just play the way I"ve been doing."
Ross is averaging just 4.0 points on 3-of-10 shooting in the first two games of the best-of-five series currently tied at 1-1. He did play his best game in the Beermen's 95-92 win in Game Two when he finished with eight points, three rebounds and a pair of assists and steals.
Yet given that San Miguel's top backcourt defender is playing hurt, Ginebra coach Tim Cone has successfully found a way to counter the Beermen's height advantage by employing a small ball rotation anchored on guards Sol Mercado, rookie Scottie Thomson, and veteran LA Tenorio that thrive on quickness, fiery outside shooting, and ball movement.
While Ross acknowledges the Ginebra trio is, indeed, playing well, he said everything still boils down to team play and not on individual skills.
"We're not trying to have an individual battle with those guys. It's a team game and we're just trying to do enough for our team to win," Ross stressed.
Game Three is set on Friday, marking the third time in five days the two teams will be playing.
It's not easy especially for someone who has to contend with a badly hurting knee.
"It's tough now because we're playing every other day," Ross said. "I'm just trying to get as much treatment as I can, ice it at home, and try to be close to 100 percent as I can."
Like a good soldier though, Chris Ross is not complaining.