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    Chris Ross to miss early stages of Commissioner's Cup after aggravating thigh injury

    Apr 12, 2018

    IT seems a fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup came with a price for Chris Ross.

    The veteran San Miguel guard will be missing the early part of the Commissioner’s Cup after aggravating a strained thigh during the recent all-Filipino conference finals, which the Beermen won in five games over the Magnolia Hotshots.

    Ross said he felt the injury worsen during the team’s title-clinching win last week, 108-99, which went into double overtime and the Beermen’s starting point guard playing for a total of 52 minutes.

    He disclosed to SPIN.ph he could be out for more than a month as he recovers from the injury, the layoff extending to the early part of the mid-season conference which starts on April 22.

    “They (SMB staff) told me after 21 days they will re-evaluate me,” said Ross. “I think I’ll be out for a month and a half and I’ll maybe miss a few games of the next conference.”

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      The Beermen and the Hotshots, though won’t be playing their first outing until the second week of May.

      While Ross appeared physically better during Game 5 of the finals, the 33-year-old Fil-Am admitted playing hurt.

      “It still hurts, man. That’s why the coaches kept asking me about it during the game,” he recalled. “There are times that I could go to the basket, but I can’t push it off. I think I hurt it a little more (in Game 5) because I was pushing it to the limit.”

      Despite playing with an injury he suffered in Game 3 of the finals, Ross almost completed the first-ever quadruple-double in league history after registering 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals.

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      “That would have been cool but it’s better that I won a championship. You know me, I don’t care about stats, all I care about is the win,” he said.

      It’s a good thing the best-of-seven title series ended earlier, giving Ross the time to rest and recuperate.

      “I’ll get a much deserve rest for a few weeks after all these (championship celebration),” he said. “We’ll see when we start practicing.”

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