DENZEL Bowles has allayed fears than an irritated left eye will keep him from performing at his best when defending champion Purefoods Star begins its campaign in the PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs on Friday.
The 6-foot-9 import had his left eye accidentally poked by teammate Rafi Reavis during Purefoods' practice on Monday, according to team physician Raffy Sanchez.
Still, the American forward out of James Madison University did his rigorous post-practice workout on Wednesday, spending close to an hour working on his medium-range jumpers and free throw.
“Yeah (left eye is irritating) but it’s alright. I just got poked in the eye,” Bowles told Spin.ph after his workout.
Since Purefoods Star’s 96-85 win over Meralco last Friday, Bowles said he had to take extra time on the court and work on his shooting as he bids to take his recent good form to the playoffs.
“I just get on my shots, try to prepare for the playoffs, try to stay in tune because we had a week off and just try to stay in shape,” added Bowles, who is averaging PBA career-high numbers of 33.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.8 blocks this conference.
Purefoods Star could either face Barangay Ginebra or Alaska in a best-of-three quarterfinal series depending on the result of the two teams' match at the end of the eliminations on Wednesday.
But for Bowles, he couldn't care less which team the Hotshots face in the first round of the playoffs.
“It don’t matter to me. I just wanna play. We’re not worried because we got good position at the best-of-three so if it’s Ginebra, it don’t really matter,” said the former PBA Best Import awardee.
The Hotshots are bidding to become the first team to repeat as back-to-back Commissioner’s Cup champions since the San Miguel Beermen did the trick in 1999 and 2000 season.
Bowles led the team, then known as the B-Meg Llamados, to the Commissioner’s Cup title in the 2012 season after outlasting Talk ‘N Text, 4-3, in the Finals.