DOUG Kramer hopes to extend his comeback stint this conference as Phoenix takes on Star on Monday in their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Sidelined for almost four months due to a mild stroke and heart surgery, the veteran big man's debut for the Fuel Masters turned sour as the Hotshots rolled to a 31-point blowout win in Game One of their best-of-three playoff.
And Kramer surely doesn’t want his return to last just two games as the Fuel Masters try to force a deciding game with a win in Game Two at 4:15 p.m.
“As long as we keep it close, (we’ll have a better chance),” Kramer said. “I think we shot ourselves in the foot when we started the third quarter, daming turnovers. We weren’t able to get the shots that we wanted.”
“Hopefully next game we’ll start out and end the game like we did in the first half,” he added, referring to a first half where they nurtured a six-point lead.
The 33-year-old slotman feels he still has a lot of catching up to do despite giving a good account of himself in his first game as he collared 12 boards and missed a double-double by one point, and blocked one shot in 22 minutes off the bench.
“There's a lot of adjustment that I need to do, helping my teammates and closing out,” Kramer said. “Feeling out process pa rin ito.”
Still, the 6-foot-5 Ateneo product is grateful to be back.
“For me, this is God's grace, whatever is happening to me,” Kramer said. “I wasn't even supposed to come out this early, but God's grace allowed me to really be able to come back and I give all credit to God.”
Kramer’s former team, GlobalPort, also seeks to stay alive in its own best-of-three series against TNT Katropa as both teams square off at 7 p.m.