ALASKA'S do-it-all import Robert Dozier is ready to play through the pain barrier when the Aces go for the clincher in Game Four of their PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal playoff with San Mig Coffee on Saturday.
Dozier twisted his left ankle during a rebound battle late in Alaska's 89-82 overtime victory in Game Three on Wednesday, but managed to shake off the pain and finish the match.
The 27-year-old intends to do the same on Saturday when the Uytengsu organization attempts to wrap up the best-of-five series and book its first finals appearance since the 2009-2010 Fiesta Conference.
“Of course, it (ankle sprain) was painful but the main thing about ankle injuries is you have to get up and play again,” Dozier told Spin.ph. "But I’m just gonna take a rest and be ready for Saturday."
The injured ankle was still pretty swollen on Thursday, but Dozier took advantage of the opportunity to rest it during Alaska's shootaround.
Dozier, a top contender for the best import award, had a quiet 11 points in Game Three, but grabbed 18 rebounds and had five shot blocks.
“Rob was fabulous. He gets sprained (ankle) and he shakes it off. That’s why he’s a potential Best Import awardee," said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.