GABE Norwood will have to wait two more days before hopefully returning to action for Rain or Shine in its PBA Governors Cup semifinals series against Alaska.
The high-leaping Fil-Am guard watched helplessly on the bench as the Aces played with a greater sense of urgency in hacking out a 104-94 victory in Game Three on Tuesday night to grab a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Norwood also skipped Game Two which the Elasto Painters won after suffering a sprained right ankle.
“(The difference is) just the energy. They (Aces) came out and hit some tough shots early, while we missed some shots we usually knock down, so that can mess up mentally and make us force things,” Norwood said after the game.
The Gilas Pilipinas mainstay said he’ll finally be able to join the team’s practice on Wednesday to see how his ankle reacts after several days of rest.
“If it was up to me, it (playing) wouldn’t be a question, but hopefully. I’m playing on Thursday so I’ll see tomorrow because I haven’t had practice for a couple of days,” he said.
“I’ll try to get back on the court and see how it feels, then go from there.”
Norwood’s return to action in Game Four would be huge for a Rain or Shine side, which has no other tall defender who can shadow Alaska’s mercurial import Henry Walker.
The 6-foot-4 Walker played the hero’s role in Game Three after pouring 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to preside over the Aces’ endgame tear to put the Elasto Painters away for good.
“Both teams have a lot of pride. They want to put us away, and we want to keep the series alive, so (Game Four) should be a good game,” added Norwood, who averages 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this conference.