JOE Devance said his injury is the least of his concern right now as he is determined to help revive Barangay Ginebra's bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
Devance played in Game Three after a long layoff due to a stress fracture in his foot. He has been in uniform since the series opener but finally got the nod to play in the must-win match on Wednesday.
“Since Game One, I felt really bad that I was sitting out,” said Devance. “I actually told coach Tim (Cone) that I wanted to play last game but him being concerned about my health, he decided to sit me out last game just to be safe.”
After sitting out Game One, Devance said he worked out in order to get in the best shape possible in so short a time.
“But ever since Game One, I felt bad sitting out. I told myself, I'm not going to get myself an excuse. I can't sit out right now. I haven't really done much for the past two months. So after Game One, I went home, I ran, and I worked out. I've been doing whatever I can just to get myself in the best shape that I could,” Devance said.
“It's all or nothing now from this point on. I don't care about my foot right now,” said Devance.
On Wednesday night, Devance had eight points, four rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the Kings' come-from-behind win over Magnolia, 107-103, to extend the series into Game Four on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Devance said he doesn’t plan to sit another game out as the Kings look to overhaul a 0-2 deficit.
“I'm not gonna sit out on this one. I'm definitely gonna play. We got this, we got this.