The throbbing pain in Vernon Macklin's thigh is gone and the Barangay Ginebra import is back in top shape ahead of Game Two of their PBA Commissioner's Cup title showdown with Alaska on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
A Ginebra insider disclosed that the 6-foot-10 Macklin aggravated in the series opener the same thigh injury he first suffered during the deciding Game Five of the Kings’ semifinals series against Talk `N Text.
“Yan `yung nasiko ni Jason (Castro) sa second half nung game. Ininda niya talaga `yun nung isang araw,” said the source.
The injury affected Macklin’s performance and limited the import's movement during Game One of the best-of-five series as he finished with just 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 70-87 Kings’ loss to the Aces.
Macklin made just nine attempts during the course of the blowout.
“Pero bumubuti na `yung lagay niya ngayon. Kaya balak niyang bumawi,” the same Ginebra insider said of Macklin.
But the same source said the Ginebra import doesn’t want to use the injury as an excuse for his sub-par performance, admitting the Aces did a tremendous job against him defensively.
“Talagang naging mahigpit rin `yung depensa sa kanya ng Alaska. We should give credit where credit is due,” said the Ginebra source. “Kita mo naman hindi lang siya (Macklin) na double team, triple team pa. Kaya mag-a-adjust kami mamaya.”
The team source also disclosed superstar Mark Caguioa is still far from game shape, but the reigning league MVP is more than willing to do everything to rejoin the team.
“Sisikapin ni Mark na mag-adjust. Hopefully maging maganda ang kampanya mamaya. Makabawi. Never say die na lang,” said the source.