JAMES YAP skipped San Mig Coffee’s Thursday morning practice as the team’s medical staff advised him to rest his right knee which he hurt late in a Game One loss, but the superstar forward was later cleared by doctors to play in Game Two of the semifinal series against Rain or Shine on Friday.
The two-time PBA MVP hyperextended his right knee during a loose ball scuffle with Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood late in the fourth period, a situation that alarmed Yap as he limped off the court.
“First time ko kasi makaramdam ng ganung klaseng sakit sa tuhod. Sabi sa akin (ng team staff) na ipahinga ko na lang muna,” said the former University of the East star.
Yap's knee was wrapped in ice the whole time while the rest of the Mixers went through their paces in practice.
Yap, however, vowed to play in Game Two on Friday even if he has to play through the pain, something he had done often in his nine-year PBA career that began with the same franchise that drafted him second overall.
“Kung ako lang, kahit naman may masakit basta kaya ko, practice lang ako. Ngayon kung masakit pa rin bukas (Friday), mag-pain reliever na lang ako,” said the 30-year-old.
Yap is also determined to come out stronger offensively in the second game of the best-of-seven series after finishing with 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting in the Mixers’ 91-83 loss to the Painters.
“Medyo nanggigil din kasi ako sa Game One kaya marami akong mga miss sa drive ko saka jump shot. Pero maganda din depensa sa akin. Ganun lang talaga, kailangan lang bumawi,” Yap said.