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    James Yap's back problem is back, but San Mig star vows to play through pain

    Apr 13, 2014

    SAN Mig star James Yap has admitted that the back spasms that wore down his game last season has come back to haunt him.

    The two-time league MVP played just 29 minutes on Saturday and sat out the entire fourth quarter as San Mig bowed to sister team San Miguel Beer, 88-97, in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The 6-2 Yap said he skipped the team’s Thursday practice and only rejoined the Mixers in the shootaround on Friday, but found the pain on his back bearable enough to suit up.

    [See Marc Pingris down again as San Mig's injury concerns pile up]

    “Meron, masakit, the same (back problem), pero at least ngayon okay na, di na masyadong masakit though meron pa rin,” Yap said after the game.

    The former University of the East star said he intends to play the final two eliminations games of San Mig, which is still in contention for a twice-to-beat place in the playoffs.

    However, Yap said it will all depend on what his body will tell him come game time.

    “Option ko yun (to sit out), kasi katawan ko naman ito. Alam ko kung kaya ko or hindi. Pero ngayon kaya pa naman,” he added.

    Yap sat out several games last season due to severe back pain, limiting his movement and preventing him from elevating during the game.

    He has battled through an inflamed right elbow also during the Philippine Cup, though managed to regain some of his shooting touch in the Finals en route to helping the Mixers to a 4-2 title series conquest of Rain or Shine.

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