FIT-AGAIN Jeff Chan and Chris Tiu are expected to be back in action a struggling Rain or Shine side when it plays a confident Barako Bull on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Chan has been bothered - and eventually sidelined - by a torn plantar fascia since the Elasto Painters' PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals loss Talk ‘N Text.
Tiu, on the other hand, underwent a nasal procedure two weeks ago, but has started practicing with the team this week.
“Last week, nung nasa Dubai sila (Elasto Painters) nagsu-shooting na ako. Fini-feel ko na yung paa ko, kahapon (Thursday) nag-full practice na ako, and so far, today walang pain na kaya magandang sign yun,’ Chan told Spin.ph after the team’s practice on Friday.
Chan played through a painful right plantar fascia during the first four games of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals. But with the pain persisting, he was forced to sit out the rest of the championship series.
The left-handed Gilas mainstay said at 1-3 (win-loss), Rain or Shine is in danger of dropping out of the playoff race if it fails to take care of business in its last seven games in the Governors Cup eliminations.
No wonder, Rain or Shine is looking at winning its next three games over a seven-day period in order to resuscitate its playoff hopes.
“Malakas ang kalaban,” Chan said, referring to Barako Bull, which boasts of 7-foot-2 hulking import Liam McMorrow.
“So for the next one week, may three games kami. Hopefully, maka-tatlo kami kasi kumpleto na kami. Ang importante lang makuha namin yung rhythm namin.”
After Barako Bull, Rain or Shine takes on Blackwater next Wednesday, followed by a rematch against Talk ‘N Text on June 6 in Bacolod City.