AS if seeing Joe Devance in pain is not enough, Ginebra’s frontline took another hit as Jervy Cruz could miss Game Three of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel Beer on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone confirmed the development to a couple of scribes after practice on Tuesday, saying Cruz is doubtful due to a “slight shoulder separation” or an AC joint sprain according Ginebra physical therapist Aspi Calagopi.
Cruz sustained the injury in a collision with June Mar Fajardo in the second quarter of Game Two, forcing him to miss the entire second half.
That forces Devance, who’s been taking painkilling shots for his hurting foot, Japeth Aguilar, and Dave Marcelo carrying more of the load for the Gin Kings’ frontline that has also long been without Greg Slaughter.
“Maybe we’ll start lining up our guys and give them all shots, poke it, maybe give couple of guys shots in the head to numb their head out,” Cone joked before turning serious.
“It’s a big blow because he’s been a tough mismatch for all the bigs in our series because of his ability to shoot perimeter shots,” he said.
“But that’s been the story for us all conference – next man up, so let’s see who steps up,” the champion coach added.