THE long break ahead would be enough to give hurting Meralco import Josh Davis enough time to recover from the lower back injury he suffered a week ago against San Miguel Beer in Cagayan de Oro.
Davis admitted he’s yet 100 percent healthy following the bad fall he suffered against the Beermen off a fake by big man June Mar Fajardo.
“I think I’m about anywhere between 85 to 90 percent, but still a little step slow though for the most part, I’m doing good,” Davis said after playing 32 minutes in Meralco’s 89-76 loss to NLEX Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The athletic import contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds in losing cause against the Road Warriors.
The setback was the Bolts’ second straight since opening the mid-season tournament with a franchise-best 5-0 record.
Although he only rejoined the team’s practice on Thursday, Davis tried to hold his own against NLEX import Al Thornton, who peppered the Bolts with 36 points in another solid offensive night to lead the Road Warriors to their third win in seven games.
“There’s still some soreness, but it’s not anything that will hinder me, and yes, there’s still some swelling,” said the 24-year-old former San Diego State standout.
“It’s something that causes discomfort, but I can push through with it.”
With the annual All-Star Weekend kicking off next week in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Davis intends to undergo therapy over the next several days as he prepares for the Bolts’ last four remaining games in the eliminations.
“(I’m gonna) do a lot of therapy because I don’t take resting too well,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do to improve. We need to get ready and continue to keep getting better.”
Meantime, Meralco gunner Gary David commended Davis for his gutsy performance, despite experiencing pain on his lower back during the game.
“Imposible na talagang makalaro siya (Davis) pagkatapos ngang bumagsak siya, kasi di na namin siya nakasama sa hotel dahil diretso na siya sa ospital,” David recalled after the team’s game in Cagayan de Oro.
“Tapos kinabukasan, di siya makalakad ng maayos, then, kahapon, di pa rin siya maayos masyado, pero yung effort niyang tulungan kaming manalo nandun,” he added.
David admitted the Meralco import didn’t have his explosive jump to grab the rebounds, though the two-time league scoring champion expects Davis to get back into tip-top shape after the All-Star break.
“Iyung mga ibang ginagawa niya na talon, di niya maibigay kanina ng todo, pero bilib kami sa kanya,” he said.
“Pero itong long break sa All-Star, makaka-pahinga siya ng maayos at makaka-bounce back.”
David carried the scoring cudgels for the Bolts with 28 points, including 10 in the final period after Davis picked up his sixth foul with under three minutes remaining.