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    Paul Lee in race against time to be fit for do-or-die Game 4

    Dec 18, 2022
    Paul Lee
    PHOTO: Gerry Ramos

    PAUL Lee hopes the two-day break heading to Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals between Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra would be enough for him to get back in the groove.

    The 33-year-old guard admitted being under the weather for two days now, keeping him out of Sunday’s Game 3 that saw the Kings zoom ahead for a 103-80 win over the Hotshots at the Philsports Arena.

    [READ: Ginebra on cusp of finals after Game 3 romp]

    He said all tests done on him – on the eve of the game and three hours before tip-off –yielded negative results.

    “I think we have enough time to recover and makapag-prepare kami ng maayos,” said Lee, who only saw action in the first two minutes of the game before being substituted by coach Chito Victolero and never returned again.

    Despite having fever and headache, Lee tried to play. He warmed up and worked up a good sweat later, although he felt dizzy when the game began as part of the Hotshots’ starting unit.

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      “I tried kung ano yung feeling sa loob (ng court), pero nahihilo ako na para akong babagsak sa court. Kaya nagpa-sub na lang ako,” said Lee.

      He added the cool December weather may have something to do with his condition.

      Lee helped the Hotshots snatch Game 2 over Kings when he scored the game-winning basket off a broken play and tied the best-of-five series.

      But even without him, Lee believed Magnolia still has a shot against Barangay Ginebra had the team stuck to the game plan of the Hotshots.

      “We beat ourselves. Lumabas kami sa mga pinapagawa ni coach Chito. Yun ang nakita ko kanina,” he said. “Hindi kami makapag-execute sa opensa namin, so nadadamay din yung depensa namin.”

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