HIGH-leaping San Mig forward Allein Maliksi is fearing the worst after twisting his left knee in the Mixers’ sudden-death game against the Alaska Aces for the last semifinals berth of the PBA Governors Cup on Friday night.
“Kanina naramdaman ko na parang na-disclocate `yung dalawang buto. Siyempre natakot ako kasi ang ganda na ng nilalaro ko eh bigla na namang injured,” said the 26-year-old injury-prone guard out of University of Santo Tomas about his latest career mishap.
Maliksi landed badly after being fouled by Alaska big man Sonny Thoss while going hard to the basket in the second quarter. He held on to his left knee for several minutes as he writhed in pain while down on the floor.
He went on to split his free throws before being taken out of the game by coach Tim Cone, never to return again. Maliksi already had 10 points in the early stretch of the match.
Maliksi readily fit into the Mixers system after arriving early in the conference on a trade with Barako Bull in exchange for Wesley Gonzales and seldom-used guard Chris Pacana, averaging 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 22.3 minutes of action.
His arrival gives San Mig coach Tim Cone an added offensive threat especially when resident gunners James Yap and Peter June Simon are struggling with their shooting touch.
Maliksi was happy San Mig emerged victorious, 83-73 in the highly-physical match to earn the right to play Meralco in the best-of-five semifinal series which starts on Sunday.
The former PBA D-League MVP already ruled himself out of Game One of the semifinals since his hamstring is also hurting whenever he tries to straighten his left knee.
Maliksi is scheduled to undergo an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test on Saturday to check the extent of his injury.
“Bukas (Saturday) magpapa-MRI ako, tapos ewan ko ano gagawin ng doctor pero gusto raw tingnan ni Dr. (Raul) Canlas `yung result,” he added