MERALCO will have to find ways to win on Sunday without injured import Mario West, whose availability in Game Four of the PBA Governors Cup semifinals remains doubtful.
Team manager Butch Antonio said results of the X-ray and MRI (magnetic resonance imagine) scan done on West confirmed that he sprained his AC (acromioclavicular) joint on his right shoulder after a collision at mid-court with San Mig forward Joe Devance in the third quarter of Friday night’s in Game Three.
West failed to finish the game which the Bolts went on to lose, 87-94 and gave the San Mig Mixers a pivotal 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Antonio said West can now move his right shoulder and arm, but will still be a game-time decision, depending on his pain tolerance.
“It’s not a big injury na kailangan niyang i-rest ng two or three weeks, but (sports surgeon) Dr. George Canlas said Mario playing depends if he can tolerate the pain. So maybe, he can play a few minutes, depende,” Antonio told Spin.ph on Saturday.
The Meralco team manager said the Bolts actually inquired about the availability of former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, who was in town early this week to donate 400 pairs of his signature Starbury shoes to the PBA’s outreach program “Alagang PBA.”
“We inquired about Stephon, but he has a contract with his team in China,” Antonio said.
The 36-year-old Marbury is also under contract with the Beijing Ducks, who he led to the 2012 Chinese Basketball Association championship.
In case West fails to suit up, Antonio said the Bolts are ready to slug it out against the Mixers, who are looking to close out their semifinal series with another victory and advance to the Finals for the 24th time in franchise history.