SYRIAN import Michael Madanly said NLEX could have been in a better position in the standings had the Road Warriors taken care of business in their past three losses.
“We shouldn’t be 1-4 (win-loss) because the three games we lost were very close games, like four points average, so it’s only one stop,” Madanly told Spin.ph shortly after NLEX suffered its first blowout loss in the PBA Governors on Tuesday -a 108-89 defeat to Talk ‘N Text.
The 34-year-old former Syrian national player said he tried hard to contribute to the team’s cause during the past few games, but numbness on his left shoulder kept him from playing 100 percent at that time.
However, the weeklong respite gave Madanly the chance to undergo therapy on his left shoulder which hje hurt in a collision with Dylan Ababou in his PBA debut on May 6, where NLEX dropped a 101-96 decision to Barako Bull.
“I’m now 100 percent to play because the games before, I was just 50 percent. I was trying to adjust myself because I couldn’t even feel the left side of my body,” explained the sweet-shooting Syrian reinforcement, best remembered for leading the 2007 Fiba-Asia men’s tournament in scoring with his 33.1 points per game average.
The 6-foot-2 Madanly fired 22 points and added five assists against the Tropang Texters. But he had to leave the game prematurely after suffering from leg cramps halfway through the final quarter.
Currently tied at the bottom of the standings with Blackwater at 1-4, Madanly said it is imperative for the Road Warriors to do something about their poor ball rotation after finishing with just 12 assists against the Tropang Texters.
“It’s really, really tough to win in the PBA, but we have to adjust. We have to fix our mistakes and prepare for our next game,” stressed Madanly, who had a stint with the Jilin Northeast Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.
NLEX will have enough time to make the necessary adjustments since it won’t return to action till June 2 when the Road Warriors take on the Alaska Aces at the Mall of Asia Arena.