Alaska, Compton glad to pounce on absence of 'future MVP' Greg Slaughter
Greg Slaughter sits out the game with a strained hamstring. Jerome Ascano

ANTIPOLO –There are a handful of questions that need to be answered surrounding Barangay Ginebra’s surprising two-game slide in the PBA Philippine Cup.

One of them is the timetable for Greg Slaughter’s return from a strained hamstring injury, a question that he himself can’t answer.

“It’s better if you ask our PT,” Slaughter said in a short interview after the Gin Kings’ 97-83 loss to Alaska on Sunday night.

Asked how he feels and if he’s still attending practice, Slaughter gave another short answer before excusing himself.

“I’m always there in practice, going over our game plans, but it’s better if you ask our PT,” the Gin Kings star slotman said.

The absence of the 2013 first overall pick clearly tilted the balance in favor of the Aces, who grabbed slightly more rebounds than the Gin Kings, 45-43.

“You don't want anybody to get hurt, but when two No. 1 picks on the other team aren't playing, it helps your chances,” Aces coach Alex Compton said, referring to Slaughter and another top pick in Joe Devance, the head of the 2007 rookie class who’s recovering from offseason foot surgery.  

“Joe Devance has clearly established himself as a big-time winner in this league, and they didn't have him, so, it was a tough situation,” he added. “They're missing a 6-7 vet who knows how to win, and a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon in Greg Slaughter.”

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