Chris Ross to miss early stages of Commissioner's Cup after aggravating thigh injury
Chris Ross, pictured right with Marcio Lassiter and Matt Ganuelas Rosser, faces a month-long layoff to recover from a thigh injury. Jerome Ascano

IT seems a fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup came with a price for Chris Ross.

The veteran San Miguel guard will be missing the early part of the Commissioner’s Cup after aggravating a strained thigh during the recent all-Filipino conference finals, which the Beermen won in five games over the Magnolia Hotshots.

Ross said he felt the injury worsen during the team’s title-clinching win last week, 108-99, which went into double overtime and the Beermen’s starting point guard playing for a total of 52 minutes.

He disclosed to SPIN.ph he could be out for more than a month as he recovers from the injury, the layoff extending to the early part of the mid-season conference which starts on April 22.

“They (SMB staff) told me after 21 days they will re-evaluate me,” said Ross. “I think I’ll be out for a month and a half and I’ll maybe miss a few games of the next conference.”

The Beermen and the Hotshots, though won’t be playing their first outing until the second week of May.

While Ross appeared physically better during Game 5 of the finals, the 33-year-old Fil-Am admitted playing hurt.

“It still hurts, man. That’s why the coaches kept asking me about it during the game,” he recalled. “There are times that I could go to the basket, but I can’t push it off. I think I hurt it a little more (in Game 5) because I was pushing it to the limit.”

Despite playing with an injury he suffered in Game 3 of the finals, Ross almost completed the first-ever quadruple-double in league history after registering 13 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and eight steals.

“That would have been cool but it’s better that I won a championship. You know me, I don’t care about stats, all I care about is the win,” he said.

It’s a good thing the best-of-seven title series ended earlier, giving Ross the time to rest and recuperate.

“I’ll get a much deserve rest for a few weeks after all these (championship celebration),” he said. “We’ll see when we start practicing.”

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