Greg Slaughter heads straight to hospital for MRI after knee injury scare
Worried teammates and coaches gather around a fallen Greg Slaughter. Jerome Ascano

GINEBRA big man Greg Slaughter went straight to the hospital for an MRI on his right knee shortly after the team’s 93-86 win over Mahindra Friday night in the PBA Governors Cup.

The 7-foot center politely declined a post-game interview, saying he has to go to St. Luke’s hospital to have the knee checked, which he hurt after going down early in the fourth quarter.

He finished with seven points and four rebounds while playing for 10 minutes in his first game back after undergoing ankle surgery during the season break.

“He’ll be undergoing MRI test right now. Hopefully, wala naman sanang major injury,” said Ginebra deputy coach Olsen Racela.

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Coach Tim Cone admitted getting a big scare when the incident happened.

“Coming off an injury I wasn’t going to risk him anymore,” said the league’s most accomplished coach, who declared prior to the game that he’ll use the 28-year-old big man only for 'a limited minutes.’

Good thing, Slaughter was able to get up and walk on his own after being down on the court for a couple of minutes.  

“At first he felt some pain when it happened apparently and I haven’t had the chance to talk to him since. But when we huddled around him, he said the pain is dissipating,” related Cone.

“If it was a serious injury like ACL, the pain continues to be there. Dissipating, he was able to get up and walk. We’ll see if that turns into a setback or not.”

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