Pingris nearing 100 percent but still a game-time decision for Xmas Day game vs Ginebra
Magnolia forward Marc Pingris is eager to see action as the Hotshots look to score their second win in as many games. Karlo Sacamos

VETERAN Marc Pingris will be a game time decision for Magnolia when it dukes it out with rival Barangay Ginebra in the Christmas Day special of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Philippine Arena on Monday.

Pingris has joined the Hotshots in their daily practices after undergoing procedure to remove kidney stones during the off-season. He remains uncertain though if he’ll suit up for the team’s 5 p.m. encounter with the debuting Kings as Magnolia guns for a second straight in the season-opening meet.

“Hindi pa ako sure (kung makakalaro). Baka sandali lang, i-try lang ba,” said Pingris in a short chat with SPIN.ph

“Nakakapag-practice na ako, although hindi pa masyado,” he added. “Hindi pa ako actually 100 percent, pero kakayanin naman.”

Pingris suffered severe back pains a week before the league’s 43rd season kicked off, caused by the three stones that were later removed from his kidney through shockwave procedure.

“Akala ko back spasm nung una. Pero yung back spasm times 10 ang sakit niya,” Pingris recalled of his experience. “Manginginig  ka talaga sa sakit.”

“Nung first day ko nga (sa hospital), umihi ako ng dugo. Ganun siya kasakit,” he added. “Pero thank God, yun lang naman ang naging problema.”

Pingris has already been given the go-signal by his doctor to do strenuous activities. And the first time he ran in practice, he didn’t feel anything wrong.

“Unang nag-try akong tumakbo, walan naman akong naramdaman,” he said. “Kaya hopefully, makalaro nga ako sa lingo.”

The procedure done on him left Pingris sitting on the bench in the Hotshots’ 108-95 win over the Alaska Aces in the team’s first game of the season last Wednesday.

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