Smile back in Paul Lee face, but he vows to wear mouth guard from hereon
Paul Lee shows off the newly-repaired teeth on social media. Photo from Paul Lee's Instagram account

PAUL Lee skipped Rain or Shine’s practices on doctor’s orders but he has now got his game face on after having his teeth repaired two days before Game Four of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.

The six-foot Lee will be wearing a denture to cover up the gap after a front tooth got knocked off when he drew a charge from Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson in Game Three on Sunday.

Two other front teeth that got stuck in his gums have been repaired by Dr. Mike Tan at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center on Monday and the Rain or Shine guard is now raring to get back in action.

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“Basta focus lang ako sa game. Importante alamin ko pa rin ang gagawin ko saka maka-shooting ng maaga bukas though parati naman akong maaga before the game,” Lee told on Tuesday.

The former PBA Rookie of the Year said he has started wearing a mouth guard so he could get used to it come game time.

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“First time ko mag-mouth guard,” said the Rain or Shine guard, who is battling Talk ‘N Text guard Jayson Castro for the Best Player of the Conference award, which will be handed out before the start of Game Four.

Lee said after seeing photos of himself after the collision with Johnson, the former University of the East Red Warrior is seriously considering wearing a mouth guard every game.

“Iba na ang mouth guard ngayon, manipis na, so medyo di na malaki sa bibig. So kapag naging komportable ako, itutuloy-tuloy ko na. Siympre, ayaw ko na maulit, masakit tingnan eh,” he grinned.

Lee said Rain or Shine is ready for another physical matchup against Talk ‘N Text, knowing that the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned franchise will try to do everything it can to avoid falling into a 1-3 hole.

“Hindi kami magpapa-easy-easy kay Jasyon saka sa buong TNT,” he said. “Alam naman natin ang TNT kaya bumalik yan eh dahil yung lineup nila di magbabago 'yan, kayang kaya nila bumalik saka in any given night, kaya ka tambakan.”

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