UNLESS he insists and does a Willis Reed, Marcus Douthit is in no shape to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba-Asia Championship final against Iran on Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Gilas Pilipinas team therapist Dexter Aseron told Spin.ph that Douthit is in too much pain that he is even having trouble walking the morning after aggravating a bruised right calf in the win over Korea on Saturday night.
“Tinamaan ulit 'yung halos same injury niya dati. Wala namang torn (muscle), pero masakit,” said Aseron while boarding the team bus on Sunday morning for Gilas' pre-final practice.
“Siguro malabo na siyang lumaro. Tantya ko mga 40 percent na lang ang chance,” he added.
Asked if the hobbled Douthit is capable of playing against Iran - in more or less the same way Reed did in inspiring the New York Knicks to victory in the 1970 NBA Finals, Aseron did not completely rule it out.
“We never know. Baka he will ask coach Chot (Reyes) na maglaro kahit saglit,” he said.
Aseron, however, assured that Douthit won't risk a longterm impact on his leg in the event that he decides to play. “Walang torn. Kaya hindi mag-e-expect ng ganun. Pwera na lang kung ma-injure along the way (sa paglalaro),” he said.
The Talk n’ Text therapist shared his short chat with Douthit a few minutes before the team hit the gym for final shootaround at the Treston gym at the Fort.
“Tinanong ko siya kung kumusta siya, sabi niya hindi raw niya talaga kaya (lumaro mamaya). May ika pa rin ang lakad niya eh,” he said of the chief Gilas big man who was still present at the shootaround.
Aseron bared that Douthit’s injury will normally require three days of rest to allow the pain to subside.
The young therapist assured the fans that the naturalized Filipino’s injury will not require surgery and long rehab. “Walang ganun dito. Pahinga lang. Hindi rin ito recurring. Nabugbog lang kasi kaya masakit igalaw at ilakad,” Aseron said.