ANTIPOLO – Aside from Romeo Travis, Paul Lee also played through pain in Game Four of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals.
Despite a hurting leg, Lee had 11 points including two free throws with 13 seconds left to seal Magnolia’s win over Ginebra.
With those free throws, Lee made up for his late turnover as well as a missed three-pointer in Magnolia’s Game Three loss.
Lee was also battling through an injury in his knee which he shrugged off, since Travis was suffering from a more serious injury.
The Magnolia star said he and the team was inspired to play after Travis gave his all and eventually finished with a career-high 50 points.
“Hindi ko alam kung na-pull ‘yung muscle ko sa hita pero just play through it lang kasi kung makikita mo yung import mo na ganun, lumalaban na may strain sa hamstring, there is no reason na mag-give up ka. Lahat kami kumuha ng lakas ng loob sa kanya,” said Lee.
Lee though assured the knee injury is nothing serious and he will be fit not just for the PBA finals but also for Gilas Pilipinas in the next Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers window.
“Nothing serious. Pero nabobother lang ako sa mga movements. Pero just play through it sa mga ganitong sitwasyon. Kailangan mo lang tiisin,” Lee said.
Lee and the rest of the Hotshots now look forward to the championship after dethroning the titlist of the Governors’ Cup for the past two years.
“’Yung last game, tapos na ‘yun. Actually, tapos na rin ‘yung Game Four. Job ain’t finish pa rin. Kailangan makuha namin kung hindi, sayang ‘yung opportunity namin. We beat the defending champion pero hindi pa rin kami champion. Kailangan pa rin naming talunin kung sino ang nasa kabila,” said Lee.