MAGNOLIA’S back is against the wall, so Paul Lee is more than willing to suit up for the team in the crucial Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel - injury or no injury.
Lee said he’s ready to buck the pain from his injured fingers as the Hotshots try to avoid falling behind 1-3 in the best-of-seven finals with another loss in the next game on Wednesday.
The Magnolia guard hurt his middle and index fingers early in the fourth quarter of Game Three and never returned again in the 111-87 loss Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Ready ako, wala naman ito,” said Lee as he shrugged off the injury he suffered following a jump ball and the Hotshots trailing by 12.
"Na-jam siya, pagsundot ko tumama sa tuhod ni Matt (Ganuelas Rosser),” added the 29-year-old combo guard while showing the injured fingers that were taped together.
The freak accident dampened Lee's best game of the series yet, as he accounted for 15 points – nine of them came in the second quarter - three rebounds, and seven assists.
Lee said he was okay to play again, but was never fielded back by coach Chito Victolero.
“Actually okay naman ako. Pero pinahinga na lang ako ni coach kasi lumobo na rin yung lamang,” the former Rookie of the Year added.
He can’t afford to rest in the next game. He knows that, too.
“Oo naman, mahirap kasi mabaon sa 3-1,” Lee said. “Kaya big game sa amin yun (Game 4).”