AS far as coach Tim Cone is concerned, chances of starting forward Marc Pingris suiting up for B-Meg in Game 6 of the PBA Governors Cup remains 50-50.
“If you ask Marc, he’ll say he’s 70 to 80 percent ready. That’s Marc for you. But I would say, he’s 50-50,” said Cone when asked about the health status of one of his top big men in the team.
Pingris, who led this season’s All-Defensive team, didn’t play in the Llamados’ 91-81 win Wednesday night over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters owing to what the team termed as severe neck pain.
The hyper-active B-Meg star showed up in uniform but wasn’t fielded in by Cone.
The Llamados still trail the best-of-seven series, 2-3.
Cone said Pingris no longer has problem moving his neck sideways, but still feels some pain when he moves his neck up and down.
The B-Meg forward hurt his neck after getting hit by Rain or Shine’s Ryan Arana as they went for a rebound during Game Four of the Finals last week.
“”He can now look sideways a lot better, but there’s some pain when he moves his neck upward and downward. And for a player who keeps on running and bouncing on the floor, that’s pretty hard,” said Cone.