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    Cone plays down hopes of Pingris return

    Aug 2, 2012
    Marc Pingris still feels pain on his neck when doing certain movements, says Tim Cone. Jerome Ascano

    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.

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    Marc Pingris still feels pain on his neck when doing certain movements, says Tim Cone. Jerome Ascano
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