JUNE Mar Fajardo believes playing injured for San Miguel Beer was worth the risk in Game Five of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska on Wednesday night.
The SMB superstar, nursing a knee injury, made a surprising appearance and provided the Beermen a big lift on their way to an 86-73 overtime win.
“Sympre, finals na eh, opportunity yun eh,” Fajardo said. “Kaya naman eh, pero managed naman yung minutes ko. Sabi ko kay coach na i-try ko pasok early first half then pag may sumasakit, magpapa-sub ako.”
The reigning MVP admitted there was tightness on his knee after the game.
“Nagta-tight, so kailangan lang i-ice at stretch,” he said. “Pero so far, okay naman. Kaya naman tiisin yung pain tapos yung tightness lang inaalala ko.”
Fajardo finished with 13 points, making all but one of his five shots, and four boards in 16 minutes.
“Hindi ko na masyado iniisip yung injury ko kasi pag inisip ko, baka maging tentative ako masyado,” he said. “Nilagay ko na lang sa isip ko na wala akong injury.”
Now that’s his feet in the finals are wet, there’s no stopping him from playing in Game Six on Friday.
“Oo, try ko (ulit),” Fajardo said. “May pahinga naman kami bukas.”