BIG man Raymond Almazan may not be 100 percent fit, but he is ready to play in Game Three of the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series on Saturday.
The 6-foot-7 lanky center suffered a mild sprain near the end of Game Two on Thursday night won by the Elasto Painters, 105-97, that evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
He finished with 10 points and six rebounds and limped his way back to the Rain or Shine bench when coach Yeng Guiao called it a night for him.
No one among Rain or Shine personnel returned a message by Spin.ph about Almazan’s condition hours before the 5 p.m. game time.
His representative Danny Espiritu though, assured Almazan is capable of playing.
“It’s just a mild sprain, nakakalakad naman siya,” said the veteran players’ agent, who added Almazan suffered the sprain when he stepped on the foot of a San Miguel player.
For such a minor injury, Espiritu said the one-day break would be enough to rest the injured ankle.
“Ipapahinga lang naman yan. Babalutan din maigi before the game para hindi mare-injure,” he said.
Still, Espiritu said it’s still the call of Rain or Shine coaching staff whether to play Almazan or not.
“Depende na sa coaching staff 'yan. Puwedeng i-manage na lang nila yung playing minutes para hindi ma-aggravate yung injury,” he said.