RAIN or Shine's championship campaign in the PBA Governors Cup suffered a big blow as crafty rookie Paul Lee will sit out Game Three of the Finals against B-Meg this Friday.
PBA chairman Atty. Mamerto Mondragon said Lee is `definitely out on Friday’ and will remain on a day-to-day basis for the rest of the best-of-seven title series.
Mondragon added the Rain or Shine point guard, a top candidate for Rookie of the Year honor, can be reactivated by Game Four on Sunday, but the decision will depend on whether team management is willing to take the risk.
Lee is scheduled for surgery on August 6, by which time the Finals will be over.
“Nakakaawa `yung bata, umiiyak sa sakit,” said Mondragon of Lee, who was writhing in pain at the Rain or Shine bench near the end of Game Two on Wednesday night, which the Elasto Painters lost, 80-85.
Lee aggravated his dislocated left shoulder as he tried to swipe the ball away from B-Meg’s Peter June Simon with two minutes 22 seconds left in the match and Rain or Shine trailing, 74-79.
He was brought to the Cardinal Santos Hospital later where doctors popped the dislocated shoulder back into place.
Coach Yeng Guiao however, remained undaunted and has vowed to win the franchise’s first title even in the absence of his best local player.
“We will win the series with or without Paul Lee,” said the Rain or Shine coach in his post-game interview.
Inside the dugout, Guiao pepped up the Elasto Painters by telling them the exact same words, drawing cheers and a big round of applause from the entire team.