ROOKIE Scottie Thompson is fit to play for Ginebra in its showdown against TnT in the final playdate of the Smart Bro-Philippine Cup eliminations on Sunday.
But don’t expect the do-it-all back-up guard to be in fine form for the 5:15 p.m. match at the Mall of Asia Arena.
‘He’s not 100 percent, but he should be available (to play),” said coach Tim Cone of his prized rookie.
The freshman guard out of University of Perpetual Help suffered a Grade 1 strain on his shoulder during the waning moments of the Kings’ thrilling 91-90 win over NLEX a week ago in a game where Thompson sparked the Kings’ comeback from 22-points down in the third quarter.
But deputy coach Richard del Rosario added Thompson is healthy enough to play for the Kings, who are looking to improve their 6-4 record – in a tie with TnT- for a higher placing going into the playoffs.
“Scottie is good to play,” Del Rosario said in a text message hours before the game.
Cone however, hinted Thompson may not be utilized the way he did during the game against NLEX where the rookie guard played for 23 minutes, most of which came in the second half.
“We will monitor his minutes,” said the Ginebra coach.
TnT’s own injured freshman, Mo Tautuaa (back spasms) remains doubtful for the match, although the year's top rookie pick said he's ready to play whenever called upon by coach Jong Uichico.
"I'm suiting up today. Up to coach whether or not I play," he said.
But Uichico said the 6-foot-7 Tautuaa failed to join the team practice on the eve of the Ginebra match.
"He did not practice yesterday. I don't think he will b ready for today's game." said the TnT mentor.