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    Sweep in jeopardy as injured Howell set to sit out Talk 'N Text's final elims match

    Apr 10, 2014

    TALK ‘N Text import Richard Howell is expected to miss the team’s final elimination-round game against GlobalPort on Friday to rest his right shoulder, which he hurt during the Tropang Texters’ PBA Commissioner's Cup game against Rain or Shine two days ago.

    The 6-8 Howell, a perennial double-double contributor for the Tropang Texters, underwent an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) on Wednesday night after a bad fall late in the first half of the 85-82 win over the Elasto Painters.

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    “He’s having a hard time lifting his right arm. We don’t know if he aggravated it." Talk N' Text team manager Paolo Trillo

    The initial reading showed the import has strained a muscle in his right shoulder.

    Howell landed awkwardly on his right shoulder while trying to go hard for a basket, but apparently, may have tripped on the leg of Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee.

    Team manager Paolo Trillo said as an added precaution, the wide-bodied Howell will be seeing a should specialist on Thursday afternoon to check if the injury is more serious than initially seen.

    “Initial reading of the MRI showed Rich has a strained a muscle on his shoulder, but as of the moment, our team doctor has accompanied him to a shoulder specialist this (Thursday) afternoon just to make sure,” Trillo told

    The soft-spoken Talk ‘N Text manager said the 23-year-old banger also injured his right shoulder during his high school days. The added check up is just a precautionary measure.

    “He’s having a hard time lifting his right arm. We don’t know if he aggravated it,” he added.

    For the moment, Trillo declined to say if the team is entertaining ideas of finding a replacement or standby import, pending Howell’s extra medical checkup from a shoulder specialist.

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    “Until we get the doctor’s recommendations, we can’t say, but definitely, Rich has really been a big help to our team,” said Trillo.

    Howell, a product of North Carolina State, left the Rain or Shine game prematurely, scoring two points and grabbing nine rebounds in 16 minutes.

    The former NBA D-League veteran is averaging 20.5 points, 19.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists for Talk ‘N Text, which is just a win away from sweeping the single round eliminations of the Commissioner’s Cup.

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