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    Cone feels Ginebra coming in blind for Game 4 amid 'rumors' over Smith status

    Jun 16, 2017

    A CLOUD of uncertainty hangs over Ginebra as it seeks to extend its PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series against TNT KaTropa to a deciding game on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    The Gin Kings are standing by whether Joshua Smith will play or not after the TNT import went out in the second quarter of Game Three due to what has been discovered to a torn ligament in his right foot.

    TNT management, though, bared that their hulking import showed up in practice on Friday and assured he will play in Game Four that tips off at 5 p.m.

    “We’re flying blind at the moment with all the rumors regarding the status of the TNT import. Will he play? Will he not? We’re not sure,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said on Friday. “In any case, we need to control what we can control and that means being ready for any eventuality.”

    [See Smith certain of playing in Game 4 despite torn toe ligaments]

    Without Smith, the Gin Kings pounced on an all-Filipino Texters side in the second half and coasted to a 125-101 win to stay alive in their best-of-five series.

    Despite the Gin Kings gaining confidence, Cone reminded everyone of the reality that the Texters remain on the driver’s seat in Game 4.

    “Our backs are still to the wall and TNT is the one sitting pretty,” the American coach said. “We need to follow up our Game Three performance.”

    Cone is hoping their fans show their support again at the Cuneta Astrodome on Saturday after doing so in Game Three.

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    “It’s a Saturday and we always draw well in Cuneta, so hopefully that’ll happen,” Cone said.

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