THE possibility of injured big man Greg Slaughter totally sitting out the entire PBA Philippine Cup semifinals just got higher.
With the best-of-seven series almost halfway through, Tim Cone admitted the availability of the 7-foot Slaughter remains in doubt due to a severely sprained left ankle that is taking a long time to heal.
While the Ginebra mentor considers Slaughter as day-to-day, the prognosis on his injury isn’t encouraging for the Kings.
“We’re trying to get him back in, but nothing's working so far. He’s still got swelling and pain in his foot,” Cone disclosed at the end of Game 3 Tuesday night, which the Kings won, 95-87, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Cone said team staff are doing everything for Slaughter’s injury to heal, including having a battery of trainers work on him everyday while undergoing therapy 24 hours a day.
Yet, the team remains in the dark on when the 29-year-old Ateneo alumnus' availability.
“I don’t know when Greg is gonna be back,” said Cone.
But the Ginebra coach understands the situation of Slaughter, whose knees and feet have to carry the weight of his massive 280-plus pound frame.
“It’s different for a seven-footer and a 280-pound guy, unlike me at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. It’s a lot different for him than us,” said Cone.
“There’s just so much weight that goes on to that ligament and it’s really hard to heal than it is for smaller guys. And we have to keep that in mind and keep his long-term health in mind too,” said the 60-year-old champion coach.
“There’s a lot of factors that go on whether he can play or not. So as of now, he can’t play.”
Then again, tomorrow is another day.