ANDREW Nicholson’s injury has opened up talk that Myles Powell could be re-activated for Game Four of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Nicholson rolled his ankle late in Game Three so serious that he was taken to a hospital at the conclusion of the game on a wheelchair.
With Nicholson’s status still up in the air hours after the game, the question now is will Bay Area opt to replace him with Powell, the first import who played for the Dragons in the conference.
Shortly after the game, a team official said Powell, who averaged 37.3 points this conference, remains hurt and is still feeling the effects of a torn tendon in his toe that kept him out for the remainder of the conference.
It looks like Powell’s condition, however, is improving as he is no longer wearing an air cast to protect his left foot.
It is still unclear though whether Powell is already practicing with the team, although Bay Area coach Brian Goorjian had already said that the Dragons are looking at the East Asia Super League in March as the target for the import's return.
But things could still change depending on how Nicholson’s ankle will heal in the coming days. The decision though will be an important one for the Dragons as Nicholson can no longer return once Powell is reinserted back, according to the concessions approved for the Dragons’ participation as a guest team in the Commissioner’s Cup.
In fact, Ginebra coach Tim Cone is already bracing for any possibility.
“We know that Powell is in the background. We don’t know if he is healthy or whether they can change to him or not. We don’t know that stuff. We will try to be prepared for anything.”
“In any case, we will have to change the way we play defense. It would be interesting,” said Cone.