WITH a bad back that isn't getting any better, James Yap now appears in doubt when San Mig Coffee fights for dear life in its Game Four match-up with Alaska this Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The two-time league MVP's performance has steadily dipped in the Commissioner's Cup playoffs as he continued to play through nagging pain on his back that has hounded him since the eliminations.
In the first three games of the Mixers’ semifinal series against the Aces, the San Mig superstar has seen his average drop to just 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.
Yap is also shooting at an abysmal 18.9 percent (seven-of-37 field goal) clip in the semifinal series.
San Mig’s team physical therapist Arcee Cua, who has been supervising Yap’s condition this conference, admitted that things are not looking well for the 10-time PBA All-Star forward.
“Hindi ko pa masabi (Yap’s condition) pero mukhang di na raw niya (Yap) kaya. Nahihirapan na rin siya eh so day-to-day (ang status niya) siguro,” Cua said at the Ronac gym in San Juan on Thursday afternoon.
Yap has been undergoing laser treatment with the help of laser specialist Todd Benfit in recent weeks in the hope of getting the San Mig hotshot back in game shape. But with the constant banging in the ongoing semifinal series against Alaska, Yap's condition hasn’t seen much improvement.