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Paul Lee downplays finger injury, assures he’ll be ready for Game 4

/ 10:58 PM April 01, 2018

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Paul Lee allayed fears of getting sidelined and promised to play playing for Magnolia in crucial Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday.

Lee  grimaced in pain as he hurt his middle finger on his right hand when he tried to reach for the ball off a jumpball early in the fourth quarter. He left the game with 9:01 left and didn’t return.

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“I’ll be ready. This is nothing,” he said on the heels of the Hotshots’ 87-111 Game 3 defeat. “I jammed my finger. When I reached, my middle finger hit the knee of Matt (Ganuelas-Rosser).”

Coach Chito Victolero opted to no longer check Lee back in as the Beermen already held an 83-71 lead at that point.

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“I decided to rest Paul in preparation for our next game,” relayed the bench tactician.

Things just got even tougher for the Hotshots, who are looking to avoid a dangerous 1-3 hole against the highly-favored three-time defending champions, and that fact is not lost on Lee.

“We expected that San Miguel will play this way because they’re really strong. But just like what kuya Ping [Marc Pingris] told us, we need to double the effort especially on defense,” he said.

“It’s going to be hard for us if we go down 1-3. It will be a big game for us next game.”

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