By Waylon Galvez
Meralco center Raymond Almazan is keeping his fingers crossed after hurting his left knee early in Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-9 starter landed awkwardly after attempting a layup with 6:09 left in the opening quarter and grimaced in pain as he held on to his knee. He was helped by teammates as he went back to the locker room.
“Wala naman nag-pop or anything, pero masakit lang siya talaga,” said Almazan, who was obtained by Meralco in a trade with Rain or Shine last conference.
“Sana hindi naman serious na injury. Maski na masakit siya ngayon, hindi naman maga, pero masakit lang talaga,” he said.
Meralco’s team PT Benj Palarca said the initial diagnosis is strained knee, but to be sure, the former Letran stalwart will undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test either after the game or the next day.
“From that we’ll know (why it’s hurting),” said Palarca.
Since joining the Bolts this season, Almazan has done a great job in providing the needed threat in the middle – something the Meralco lacked in previous seasons.
In the Finals against Ginebra, Almazan is averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds. He left Game 3 with two points and two boards in six minutes of action.