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Ginebra awaits Thompson’s MRI results, rests Malonzo

Scottie Thompson is set to undergo MRI after suffering a left knee injury in Ginebra’s PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup win over Blackwater, Sunday.

The former league MVP couldn’t walk properly while making his way out of the Philsports Arena in Pasig, but still hopes that he suffered nothing serious.

“Medyo hindi ko matupi,” he admitted to reporters moments after their 90-87 come-from-behind victory. “Baka maga pa or something.”

Thompson writhed in pain at the 3:59-mark of the second quarter after opposing big man Bradwyn Guinto inadvertently landed on his left knee as he tried to secure the rebound after hauling down RK Ilagan’s missed jumper.

He managed to get back up on his own but not after a moment on the floor as he tried to assess the hurt part. The 30-year-old guard even went to the free throw line as Guinto got called for the foul, making one of two.

Still, he opted not to sit out, eventually finishing the game with seven points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block in 40 minutes.

“Kanina after, may na-feel akong iba pero ayokong i-hinto agad kasi gusto ko mapakiramdaman,” he said. “Nung halftime, medyo sumasakit na. All adrenaline lang talaga ‘yung nangyari kaya medyo nag-alalay din ako.”

“But, ‘di ko pa alam. Sabi ng mga PT namin, papa-check. So far naman, sa tingin nila, nothing serious. Sana,” added the eight-year pro.

Thompson’s concerning knee is another blow to a Ginebra side that didn’t have Jamie Malonzo against the Bossing due to lip and wrist injuries.

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The high-flying winger suffered those during the Kings’ 107-102 win over Rain or Shine last Friday, which was also his first game back from a back injury.

“Jamie had that bad fall in Friday’s game. He has a fat lip for landing on his mouth, and he hurt his wrist when he was falling. The wrist was the reason why he didn’t play tonight,” said head coach Tim Cone.

Ginebra won’t play until next Sunday against Terrafirma still at Philsports and the Barangay hopes to have Malonzo back, all healed up.

“Jamie is gonna need a day or two more to let the swelling get down on his wrist but we’re targeting that he’ll play on Sunday,” the champion mentor said.

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