Only two minutes and 53 seconds remained in the Magnolia Hotshots’ 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup clash with rivals San Miguel Beermen on Friday evening, but unfortunately, Paul Lee got hurt.
Lee tried to lay the ball up but Beermen import Dez Wells defended his shot. There was some contact, though, and Lee was unable to land properly. His face slammed the floor as he fell.
The 6-foot-2 gunslinger then lost a tooth — just like in Game Three of the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup between Rain or Shine and Talk ‘N’ Text.
“Tumama yung mukha ko kaagad eh.
“‘Yun lang’ yung naramdaman ko. ‘Yung ngipin talaga ‘yung tumama,” said Lee.
Lee, though, was able to check back in with 8.6 seconds left as the Hotshots looked for the game-winning bucket.
“Medyo dizzy lang nung una, buti naka-recover nung medyo naka-pahinga. Pero medyo nag-istart na kumirot,” he said.
Unfortunately, Magnolia lost, 89-90, snapping their three-game winning streak and dropping them to 3-2 in the standings.
“Napag-usapan namin na hindi naman made-determine ‘yung championship run with just one game. So mahaba pa ‘yung conference. Marami pa namang games,” said Lee while wearing a surgical mask.
Lee — who finished with 22 points built on five treys in the defeat — has no complains. He now plans to have an appointment with the dentist to have his tooth repaired immediately.
“Break kami tomorrow, pahinga muna, then just go to the dentist tomorrow,” said the eight-year pro out of University of the East.
“Dentist lang ulit, okay na ulit. Balik na ulit sa dati.