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Disappointed Raymond Almazan undergoes MRI test for knee injury

by Reynald Magallon, January 12, 2020 10:23pm

A visibly disappointed Raymond Almazan emerged from the dugout of the Meralco Bolts as he left the Big Dome to take an MRI test on his injured left knee on Sunday.

"Sobrang disappointed nga ako ngayon eh naiyak nga ako sa dugout kasi kung kailang finals, physically and mentally ready naman ako, so nangyari yung ganto," said Almazan

The 6'7" center was brought back to their dugout after limping in pain following a bad landing at the 5:55 mark of the opening frame. Almazan apparently hurt his left knee and sat out the rest of the game.

"Di ko alam talaga alam kung anong nangyari feeling bigla na lang sumakit feeling ko naman wrong foot yung bagsak parang kumalog yung gilid ng tuhod ko," recalled Almazan who's still favoring his left foot while walking out of the Big dome.

Almazan was hopeful that the tests would bear positive results.

"Never ako nagkainjury sa tuhod eh ngayon lang. Hopefully, di ako nainjury para makabalik ako sa series kasi gustung-gusto ko maglaro," said Almazan.

As much as the Bolts slotman wanted to return to the game, he felt helpless as his team struggled to defend the likes of the Japeth Aguilar and Justin Brownlee without him manning the paint.

"Naiinis man ako wala naman ako magagawa eh sobrang kailangan ako eh malaki pa matutulong ko sa team namin hopefully makabalik ako sa Game 4."

Despite his early exit to the game, the Bolts was able to weather a thrid quarter storm form Ginebra and was even close to pull off a come-from-behind win, if not for the timely hits of Brownlee and Aguilar.

The Kings took Game 3 and now have a 2-1 series lead with Almazan still questionable for the next games.

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