San Mig's Marc Pingris defends Rain or Shine's Paul Lee. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – After being initially given the green light to play in Game 5, Marc Pingris might opt to sit out the San Mig Coffee-Rain or Shine finals match if his eye does not fully heal.
Pingris got accidentally poked in the eye by Rain or Shine’s JR Quinahan, while going after the ball in the third quarter of Game 4 on Friday. This sent the San Mig power forward crumpling down in pain.
The incident forced him out of the game and into the dugout for treatment.
"It's just an abrasion over the right cornea," said San Mig team doctor Raffy Sanchez in the PBA website. "He was just given anesthetics and antibiotics which were dropped into the eye. In 24 hours, he'll be okay. He'll feel better tomorrow (Saturday)."
But Pingris, who could not join the team practice on Saturday, told Spin.ph’s Richard Dy that he keeps his eye shut most of the time.
"Nagluluha pa rin yung kanang mata ko," he said. "Na-scratch kasi yung mata ko kaya may sugat. Saka naka-pikit lang ako madalas."
Meanwhile, Quinahan apologized over the eyepoke, citing that it was merely an accident.
The Rain or Shine center said he was going after the rebound when the accident happened.
"Wala akong napansin na tinamaan ko siya (Pingris). Nag-a-agawan kasi kaming tatlo (with Rafi Reavis) nun sa rebound," Quinahan said in another Spin.ph story.
"Nakita ko na lang na nakatumba siya. Di ko rin naman alam ano ang nangyari. Saka kung anuman, di ko intensyon na saktan siya," he added.
San Mig, which enjoys a 3-1 edge against Rain or Shine in their best-of-seven finals, will try to close out the series on Sunday.
A win in Game 5 will give the Mixers their 11th championship since joining the PBA in 1988.
A title victory will also grant coach Tim Cone a 16th championship, which will break Baby Dalupan's record for most title wins in the league.