Smith opt for day-to-day as heading for Finals against Beermen


After a sizzling hot performance against Kings on Saturday, Joshua Smith said he has opted for day-to-day basis as KaTropa are heading for finals facing San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

6-foot-9, 330-pound Smith, tore off his ligament in his right big toe while playing TNT’s Game 3 Semifinals against Ginebra. But he was unshakable in Game 4 where he supported TNT with 18 points in the victory of 122-109 score.

When asked if he will be able to play the Finals against SMB on Wednesday, he said –

“I have no idea,” “We’ll go to practice on Monday, and we’ll see but right now we’ll take it day-by-day.”

In the Game 3, Smith played for only about 10 minutes where the TNT lost to Ginebra 125-101, however in Game 4 he smashed 8-of-11 from shooting in 21 minutes. He told his mates that he had two options when he injured his foot –

“It was either I just go home or try to play one more game with them.”

TNT head coach Nash Racela widely admired Smith for his efforts.

“I think he sacrificed a lot for this game, I know he’s hurting and I don’t really know what extent but knowing how important this game is, he decided to play,” said Racela. “He said ‘I was hurting, but it will hurt me more if I don’t play,’ and that’s the heart of a champion.”

The maven also appeared in Sunday’s practice giving hope to team that he’s ready to take on SMB on Wednesday in the championship round of PBA 2017.

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