James Yap is expected to miss the team’s remaining games in the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup single-round eliminations due to the right calf strained he sustained in Star’s 117-98 defeat to sister team San Miguel Beer on Easter Sunday.
The 6-foot-2 wingman visited renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas’ clinic at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City on Monday.
After examining his right calf and undergoing PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment, Dr. Canlas advised the Star gunner to rest for the next 3 weeks.
“We just came from Dr. Canlas for his right calf strain and he recommended rest and rehab for the next 3 weeks,” Star physical therapist Nick Ocampo broke the news to FOX Sports on Monday.
Ocampo said the 34-year-old Yap was strictly advised to refrain from joining the team’s practice and avoid any basketball-related activities.
“The 1st 3 days, is strictly rest and just pain management. So now, he’s on an immobilizer boot to move around,” he added.
With the 3-week rest, the two-time league MVP is set to miss Star’s last 2 games in the eliminations, beginning this Saturday in Davao City where the Hotshots clash with powerhouse Alaska Aces.
Star’s last game for the elims will be against Mahindra on April 13.
“It’s up to coach Jason (Webb) if papasamahin pa siya sa Davao, maybe, siguro for mere appearance, but if we are to be thorough and conservative, di na siya papasamahin dahil iika-ika kasi si James sa paglakad niya,” explained the Star PT.
Ocampo added that Yap’s case is similar to GlobalPort star Terrence Romeo, who has been out of commission since hurting his calf muscle on March 6 in the team’s loss to Blackwater.
The Star therapist added that should Yap respond well to the treatment, then, he will probably be back come playoffs time, that is, if the Hotshots will make it to the “Magic 8”.
“No guarantees din yan within 3 weeks but yun ang time frame,” said Ocampo.
“Kasi parang traydor iyan, like if James is feeling well and puwede na siya mag-takbo takbo, tapos puwedeng biglang pipitk na naman iyan kapag sinubukan niya tumakbo,” he said.
“So if that happens, then back to zero uli iyan.”
Yap, who already had 17 points through 3 quarters, failed to finish the game against the Beermen. – By Richard Dy
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