Waiting game begins as Rob Dozier no longer bothered by injury

Now moving without pain since hurting his left plantar fascia over a month ago, import Robert Dozier is merely waiting to be activated by the Alaska coaching staff with 3 games left on the Aces’ schedule on the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations.

The former Best Import said his return is something they haven’t really been talking about, though what’s important is the progress he’s making as he recovers from his injury.

“It’s (left plantar fascia) better, each day, it keeps getting better and better because there’s no pain now,” Dozier told FOX Sports after the team’s practice on Thursday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.

The 6-foot-8 Dozier said he isn’t joining the team in its trip to Davao on Friday afternoon as he continues to work out and strengthen his left foot.

One thing going for the Aces though is the renewed intensity he’s seeing in practice.

“I know they are in a 2-game slide, but that can happen in the season,” said Dozier, best remembered for leading Alaska to the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup title.

“They’ve been practicing with a lot of intensity these past week and I think the guys are back with their normal selves,” he added.

The Aces will be facing the back-against-the-wall Star Hotshots (4-5) on Saturday in their out-of-town match, hoping to snap their 2-game slide and resume their bid for a top 2 finish in the eliminations.

Tournament format states that the top 2 finishers in the eliminations will earn twice-to-beat edge entering the quarterfinals.

Shane Edwards has done a splendid job serving as Dozier’s replacement after averaging 25.2 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 steals in 7 games so far.

After Star, Alaska will face league leader Meralco on April 7, before facing NLEX at the close of the single-round eliminations on April 15. – By Richard Dy

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