‘Grounded’ Chris Ellis eager to rejoin Ginebra, waits clearance from doctor

Barangay Ginebra high-flying wingman Chris Ellis’ semifinal stint is still up in the air.

Nicknamed “Air Force Ellis”, the 6-foot-4 Fil-American said he has not been doing any on-court drills since suffering from a groin injury on August 14 in the Kings’ 111-105 overtime loss to San Miguel Beer.

“I haven’t jumped since the San Miguel game so I’ve been really trying to get this thing really healed,” Ellis said on Friday night, shortly after Ginebra knocked Alaska out, 109-104 to advance to the PBA Governors Cup semifinals.

“I have a torn groin so I’ve been not trying to do any movement to not mess up my movements.”

The 28-year-old Ellis said he had his latest PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) shot to fast track the healing of his groin.

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But while the Kings have advanced to the semifinals for the first time since the 2014 Philippine Cup, the former Mary Liarden Baylor stalwart admitted missing the games.

The sixth overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft said he is itching to play and help Ginebra reach the championship round since the Kings got swept, 3-0 by Alaska in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.

“I really wished I was a part of it (Ginebra’s quarterfinal win). But definitely it feels good to finally beat Alaska and get them out of our way,” said Ellis, who averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the four games he played this conference.

“The focus now is just San Miguel and try to do the right things.”

Ellis said he has no definitely timetable on his return this conference, saying the only activity he could do at this point is workout on a bicycle.

“Right now, we’re looking at stages. I’m supposed to be able to do stairs without any pain, then graduate to bicycle without any pain, and then you graduate to lateral movement then and graduate to jumping,” he explained.

“But right now, I’m in the bicycle stage. I haven’t had clearance from my doctor.” – Richard Dy

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