Dillinger hopes hamstring injury not serious, wants to play in Game 3

Meralco wingman Jared Dillinger is keeping his fingers crossed that the injury on his right hamstring won’t be serious.

The stocky Fil-American hurt his right hamstring shortly after intercepting the ball from TNT rookie Troy Rosario during the 1:06 mark of the fourth quarter. He managed to score on a layup, before waving his hand towards the bench and asked that he be subbed out.

“I’m not sure what happened with my leg,” said Dillinger, after emerging from the dugout. “We’re going to find out tomorrow (Friday) and get it checked up on to see how severe it is, and hope for the best.”

Curiously, Dillinger said he already felt something wrong on his legs during their pre-game warm-up.

“I could tell it with my shots. My shots were short. I wasn’t sure what’s going on. But whatever the injury is, I’ll find out tomorrow,” he said.

Good thing though, Dillinger had a sigh of relief as the Bolts managed to be just the second team to beat the Katropa in the conference, reducing the semifinal series to a race-to-two-wins affair.

The left-handed Dillinger chipped in eight points.

“I think the most important thing is we got the win and I’m happy for that,” he said. “We’re struggling a little bit but we won. It’s all that matters.”

Treating their huge win over TNT as a confident-booster, Dillinger assured he will be back in Game 3 on Saturday.

“I’ve played with worse. It’s just a matter of the doctors’ recommendations, whether I listen to them or not, a lot of pain killers, a lot of drugs. We’ll see what I can do,” he shared. – Jason Mercene

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