With Meralco taking a 2-1 series lead in the Finals against Barangay Ginebra, Fil-American wingman Jared Dillinger is not going to rush back and rejoin his teammates as he tries not to disrupt the Bolts’ chemistry in the championship round.
“Guys are stepping up and playing really well so the old saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. I’ll do what I can on the side,” Dillinger said, as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury he suffered in the semifinals against TNT.
Still, the stocky guard/ forward said he’ll serve as a veteran voice and will help his teammates in any way he can, especially now that the Bolts are two wins removed from winning the franchise’s very first PBA title.
“The team is playing well and all the games are pretty close, back and forth and everyone in the coaching staff are really talking and if it gets to the point that they need me, then I will go out there and play,” he added.
“It’s difficult. It’s Finals. Of course, it’s special so of course you’ll do what you can to be as good as you can be to play.”
The Bolts hammered out a 107-103 win against the Kings on Wednesday in Game 3, but Dillinger warned his teammates against being complacent as they head to the crucial stretch of the series.
“It (Finals) ain’t over. Those guys (Kings) are going back into the drawing board and (will) make adjustments and they’re gonna give their all in Game 4. It’s nowhere closer from being over,” he said.
“It (2-1 series lead) doesn’t mean anything. It means absolutely nothing to be honest.” – Jason Mercene
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