June Mar Fajardo said the decision to play him longer minutes is all up to San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria come Game 6, as the Beermen look to send the PBA Philippine Cup Finals to a sudden death on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-10 Fajardo saw action for the first time in the championship series on Wednesday, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds as he provided the much-needed emotional lift to his team.
San Miguel went on to post an 86-73 overtime win to cut Alaska’s series lead to 3-2.
Fajardo said he spent his time strengthening his left knee on Thursday just before the team’s afternoon practice at the Sante Impact System in Ortigas to prepare himself for the critical Game 6.
Though there’s no more swelling on his left knee, Fajardo said he’ll be ready any time his number is called.
“It depends on coach Leo,” said Fajardo, referring to the playing time he’ll be given.
“I will just focus on the game so I won’t be tentative with how I move.”
The reigning two-time league MVP said he wouldn’t want to let the opportunity of playing in the Finals pass, especially since the Beermen already turned what was once a one-sided title series into a nip-and-tuck Finals affair.
“I won’t waste this opportunity since there are just two games remaining at the most, if ever,” said Fajardo, who just last Sunday bagged his fourth Best Player award.
By Richard Dy