BONE spurs at the back of his ankle kept Sean Anthony out of NorthPort's game against TnT Tropang Giga on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The Fil-Canadian veteran said he's been nursing the injury even before the 46th season began and was exactly the same reason why he missed out on the Batang Pier's early games this conference.
"It just gradually came on while we were practicing in Batangas just before the start of the conference," said Anthony after the Batang Pier's 102-92 loss to the league-leading Tropang Giga at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym.
"I'm just trying to contribute where I can right now."
TnT coach Chot Reyes said the absence of Anthony along with fellow big man Greg Slaughter was huge for the Tropang Giga.
"I thought we caught a break today because NorthPort was playing very, very good basketball. But the fact that Greg and even Sean Anthony were out today, I thought it was big for us," Reyes said.
Prior to the TnT loss, Anthony was still able to suit up in the Batang Pier's last three games, all of which they won to get back in the running for a playoffs berth.
But even after NorthPort's winning streak came to a halt, the team still remains at the .500 mark with an even 4-4 slate and is very much in the hunt for a quarterfinals berth.
Anthony assured he'll be available to play in the Batang Pier's final two matches against Magnolia on Friday and Rain or Shine on Sunday.
"I'm having PRP treatment for it right now, but I'm good and will play Friday and Sunday," he said. "I'll have it taken out after the conference, and will just manage it in the meantime." (RG)