PBA Philippine Cup

Hobbled by back spasms, TNT veteran Kelly Williams ‘doubtful’ for Game 2

Delfin Dioquino
Hobbled by back spasms, TNT veteran Kelly Williams ‘doubtful’ for Game 2

UNFORTUNATE. Kelly Williams (center) hurts his back after another double-digit performance for TNT.

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Kelly Williams stills needs to see a specialist, says TNT team manager Gabby Cui on the eve of their Game 2 clash against Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup finals

The chances of veteran Kelly Williams suiting up for TNT in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday, October 22, seem bleak after being listed as “doubtful” due to back issues.

Williams needed to be stretchered out of the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga at the end their 88-70 Game 1 win over Magnolia on Wednesday as he endured “extreme back spasms.”

“Kelly was released from the hospital but he still needs to see a specialist. Doubtful for tomorrow,” said TNT team manager Gabby Cui.

The former PBA MVP looked fit as a fiddle in Game 1 as he delivered 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Head coach Chot Reyes suspected that Williams strained his back in the third quarter following a botched dunk attempt.

Williams headed to the bench with six minutes left in the third quarter and did not return as TNT completed the lopsided win.

Missing four semifinal games due to health and safety protocols, Williams has been a key contributor for TNT, averaging 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.3 steals in four games since his return. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.