Will Belga be able to return from injury this conference? There's a slim chance

Injured big man Beau Belga still has a slim chance of rejoining the Elasto Painters should they make the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup playoffs.

Rain or Shine dropped to 2-6 overall following a stinging 91-82 loss to Meralco on Sunday. Belga watched the game from the bench due to a plantar fascia injury on his left foot.

"Doctors estimate Beau to be out for at least two weeks because his plantar fascia was already torn on his left foot. So if we can make the playoffs, at least he has fully recovered from the injury and can (rejoin the team)," Rain or Shine physical therapist JD Calinawan told ESPN5 on Monday.

Calinawan explained that doctors rejected the idea of injecting anesthesia so Belga could play because it will only prolong the healing process of his left foot.

"Now, he's just doing therapy and then medication because the plantar fascia, once it's torn, then it's torn and all you need to do is let it heal. Then he's on the way to total recovery," he added.

Belga had his best game for the conference when he tallied 21 points, lacing it with a perfect 8-of-8 shooting, to go along with 12 rebounds in Rain or Shine's 120-98 spanking of NorthPort last Wednesday.

Aside from Belga, Calinawan's job has been tough as a therapist as he also had to attend to import Terrence Watson, who suffered a nasty cut above his right eye during the team's match against NorthPort, along with backup big man Jewel Ponferada.

"Terrence's good now because the stitches will be removed already by Tuesday," Calinawan said.

Ponferada, meanwhile, has a mild sprained ankle but he managed to play through it against Meralco.

Rain or Shine has just gone through a tough stretch of playing four games in eight days. After a 0-4 start, the team chalked up victories against Barangay Ginebra on October 13 in Lucena followed by the win over NorthPort.

The Elasto Painters then dropped a shocking 100-84 decision to lowly Columbian on Friday before another defeat to Meralco as the team fell to 10th place in the team standings.