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Curtis Kelly relishes experience with Magnolia: 'I enjoyed playing for a family'

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Goodbye, Curtis Kelly? (0:50)

Curtis Kelly may have played his last game for the Magnolia Hotshots in a crushing 86-84 loss to the Blackwater Elite. (0:50)

Curtis Kelly churned out another underwhelming performance in Magnolia's 82-84 loss to Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday, leaving his status with the Hotshots in doubt.

In a foul-plagued night, Kelly finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks, but turned the ball over six times during the match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

In fact, the 30-year-old big man wasted away their most crucial possession after counterpart Henry Walker stripped him clean that led to the JP Erram layup that tied the count at 84 with 27.2 ticks remaining.

Walker ultimately breezed through Kelly on top of key in the penultimate play and soared for the game-winning dunk on Rafi Reavis with a little over three seconds remaining.

Should the Hotshots elect to give him the pink slip, the New York native is ready to accept it.

"I don't know what the future holds for me in the Hotshots but I'm very thankful for the opportunity and whatever they decide I'm all for it," he said.

In his debut, Kelly put up 19 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists but shot only 3-of-12 from the free throw line in a heartbreaking 96-99 defeat at the hands of Rain or Shine last Saturday.

That doesn't seem to be enough to salvage his campaign in the PBA after playing in Europe. But regardless of the management's decision, Kelly said he's happy to play for a "family."

"My experience went pleasant. I enjoyed playing for a family. The team I played for prior to coming here in France was nothing like this as far as management and players," he said.

"Here its more like family -- they took care of me, they looked out for me. I appreciate everything they did for me. Like I said I don't know what the decision is, I don't know what's gonna go on, but Im extremely thankful and I'm blessed to be here. I came from an eight-month season, came out here and tried to make the best out of the opportunity to provide more for my family."