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Top pick Joshua Munzon sidelines for six weeks after dislocating finger

Joshua Munzon will be out for six weeks after dislocating his finger against the Magnolia Hotshots. PBA Media Group

Terrafirma's 2021 PBA season woes continue as top rookie pick Joshua Munzon will be out for at least six weeks after dislocating his left pinky in the Dyip's 83-105 defeat at the hands of streaking Magnolia on Friday.

The Fil-American wingman went down hard while going for a layup during the early goings of the third period, leading to his injury.

Munzon left the game for good after that incident, finishing with just five points, three steals and two assists. He shot just 2-of-9 from the field.

"I would have wanted to pull his left pinky back because I had a similar injury like that before. But it is what it is. I was told he'll be out for about six weeks," Terrafirma coach John Cardel bared on Saturday.

The silver lining, he added, was Munzon didn't injure his shooting hand.

"Joshua may have hit his left pinky on someone before hurting it. But at least, it wasn't his shooting hand," he added.

The Dyip are just one of two winless teams in the ongoing 2021 PBA Philippine Cup after falling to 0-3. The Blackwater Bossing occupy the cellar with their 0-4 record.

Terrafirma has been hit with the injury bug this conference as guard Gelo Alolino is also out with a sprained knee, while Christian Balagasay is suffering from a sprained ankle.

Still, Cardel refuses to throw in the towel, aware that the Dyip still control their own playoff destiny.

"We still have eight games to go. I have been telling my players that we simply need to execute and follow what we have from our scouting report. And even though we're also hit with injuries, we believe we are capable of winning," stressed Cardel.

Terrafirma only has 48 hours to turn things around since that 22-point beating at the hands of Magnolia as it faces skidding Rain or Shine on Sunday.

The Elasto Painters have dropped their last two games since opening zooming to a 3-0 record to start the season.

"Man for man, we know Rain or Shine is more superior than us but we know we simply need to play consistently on defense," he added.