Marcio Lassiter feels frustrated for not being able to play to the best of his abilities in the last three games of San Miguel's Philippine Cup semi-finals series against Phoenix.
The Filipino-American swingman got hobbled by back spasms that forced him to sit out Games Three and Four and played sparingly in Game 5.
Lassiter averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the first two games of the best-of-seven series.
"I always wanna be on the court. I don't usually miss games," Lassiter said. "Usually I can play through injuries but this is probably the only time I really got injured that I had to sit out."
He is happy though to see Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Von Pessumal step up in his absence.
"I feel like its bittersweet because it's great to see Matt Rosser step up, Von step up, a lot of guys who don't play a lot but were able to make some plays and prove that they can play," he said.
"It was really good to see them. And at the same time I can cheer for them as they always cheer for me. It was great."
Lassiter is thankful that the semis series is finally over, giving some time to recover before the Beermen start its bid for a fifth straight All-Filipino championship.
Lassiter and the Beermen await the winner of the other semi-final between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and Magnolia Hotshots.
"I'm glad we were able to win tonight (Game 5) so we can have some time to rest and recover," said the 31-year-old. (JB)