BERKELEY – California sophomore guard Jabari Bird sustained a foot injury and is questionable for the Bears’ game against Montana on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. PT at Haas Pavilion, head coach Cuonzo Martin announced before practice on Tuesday.
“Just during the game, it’s just a foot injury right now, and we’ll go day-to-day and see how he progresses,” said Martin. “He didn’t say exactly when [the injury occurred] but just that he felt sore, felt a little pain, but that was after the game.”
Bird was in a walking boot on Tuesday, though Martin said that he’s had plenty of players wear a boot one day and play the next.
In Bird's stead, if he can't go, Martin said he would start either Sam Singer or Roger Moute a Bidias. if Singer starts, he and Tyrone Wallace will both play the point, to some extent.
“[Singer] and Tyrone will both bring it up – whoever gets it off the glass,” Martin said. “They understand both positions, so it won’t be a big deal. Both of those guys do the same things. It depends on what play we run – one guy might be in a different position – but they do the same things. They both get it off the glass. I think the great thing about having both of those guys out there is having two good decision makers, and two guys that can push the ball in transition and put pressure on the other team’s defense.”
Bird has started each of Cal’s first six games and ranks fourth on the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg. The guard ranks second on the team and 15th in the Pac-12 with nine three-point field goals this season, but he's been very inconsistent during his sophomore campaign.
Bird has been a bit hit-or-miss this season, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting against then-No. 23 Syracuse, then just five points on 2-of-8 from the floor against then-No. 10 Texas, followed by a season-high 18 points against Cal Poly and then just four points on 1-of-9 against Fresno State on Sunday. Bird’s rebounding has also sagged a bit from the beginning of the season. In the first three games, Bird piled up 13 boards, but over the past three, he’s pulled down just four.
The Golden Bears (5-1) play host to the Grizzlies (2-3) on Wednesday, before traveling to Nevada on Sunday, Dec. 7, for a 1 p.m. PT contest with the Wolf Pack at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.