Appling not afforded any rest for wrist

Senior point guard not prepared to miss game time with two other key players out of the lineup. He and Tom Izzo talk about his injured wrist -- the latest of his "bumps and bruises"

In a season with a fluctuating starting lineups, Keith Appling has been the most consistent player announced before each Michigan State game.

Even as he battles a right wrist injury – among other things – the senior point guard has no intention of sitting out.

"We already have two of our key players out," Appling said. "If I chose to sit out who knows what might happen. I just want to do whatever I can to help my teammates win, and continue to fight through the adversity."

Appling originally injured his wrist against North Carolina and appeared to reaggravate the injury against Indiana last week. Following MSU's loss to Michigan, Appling said he couldn't even shoot and hadn't taken part in shootaround before the game.

Forward Matt Costello said after the game "y'all don't understand how hurt (Keith) is."

He participated in practices last week, but was in and out of "certain things."

"That wrist is not great," coach Tom Izzo said. "The number of falls and hits he takes, giving him a week off would help his hip and his body, but it's not gonna help his wrist."

Izzo acknowledged Appling isn't one to sit out practice and he would have to make him. Games are another story as the senior insisted he will be on the floor despite his wrist being impacted by shooting.

"I can't pretend it's not there," he said. "I just feel like my presence on the floor is the main thing. I have to vocalize and lead my teammates and do other things. At the end of the day just shooting doesn't win games."

Appling shot just 3 of 11 from the field Saturday night, but posted a career-high 10 assists.

Izzo said the Spartans held a walk through and film session Sunday instead of a typical practice – something that had more of an NCAA tournament feel to it. Fortunately for Appling, that gave him a little extra rest.

"I feel like basketball you are going to suffer some bumps and bruises," he said. "It is one of the more injuries that has affected me most because it is the hand that I shoot with, but I have had a couple days to rest it so I am going to just see what I can do today in practice."


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