Fewer minutes? No way says Appling

Senior point guard not prepared to take less minutes to get more rest against Georgetown.

While a pair of players have been missing from Michigan State's lineup lately because of injuries, point guard Keith Appling has continued to play in spite of a lingering wrist injury.

Eying a nonconference game against Georgetown on Saturday, it would make sense for Appling to see his minutes reduced – given that coach Tom Izzo said he "looked like death" last week.

Don't tell the senior point guard that, though. Appling has no intentions of slowing down, even if Izzo brings up the idea.

"I don't want to play less minutes," Appling said. "If he did say something to me about that, I don't think that conversation would go too well.

"It's basketball, you're going to get a little tired. It's a long season."

The senior is averaging almost 38 minutes per game in his past seven games.

He acknowledged how close his wrist gets to 100 percent by the end of the season depends on breaks between games, but that doesn't change his stance on playing time.

"I wish I could play all 40," he said.

Appling has been wearing a brace on his right wrist when he isn't playing to stabilize it.

"It's just so I won't use it off the court," he said. "So I won't aggravate it anymore than I already do when I'm not playing."

Not one to look for attention, he prefers to keep the brace hidden around campus.

"I cover it up so nobody can see it," he said. "I don't want nobody to feel sorry for me. Not at all."


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