Glenn Robinson III diagnosed with bone bruise, Nik Stauskas has sprained ankle

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Charlotte 63, Michigan 61 - 5Michigan’s 63-61 loss to Charlotte in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off was disheartening, but perhaps even more worrisome than the loss itself was the injuries suffered by two of Michigan’s most important players, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas. (Photo: Sanjiv Gupta)

Robinson went down late in the first half after a hard foul, hurting his back. Stauskas twisted his ankle about midway through the second half and was in obvious pain the remainder of the contest.

During a press conference today to recap his team’s performance at the Tip-Off, John Beilein addressed the two injuries, but admitted he and the rest of the coaching staff are still in wait-and-see mode.

“We didn’t do anything since we came back,” Beilein said. “We stretched, we lifted, we watched video, we took yesterday off. So I’ll know more. But we’ll see. Both of them had some pretty good injuries.”

When asked if either injury is expected to be long-term, Beilein said he didn’t think they were, but as far as the two players’ availability for Michigan’s game against Coppin State on Friday, “I’ll know more probably after tomorrow’s practice.”

If either injury is long-term, it would be a significant blow for the Wolverines. Stauskas is currently playing 85.3 percent of available minutes and is also the team’s highest-usage player, finishing 23.6 percent of Michigan’s offensive possessions according to Kenpom.

While Robinson’s production hasn’t been what many expected at this early point in the season, having him available is critical because he is capable of guarding and rebounding as a stretch four. Robinson frees up McGary to play his more natural position, and their chemistry is undeniable when they share the court. Robinson’s backup, Zak Irvin, struggled against Charlotte and isn’t necessarily best suited to play the four position.

Much is still unknown about the injuries to two of Michigan’s most important players, but at least we have some more specific terms. Robinson has a “bone bruise” in his back, according to Beilein, while Stauskas has an ankle sprain — though we don’t know it’s severity or whether it’s a high or low ankle sprain.

Beilein was cautiously optimistic regarding the relative seriousness of the injuries, but noted the two would obviously be limited in practice.

“I don’t think it’s significant but there’s swelling (in Stauskas’ ankle),” Beilein said. “So you just never know until he gets out there, so we’re treating it cautiously. Both will probably do very little today if anything.”

  • mistersuits

    Doooooooom!!

  • Justin

    GR3 has a long ways to go. McGary and GR3 benefited so much from Trey last year…GR3 has yet to show anybody that he can create his own shot on a regular basis against high level competition and if he can’t do this…He will not be a successful SF at the NBA Level…He has great athleticism, a good body and good genes and that may be it… He has the most to prove, right behind him is Irvin who I think in time has a chance to be real good but needs to come to play right now as a top 50 player.

    • guestavoe

      Tons of SF in the league who can’t create their shot in the NBA who are successful…. They call them 3 &D player which GR3 could be great at…

      • Kam

        he needs to get a consistent 3 point shot if he wants that. and in my opinion he’s only a solid defender.. I don’t think he’d be successful at the NBA level right now.

        • guestavoe

          He isn’t playing in a NBA defensive scheme, how can you judge his defensive capabilities?

      • Justin

        he isnt a good 3-point shooter and I don’t see that happening overnight either. Daddy was a better driver than a shooter…If I’m GR3 I’m working on creating my own shot…and he isn’t even that good on d…his foot speed isn’t great on the wing. He is an above average college defender and that’s it.

        • guestavoe

          How would you know? He hasn’t even played an adequate amount of games to determine if he is a good long range shooter. I’ll take the opinion of pro scouts over your eye test.

          • Justin

            Mr. Guestavoe….well believe me his stock is slipping and if this play continues he will be projected as a late first round pick at best…If his numbers stay the same. He will likely be back next year or take the Timmy Hardaway approach and just depart even though his best bet is late first…Scouts are getting more of a look at him clearly…and sometimes the longer and harder you look at a college prospect…they go down…How do I know, I know a number of head/asst coaches at the division 1 level. I’m not a troll or a slap! how do you know?

          • guestavoe

            Your stock can’t slip when they aren’t even 5 games into the season.

    • arsenal926

      In all honesty, GR3 has the perfect skill set for somebody drafted in the 14-22 range. He won’t be expected to be a franchise player, doesn’t need the ball in his hands, has the athletic potential to become an above average defender, and doesn’t have any flaws with the mechanics of his jump shot.

      As far as Irvin, he has proven he can get his shot off at any point on the court and plays above average defense. (aside from freshman mistakes such as not switching on screens) The start of his season reminds me a lot of THJ sophomore year where he just lost confidence. Hopefully its just a matter of time before his shot starts falling, but I’m convinced he’ll have a great career at UM.

  • bill

    I had a bruised bone in my back and it took about 4 weeks to heel enough to play. If he has a similar injury, that would be a big blow for the non-conference schedule.

    • Kam

      haha The difference is the training staff he has is most likely far greater than the one you had if at all

      • bill

        Agreed, but we did have a pretty good training room. lol

  • Justin

    BTW, it appeared that he landed on his tailbone…I did that a couple times in HS and could barely get up and down the floor for a week. Bad feeling. Possibly a bruised tailbone.

  • Blue Basketeer

    Not as bad as it seems, actually, as long as they’re back healthy by January. Of the games we have left this year, we’ll still win the ones we would have won even without them, and we would have lost the ones we’ll lose, even with them.

    Figure a 7-5 non-conference start. Not good, but it is what it is. We’ll just have to hope we find some kind of cohesion and momentum in the Big Ten season.