Branden Dawson is out 4-5 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. Dawson told reporters that he broke it when he slammed it against a table this morning while or after watching film.
Dawson says he was watching TV clips this morning with the team and got frustrated, slammed hand against table, suffering injury.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) January 23, 2014
Branden said that tears came to his eyes when he found out he'd be out 4-5 weeks because of what this team means to him.— Adam Ruff (@Spartan_Radio) January 23, 2014
He will have surgery Thursday night.
It was last January when Dawson and Adreian Payne got in a scuffle at the hotel. No one one injured, though.
Payne has already missed the last four games with a foot issue, and undefeated Michigan comes to East Lansing on Saturday. So this is probably the worst possible time for the injury. MSU was already playing small, and this makes them even smaller in certain situations. If Payne can play, he'll probably have to be the power forward.
Kenny Kaminski, Alex Gauna and Gavin Schilling will likely play more, and the flexibility and rebounding ability of Denzel Valentine is even more important now. Valentine has at least six rebounds in 10 of the last 11 games. Throw in Keith Appling's wrist injury, and the hits keep coming.
Tom Izzo: "If anybody rips BJ, it will be me. ... If one MSU fan rips him -- one -- give him my number." He is a bit angry right now.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) January 23, 2014