Monday, January 18, 2010

Early report: Singler probable for N.C. State

The preliminary report on Duke forward Kyle Singler's injured right wrist is good, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday morning.

Singler hurt his wrist when he crashed to the ground after being fouled by Wake Forest's Tony Woods late in Sunday night's 90-70 Blue Devil win. Singler went for tests after the game and wasn't available for comment, but Krzyzewski said the wrist was stiff rather than sore.

Krzyzewski said Singler is likely to be listed as probable for Wednesday's 9 p.m. game at N.C. State, but said he will have more information later in the day when the team meets for practice.
By extending his arm when he fell, Krzyzewski said, Singler probably averted a more serious injury to the wrist. The initial tests showed no fractures.

"The way he landed saved him from having a broken wrist," Krzyzewski said. "That's why as we do the games, we have to always be careful about protecting an airborne player. You never want to see anybody get hurt. . . .We're not that deep anyway, but if you lose Kyle, you're losing one of the best players in the country."

Ken Tysiac