According to CBS’ Gary Parrish, Indiana forward OG Anunoby will miss at least two games with an ankle sprain, which he suffered in the late stages of last night’s crucial win over #3 North Carolina.
One thing to note: the missing word. That would be “high,” as in “high ankle sprain,” which coach Tom Crean feared might be the diagnosis. Of course this tweet doesn’t mean OG doesn’t have a more significant injury, and doesn’t rule out a high ankle sprain, but it is encouraging.
If the more severe high ankle sprain is the culprit, we can expect to be without Anunoby for at least a month, if not more. Robert Johnson suffered one in February last season and wasn’t the same for the remainder of the season. On the other hand, if it’s the typical kind of sprain, the recovery is far simpler and faster.
Hopefully the injury does turn out to be relatively minor. Missing only two games would give OG one cupcake’s worth of tuneup before IU faces Butler in the Crossroads Classic, and boy would it be nice to have him back – and healthy – for that. Long term health is more important for OG and for this team, though, so let’s not rush him, okay?