Louisville Basketball: Center Gorgui Dieng out with Broken Wrist
It appears that Gorgui Dieng will miss some more games for the Louisville Cardinals.
U of L spokesperson Kenny Klein announced Sunday night that the 6'11" junior has a broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist.
Dieng received his injury after taking a charge in Friday night's game against the Missouri Tigers. He then missed the Battle of Atlantis championship game against Duke in which Louisville lost 76-71.
Louisville will know the exact amount of games Dieng will miss after he visits a hand specialist Monday.
Dr. Samual Carter of Louisville Orthopedics said of a scaphoid bone break:
Treatment of scaphoid fractures depends on the type of fracture and the activity level of the patient. Non-displaced fractures, where the two fragments did not move away from each other, can usually be treated in a cast. The closer the fracture line is to the thumb, the higher the rates of healing. The cast will usually include the thumb, and often will be below the elbow but occasionally will extend above the elbow. Some scaphoid fractures will require up to three months in a cast to heal.
In Saturday night's game against Duke, Zach Price and Stephen Van Treese stepped in for Dieng and played fairly well.
Price, who started the game, had four points and three rebounds against Duke's Mason Plumlee.
Van Treese had eight points and eight boards off the bench.
Will Louisville be able to overcome the loss of Dieng?
The Cardinals missed Dieng's presence underneath against the Blue Devils. Louisville coach Rick Pitino relies heavily on his guards to pick up the slack on defense.
Dieng will likely miss the Memphis and Kentucky game, but should be ready for Big East play.
Pitino will look to freshman Montrezl Harrell to play at the 5; at 6'8" he has the same arm span as Dieng: 7'3".
Harrell is young, but brings a lot of intensity. With him and sophomore Chane Behanan underneath, the Cardinals won't miss too much in the rebounding department.
What Louisville will miss the most is Dieng's blocking and passing ability.
He has worked the entire offseason working on his passing skills and gaining strength.
Since he has been at Louisville, Dieng has gained around 50 pounds.
This is a hard thing for Louisville fans to swallow since their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater also broke his wrist Saturday against UConn.
The good news is that Louisville still has some depth and don't have the hardest schedule the next couple of weeks.
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