Creighton guard Grant Gibbs isn’t one to make excuses.
Ask him about the thumb injury he’s been battling for more than two weeks, and Gibbs will say it’s no big deal.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott has a different take after watching Gibbs score just four points and miss 3 of 4 shots from the field in the Bluejays’ first two games.
“It’s bothering him more than he’s leading on, and he got it caught again tonight in the first half,” McDermott said after Creighton’s 96-70 win Monday over Missouri-Kansas City. “That’s why we didn’t play him much in the second half.”
Gibbs jammed the thumb on his left (non-shooting) hand in Ctreighton’s Nov. 1 exhibition game. He aggravated the injury in the first half against the Kangaroos, and played just six of his 20 minutes in the second half.
“He’s not totally himself,” the coach said. “Grant’s been a guy that has saved his best for the biggest games, and he seems to defer a lot in games like this. He’s old enough that I’m not too worried about him. I think he’ll be ready for Saturday.”
Gibbs, who has a dozen assists in the two games, downplayed the sore thumb, although he admitted it’s the type of injury that is difficult to get healed.
“I’ll take tomorrow off and keep icing it,” Gibbs said. “It’s one of those things you can’t go through practice without catching the ball and getting it hit. “
He said he has not had X-rays on the thumb.
“It’s not broken,” he said. “It’s just a sprain.”