On Monday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wondered if guard Keith Appling might be better off taking an extended break in the final weeks of the regular season to rest his sore right wrist rather than risk making it worse and missing the postseason. By Tuesday morning, Appling knew that wasn’t going to be necessary. “I woke up and, when I drove to class this morning, I was able to drive with my right hand, so at that point I knew I was kind of getting over the hump a little bit,” Appling said after practice Tuesday. “When I got to the gym I was able to dribble and shoot and do some things. It’s getting there. It’s coming along. “I was very excited (this morning). It put me in a really good mood and started my day off perfectly. It’s finally progressing the way I want it to.” Appling played for the first time on Sunday against Nebraska after missing the previous three games and struggled at times with the wrist. It was enough to make Izzo wondering about holding the senior out. But Appling believes he has reached a breakthrough after being able to dribble, pass and shoot without limitation and said there was no question he would play Thursday at Purdue, or any game after that.
Michigan State's Keith Appling plans on playing vs. Purdue Thursday
Detroit News | Feb 19