The Louisville-Butler basketball game Saturday may be tough to watch.

And not because the game will only be broadcast on

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Comes word Wednesday that Peyton Siva has incurred an ankle sprain, probably doubtful for the game at Indianapolis. We’ve had a preview of what this team looks like without Siva (when he sat out with the concussion) and it wasn’t very pretty.

A couple of days after Mike Marra was diagnosed with an ACL tear and declared out for the season.

They’re adding up again, folks.  Rakeem Buckles, Stephan Van Treese and Wayne Blackshear, all of whom were expected to be ready to go when the season began, are recuperating, still recuperating. 

What’s up, Fred Hina? (trainer)

All these players may have great attitudes and get along well, but the challenge of developing any kind of team chemistry becomes more difficult every time a player goes down.

All these reminders of seasons past, the painful effect of injuries overlapping from one to the next, having an impact on one’s attempts to remain optimistic about the road ahead.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

6 thoughts on “Pain equals no gain for Louisville basketball

  • November 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

    This is getting ridiculous. It has to have something to do with training/workouts. 8% body fat? Gotta be something the trainer/Pitino are doing since you don’t see this at any other school.

  • November 17, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I understand he came down with his foot on Justice’s foot. I sprained my ankle the same way in college. Of course I wasn’t on scholly. And I was on crutches for a week with a dorm room on the fourth floor and no elevator.

    • November 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      cbcard, my son is in a boot right now, having incurred the same injury in the same way. Foot blew up like a balloon.

      • November 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        If I had helium balloons I could have gotten to my room much easier.

  • November 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Badly sprained ankle suck. First time a coach has ever gotten hurt demonstrating a layup. Sounds like something that would happen at UofL.

  • November 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    This is getting old. Time to win something.

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