Spartans Need A Healthy McQuaid For The Long Haul

Spartans Need A Healthy McQuaid For The Long Haul

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Spartans Need A Healthy McQuaid For The Long Haul

Michigan State’s senior swingman, Matt McQuaid, will miss a second straight game due to a thigh bruise. It’s better to get McQuaid healthy now even it makes life more difficult for the Spartans over the next week.

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Am I allowed to say that it is a 100% slam dunk certainty that Michigan State would have beaten Louisville if a healthy Matt McQuaid had played in the game?

Am I also allowed to say that Matt McQuaid should not play until his thigh bruise heals and allows him to be at full strength over the long haul even if his absence makes life very hard for this Michigan State team?

For the second straight game, McQuaid won’t travel with the team to Rutgers due to the thigh bruise he sustained against Texas in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Before the game at Louisville, Tom Izzo spoke of how McQuaid has a “bad bruise that bled a little bit and swelled up.”

I bruised my arm last night opening a can of beer while leaning against a wall and I need someone else to control the remote control for me due to the pain – and my bruise hasn’t “bled” or “swelled up.”

These guys go through so many injuries that none of us are ever even aware of over the course of what is a grueling schedule against athletes who are incapable of bruising themselves while opening a can of beer.

I’d like to think that Michigan State can win at Rutgers without McQuaid.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of talk about how deep this team is but Izzo might have more balance and depth than he’s had in quite a while.

And if the Spartans can’t handle Rutgers in tonight’s Big Ten opener, Izzo has bigger problems than McQuaid’s bleeding and swelling thigh bruise.

The next two games on the schedule after the game at Rutgers are going to be battles.

Monday night, Iowa comes to East Lansing for another early Big Ten matchup.

The Hawkeyes are #14 in the AP Poll and #15 in the Coaches Poll after an impressive 5-0 start and even though the game will be played on December 3rd, it’ll feel like a February 3rd game.

Then, next Saturday afternoon, Michigan State travels to Gainesville to face Florida.  The Gators are 4-3 in the young season but nothing about that trip will be easy.

Would both of these upcoming games be “easier” with McQuaid out on the floor?

Probably.

But the more important need is for McQuaid to be healthy when the season really gets to its grind and a nagging thigh bruise that bleeds and swells won’t be good for anyone.

McQuaid is as important of a player on the team when we consider that he’s probably the team’s best defender, he can score in a variety of ways, he can play the point, and his overall presence as a veteran is as valuable as anything that’s quantifiable.

So what’s the point of all of this?

Even if it makes the next week more challenging than it has to be, a healthy McQuaid in February is more important than, say, beating Florida on December 8th.

Best case scenario – Izzo’s team is 8-2 by the night of Saturday, December 8th and Matt McQuaid’s thigh doctor is saying that the thigh won’t bleed or swell up ever again.

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