Malik Monk was on his way to a breakout game vs Michigan State, but that was cut short due to a hand injury suffered in the first half.
After Monk hit four three-pointers in the game’s first 15 minutes, he then went to the sideline to be examined by trainers with some kind of injury on his hand. It happened as he was guarding Joshua Langford, and after swiping at the ball, Monk began favoring the hand let and appeared to let out a loud expletive, then tried to go straight to the bench on a fast-break attempt before coming back in on the ensuing defensive possession.
Monk left for about three minutes of game time while being examined by trainers before returning to the game, but missed his final two shots of the half. He was 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-6 from three for 14 points with just under before leaving the game. His last made shot came at the 6:12 mark and the Kentucky Wildcats leading 26-14.
Malik Monk. Damn. He's a big time player! So much for freshmen not being ready for the big stage. #readyforthespotlight— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 16, 2016
This issue doesn't look like it will sideline Monk since he returned to finish the first half and start the second half,
but it may affect him offensively. We will update his status if any more details come out.
Monk is fine. He finished the game and didn't seem to have anything wrong with the hand in the second half.