ATHENS — There was a reason Kenny Gaines played less than half of Georgia’s last game, and it wasn’t just because he was on his way to his first scoreless game in three years.
Gaines is dealing with an injury to his right, shooting hand, head coach Mark Fox said on Monday. It’s not bad enough that Gaines will have to miss any games, at least right now, and Fox downplayed it when asked how much it would impact Gaines’ defense.
“It shouldn’t impact his defense. It shouldn’t have any impact on him at all, to be honest with you,” Fox said.
Fox didn’t say how long Gaines (who wasn’t one of the players available to the media Monday) has been dealing with the injury. But his minutes and points have been down the past three games, starting with 21 minutes and seven points in the win over Auburn on Feb. 6, then 24 minutes and eight points in the loss at Kentucky.
The Mississippi State game was the first time since Gaines’ freshman year that he was held scoreless in a game that he played. Georgia didn’t need Gaines last Saturday, as it won at Mississippi State, 66-57, in a game it led at one point by 22.
“We held him out some the other night. It’s one of the things we’ll just have to manage the rest of the year, I’m sure,” Fox said. “Any kind of ding, whether it’s a bruise or whatever, you’re gonna have to manage an injury.”