Everyone check your calendars.
Is it December 25th? No? I don't believe you.
Seton Hall, its fans, and Sterling Gibbs have received a critical early Christmas present in the form of a hyperextended and bruised knee instead of any serious ligament damage.
Here’s the word on Sterling Gibbs: "Hyperextension and bruised knee, out 1-2 weeks." Best possible news for Gibbs & Seton Hall— Jerry Carino (@NJHoopsHaven) December 16, 2013
As Jerry has put it, this is the best possible news for all parties. Seton Hall has avoided what could have turned out to be a disastrous preface (I prematurely wrote on that here) to the remaining two-thirds of the 2013-14 season. Instead of missing a Pirateship full of games and a lengthy rehabilitation process, Gibbs (16.1 ppg, 4 apg) will miss 2-4 games based on today's diagnosis. Fuquan Edwin (Eastern Washington) and Patrik Auda (Lafayette) are expected to be back in action prior to Sterling's re-entry to Seton Hall's lineup.
With Pirate Nation collectively holding its breath since early Saturday afternoon, Sterling tweeted that his injury was "nothing serious" just prior to the release of his specific injury. While vague, this appeared to rule out anything more than a Grade I sprain, but still left doubt as to Gibbs' return date.
Now, Seton Hall fans will begin counting down the days until Sterling returns to the court, much like they are counting down the days until Christmas.