Quotable Tigers: The James Mays Injury

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Clemson forward James Mays, speaking on his recovery from a hip injury:

On if the time off has allowed his back to get better:

"It has. I was on crutches for a while, so I couldn't really walk. It's given me time to allow stuff that has been nagging me to heal. Everything is great, except for the hip. It feels better each day, though."

On how his hip has been feeling:

"I've been in the pool a lot to help with my leg. Some of that stuff has helped with my conditioning a little bit. I'm able to ride the bike a little bit. For the most part that's what I've been doing."

Is it range of motion that causes problems for you?

"Lateral movement is probably the worst thing. That happens to be one of my best assets when I'm playing defense. That's the toughest thing to do right now, move from side to side."

K.C. Rivers

On what Clemson has learned without James Mays in the lineup:

"We have to buckle down even more. Some guys have to be accountable for doing more than they've been doing. Especially with the rebounding department. We still need to establish our post area, so we can create some more for the perimeter problems. The key is to come together as a team. With him gone right now, I wouldn't necessarily say we're small. We're not quite as strong with Mays out of the lineup. Sykes is doing a good job of picking it up, though."

Coach Oliver Purnell

On injury situation:

"Sam Perry has practiced the last three or four days. He should be good to go. James Mays is still questionable. He's been going through shooting drills, but we'll do more contact stuff with him today (Monday). He's moving better and is jogging. We want to see what he can tolerate. Hopefully a little more each day.

"We still have some time before we play against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. The optimistic way of looking at it would be to have him play in that opening game, then a little more each day after. Obviously we have to take it day by day though. We have to figure out what he can tolerate, through live action in practice."

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