Mike Krzyzewski didnt really implement major changes in his basketball teams approach until after it played a couple of games without senior forward Ryan Kelly.
The coach wanted to see what his team looked like with Josh Hairston and then Amile Jefferson starting in Kellys spot in the lineup and exactly what his teams new weaknesses and strengths were. Like any good manager, Krzyzewski needed a certain amount of data before determining the best ways to push forward.
Before Kelly injured his foot in a victory over Clemson a couple of weeks ago, he was a true stretch-four -- a 6-foot-10 forward capable of playing on the perimeter, taking his man on the dribble and getting some work done down low.
Nobody else on No. 5 Dukes roster has the ability to simulate what Kelly provided, so as Duke went through myriad disjointed looks offensively and breakdowns defensively in losses at North Carolina State and Miami and a victory over Georgia Tech, the Hall of Fame coach was developing a pla...