Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 1/8/13
DURHAM, NC --- Duke senior forward Ryan Kelly re-injured the same right foot on Tuesday night that kept him out of the ACC and NCAA Tournaments last spring. Kelly, who scored 12 points in the first half of top-ranked Duke's 68-40 victory over Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium, didn't play in the second half, a decision made by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski after learning his third leading scorer had hurt his foot in the first half. "We don't know the extent," Krzyzewski said. "It's the same foot. He'll have to do a cat scan, x rays and all of that, but we don't know the extent of the injury. As soon as we find out (Wednesday), we'll put some word out. We're hopeful that it's not real serious. But for precautionary reasons we felt it wasn't good to play him in the second half." A 6-foot-10 forward capable of draining perimeter shots as well as taking the ball to the basket, Kelly was removed from the game with 56 seconds left before halftime and the Blue Devils leading 25-10. He re-entered, however, with 33 seconds left when Duke had re-gained possession of the ball. Krzyzewski put the Raleigh native back in without knowing he had already suffered the injury. The staff doesn't believe any added damage occurred during Kelly's last stint on the court. "I don't know the moment," Krzyzewski said. "I thought towards the end when we put him in for the last play (of the first half), when we had the last play to get shooters in for the last shot, one of the assistants told me, His foot's hurt.' And I had already put him in "That's when I found out about it, so something must have happened in the last couple of minutes in the first half." A three-year starter, Kelly had been playing the best basketball of his Duke career. He totaled 40 points in Duke's previous two games, including 22 points in 18 minutes (he fouled out) versus Wake Forest last Saturday. Kelly, who averaged 11.8 points per game a season ago, is averaging 13.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per contest so far this season.
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