Duke Basketball had their first open practice session of the NCAA Tournament earlier today and beforehand, Coach Mike Krzyzewski and various players met with the media.
Among the questions asked were those wondering about the health of Ryan Kelly. According to Coach K’s comments, it’s looking unlikely that the junior forward will be able to suit up for many, if any, minutes tomorrow evening.
Krzyzewski says Kelly has made “steady progress” but that “it’s not good enough to where I would have confidence in putting him in a game. Maybe to shoot a free throw, or a possession or two in an end-of-game situation.”
Andrew Jones, veteran ACC reporter for Fox Sports, had an even more grim outlook.
Just watched Duke’s practice and there is no way Ryan Kelly plays this weekend. I wonder how much he’ll go next weekend.— Andrew Jones (@AJonesFoxSports) March 15, 2012
However, Duke has shown the ability to adapt recently, last season with Kyrie Irving’s injury and return and this offseason replacing Irving, Nolan Smith, and Kyle Singler yet still having the country’s 8th most efficient offense. Mason Plumlee told Shawn Krest of @CBSSportsDuke
“We’re a lot further ahead than we were at the ACC tournament, a lot more fluid. We had a good week. We’ll be a lot more fun team to watch than we were last week.”
The Blue Devils should be able to get by Lehigh but the deeper they get into the tournament, the more they will need Kelly.
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