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Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 7:35 am
 

Mike Krzyzewski announced early Wednesday that Kyrie Irving will miss an indefinite amount of time because of a toe injury suffered last week during Duke's win over Butler. The Hall of Fame coach then expanded on the development after the Blue Devils beat Bradley late Wednesday and said his freshman point guard "could be out a long time."

Asked if Irving could be out for the rest of the season, Krzyzewski said: "He could be. He could be."

"It's a serious injury," he added. "I can't say anything more because we are learning information, but it is serious."

The top-ranked Blue Devils are 9-0, and games against Saint Louis (Saturday), Elon (Dec. 20) and UNC-Greensboro (Dec. 29) are all that's left before they open the ACC portion of their schedule against Miami on Jan 2. In other words, rushing Irving back isn't necessary. Duke will remain undefeated even without him for a while barring a massive letdown. The first formidable road game won't come until the Blue Devils visit Florida State on Jan. 12.

So the immediate future is simple.

But can Duke's longterm goal -- i.e., a national title -- be achieved without him?

That's the question Krzyzewski doesn't want to be forced to answer but one he acknowledged he might have to late Wednesday. The McDonald's All-American was averaging 17.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds through eight games, and he had established himself as a serious National Player of the Year candidate while shooting 53.2 percent from the field, 45.2 percent from 3-point range and 89.6 percent from the free throw line. Irving got 31 points last week against Michigan State. Multiple NBA scouts have told CBSSports.com that they'd take him No. 1 in June's NBA Draft.

That said, Duke can still be good without Irving.

To deny that would be wrong.

All-Americans Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler are still on the roster, you know.

But there's little debate that Irving had already transformed into the Blue Devils' best player, and how many teams in modern history could lose their best player for the season and remain on track to win a national championship? Answer: Not many. So the next 10 days will be huge for Duke and the rest of the nation in general. If tests show that rest and rehabilitation could have Irving back in late December or early January -- or anytime, really -- then Duke should remain the consensus favorite to cut nets in Houston. But if the news is more grim then things will open up, and Ohio State, Michigan State, Kansas and several other schools will suddenly have more realistic dreams of winning the NCAA tournament then they would've had otherwise.

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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

Thanks, coward....Smile


douggie
Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 6:21 pm
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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

AWESOME, DOUGGIE! AWESOME!!


douggie
Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:04 am
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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 11:00 pm
 

Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

Oh, I'm not denying it. Only cowards like Douggie do "cowardly" things.... I left the Duke board because $duke$ said he'd leave the UNC board if I would do the same on the Duke board... So I did. $duke$, however, can't seem to live up to his end of the deal. Typical Duke fan...



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

It's funny how you Dukies pop up after your first title in 9 yrs. Where have you been since '01?

Right here. I have been on these boards for almost 3 years watching you make a jackazz of yourself.

You were on the Duke board (along with all the other Duke hater's) yapping about how the game has passed Coach K by, and that they will never win another Championship, and that he cant recruit anymore. Yeah, you were one of em'. Go ahead and deny it, coward.

Of course that was until last year, when you vowed to never return to the Duke board again. What a shame you were not there to admit you were wrong.




Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 7:36 pm
 

Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

"Another quality post by those who have no idea what they are talking about."

That's the pot calling the kettle black.... LOL!Smile


douggie
Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2010 2:50 pm
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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 11:44 am
 

Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

Doubleotts... It's funny that you would compare film trailers to actual trailers. My guess is you're more familiar with the latter... Hopefully, Coach Rat won't have to come up with any excuses with KI out as the season progresses. God knows Coach Rat doesn't have to take some time off. I'd hate for him to have to throw another asst. coach under the bus if the season comes crumbling down... As for Duke, not that impressed. Nice win over a K State, but only a 5 pt. win over a very overrated MSU team AT HOME, not to mention Duke shot 23 more FTs than MSU. Also, a bit of a struggle with a Butler team that is a dud this year. Can you say FLUKE? Had Mack been able to continue to play, I think the outcome may have been different considering it was 60 - 57 when he left the game.... It's funny how you Dukies pop up after your first title in 9 yrs. Where have you been since '01? And for the record, $duke$ did a great job with the lights. You should see if he'll hang your lights... Merry Xmas!!!Smile



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2010 10:44 am
 

Duke's Irving out indefinitely with toe injury

What happened to, "We don't report every little injury like some other schools"? First the announcement of Singler's knee issue, now this? Nice to see Coach Rat Face is also a hypocrite.


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