Greer Smith: Curry expected to return for Duke against Georgia Tech
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski announced one piece of good news for the Blue Devil faithful on Monday,
The ankle injury that Seth Curry suffered in the closing minutes of the N.C, State game on Saturday isn’t severe and that Curry will likely play against on Thursday when Duke plays host to Georgia Tech.
Curry went down with less than four minutes to play against the Wolfpack. He went to the locker room and didn’t return.
“Seth’s injury was a slight sprain to his left ankle,” Krzyzewski said during a conference call. “There wasn’t a lot of swelling after the game, and yesterday it looked pretty good.”
Krzyzewski said Curry would not practice on Monday but that “unless something else happens, he will be available for Thursday.”
The news concerning injured senior forward Ryan Kelly wasn’t as rosy.
Kelly reinjured his foot last week against Clemson and was on crutches Saturday. Krzyzewski didn’t say how long Kelly might be out.
“He was on crutches on Saturday and has been on crutches to relieve the load on his foot,” Krzyzewski said. “We’re hopefully he’ll be back at some time. We don’t want to put a time out there, where he’s trying to compete against a time rather than. . .make sure we’re taking care of an injury.”
Another area of concern for Krzyzewski is the play of freshman Rasheed Sulaimon, who has been in shooting slump and had his worst night against State by going 0 for 10 from the field.
“Really since coming back after Christmas, he hasn’t played well in all aspects of his game,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s played OK but he hasn’t come close to playing the way he was. Sometimes, especially with a younger player, if the ball is not going in, it can have adverse effects on the rest of your game, and that may be what is happening with him.
“He’s not finishing, And when you finish or get fouled, you have to be stronger so you can go to the line. Then you see the ball go in and it helps with your jump shot.”
HEELS GET A SMALL BREAK
North Carolina does return to action until it plays host to Maryland on Saturday. The lack of a weeknight game serves as the Tar Heels open date during the ACC schedule and comes after they played their most complete game of the season in beating Florida State last Saturday, according to Roy Wiiliams.
“We made some shots, made some stops, rebounded the ball and got lucky,” Williams said. “Florida State is a really good team. It’s strange because last year we had a gifted team and lost by 33 down there and this year we were able to sneak in and score a couple more points than they did.”
Williams thought improved rebounding was a big factor as the Tar Heels avoided starting 0-3 in the league.
“We’ve been rebounding pretty well, but I thought we needed to emphasize it even more so down there,” Williams explained. “We did try to emphasize it for one day in practice and one meeting and talked it about it quite a bit.
“We were on the edge of the cliff, not the fiscal cliff everyone wa worried about, but we were on the edge. I think our guys had a much greater sense of urgency against Florida State than we’ve had in long time.”
Another team suddenly trying to right the ship is Maryland, which suffered its second conference loss Sunday night and plays host to N.C. State on Wednesday.
One of the sore spots for the Terps is point guard.
“There’s two area where we’re not playing very well, point guard and (power forward),” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “It’s not going to change overnight. It did change overnight from good to not so good but we are addressing it.. .Our point guard play hasn’t been good enough. It’s been pretty obvious the last two games. But a lot of areas haven’t been. That’s why we went 0-2.”
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