Seth Curry, as everyone is now quite aware, has not been practicing very much this season. A lingering right leg injury that kept him out for the entire preseason has limited him to one or two practices per week, but this week he got an added boost from something that was a negative in almost every other way.
With Duke out of Wednesday night’s game at Miami somewhere between the 14- and 10-minute mark of the first half, Mike Krzyzewski was able to get Curry out of the game and rest him a bit more than he otherwise would have. The extra few minutes of rest — Curry still played 22 minutes on Wednesday — gave him the opportunity to squeeze in another practice that he may not have had.
“[Curry is] one of our best players. He did practice on Thursday and we took him out of the Miami game early because we were getting killed,” Krzyzewski said. “Because of that, we were almost already prepared for the next game. He felt good enough to practice on Thursday and I think it really helped us. Any time he can practice that day, we are going to get better than if he didn’t practice.
With Curry in the fold for one extra practice, the team got a better sense of how things would work on the court and to develop some continuity at practice. He responded with 32 solid minutes, scoring 13 points with four rebounds and two steals.
Offense is all about continuity and the more that Duke can develop that aspect of its team, the better off it will be without Ryan Kelly.