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Coach K says Ryan Kelly unlikely to play much vs. Lehigh


Mike Miller

Duke’s Ryan Kelly missed the entire ACC tournament because of a sprain in his right foot, but he’s finally healthy enough to play a little in the NCAA tournament. Just don’t expect to see him play a ton against 15-seed Lehigh.

The junior continues to receive treatment for his foot. He hasn’t practiced since injuring it last Thursday.

“There’s steady progress,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said, via ACC News Now, “but not good enough as of this morning where I would have confidence in putting him in a game except maybe to shoot the free throw or handle maybe a possession or two in an end-game situation.”

Kelly, a 6-10 forward, is crucial to the Devils’ offense for his ability to play a “Stretch 4.” Without him last week, Duke’s offense sagged to 59.5 points in two games and hit just 37 percent of its field-goal attempts.

Tip-off Friday is at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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