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Irving’s toe still befuddling Duke, doctors


Looking for an update on Kyrie Irving’s toe? Good luck. Thirty-three days after he injuring it, Duke’s still trying to figure out just what exactly is wrong with it.

That’s where this comprehensive blog post by the Fay Observer’s Dan Wiederer comes in.

He details the latest news – doctors had a conference call Thursday discusses the results of a CT scan and an MRI – Irving’s state of mind via Twitter and why the freshman point guard hasn’t had surgery yet.

“It’s a combination of things,” Collins said. “There’s a ligament and some bone in there that have been damaged. And from what we’ve seen, it’s a very unique injury. It’s a form of turf toe but it’s a little more severe than that. It’s been hard to explain in layman’s terms. But because it’s in the ball of his foot, that’s a really dicey area. That’s where you do all your cutting and your jumping. And that’s where you do all of your pushing off from. That’s what’s made this all the more delicate. I don’t know that the injury has an exact label. If it has a name, I don’t know what it is. But it’s something that we need to make sure gets healed correctly before Kyrie even thinks about playing. Because otherwise he could have more problems down the road.”

Duke’s hoping Irving can avoid surgery, both for their season and for Irving’s hoops future. The No. 1 Blue Devils have gone 6-0 without him and with the ACC competition starting to sag, there’s no rush for that. Mostly, they’re hoping for the best of all possible scenarios.

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