Did The Return Of Irving Affect Duke's Chemistry?

A discussion about Kyrie Irving's return for Duke. Was it a good or bad idea to re-introduce him into the lineup so late in the season?

I had a discussion with a friend about the affect of putting freshman Kyrie Irving back into the lineup for Duke after a three and a half month layoff because of a toe injury.

I said that Duke was a mature enough team to handle his return and believe that Mike Krzyzewski has been around long enough to get a great sense of whether or not re-introducing him into the lineup prior to the NCAA Tournament.

My friend disagreed.

He thinks Irving's return spoiled the chemistry between the other players on the court. 

There are valid points for each arguement.

Senior starters Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith had terrible shooting nights in Duke's loss to Arizona in the sweet 16. Singler, 7-of-11 from the field. Smith 3-of-14. Could that have been a result of disrupted chemistry. Possibly.

On the flip side, Irving scored a team high 28 points, off the bench, and is obviously back to playing the way he had been playing at the beginning of the season. He also played 31 minutes. The most of his three NCAA Tournament games. However, it didn't affect the minutes of Singler, Smith and Mason Plumlee who all logged more minutes. I just think Duke ran up against a buzzsaw with Arizona.

There are TONS of valid points on each side of the debate.

Coach K said the other players welcomed back Irving with open arms and while we might never know what was actually going through the minds of the Duke players... it's fun to debate the topic.

What do you think?

 

 

 

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  • by Will Davis Location: NC on Jul 7, 2011 at 09:43 PM
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  • by Kevin Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 26, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    Ummm, 7-11 is NOT a terrible shooting night. Singler shot fine, and ended up with 18 on 7-11 shooting. If anything, he didn't shoot enough. Nolan, on the other hand, stunk it up. I have no doubt it affected Nolan. He had the ball in his hands all year, and in the last game, it was in Kyrie's. That forced Nolan to play a role he hasn't been in since December, and it showed. Having said that, I don't think it matters. It's kind of hard to beat a team that shoots 60% from three, and 54% for the game overall. No one would have beat Arizona that night. Too bad they didn't save some of it for UConn, lol.
  • by Kevin Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 26, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    Ummm, 7-11 is NOT a terrible shooting night. Singler shot fine, and ended up with 18 on 7-11 shooting. If anything, he didn't shoot enough. Nolan, on the other hand, stunk it up. I have no doubt it affected Nolan. He had the ball in his hands all year, and in the last game, it was in Kyrie's. That forced Nolan to play a role he hasn't been in since December, and it showed. Having said that, I don't think it matters. It's kind of hard to be a team that shoots 60% from three, and 54% for the game overall. No one would have beat Arizona that night. Too bad they didn't save some of it for UConn, lol.
  • by Barry Location: Fayetteville GA on Mar 26, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    I think it messed up the chemistry because Nolan Smith was use to playing point guard. He was the one that the team ran the offence through. When they were loosing he would do an ISO and either take his man one on one or pass it out to either Dawkins or Curry. Nolan Smith needed to be the main one with the ball during the most of the game. The one taking the most shoots and running the office. Although Kyrie Erving did have a great game; but I truely believe that if Nolan Smith had 28 points in the game Duke would have won. Because Nolan Smith points would have brought energy to the team and he would have had like 7 big assists to go along with his points.
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