I posted this in the Duke thread as part of my extra long post on the matchup so it may have gotten overlooked so here it is again: Apparently earlier today (Monday), Wojo (asst. coach) said in a radio interview: “If we take care of business, we hope to get Ryan back”. Maybe he slipped up, but sounds like he won’t be 100%. And if he is back, he may be rusty. Also, many of the posters on the Duke board seem very worried about his status.
Clearly impacts their height, if they had wanted to put Kelly and both Plumlees on the court to dominate us inside. Without Kelly, reserve F Josh Hairston, 6’7″ has played 21 and 17 minutes the last two games, compared to 6 combined the previous 4 games. In those 38 minutes, he had 8 points and 4 boards, so nothing spectacular. I’d expect them to use their 3 guards more than Hairston though, but we’ll see.
Besides height, what else do they lose if Kelly is out? About 12ppg, 5.5 boards. More importantly I think, he is their #1 3 point shooter by % at 41%. He also has taken the 3rd highest # of free throws on their team. Quite frankly, I think he would have been a matchup nightmare. No other big on their team can spread the floor like Kelly, which opens up so many lanes for the guards, not to mention the shots he hits himself.