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Ryan Kelly injures foot in Duke’s blowout victory over Clemson

Jan 8, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

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Duke forward Ryan Kelly was injured in the first half of the Blue Devils’ 68-40 win over Clemson Tuesday night and will undergo a CAT scan and x-ray tomorrow to see the extent of the injury, Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer is reporting.

Kelly injured the same foot last season, a setback that kept him out of games in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

One of the major questions for the Blue Devils, despite being the No. 1 team in the country, is their depth. If Kelly misses any significant stretch of time, it could further thin out the bench. With No. 20 NC State on the horizon Saturday, results of Wednesday’s tests could significantly change the Duke gameplan.

In the event of Kelly’s absence, freshman Amile Jefferson and others on the Duke bench could see more playing time. Kelly has consistently been a forward who can draw defenses away from the basket, which opens up opportunities down low for big man Mason Plumlee.

Kelly played well in the first half against Clemson before injuring his foot, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-2 from three-point range. He also added six rebounds.

Duke went on to dominate Tuesday night in Kelly’s absence, with point guard Quinn Cook bearing the majority of the offensive load. Cook finished with a career-high 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the floor.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

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