Duke Basketball: Seth Curry's Leg Injury Could Be Major Problem for Blue Devils

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 13:  Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils drives past Julius Mays #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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So far, so good when it comes to senior guard Seth Curry and an injury to his right leg that has been bothering him for more than two months (h/t Charlotte Observer).

Curry has been able to suck it up through Duke's first two games of the season, averaging 32 minutes and 19 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field and behind the arc.

But can he keep it up?

Coach Mike Krzyzewski knows that it could be only a matter of time before Curry has to sit down, saying, “He will not be completely well (this season). The thing is how much can he play without getting the injury worse.”

So it comes down to Curry's threshold for pain, and I'm certainly not going to sit here and say that he can't play the entire season at a high level.

Like I said, so far, so good when it comes to Curry and his leg, but it begs the question: What happens if Curry can't go? 

Tyler Thornton, Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon can't replace Curry's veteran leadership on the court, and while the three of them are talented in their own right, they can't provide what Curry delivers on a nightly basis.

Duke simply cannot afford to be without Curry for any length of time.

If that means Coach K needs to adjust his rotation slightly and cut a few minutes off of Curry's load to lessen the risk of aggravating the injury, so be it.

Curry is simply too big a piece of the puzzle for the Blue Devils to take chances with him.