Kyrie Irving: How Will Irving's Return Affect Duke's Title Hopes?
Kyrie Irving Returns to Duke's Active Roster, How Will He Impact the Blue Devils' Title Hopes?
Duke Blue Devils' point guard Kyrie Irving has been out since early December with an injured toe, but according to head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the talented freshman will be take the court against the Blue Devils' first-round opponent.
Irving won't be starting, and according to both the coach and the player, he won't be playing many minutes early in the tournament. But, can he still have a significant impact on the Blue Devils' title hopes?
Even if Irving didn't play a second of the Blue Devils' first two tournament games, odds are good that Duke would still make the Sweet 16 with little difficulty, and his return to the lineup means that they're a virtual lock to advance to at least the regional semifinals.
But, the further the Dukies go in the Dance, the more impact Irving will have. With him in the lineup and healthy, the Blue Devils were more or less unbeatable, and he provides them with the depth and talent to make them the title favorite everyone thought they'd be.
Even if Irving is 90 percent of the player he was in the season's early-going, he's more than enough to make Duke a virtual lock for the Final Four.
Of course, at the same time, there's a chance he struggles mightily in his return to the court. If that happens, Duke could actually be hurt by Irving's presence.
However, given what we saw out of Irving and the Blue Devils in the early season, expect him to make a major difference in the Madness.
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