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|Duke guard Kryie Irving hasn't been in the Blue Devils line-up since Dec. 4. Could he be back for the NCAA tournament?|
Injured Duke point guard Kyrie Irving could return for the Blue Devils' NCAA tournament opener, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday night. Krzyzewski said Irving practiced "a little bit" with the team Tuesday, but he won't know for a few days whether the freshman will be available for the top-seeded Blue Devils' West Regional opener against 16th-seeded Hampton on Friday in Charlotte.
"There is a chance that he would play," Krzyzewski said.
The coach added that if Irving does come back, he won't start, would see only limited minutes and wouldn't be on the court for extended periods of time.
"You don't want to get where he gets hurt and hurts something else because you extend him past" his limits, Krzyzewski said. [...] "I'm going day by day, because I never expected him to be where he's at today," Krzyzewski said. "This is like uncharted waters."