GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke senior guard Nolan Smith, the ACC player of the year, is questionable for Saturday's conference tournament semifinal after injuring his toe during the second half of Duke's 87-71 win over Maryland on Friday night.
Smith went down with 6:48 left. After receiving medical attention on the court, he managed to limp to the bench and did not return.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Smith's status for Saturday and beyond would not be known until the morning.
"We're concerned," he said. "… We'll see how the other guys step up."
It turned out to be a cruel taste of irony for the Blue Devils (28-4). Star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving was sidelined in December with a toe injury and believed to be finished for the season. Irving created a buzz Friday when he joined the team for the shootaround at Greensboro Coliseum. But he watched the game in street clothes.
Krzyzewski said Irving simply was "going through the next phase of his rehabilitation" in taking part in the shootaround. He also said there is no timetable on Irving's return: "He's progressing very well. – He's not going to magically appear [Saturday]."
Expect Seth Curry to see an increased role at point guard if Smith is unable to play.