Seth Curry’s health has been in question lately with a sore shin, but he silenced skeptics with his performance against No. 3 Kentucky on Nov. 13. Curry’s 23 points, and 50% shooting from the field, helped carry Duke over a strong Kentucky team with a final score of 75-68.
Curry’s leadership was on display as he overcame a questionable shin injury to lead all scorers in the game, and he schooled the young Kentucky team. His counterpart, Julius Mays, only managed 7 point in 37 minutes, and shot 2-for-8 from the field. With Mason Plumlee on the bench in foul trouble, Curry was able to guide his team. Curry took matters into his own hands drawing a foul on Archie Goodwin and putting the Blue Devils up 66-61 at the charity stripe. When Kentucky answered with 2-points of their own, Curry responded with a layup to hold off the Wildcats surge and keep Duke up by 5 points with just one minute left to play.
Curry showed the rest of the NCAA that he, and Duke, are a legitimate force in 2012-13. Curry’s poise was remarkable down the stretch, and the young guys around him can rely on his leadership every game. He answered any questions about his health with an exclamation point on the biggest stage, prime time, against a top 3 team in the country.
Curry showed off his ability to score both driving in the paint and throwing up a floater, and squaring up for 3-pointers. Curry shot 3-for-5 behind the arc scorching the nets. Curry also showed his experience on a play where he met big man, ans shot blocker, Nerlens Noel in the post with an up and under play that caught Noel in the air on the up fake.
Curry scored 10 points in the final 8 minutes of the game with Kentucky fighting back. Without Curry’s late performance the Wildcats could have pulled off the comeback win, as they had cut the lead to 3 points with just over 3 minutes to play. We will see how Curry continues to play, but at this point it appears that his “injury” won’t disrupt his game play.