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Duke Blue Devils Benefit From Return of Seth Curry in Win Over Temple

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Curry returned from missing action with an ankle injury to deliver a monster game, helping the Duke Blue Devils hand the Temple Owls their first loss of the season.

Curry has been bothered by with ankle issues for the better part of the season, forcing him to miss significant practice time with the Blue Devils. He managed to tough through the pain before sitting out his first game of the season against the Delaware Fighting Blue Hens on Dec. 1.

Without Curry, Duke still managed to knockout the Fighting Blue Hens with a 38-point blowout victory giving the senior guard some time to rest after an incredible first month of the season.

Curry returned with a vengeance against Temple delivering 23 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field including five three-pointers to go along with three assists. His shooting stroke showed no rust (like a member of the Curry family’s stroke ever would) after the time off, with Curry appearing to gain confidence as the game progressed, finishing with 13 points in the second half. The senior missed only one of his six attempts from the field in the second frame.

He showed no sign of being concerned about the ankle during the game as Curry wasn’t afraid to jump in front of oncoming opponents to try and take a charge. Late in the second half with Duke up double-digits, Curry was called for a block that appeared to be closer to a charge and quickly bounced back up. Minutes later Mason Plumlee set a screen at the three-point line that led to Curry draining his fifth three-pointer of the contest. He then ran back down the court, and on the next Owls possession, forced them to take a charge as Curry stood his ground on the defensive end.  He quickly bounced up with a big smile on his face, as the Temple turnover drew a much larger reaction from the senior than his deepest three-pointer of the night.

Curry showed his effective and experience on both ends of the court in his return from injury. More importantly, he delivered a friendly reminder to the nation why there’s a lot more to fear about Duke than just Plumlee.

Michael covers the ACC and Big East for Rant Sports, you can follow him on Twitter @MichaelxRoberts