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Mason Plumlee Dominates Despite Torn Ligament in Thumb

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Mark Dolejs- US PRESSWIRE

The Duke Blue Devils had no problem handling The Maryland Terrapins 84-64 on Saturday. Their star forward, Mason Plumlee, dominated the game with a 19-point and seven rebound outing.

Just an average double-double afternoon for one of the nation’s best big men right?

It may have been more impressive than we thought. According to Jeff Goodman of CBS, the senior Duke standout played the entire game with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Plumlee suffered the injury in the Blue Devils’ devastating 90-63 loss against the Miami Hurricanes last week. He managed to post 15 points and 11 rebounds in that one, all though it isn’t clear exactly when the injury occurred.

Either way, it doesn’t seem like this injury is slowing Plumlee down. He was an absolute beast on the floor today and even managed to put down a reverse, two-handed dunk that had him trending on twitter.

I think it is safe to say that he will be okay. Goodman reported that he will continue to play with the thumb wrapped for the time being. If he keeps posting double figures every time he takes the floor, I highly doubt there will be any drastic measures taken until after the season.

Plumlee has emerged has Duke’s most reliable player, and putting up this kind of production despite an injury is a testament to the guy’s work ethic.

He leads the Blue Devils in scoring (17.3 points a game) and rebounding (11.4). Today’s performance is a perfect reminder as to why Plumlee is a serious candidate for the player of the year.