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Come on Dukies, don’t you want to see Coach K do this again:
It’ sometimes hard to look at a team you are a fan of with an eye that isn’t biased. When they lose it’s hard not to be a fatalist, when they win it’s difficult to not think they are world beaters…but I shall try.
Last nights debacle really shouldn’t surprise anyone, Duke has been less than stellar in road games, and honestly every team that has believed that they can beat Duke on the road has beaten Duke on the road or gotten within a possession of it. Duke is a very difficult team to assess when it comes to post season play because they are so erratic. I’m not a KenPom type of guy. I could give a rats ass about that stuff (no offense). To me the best indicator of how a team plays is watching them, numbers are just numbers. Looking at how a team handles adversity, to me, is a much better judge and indicator of future success and failure. Duke has had a mixed bag of it, prone to losing leads on the road to me shows a lack of a leader out on the floor and a lack of fortitude. Duke has captains but I’m not sure how vocal those captains are, most of us are on the outside looking in, all we see is what happens on the floor. Sure you want your captain to grab a guy buy the jersey and pull him into the huddle or get in his face and explain things, but you also want your captain to lead by what he does on the floor – to make smart plays and be tough. It’s easy to mean mug and slap high-fives and show emotion when things are going well. I want to see a guy show that same emotion when things aren’t going well. Too many heads were down, too much standing around and not enough FIGHT. Duke has lacked that on occasion, and last night Wake as just quicker to the ball, they made shots, but more over they fought, they fought for loose balls, they muscled Duke and they TOOK the game.
Duke didn’t seem to understand or be able to execute for long stretches against the Wake zone…which makes me shake my head because they’ve seen it a million times this year. It should be old hat at this point. If you are a team that doesn’t play defense for 40 minutes then you cannot be a team that doesn’t play offense for 40 minutes. @TheDevilsDen pointed out on twitter that Duke has had leads of 6 on Kansas, 7 on Arizona, double digits on Clemson, ND, and UNC and 7 on Wake Forest in the second half. If you are going to try to out-score rather than stop then the offensive droughts that Duke has had of late are signals that this could be a 3 game season for the Devils. Hell, if they play like last night they will have plenty of time off to reflect on that lack of toughness and leadership.
I haven’t written this team off but I also have to come to terms with the fact that as high as the ceiling is for this team, the floor can go just as low in the opposite direction.
Very poor performance by a team coming off of a long break that was supposed to be filled with working on things but what translated to a team that was completely lost on both sides of the floor. Out hustled and out hearted. I wont go into stats but what I will go into is how this team completely falls apart offensively. Guard play for Duke has been a serious issue as of late and more often than not Duke ends up depending on long jump-shots which as fans we all know is a recipe for disaster.
Having offensive meltdowns is something that a lot of teams can overcome because they get stops, well, Duke does not do that at a high enough clip to make up for a 5 minute offensive drought. You have to give Wake credit for hitting shots and outworking Duke who just didn’t seem like they ever arrived.
Stats wise (I know I said I wouldn’t, so I’ll keep it short) Duke really wasn’t that far off. Turnover wise they lost by 5, rebounding they won by 2. Free throws however, 12 makes to 25 for Wake Forest.
Duke has be tougher, simple as that heart isn’t something the coaching staff can infuse, it is something you need to bring to the table, you cannot phone anything in this time of year. At this point of the year freshmen are sophomores, sophomores are juniors and so on. No excuses at this point, Duke has played in close games, they’ve played in tournaments. It’s time for those experiences to to yield fruit.
I tweeted earlier my thoughts:
It’s very simple for Duke going forward. Get tough or get beaten. Champions are not prima donnas but primal. Each player needs to sack up!
I love my team but losing to a team you are supposed to be better than is a little troubling for fans when that’s sorta how tourneys work.
2014 Duke Commits Mixtape | Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen & Jahlil Okafor via @IowaElites
A little something to smile about after this Wake debacle, the future is bright!
Hard to believe his Duke career is coming to a close, but congrats to the local homie for putting it down for Duke and leaving his mark on the program. Here is an @dukeblueplanet video hosted by Tyler Thornton.