The story of this game was pretty simple: Everyone contributed. From Brian Zoubek's layup to start the game to Jordan Davidson's three-pointer to end it, this was a total team effort, and it was reflected in the plus/minus stats. The starters had the highest total as a group, but they also played far and away the most minutes together. When one or two of them came out of the game, Duke rarely let up, and you can see that in the per-40-minute stats for the top reserves. Coach K didn't use a wide variety of combinations because, thankfully, he didn't have to, but the guys played consistently well together. Here's hoping there's one more game coming just like this one.
Anyway, on to the numbers ...
Jon Scheyer 75-54 (+21)
Nolan Smith 68-55 (+13)
Kyle Singler 75-57 (+18)
Lance Thomas 63-48 (+15)
Brian Zoubek 50-39 (+11)
Miles Plumlee 28-18 (+10)
Mason Plumlee 15-9 (+6)
Andre Dawkins 10-5 (+5)
Ryan Kelly 3-0 (+3)
Jordan Davidson 3-0 (+3)
Per 40 Minutes
Jordan Davidson +120
Ryan Kelly +120
Miles Plumlee +30.8
Mason Plumlee +30
Jon Scheyer +22.1
Andre Dawkins +28.6
Lance Thomas +18.8
Kyle Singler +18.5
Brian Zoubek +16.3
Nolan Smith +15.3
Scheyer-Smith-Singler-Thomas-Zoubek (x7) 43-34 (+9)
Scheyer-Dawkins-Singler-Thomas-Zoubek (x2) 7-2 (+5)
Scheyer-Smith-Singler-Thomas-Miles (x2) 13-9 (+4)
Scheyer-Smith-Singler-Mason-Miles (x3) 12-9 (+3)
Davidson-Dawkins-Kelly-Mason-Miles 3-0 (+3)
Smith-Dawkins-Singler-Thomas-Zoubek 0-3 (-3)
It does highlight how much we will miss Brian and Lance. They are absolutely crucial to our success; our Plumlees are going to have to improve a great deal over the summer, as they very well might, in order to match what we will be losing.
We are very fortunate.
W're also getting Hairston, who could fill a similar role as Mason this year, and hopefully RK can really contribute off the bench in '11
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Duke might go small next year.
Remember, Kyrie is a good PG; I see him getting a lot of playing time next year. No one comes in getting to wear the #1 and ends up riding the bench.
That leaves Nolan, Seth and Andre at the 2 and 3. Nolan has proven himself and IMO will not see less time next year.
Seth, from reports, is lights out, he can play and has the experience so I see him getting a lot of time. If Andre comes back with his confidence and shoots like he has shown he can I see him getting some good time and that forces him to the 3 spot.
6'3" or 6'4" at the 3 next year and if Singler comes back (and I believe the pros will tell him he has things to work on at for the next level) he plays a lot at the 4 again.
Mason has not picked up his defensive assignments quite as well as miles. His block shot was nice the other night, alhtough I wished he had tipped it to himself.
Both have improved every game for a while now.