Curry productive despite lack of practice
Posted March 1, 2013
Durham, N.C. — Getting to play for Duke without running wind-sprints and suicides is a self-described player's dream for Seth Curry.
"Yeah, that was a joke when I said it was a 'player's dream,'" laughs the senior guard. "Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) kind of made a joke about that in our meeting."
Even with the smile, the pain the senior has struggled through for months in his right shin is no laughing matter.
"It just happened over time. It was just a gradual thing throughout the summer," Curry explains. "Running on hard surfaces and things like that."
The injury has held Curry out of what he guessed at about two-thirds of Duke's practice sessions.
"I basically just get on the bike, do some cardio stuff, run in the pool, things like that," Curry says. "I try to do some core work, so I'm still getting a little bit of a workout in. I'm staying engaged with the team. I watch a lot of film, watch practice to see the new things they put in."
It's been long said that you are what you practice, but Curry's stat line puts that old adage out to pasture.
The guard is averaging more than 17 points per game, 43 percent shooting from behind the arc, and most importantly, has only missed one game.
Apparently adrenaline proves to be quite an anesthetic.
"It kicks in," Curry says. "Especially in big-time games where I'm really hyped up for it, I basically don't even feel it."
The second Curry steps off the court, it's off for an immediate ice-down to numb the rising pain as his blood pressure falls.
It's not the ideal routine, but the alternative is just not an option for Curry.
"It's not going to be able to heal completely until I get about a month or maybe two months off, just completely staying off of it," Curry says.
Curry says he'll gladly put his feet up and take a load off on April 9, the day after the national championship game.