Duke Now postgame: Thoughts from Duke's 74-55 win vs. Georgia State

lkeeley@newsobserver.comNovember 9, 2012 

— DURHAM—Like Mason Plumlee tipping in misses during a rebounding drill, here's a few quick hits right before I leave Cameron:

*Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter wasn’t down on his team after the game. But he summed up the difference between the two squads nicely.

“They’ve got McDonald’s guys, and we’ve got Burger King guys,” he said.

The analogy continued.

I want my Burger King guys, for one night, to play like McDonald’s guys,” Hunter said. “And we didn’t. We played sometimes like Burger King guys. I kept saying in the timeout, ‘We’ve got to supersize it.’ But our supersize is different from McDonald’s supersize. So at the end the McDonald’s guys weren’t having it.”

*Seth Curry missed nearly two months with a right shin injury that is expected to bother him all season. He made his debut last week against Winston-Salem State and was able to play well Friday night despite just practicing twice last week. For most of the game, he showed no signs of any limitations and even took a charge in the second half. With about six minutes remaining, though, he winced in pain, gestured to the bench, and left the floor when play stopped. But about three minutes later, he was back.

“I was able to walk it off, and it went away after a few minutes,” Curry said.

*The Blue Devils were pleased with their team defense, which held the Panthers to 32 percent shooting in the first half and generated 16 turnovers in total. Many of those turnovers came as a result of pressure on the perimeter, an element sorely lacking from last year’s team. Defense has been the primary practice focus—it appears like time well spent.

*As designed, Mason Plumlee attempted more shots than any other Duke player (12).

“We want him to touch the ball,” Krzyzewski said.

Plumlee also had two assists, but, ideally, that number will rise as the season continues.

“Mason can pass,” Krzyzewski said. “Guys have to move once they hit him. It is not up to him to create the passing lane to the shooter. It is the shooter’s responsibility to create the passing lane.”

*Quinn Cook didn't appear to pout about losing his previously ordained starting spot. He gave Tyler Thorton and Rasheed Sulaimon hugs right before the opening tip and then joined the reserves in their huddle.

Cook said he found out Monday that it would be Thornton starting in his place.

"Monday we came back from practice, and we're trying something new I guess," he said. "Coach knows what he's doing."

Cook played 21 minutes and finished with eight points, two assists and two turnovers. Krzyewski called a timeout to take him out of the game late in the second half after a lackluster defensive effort that resulted in a foul. Despite getting more than an earful, Cook did re-enter the game.

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