Duke's Josh Hairston has thumb surgery

lkeeley@newsobserver.comMay 14, 2013 

Duke reserve forward Josh Hairston has undergone successful surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb, the school announced in a release Tuesday. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks.

Hairston tore the ligaments leading up to Duke's 83-81 loss at Maryland on Feb. 16. He posted 11 points, tied for his season high (he had 11 in the Blue Devils' next game, at Virginia Tech). He didn't miss any games as a result of the injury.

Hairston is the fourth member of the 2012-13 team to have offseason surgery. Ryan Kelly underwent surgery on his right foot April 9. Seth Curry had surgery to correct his year-long problems from a right shin stress reaction on April 15. And Marshall Plumlee had surgery on his left foot April 23rd to correct an injury that had bothered him since the preseason, when he missed the first nine games with a stress fracture.

Despite all the lingering injuries, Duke finished 30-6 and advanced to the Elite Eight.

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