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Duke’s Kyle Filipowski (knee) uncertain after court-storming injury

Duke coach Jon Scheyer said Monday morning he’s unsure if star center Kyle Filipowski will be able to practice in the aftermath of a knee injury he sustained at the end of Saturday’s loss.

The 7-footer suffered the injury when Wake Forest fans stormed the court to celebrate an 83-79 victory over the then-No. 8 Blue Devils at Winston-Salem, N.C.

“We’ll know more later (Monday),” Scheyer said on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s weekly teleconference. “I don’t know if he’s able to practice yet.”

Scheyer added that Filipowski has not had any imaging done.

He also repeated his call to end court-storming, calling it a “dangerous situation.”

“Players and coaches and officials are the only people who belong on a court. … Something needs to be done immediately,” Scheyer told reporters Monday.

Some conferences impose fines on member schools for court-storming incidents but the ACC does not.

Multiple fans bumped into Filipowski, who needed help leaving the court afterward.

“I absolutely feel that it was personal — intentional, for sure,” Filipowski told reporters a short time later. “There’s no reason where they see a big guy like me trying to work my way off the court and can’t just work around me. There’s no excuse for that.”

Filipowski recorded 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Duke dropped to 21-6 overall and 12-4 in the ACC. The sophomore leads the Blue Devils in scoring (16.9) and rebounding (8.3) through 27 games.

Duke hosts Louisville on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media


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