Time for a check-up

How are the Cavs, Hok­ies, Rams and Spi­ders look­ing at half­way point?

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Woody pwoody@Times­Dis­patch.com

Play­ers and coaches col­lide on the side­lines dur­ing bas­ket­ball games with some fre­quency. It’s an oc­cu­pa­tional hazard. Coaches can’t sit still. Play­ers dive af­ter loose balls all over the court and make des­per­ate ef­forts to save balls from go­ing out of bounds. So what hap­pened be­tween Duke’s Grayson Allen and Florida State as­sis­tant coach Den­nis Gates on Tues­day was just part of col­lege bas­ket­ball. Gates has been adamant that what Allen did wasn’t a dirty play, it was a “hus­tle” play, just part of the game. Sounds cor­rect. Soon af­ter that play, Allen suf­fered a head in­jury, left the game and didn’t re­turn. No one wants to see any player hurt. We hope Allen has a quick re­cov­ery.

Re­gard­less of when he plays again, Allen will be the most scru­ti­nized player in the coun­try. His ev­ery move on the court will be watched. Cam­eras will be on him, wait­ing for his next egre­gious vi­o­la­tion of sports­man­ship and bas­ket­ball rules.

Allen brought this on him­self. Three times within a 10month pe­riod, he was caught trip­ping an­other player. When Allen com­mit­ted his third of­fense, against Elon on Dec. 21, then had a tantrum on the Duke bench, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski sus­pended Allen in­def­i­nitely.

That lasted one game, an 89-75 loss at Vir­ginia Tech.

Allen was back in ac­tion against Ge­or­gia Tech, a 11057 vic­tory, Bos­ton Col­lege,

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Duke ju­nior guard Grayson Allen has drawn the ire of fans and col­lege bas­ket­ball an­a­lysts for trip­ping three play­ers over the past two sea­sons.

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