Joey Baker suffers ankle sprain, ruled out for Clemson game

Duke basketball forward Joey Baker (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Joey Baker (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Duke Basketball team has to deal with some more injury news as sophomore guard Joey Baker will not play against Clemson due to an ankle sprain.

Injury news has been flowing off the presses for the Duke Basketball team this season and the latest news comes to sophomore guard Joey Baker who will be out for Tuesday night’s game against Clemson.

The team announced that Baker suffered the injury in practice and is considered ‘day-to-day’.

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Baker’s injury was first swirling around last night as a rumor around social media that was first started by the Instagram account ‘Duke.Wave’ but now with that injury being a reality, the Blue Devils will have to adjust.

Whether it be fortunate or not, Duke does have experience with adjusting to playing games without its players this year as Baker becomes another name in the list of Blue Devils to miss at least one game this season due to injury.

Tre Jones, Cassius Stanley, and Wendell Moore have all missed at least one game with an injury this season as Duke is still without Moore who is recovering from a broken hand that required surgery back on January 6.

Joey Baker has emerged as a consistent shooter for Duke this season and after going through a bit of a slump, the North Carolina native appeared to break his shooting woes on Saturday night against Wake Forest.

Baker is averaging 6.5 points per game on 48.1 percent shooting from the field and 43.5 percent from 3-point range.

The 6-foot-7 guard scored 11 points against Wake, but his season high came back on December 19 against Wofford when Baker poured in 22 points in 18 minutes.

With an eight man rotation on Tuesday night, expect Mike Krzyzewski to rely on his starting five for some heavy minutes on Tuesday night against Clemson.

The Blue Devils and the Tigers will tipoff from the Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:00pm EST and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN.