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Injured Duke point guard Kyrie Irving shoots during warm ups before an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 11, 2011. Irving took part in some conditioning drills Friday but wasn't expected to play in the game. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Injured Duke point guard Kyrie Irving shoots during warm ups before an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 11, 2011. Irving took part in some conditioning drills Friday but wasn't expected to play in the game. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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