Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was in a situation where he had to send a message. Here’s hoping it was a loud one received by Grayson Allen.

Allen, who was suspended last month for repeatedly tripping opponents, was inserted right back into the starting lineup for the Blue Devils Wednesday night against Georgia Tech after missing only one-game ban.

Was this really that much of a shocker? Coach K went backandforth on how to handle Allen’s antics on the court until he finally gave in and suspended Allen “indefinitely.” The coach was clearly never that keen to suspend his star guard in the first place. This was not a suspension that was ever likely to last for an extended period of time.

But the timing of the return to the court, right after the Blue Devils lost by 14 to Virginia Tech, leaves the door open for some criticism of Coach K, fair or not.

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