UPDATE 9:54 A.M. EST
Florida State assistant coach Dennis Gates has taken to Twitter to say that he has no issue with Duke guard Grayson Allen after the latter appeared to shove him on a dive out of bounds Tuesday night. In fact, he regards Allen’s play as “GREAT HUSTLE.”
— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) January 11, 2017
Grayson Allen and No. 7 Duke were back in action Tuesday night at ninth-ranked Florida State, and wouldn’t you know it, the polarizing guard did something that could be construed as dirty.
It all went down with six minutes remaining in the second half, as Allen dived into the Florida State bench to keep the ball from going out of bounds. Keep an eye on him after he swats the ball back into play and decide for yourself.
ESPN notes that no one from either team referenced Allen’s apparent shove of Seminoles assistant Dennis Gates after the game, and what looks like a push to some could simply have been Allen trying to break his fall as he tumbled into the Florida State bench. But still, considering Allen’s reputation as a serial tripper, it’s not a good look. Tuesday night’s game was his first road contest since the “indefinite” one-game suspension handed down by Coach Mike Krzyzewski after Allen tripped Elon guard Steven Santa Ana on Dec. 21, a suspension viewed by many as a lifetime-achievement award for years of tripping opponents. Allen also appeared to trip an opponent during Sunday’s game against Boston College, though the ACC said it could not determine whether Allen did so intentionally.
Tuesday night’s crowed jeered Allen at every touch and he finished with nine points and five assists. He left the game for good 30 seconds after he careened into the bench, purportedly with a head injury suffered on a subsequent play.
“I don’t think what other people say, chant or do wears on him that much,” said Jeff Capel, Duke’s interim coach while Krzyzewski recovers from back surgery. “The kid has been through a lot — he brought a lot of it on himself, but some of the things that have happened are just crazy.
“I am not talking about the chanting; that stuff happens on the road with a really good crowd, and they had a really great crowd tonight. But I don’t think that wore on him. I think Florida State’s defense and their relentless pressure did.”