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Wake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre tests injured ankle

By Dan Collins
Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina Wake Forest Basketball
NELL REDMOND - AP
Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre smiles in the closing seconds as Wake defeats North Carolina 73-67 in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

WINSTON-SALEM Codi Miller-McIntyrereaffirmed Sunday he wants to play Tuesday at N.C. State.

It remains to be seen if the Wake Forest guard’s sprained right ankle will let him.

Miller-McIntyre returned to practice on a limited basis Sunday, but the Concord native was still limping on the ankle he sprained in the Deacons’ 79-70 home loss to Georgia Tech on Feb. 1. Although he participated briefly in a couple of scrimmages sessions and ran sprints at the end, he watched most of the workout at Joel Coliseum from the sidelines.

He said he won’t know until Monday’s practice, if then, whether he’ll be available to play against the Wolfpack on Tuesday in PNC Arena at 7 p.m.

“It’s getting a lot better,” Miller-McIntyre said after practice. “Two days ago I couldn’t really run, and now, today, I’m back moving and running a little bit day by day.”

Miller-McIntyre said he felt little to no pain running straight ahead, but was still bothered withside-to-side movement.

“That’s really the only thing that’s still hurting,” he said. “But if it keeps getting better the way it’s been getting better, then (Monday) I think I’ll be able to go a full practice.

“And then Tuesday, I’ll be able to play – God willing.”

Miller-McIntyre, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, leads the Deacons with 14.4 points and 3.8 assists a game. He was sidelined in the Deacons’ last game, an 83-63 loss at No. 11 Duke on Tuesday.

Coach Jeff Bzdelik said he is preparing to play N.C. State without Miller-McIntyre but hasn’t ruled out the possibility he will be available.

“I would say it’s a maybe,” Bzdelik said. “We’ll take it one day at a time.”

Miller-McIntyre said he doesn’t want to watch another game from the bench. The Deacons have lost three in a row to fall to 14-9 overall and 4-6 in ACC play.

“I know, of course, I won’t be 100 percent,” Miller-McIntyre said. “But I know definitely I can do a little bit to help my teammates out.”

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