DURHAM, N.C. – In the run-up to Duke's confrontation with Virginia on Saturday, Mike Krzyzewski left him wide open enough to raise the hope that point guard Tre Jones can play. Later, the Blue Devils coach admitted that Jones, with a separate shoulder, was not close.
"I was not going to play," Krzyzewski said after Saturday's 72-70 victory over Virginia. "We made that decision [Friday]. It just does not have enough movement yet. "
Jones fell hard chasing a loose ball against Syracuse on Monday, and initially feared a bone would break. Instead, the X-rays showed a separate CA joint, which Duke hoped would not keep the first-year guard out for a long time.
However, against Virginia, Jones was on the bench in sweatpants and a white Duke polo shirt, standing and cheering for most of the second half, but notably absent on the court, where the Blue Devils had only six badists. in 26 shots made (below). 53 percent with Jones on the floor this season) and had to make significant adjustments in the defense.
The victory was a blessing for the Blue Devils, who looked very different from the ones they had without Jones in the second half against Syracuse, just a few days before.
"Our game plan was to come here and play hard, move the ball, and that was the game for Tre," Zion Williamson said afterwards. "Tre was our leader, he was outside, you know we did everything for Tre."
If the dynamic changes for Duke's trip to Pitt on Tuesday are still an open question, Krzyzewski said he is in no hurry to offer an update.
"I can not tell you when [he’ll be ready]"Krzyzewski said." I will not say it will be ready for Pittsburgh. Every day we will see how it progresses without putting a schedule, so there is no pressure to force something. We do not want that to happen. "