DURHAM, N.C. - In the run-up to Duke's showdown with Virginia on Saturday night, Mike Krzyzewski left the end open enough to hope that the point guard Tre Jones could play. Afterwards, the coach of the Blue Devils admitted that Jones - with a separate shoulder - was not around.
"He would not play," Krzyzewski said after the 72-70 win over Virginia. "We made this decision [Friday], He just does not have enough exercise yet. "
Jones cracked down Monday on an attack against Syracuse and initially feared a fracture. Instead, X-rays showed a disconnected AC joint, which Duke hoped would not stop the freshman point guard for a long time.
Against Virginia, however, Jones was in jogging pants and a white duke polo shirt on the bench. He stood and cheered most of the time in the second half, but was noticeably absent on the court, where the Blue Devils had only six assists on 26 (bottom) of 53 percent with Jones on the ground this season) and had to make significant changes to make the defense.
The win was a blessing for the Blue Devils, who had clearly distinguished themselves against Syracuse in the second half just a few days earlier without Jones.
"Our plan was to come here and play hard, move the ball, and this game was for Tre," Zion Williamson said afterwards. "Tre was our leader, he was outside, you know we did everything for Tre."
Whether this momentum changes for Duke's road trip after Pitt on Tuesday remains open, and Krzyzewski said he is in no hurry to offer an update.
"I can not tell you when [he'll be ready]"Said Krzyzewski." I will not say that he is ready for Pittsburgh. Every day we will see him progress without creating a timetable for him, so there is no pressure for him to force anything. We do not want that to happen. "