Whether or not Duke will be missing one-fourth of its fantastic freshman class as it looks to return to the Final Four remains up in the air.
Cam Reddish, the Blue Devils’ third-leading scorer, will be a game-time decision Sunday in the Elite 8 against Michigan State with a knee injury.
“He’s getting treatment today. We’ve really not been on the court yet,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Saturday. “And after we stretch and — we’re not going to really do anything physical today; we’ve got to be careful. But just to see how he feels.
“If he’s progressed, we might try to get him to shoot. But we haven’t done that yet.”
The injury kept Reddish sidelined Friday as Duke narrowly got past Virginia Tech.
“He’s had a little bit of problem with his knee. It’s not structural,” Coach K said. “And a jumper’s knee, a tendonitis. I guess there are a number of different things. At different times it can inhibit you, or you feel pretty good and then you can play. Or you can work yourself through it. But yesterday we weren’t able to do that.”
Without Reddish, the Blue Devils shot just 30 percent from 3-point range while playing with a shortened rotation. Only Marques Bolden played more than 3 minutes off the bench.
“Definitely missing Cam out there,” RJ Barrett said Saturday. “It’s tough to have a game plan and then couple minutes before tip-off see that he’s out. But we’ve gone through so much adversity that we were able to step up last night. And just moving forward, whether he plays or he doesn’t, we’re going to have to give everything we’ve got.”
Reddish is averaging 13.6 points and shooting 33.3 percent from 3-point range this season. Duke had lost the only previous game it had played without Reddish – an overtime setback to Syracuse – before Friday’s victory.