Heading into their Elite Eight showdown with Michigan State tonight, the Duke Blue Devils are still uncertain as to the status of forward Cam Reddish. The team's leading three-point shooter suffered a knee injury before the Virginia Tech game that Coach K suggested could be jumper's knee. While it may have an innocuous name, jumper's knee is a fairly serious condition that could prove problematic for Reddish - if he actually has it.
According to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, patellar tendonitis (also known as jumper's knee) "is a condition characterized by inflammation of your patellar tendon." The site states that the condition weakens the tendon, and can potentially lead to tears.
Some of the symptoms of the condition include swelling, pain and tenderness at or around the knee, and pain during almost any activity involving the affected leg. Jumper's knee can be treated via several methods: NSAID's, rest, icing, exercise or elevation.
Based on Coach K's recent comments via the Duke Chronicle, it looks like the Blue Devils are going to go with a less aggressive treatment for Reddish's ailment - whether it's jumper's knee or not.
"We're not really going to do anything physical today," Krzyzewski said. "If he's progressed, we might try to get him to shoot.... It's not structural, nothing structural. [It's] a jumper's knee, a tendonitis. I guess there are a number of different things."
Reddish is Duke's third-leading scorer with 13.6 points per game. He leads the team in three-point conversions and attempts with 2.5 and 7.5 respectively.
Per the Duke Chronicle, if Reddish is not fit to play, he will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Alex O'Connell again.