Tonight went as it should. Coach said at half time he wasn't worried about the score, just defense and rebounding -- and that the first half went well from that perspective.
Best shout I think I can give is to Jerry. Many wrote that he performed very subpar on offense of late. Until today. Probably an observation coach will share with him is his improved production (12pts) today came with his improved defense. And though his boxscore doesn't look great with a donut on steals or blocks, it's great that he had numerous touches leading to turnovers.
I haven't even bothered to check but I can tell you right now ESPN highlights will include a Sosa-fed E5 Thunder Dunk while mentioning 10 mostly sweet assists. Or was that Jerry. It's hard to keep all the fabulous guard play straight. Preson as usual was non-stop motion at both ends, with a of of his unique frenzied harrassment D and at the other end shooting 2-3 outside the arc, 1-4 inside and 2-2 at the line. In 16min that makes 10pt, 1Stl 1Ast 4Reb and another fellow who helpled the Eagles into 17TO for the game.
The picture was awful from ESPN FullCourt. Apparently they recycled the cameras used back with I first watched color TV as a child.
Kudos to Eagle player Faried, who may we hope is the last player this year to get 11REB off our team. NIce job dude. I thought you had a steal too even tho it's not in the box.
My worst forboding now is TJen. Or a lack thereof (zero PT). It seems to me we've recently seen several vauge comments about 'moodiness' and I think one time it was alledged to eminate from TJen. Louisville [meaning da godfather] has to put a stop to that quickly and avert any risk of another year of 'character' issues. It will be a sad thing if he doesn't get with the program, because the fellow has ahtletic talent by the boatload and IMHO could be much talked about by March. IF. Cmon TJen, learn from history my man. The reason I find this forboding more than just for your own future, is you might be the difference we need in a championship rematch with the Heels. You may not feel the same need for revenge as your fans do, seeing how as you weren't here last year. But I'd wager your first NBA paycheck you will be getting an NBA paycheck next year if you do what coach wants. To the letter. Whine= no paycheck. Man-up=paycheck. Any questions?
Ok so I've had a beer or two. It was a good night for it. You GOTTA have one when Sosa looks like key most pundits have said is essential for a UL title shot - a true, guiding and dishing honest to God point guard. He clearly delivered at the opending bell today, earning more minutes off the bench than the starting guards. I thought he still pushed his luck once or twice (1-5FG). At least it was a 3. Now cacn you dish out 10 per game just about 34 more times this eason please?
Wow that's 4 guards to be happy about because our gritty senior Andre still gives a 100% hustling 3Ast to 1TO ratio not bad when you add in a Reb and a steal. And plenty of defensive touches. Like Coach said, the shots will come don't sweat the donut.
Swop looiked a little tight, I think the jitters finally hit him. But I also think he'll work out of that in a couple games at the most.
TWill. Who doesn't love that smile. The smile [read: attitude] will get him several slots higher in the draft. Mark my word. Actually the real word is collaborative, but most people don't understand that value. As usual and despite only 26min PT presumably to go easy on the knee, he stuffed his sheet with more than double Samuel's 5REB (11),, had 3AST to Samardo's donut, 2BLKs to Smardo's 1, 0PF to Samuel's 1,
Please Lord don't let the new kid think 8/12 shooting will do the trick. Five rebounds isn't enough around the rim from Center. Hunger up!
Anyone else notice how smooth that Kuric shot was? I remember Rick saying somethihg about him being a shooter. Yeah, that other "shooter" played today too. Actually had a nice play in making a STL fast-forwarded to Sosa high off the key, ran around under the bucket to the right wing to take a firey pass right back from Sosa and swoosh a trey. If we can keep his PT to 6min or less all season, we have a title shot.
Goode was a pleasant surprise tonight, with a team-second 9 REB and game leading 5BLK. Woo hoo go George!
The game's 47%FG rate was a bit tepid as was 33% 3P. A 10-16 fouls advantage, 10-2 block advantage and 17-9on turnovers was to be expected. But as we expected, our boys look very athletic and seemed somewhat jelled together by the end of the game..
Tomorrow's question is: Do they coast on early success or do they come to play a full 40?