Now let’s pivot back to our basketball team. While there are thousands of Bruin fans who are disgusted with what happened during the closing mins against the Huskies, our team is quietly working on getting it together. And it was encouraging to see these comments from Love in today’s LAT in which he backtracked from previous ridiculous comments following the game:
Love, the Bruins' 6-foot-10 freshman center who leads UCLA in scoring and rebounding, found out thinking he was open wasn't the same as being open.
"I don't have eyes on the back of my head," Love said. "I can't see the defender behind me sometimes." […]
"I'm starting to get double-teamed 15 to 17 feet from the basket," Love said. "I've still got to get touches as much as I can from out there. Then I've got to find open teammates and we have to start picking them apart up top.
"Guys have to start getting open jump shots and knocking them down."
"He needs shots," Collison said, "he's going to get shots. But there's nothing to do when two guys are on him. He's a great player; a lot of teams know that. I told Kevin he's not the only player to have attention on himself. The solution is a team game. . . . Everybody has to be on the same page."
Westbrook was in the same frequency as DC in Dohn’s report:
Westbrook said the mental aspect of UCLA's game was in flux.
"On offensive plays, people were in different offenses," Westbrook said. "The point guard was in one and others are in another."
Rather than go through a normal Tuesday practice on the court, UCLA coach Ben Howland opted for a team film session to go over what went wrong at Washington.
"It's going to be a rough session," UCLA wing Josh Shipp said.
Speaking of rough Luc is not 100 percent. He went through shooting drills yesterday which involved no cutting and he is still listed as probably for Sunday night’s game. One guy who is out for Sunday night is Southern Cal guard Daniel Hackett. Hackett was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back. That sounds very painful. And as much as I loathe that program, I hope Hackett has a speedy recovery and gets back on the court soon. I cannot imagine having to endure that kind of injury. Of course we will have more on Sunday night’s game later in the week. The thing to keep in mind for everyone here is that right now our main goal is to hold on the Pac-10 title. Don’t worry about what other teams like UNC, KU, Memphis are doing. Just keep an eye on the Pac-10 race. Sunday night is going to be brutal. But if it doesn’t go our way, it will not be the end of the world. We will have two games at home to get our issues figured out against Oregon schools and set us up for an out all stretch run in the last four games.
As for Sunday, with or without Luc we can expect an all out battle. Even without Hackett I would expect those guys to be the favorite in this contest going into Saturday. And if we don’t have our issues (on ball defense, regain our rebounding edge) we will have problems. If our guys come out with the same focus and intensity they showed in the five games preceding last Sunday, we will have an opportunity to pull it out. Hopefully the boys are paying close attention in those film sessions.