We are pretty much at the midpoint of the season and find ourselves at no. 17 (moving on up), at 13-2, and tied for first place in Pac-10. Looking at rest of the scheduled I see us losing 4-5 more regular season games, heading into the Pac-10 tourney with a record of around 24-6, which is not bad considering my preseason expectation from this team was 19-9, at that point of the season. Again the story line from yesterday besides sloppy (interior) defense and offense in the first half is dominated by our unbelievable list of injuries:
Afflalo scored 21 points - he made all 12 of his free throws - but didn't play in the final 1:58. He landed on his hip and backside after getting fouled. He made his shot but Darren Collison shot the free throw for him.
He went to the scorer's table to check in near the end of the game but coach Ben Howland ushered him back to the bench. Afflalo was checked afterward and didn't think he'd miss any time. He was just about the last healthy Bruin.
"It's just a couple of bruises, something ice will take care of," Afflalo said. "I'm just sore. It's nothing long term."
In addition the Bruins did not defend against Arizona St.'s pick in roll, as the Bruin defenders were very slow to rotate to the open screen/roll player and the Sun Devils, especially Angounou, were getting easy layups and dunks throughout the game. Arizona St. shot FG 47.2% for the game.
On offense the Bruins began the game settling for outside shots - and they were not hitting them either. The Bruins shot only 36% for the game and were 1-15 from 3PT.