In today’s press conference, John Calipari shed a little light on what could be bothering Malik Monk. After Monk fell hard on his butt vs. Arkansas, he had to sit out two days of practice this week to rest his lower back, which Cal said may have affected his play yesterday.
“Well, he didn’t practice this week because he had a lower back, butt bruise, whatever you want to call it. He didn’t practice for two days.
If you watched the game last night, you could probably hear and or see Calipari screaming “DRIVE THE BALL” at Monk throughout. Monk was 0-6 from the three-point line, so Calipari wanted him to take his game inside to at least get something.
“But what I liked was that he took 2s. He drove the ball. He made free throws. Because you’re not going to be on every game, so you just don’t take 12 3s, then. You’re not on today. Get the ball to the basket, get fouled, take 2s. He’s a great 2-point shooter. They’ll still play him to three because he can make seven in a row.”
Like all of us, Cal has faith that at some point, the shots are going to fall for Monk.
“He’s one of those ones you say, man, he’s due,” Cal said of Monk. “Let’s just hope he’s due. Come on, he’s had about three games where he hasn’t made some shots. …He’ll break out at some point because he’s too talented, and he’s got a great spirit about him.”
Let’s just hope it’s tomorrow.