Here’s some things we can focus on: One, we tried hard. And two, we’re still dear friends.
Who am I kidding, this sucks. As excited as we all are for it to be college basketball season again, we had forgotten that sometimes the things we care about can break our hearts. We didn’t have to feel that last year. It’s unfamiliar to us now. But the reality is this: Duke beat us, and we have a lot of improving to do. There’s no doubt that that improvement will be there, but until then, we gotta take the lumps.
Maybe these few things will help you combat the post-loss hangover.
(1) Realize that we played the game without our point guard, and still made a great run late in the game. Goodwin showed real poise playing out of position. He had a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio, but did well on his free throws and was not at all a liability.
(2) Once Nerlens and Willie learn how to guard a big man, they’ll be unstoppable. Right now, they’re being confounded by professional-level post moves that they simply didn’t have to deal with in high school. But the hustle is there, the motivation is there, and it’s clear that they have Cal’s “will to win.” Early in the season, that’s what you want to see. Skills can be taught if the guys are motivated, and there’s no question that they are. So that
(3) Check out this adorable kitten:
He’s sleeping on laundry. How precious.
(4) How about those dunks, eh? The boys haven’t quite figured out the “auto-lob” yet, but it’s clear that this team has the athleticism, and timing, to make for some entertaining plays. It’s a good sign of things to come on the offensive end.
(5) We got some good shots of Seth Curry’s mom.
(6) Cal relied a ton on his five starters, playing them an average of 36.2 minutes per game. Seriously, there was almost zero rotation. The only two significant contributors off the bench, Polson and WCS, had 12 and 6 minutes, respectively. That’s normally late-season form, but with the shortened bench, it was something of a necessity. Harrow’s return will not only provide that steady, true point guard presence, but also alleviate some of the fatigue that those minutes had on the starters.
(7) Austin Rivers didn’t beat us.
(8) We didn’t have any real foul trouble, which is bizarre for a young team. That can partly be attributed to not playing the sticky, physical defense Cal’s used to, but this post is all about silver linings anyway.
(9) Let’s not forget this:
We’re all upset, but there are plenty of things to be happy about on this November 14th. The
group therapy session radio show starts in an hour. Let’s talk it out then.