After last night’s win over Lamar, Terrence Jones took some time to reflect on his first game back from injury. Jones said the past few weeks have been “different and difficult,” and that after colliding with a player from Tennessee-Chattanooga, he knew immediately something was very, very wrong:
“I just went straight to the trainer trying to get help. I ain’t never seen my finger like that. I wasn’t even in the basketball mode. I was worried about my hand.”
At times during the Lamar game, it was obvious the injury was still on Terrence’s mind; in the first half, he took the ball up with his left hand and missed, and on the way down, grabbed his hand. On that shot, Terrence says he felt the bone move. Heading in to the Louisville game, Jones knows he has to stop favoring his finger, something Cal says he won’t accept as an excuse for poor play.
Despite pressure from reporters to discuss his disappointing performance against Indiana, Jones remained stoic and emphatic that the only thing he can do is move on:
“It happened. The game is over. We just have to move on. There’s nothing I can do to change what happened. I just hope to win. I don’t care about being in or not being in … I’m just having fun playing. It’s better than sitting the whole game in regular clothes. I’m just happy to be out there running up and down, honestly.”
Jones said he tried to ignore the ill-spirited tweets he received after the Indiana game, chalking it up to haters from other teams trying to take him down:
“They just were happy we lost, and so I just said they could have (that day), but we’re still going to have a long season.”
Keep it up, Terrence.