Am I disappointed? A loss is always disappointing. I am still impressed with the Bruins and the way they played. It’s tough coming against a team you lost against the previous year. On top of that, the Bruins played against a team that brought back its top seven scorers.
I was particularly impressed with Josh Shipp’s performance in the game. He proved himself to be a useful scoring tool for the Bruins. Unfortunately with Afflalo, Mata, and Mbah a Moute all in foul trouble so early in the game, it really hurt the Bruins. The Bruins’ defense is heavily based on hedging, and the officials weren’t allowing physical basketball to be played.
I was still impressed with UCLA’s defense. They put a clamp down on Noah, Horford, and Green. UCLA definitely made their presence felt, really causing Green to make some horrible decisions running the game. However with Brewer and Humprey getting their shots to fall from the perimeter, it was just too much. When one team just gets shots to fall, that pretty much seals the deal.
Noah better hope his team wins the championship with a performance better than tonight’s game, or else he will drop a lot of spots in the NBA draft. I’m really not sure how well they will draft in the future. Being forced to choose a school for at least a year for the kids that can’t go to the NBA right after high school, I would be choosing schools that have a shot at the title. Florida has no team to go after the title next year.
For UCLA it’s a different story. The Bruins are going to make a run at the title for the next few years coming. We have great players staying on the team, and the number one center coming in next year, giving us size that we haven’t had in the past two years. With Afflalo’s lackluster performance this game, I hope he stays another year to prove himself and hopefully raise his NBA draft position.
On a different perspective on the game, let me point out some things. Humprey is so feminine looking. I think his man prettiness throws people off, giving him his open looks at the basket. Hopefully Mata makes it to pro ball, because with a face like that, he has no other way of getting chicks. I think Noah never made faces in the mirror as a child, because he has the ugliest expressions I’ve ever seen when he gets excited.