With so many questions heading into this seasons campaign, at least a few were somewhat answered against the EA Sports all-stars. Can there be a second scoring option to take some of the load off of Casey? Yes. Josh Childress hopefully showed a glimpse of what he can become by scoring 22 points in 22 minutes in Stanfords 114-65 win over EA Sports. It wasnt just how many points he scored, but how he was able to get his points. Whether it was gliding through the air to finish an alley-oop or hitting an open three, the Josh Childress Show was in full-effect Monday. While true his defender was considerably worse than many he will face in the regular season, it was certainly an encouraging sign.
Casey had a slow game but was able to constantly put pressure on the defense by driving to the basket and was able to go 10-10 from the foul line. He ended up with 21 points and was 3-8 from beyond the arc. He made two very long and tough threes, but uncharacteristically missed some wide-open looks. Casey truly was a man of his word this offseason as he really improved his game and it was evident in this game. He has tremendously improved his passing with his seven assists to zero turnovers against EA, as well as his defense, which was highly scrutinized with the outbursts of Marvin OConnor and Juan Dixon last March.
As expected, the game was a blowout from the start, as Stanford had a 10-point lead less than five minutes in and never looked back. The lead swelled to 28 at halftime and the rout was on. For about 35 minutes this game was garbage time, and I cant imagine Montgomery got a good feel of his team from this game. Some little things that went well last game were:
- Curtis went through his 2nd starting test and showed no ill effects of his two-foot surgeries, as well as chipping in 8 points.
- Julius Barnes chipped in 13 points off the bench, often pushing the ball and getting a lot of transition points. Albeit most of his points came when the game was over, he still looked impressive.
- Joe Kirchofer and Justin Davis looked more aggressive on offense, each grabbing two offensive rebounds and hitting for 10 points. Once again, though, six of Davis points came on dunks, and his post-up moves still seem rather raw.
- Rob Little was once again very aggressive, often giving good energy. He did foul out in very limited minutes but played very effectively in his time by scoring nine points and grabbing five boards. Through two games he has most likely earned himself some consistent minutes off the bench
Not everything did go well for Stanford, as their rebounding was very subpar. EA Sports grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and had their hands on many more. This rebounding cant happen as the competition will get much better and the rebounds will be tougher to come by. This was EA Sports though, and not much in this game, good or bad, can be looked at too closely. Still, I am sure the team will take a 49-point victory anytime.
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