Bootleg Video: Chris Hernandez

Following Stanford's win at Arizona State last Saturday, some fans grumbled at the lack of shots and overall offensive aggression of Chris Hernandez. Quick to blame that on the fifth-year senior's starting role at the shooting guard, fans somehow forgot about his back injury. Hernandez talked this week about how he ailed in Arizona, as well as the challenge the Washington schools bring to Maples this week.

"Regardless of what Chris tells you, I don't think you understand how much pain Chris was in this last week," says Stanford head coach Trent Johnson of the Cardinal's co-captain.  "I think he does a good job of faking it in front of you guys when he walks in here.  But after the game Saturday, he could barely stand up."

"Chasing Kevin Kruger around with a bad back is not easy.  Facing Arizona's pressure with a bad back is not easy."

Cardinalmaniacs™ questioned why every shot Hernandez took in Tucson came behind the three-point line, and why he managed just five field goal attempts and just nine points in Tempe.  But Hernandez' pain was evident enough on Saturday that Trent Johnson nearly pulled him out of the game for the stretch run in the second half.

"At the Arizona State game, I was really worried," the coach comments.  "I was going to play Anthony Goods down the stretch for defensive purposes.  But Chris being the salesman and the competitor that he is, he said, 'Coach I can go.  I'm fine.'"

Though Hernandez was in enough pain in the desert that he could not sit during time outs, he maintains a "must-play" attitude toward his injury.  He does explain in this media session that his back trouble prevented him from being able to drive at the basket, rendering him one-dimensional on offense.  Not one to complain, Hernandez says he has to continue to play through the injury, and he looks ahead instead to the challenge of facing tonight a Washington State team that swept Stanford in the regular season last year.

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Chris Hernandez Q&A

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