Maybe Justin Holiday (left) knew the question was coming because as soon as he heard “What’s going on with …” he started smiling and broke into laughter before I could finish with “your game.”
Perhaps taking a cue from his unflappable coach Lorenzo Romar, the senior forward wasn’t put off by the inquiry. In fact, he analyzed his past two outings and admitted he’s fallen off a bit from the previous eight games, when he scored at least 10 points which included back-to-back career-high 20-point performances.
At Texas A&M, Holiday finished with more fouls (five) than points (four), rebounds (two) or assists (one). He played just 15 minutes before being disqualified.
Against San Francisco, Holiday missed four of five three-pointers and had eight points on 3-for-9 shooting. He played 26 minutes.
Photo credit: AP Photo – Elaine Thompson
“Obviously the one game, it was foul trouble and the last game, they just weren’t falling for me,” he said. “It’s just basketball. It’s going to come back around.”
Holiday takes it as a compliment that someone would ask what’s wrong with his shot considering he had the reputation as a non-scoring defensive specialist his first three years at Washington.
“This year you can ask he’s not scoring so what’s wrong because he’s been doing this, this and that,” Holiday said. “They didn’t expect (the scoring). It’s happened and hopefully I can figure it out again. If I’m not hitting, there’s still other things in the game that I can take care of and get the win. That’s all that really matters.”
Washington’s new big lineup that features 7-foot center Aziz N’Dyae and 6-9 forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning affects Holiday because it pushes at his more natural position, small forward. It also pushes him out of the middle on the wing and makes it less likely he’ll get rebounds.
Holiday led UW with a 6.2 rebounding average after eight games, but he has five in the past two contests and his rebounding average has dipped to 5.9.
“Sometimes I might not get as many rebounds, but at the same time (the big lineup) helps because when I do get rebounds I’m roaming and they’re getting hit and (the ball) bounces off (the rim) in different ways,” he said. “With those two in there, I might get more rebounds because I can roam around and I can get the loose ball. When I was at the big and I was boxing out, then I maybe had to hold and I didn’t get them.
“But it always seems like I end up being right back down there at the four and that poses different challenges because I’m not a big guy and I have to do things to keep my man away from the ball.”
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The News Tribune writes about UW’s balanced scoring.
— Nevada outraced Portland State for a 79-73 victory last night at home. The Wolf Pack improved to 3-8.
— Fantastic story on USC coach Kevin O’Neill who returns to Tennessee tonight for the first time since he left the Vols in 1997 in a bit of controversy.
— SI.com’s Andy Glockner has two Pac-10 teams in the NCAA tournament, No. 7 Washington and No. 10 Arizona. He takes a closer look at the conference and excludes USC and UCLA as team’s with a serious chance to make the field of 68.
— FoxSports.com’s Jeff Goodman explores Louisville’s Rick Pittino’s real motives for coaching the Puerto Rico’s national team next summer. Goodman says it has nothing to do with the being altruistic and everything to do with recruiting, particularly Cardinal recruit Ricky Ledo who is the top-ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2012.
December 21, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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