Thursday, March 12, 2009
Entering last night's game against New Orleans, second-year guard Nick Young was looking for a way to bust out of a recent funk and looked for it in a familiar place: by facing Gilbert Arenas in a pregame match of one-on-one on the Verizon Center practice court.
Young, who has been streaky throughout his brief career, had connected on just 13 of 40 shots in the previous five games and had lacked the extra bounce in his step he displayed during a hot streak earlier in the season.
The key, as is the case with most young players, is confidence. Young tends to lose his after making a mistake or two and it drastically affects his play.
"He gets very high when he hits a shot, which is great, but the flip side is that he gets very low when he misses a shot," interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "We keep talking to him about having a short memory. Like a defensive back in football. Turn your attention to the next play. Don't worry about the miss. Figure out how you're going to get another. Another good one."
Young appears to have the right idea. Before he and Arenas headed for the practice court last night, he delivered a message to Arenas, who remains out indefinitely.
"I'm going to bust your butt and get my confidence back," Young said.
Injured guard DeShawn Stevenson, who underwent season-ending back surgery last Friday, made his first appearance at the arena since the surgery and was greeted warmly by a few teammates as they warmed up before the game.
Up Next: Friday vs. Orlando 7 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980
Sunday vs. Sacramento 6 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980