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Shaquille Cleare didn't play a single minute against Virginia on Sunday. The Terps used a small lineup for much of the game, with James Padgett (16 minutes), Charles Mitchell (16) and Alex Len (36) rotating in the post.
Cleare didn't play in the second half against North Carolina and logged just four minutes against the Tar Heels. He hasn't been on the court for the past 60 minutes of Maryland's games.
So why didn't Cleare play against Virginia on Sunday?
“That wasn’t a conscious effort," coach Mark Turgeon said. "Small was working for us. Things were rolling. I love Shaq. We got to the second half and needed him in there. It was just too late to put him in. Shaq will play whatever our next game is. He might start depending on who we’re playing.”
*cough cough bullshit cough cough*
*sniffs* Yeah, something stinks.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by hgoodman 13 months ago
He is gone....bye bye......at least come up with something better
*Is* there more to this story? I didn't expect to see him much because of match-ups but I expected him to see the floor, if for no other reason than to keep him happy.
Honestly, though, I thought Turge's subbing was better this game. It's the first time a player didn't play at all (supposedly) for basketball reasons and I think the first time a player played an entire game. In big games we shouldn't be playing people just to make them feel good IMO.
Turgeon: "I’m proud of our effort – hate coming up short. We needed a quality road win to put in the bank for the summer."
I'm really starting to think Turge has no idea what he's doing from jump ball to buzzer. Small was not working for us. You find 15 minutes from the following crappy games and give them to your future.
Pe'Shon - 25 min, 0 pts, 1 board, 2 assists
Seth - 23 min, 3 pts, 1 assist
Len - 36 min, 2-9
"That wasn't a conscious effort" is a very scary statement. Does that mean "I forgot he was on the bench"? I didn't do it on purpose (i.e., not consciously) means it was an accident. Maybe I'm reading too much into it.
OK. This is starting to get ridiculous. I'm really doubting this guy now.
At the end of the first half against Carolina we were down 4 and had the last shot. The proper play was to run the clock to the last 5 seconds and go in just down 4 or less. We took a poor early shot and UNC scored a last 3 to go in up 7. Against Va. similarly we had the last shot (less 11/2 seconds, again we didn't hold for the last shot with time still left and shot an awful air ball, leaving plenty of time for a 3 pointer by Va. cutting our lead to 14 going in. Va players and coach said after the game that they really took heart at being not as far out of it .Don't tell me that a coach can't tell his players what to do and tell them that whoever doesn't follow orders will regret it.
This post was edited by win88 13 months ago
If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?
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