Saturday, February 25, 2012

Checking Up On Steve Blake

This season, I have written a few times about Greivis Vasquez and Jordan Williams, but I wanted to catch up with the other two Terps in the NBA this weekend, starting today with Steve Blake (1999-2003). (Come back tomorrow for Chris Wilcox.)

Blake has had some injury troubles this month, missing 13 games for the Los Angeles Lakers. But now he's back, and now that he's able to get back into his conditioning routine, he's starting to lift his team with better shooting and ball movement (LA Times):
"When we knock down three-point shots, we're a completely different team," Kobe Bryant said. "It makes us a very dangerous team. [Blake's] a great shooter and floor general. We missed him tremendously since he was out."

Now that he's back, Blake can thank his improved rhythm and conditioning for restoring his shooting stroke.

"It's made a big difference," he said. "You're able to shoot when you're tired and make passes and react. It's hard to do that when your legs are gone. All that stuff starts to come back to you and you're able to pick it up as you go.

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