Thursday, February 18, 2010
Containing Thompson again a focal point for UCLA
UCLA played a stingy version of its inconsistent zone defense the last time it met Washington State for an easy victory. The Bruins contained Cougars guard Klay Thompson by crowding him whenever he touched the ball. Thompson looked bothered and never found a rhythm, missing 12 of his 17 shot attempts, including seven of nine from beyond the arc.
"We were real focused on him," Michael Roll said. "Wherever he went in the zone, we were talking, trying to get a hand in his face at all times and making him dribble before the shot."
But the focus on Thompson freed up Reggie Moore, who capitalized by scoring 24 points.
"Reggie Moore got off," Reeves Nelsonsaid. "We did a nice job on Klay, but we're going to have to do that again to get a win."
Apparently, UCLA guard Malcolm Lee has been hanging out with Nelson.
"Moore got off," Lee said about five minutes after Nelson spoke to reporters at Tuesday's weekly press conference. "He had, like, their first 12 points. We have to have him put the ball on the floor."
Moore scored just 14 points combined last weekend. Thompson, meanwhile, is coming off a 28-point performance in Washington State's 86-70 loss to California. He had 19 against Stanford two days prior.
"Klay, I'm sure, is going to be looking to get off on this game as well," Lee said.