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"Running up and down the court was different," Strickland said. "I still have a little limp because of just that mental hesitation. I'm still cautious about what I do and how I do it. I'm not sure yet how much weight I can put on my knee or how fast I can cut."
After playing Monday, Strickland took a couple days off to see how his knee recovered. When he gets back on the court, he thinks he'll be able to take one more small step towards being the player he wants to be for his senior season.Follow Robbi Pickeral on Twitter at @bylinerp.
"You can't second-guess yourself or think about the injury too much when you're on the court," he said. "When you think about it or don't go as hard, that's when you get hurt. The biggest thing for someone coming back from an ACL tear is that you have to trust your body. That's why rehab is very important, because you have to get that strength back in your knee, so that when you make those cuts and sharp turns, it's not as big a stress on your knee."