Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reggie Evans: Offensive liability, no more

Last night, Nets starting power forward Reggie Evans had a career night putting up 22 points and 26 rebounds against the Portland TrailBlazers. The 22 points tied his career high while the 26 rebounds set a new career-high. Lately, Reggie has been playing offense much better than he had earlier this season. In his last 10 games, he is averaging 8.6 points and an astounding 16.4 rebounds per game. But where is all this aggressiveness coming from?
"I got frustrated when one of my teammates went to my coach, and told him to take me out the game, and bit my tongue," Evans said after last nights game. "I didn't say nothing to him." 
 "Me knowing me, I usually attack and say something," Evans said. "I bit my tongue and I said, 'OK. I'll start being aggressive.' 
"So I took it [as] a positive instead of just doing my normal, 'What'd you say? What'd you say?'" Evans said. "So I just did my best to take whatever the defense gives me, but not go outside of that, not trying to be like, 'Oh I need to do this and get 10, 15 points a game.' Whatever the defense gives me, just take advantage of it."
This hasn't been his first impressive outing lately, though. This is his fifth double-double of the season,
"He's one of the hardest workers on this team, hands down," Deron Williams said. "So we are never worried about that being an issue and [Wednesday], he just carried us. We fed off of him early . . . He just took the life out of them. He took the life out of the building, the energy in the building just with his offensive rebounds alone."
What makes his latest great game even better is that he is playing with an infection, which spread from his left eye to his right, that is causing his vision to blur and is quite painful.
"If it was golf, I would think it would be a problem," Carlesimo joked. "But basketball is a pretty big ball. He can see the basketball. And that's all he's got to see. It helps his shot. He can shoot it better." 
 Don't expect this new Reggie Evans to go away anytime soon, either.
"I'm going to do my best to be aggressive, so if they respect me, cool," Evans said.
Source: Rod Boone - Newsday

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