Before I recap this game for you, I want you to watch this. Again. And Again. And Again.
OH. MY. GOODNESS. Okay, we’ll carry on now.
The first half was close. The second half darn sure wasn’t- and the score doesn’t tell close to the whole story as the game wasn’t even that close in the second period. Zion Williamson broke the hearts of Clemson fans again with 25 points and 10 boards and 2 steals and (yeah, I’m still not done) 2 blocks and an epic goaltend. The goaltend was so fun to watch that I didn’t care that they put points on the board anyway. Regardless, while the first half was a bit of a sloppy start offensively (defense was great!) but we ended out with a strong finish across the board and it was great to watch.
Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett struggled for an extent, mostly in the first half, during Saturday’s game as Clemson was obviously not giving RJ any space and Cam struggled with turnovers, fouls, and a shooting slump that’s been an issue for him for the last few games. Zion was Zion, as said before, but the good thing was that Cam and RJ seemed genuinely happy for their teammates’ success if at all disappointed in their own shortcomings. We know that they’ll come out ready to play regardless in the next game against Wake Forest and we couldn’t be more happy to have two such team players.
Jack White, Marques Bolden Shine
Jack White was on fire from deep today, shooting 4-6 from three (all of his attempts coming from deep) while playing lockdown defense with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Marques Bolden put up 11 with 5 rebounds, a steal, and a block. These guys are two of the older players who I would say are the most important on the team; you can look at the talent and all for Duke but I would honestly compare the combination of all of our veterans to almost a Quinn Cook or Amile Jefferson of 2015. Obviously they’re mostly juniors but they still bring the grit and experience of an older player that guys like R.J, Zion, and Cam can learn from and they can tie the whole team together.
Bleed blue. Duke gets a quick turnaround Tuesday, starting a two-game road trip (the first “true” road game) in Winston-Salem against Wake Forest.