February 15, 2007
Arron Afflalo, a competitor's competitor
UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo is having a tremendous season and almost by his sheer will he brought back the Bruins from an embarrassing blowout loss to making it close game that had West Virginia fans squirming in their seats. The Bruins came up short but a lesson learned.
As always Afflalo was on hand after Tuesday's press conference to speak with the media.
When you pick it up in a game is that because everyone is lagging or is because you are finding your rhythm?
Afflalo: "It's not because they are lagging but there are certain points in a game where I feel my presence may need to be felt at a particular time.
"I would love to play two halves but I'm not going to force the issue because it I have a good half, obviously the team made some changes and that means other players are open so I'm not going to try and keep forcing my individual production.
"It would be nice to put halves together and keep winning. As long as we are winning you know I'm happy."
That is not to say that you weren't productive in the first half against West Virginia, maybe you saw different. Did you feel things opened up more for you or weren't you aggressive enough?
Afflalo: "When we get down by that much it is just instinct to become aggressive to take shots that maybe contested that I feel I can make anyway, but early in the game, whether I feel I can make it or not, it is probably not the best time because you can get something better, but when you are down 19 points with 13 minutes to go and when one of your other reliable scorers is out in Darren Collison you feel like it is your duty a little bit. That's all that was."
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