Shoe wrote:nate33 wrote:Shoe wrote:There's a thing called the rookie wall folks. Post all-star break it's a grind to finish out the season.
I don't think that's the case here. Rui had a 23-game rest in the middle of the season. I don't think he's running on fumes.
I think he just missed a bunch of consecutive shots. Other than the ball not actually going in the basket, he looks good to me.
He was rehabing during that time, flying on jets, sleeping in hotels. The rookie wall is more mental than physical I believe. Its got to be a system shock to go from college with long breaks in between games to never ending travel, photo shoots, etc. I can only speculate but I wouldn't over react to a rookies performance at this time of the year.
Forgive me, but don't you think you're engaging in a little special pleading -- which isn't even needed to tell the truth. The kid had 1 bad game!
Has Ja Morant hit the rookie wall? Thybulle? Clarke? The other dozen or more rookies who've played the kind of minutes Rui has? Plus, he had a terrific week just a week or so ago. He's hit the wall in the last 70 minutes on court, but before that he was the best he'd yet been? Is that what you're saying?
What are you going to say when he has another terrific game? That he's busted through the rookie wall?
There's no need to reference a rookie wall. It's enough just to say he's a rookie.