Tonight, my Wednesday night summer basketball league team got blown out by about 20 points. That dropped my team's record to 1-3. One of our main guys was missing. Another guy was coming off an injury. One of my players is leaving after next week. So my team was in a bit of a flux tonight and I just rolled with the punches.
Yet, as the captain, I need to rally the troops a bit. After the game, I asked one of my players what he was seeing. He said that our offense is just not clicking. Our team as a whole has been passive. The player told me that I NEEDED TO START SHOOTING MORE.
His thought was that someone needs to step up and be more aggressive. I had to reluctantly agree. Before the season, I envisioned several of my guys carrying the bulk of the offense. I planned to be the usual role players that I like to do. Shoot a little bit. Rebound a little bit. Play a little point guard. That's what I excel at.
Yet, my team's only win of the season was when I scored 16 points and carried the team a bit. I admit that I've been passive offensively the past few weeks. Tonight, I was not feeling it. I was a little tired from sleeping a little late last night. I felt a little heavy from eating a fairly large lunch. Though I could get up and down the court, I had trouble getting lift on my jumpers.
If my team is still going to be struggling offensively, I may take things into my own hands next week. I have to mentally prepare to step things up a bit in advance of the playoffs in three weeks. It's not my usual MO but I've done it before and will try to do it again.