Another Encouraging Performance By Tucker
Cliff Tucker now has turned in two solid showings in a row, certainly a welcome development for Gary Williams and the rest of the Terps. Tucker played 17 minutes and was one of the first two subs off the bench (he and Dino Gregory entered with 14:33 remaining in the first half). He finished with seven points on 3 for 6 shooting.
"Cliff's got talent, he really does," Williams said. "He got tired, that lay-up he missed. We had a sub up at the table. You know, Cliff can get way over the rim, but not there. He was so tired, he couldn't get up. But that's what I told him. I said, 'Nobody's upset. You play as hard as you can for as long as you can.' You try to get that into your players to do that. I thought Cliff really played with a lot of intensity tonight."
After beginning the season as a starter, Tucker was relegated to bench duty, in part, for lack of discipline and lack of energy on the court. At one point, he was lucky to play 10 minutes in a given contest. But Tucker appears to have addressed both issues and has played his way back into being a player Williams can rely upon during significant stretches of games.
While I'm not sure he'll edge his way back into the starting lineup, I do believe Tucker will provide the Terps a capable option -- offensively and defensively -- off the bench for the rest of the season. What do you all envision his role as being the rest of the way?
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