Donovan's post-game comments were, as always, very insightful and made me feel better about where the team stands. Donovan said the lost was due to two reasons - poor shooting and poor rebounding. He was clear. He liked the looks we got. We just missed them.
Without even looking at what Yugete and Frazier directly provide, fresher legs would surely help. Ordinarily, rebounding would be a serious red flag. I don't believe that it is an area of grave concern because the team was an extremely solid rebounding team prior to the loss of the Frenchman. As for shooting woes, I'd rather lose because we were taking good shots and missing than the reverse. I'd add one caveat. I am concerned about Boynton's shooting. Florida is simply a much better offensive team when he is shooting well. Unfortunately, that seems like a pretty iffy proposition.
“We could be a high-octane offensive team that scores a lot of points, but if we don’t defend and rebound it’s not going to make a difference,” Donovan said. “That is going to be something that is going to be a driving force for our team. They need to understand the importance of that.”