Napier Hints at Knee Trouble


The Huskies notched their first American Athletic Conference road win Thursday night against Memphis, thanks largely to DeAndre Daniels' 23-point performance, and a late surge by Shabazz Napier, who added 17 points of his own.

But Napier, who is no stranger to leading game-winning charges, was uncharacteristically off from the field most of the night, converting just 5 of 13 shots, including a 1-of-8 effort from behind the arc. After the game, the senior point guard and heart of the team explained his less-than-stellar shooting performance.

I think honestly it has a lot to do with my knee,” Napier said, via the Connecticut News. “The last three games my shot has not been there and my knees are starting to swell up and I feel like I am compensating for it a lot. It’s been getting a lot better, but it’s just weird.

“I’ve been in the gym a lot, I work on my craft so much I’m afraid not to go out there and (work). It’s hard, but at the same time like I always said I’m not all about myself. If my shots not falling, I’m going to look for guys. Today, I think that’s what got me going. I looked for guys and I realized my shots weren’t falling, so I had to get to the basket. It just happens sometimes like that, but I’m happy for the win.”

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