Carter-Williams inconsistent on offensive end in win over Seton Hall

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories HALL PASS: Orange grinds out road win at Seton Hall, punishes Pirates from free-throw lineTriche bounces back from UConn with stellar 29-point performance at Seton HallSoutherland slow to heat up post-ineligibility, still a factor in win at Seton HallGallery: Syracuse beats Seton Hall 76-65 at Prudential Center Published on February 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]center_img NEWARK, N.J. — The formula to frustrate Michael Carter-Williams is no secret. It’s been in place since Syracuse’s first loss to Temple back in December.Force the 6-foot-6 point guard to shoot – from long range or in close – and take away his passing lanes. The strategy’s been adopted by each Big East opponent thus far – the latest being Seton Hall on Saturday night – and it’s revealed the flaws in his game that remained hidden as he racked up assist after assist in nonconference play.“They’re making him go to the basket and not coming off to help,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s not driving and shooting and passing somebody up, there’s nobody open. They forced him to shoot really from the Temple game on and you’re not going to get assists if they’re going to do that.”Carter-Williams shot 30 percent from the field and finished with just three assists in the Orange’s 76-65 win over the Pirates at the Prudential Center on Saturday. He managed to score 14 points – a total boosted by his 8-for-10 performance from the foul line – and grab nine rebounds, but his offensive game was inconsistent as it has been throughout conference play.All three of Carter-Williams’ field goals came in the first half. All three were dunks – one off an offensive rebound and the other two on alley-oops in transition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom that point, Carter-Williams missed his final seven shots in the game.He had no trouble getting to the rim for opportunities, but his ability to finish was nonexistent. On one drive down the lane, Carter-Williams left all defenders behind and soared to the rim above every other player, his right arm fully extended. His length and athleticism were on display, but he left the layup attempt short.“I took some tough shots today that I think I could have done something a little different,” Carter-Williams said. “But it’s all about learning and going on to the next game.”The learning process has been ongoing since Temple upset SU at Madison Square Garden and forced Carter-Williams into 17 shots. He only made three that day, as the Owls decided to make him beat them with his scoring ability.Pittsburgh held him to two assists in its win over the Orange in early February. In SU’s latest loss to Connecticut on Wednesday, he only dished out one assist – a season-low.He said he’s still adjusting to the defensive approach his opponents have taken. The point guard is still focused on getting his teammates involved while taking the open shot when it’s there, but it hasn’t been easy for him.“He’s got to be able to finish if they’re not going to respect his offense,” Boeheim said. “He’s got to find that, but it’s hard to get a lot of assists in some of these games if they’re playing like that.” Commentslast_img read more

Angels’ Hansel Robles and his fastball might be missing the fans

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Last season, Robles had a breakthrough to ascend to the Angels’ closer role. He posted a 2.48 ERA with 23 saves, on the strength of more liberal use of his changeup along with a fastball that averaged 97.2 mph. So far this season, his fastball has averaged 94.5 mph. He pitched so poorly already that he’s been shifted to a low-leverage role.“All his success is going to be probably keyed off his velocity in my opinion,” Callaway said. “If he doesn’t have that 97-98, all of a sudden that changeup, the split doesn’t play as well, the slider doesn’t play as well.”Robles isn’t going to be pitching in a full stadium anytime soon, so what do the Angels do?Callaway said there are things they can do “nutritionally” to boost his energy, and they are also challenging him to ramp up the intensity even when he’s just playing catch.MEANWHILE, IN LONG BEACH …Jose Suarez, who missed the start of summer camp for reasons the Angels have not disclosed, has continued working out at the Angels’ alternate training site in Long Bech. He’s now caught up for the missed time, and available to be recalled if the Angels need him in relief, Callaway said. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “He’s been looking really good down there,” Callaway said. “That’s what the reports have been telling us. He’s stretched out to a couple innings.”Callaway said Reid Detmers, the Angels’ top draft pick from this summer, continues to work out in Long Beach. Callaway said the immediate plan is to get Detmers as many intrasquad innings and as much coaching as they can this summer, and then see how he progresses.“By the end of this summer, if he can help us at some point, I don’t think we’d hesitate to do that if it made a lot of sense,” Callaway said. “We understand that this guy can spin the ball. He has a great changeup, and has very good fastball command.”PreviousSun light falls across the infield as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval winds up to deliver to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings at a pitch from Texas Rangers’ Edinson Volquez in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Ohtani grounded out to first in the at-bat. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsTexas Rangers relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez, left, turns the ball over to manager Chris Woodward, right, as first baseman Todd Frazier, rear, and catcher Robinson Chirinos, front, look on in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers right fielder Joey Gallo reaches up to field a fly out by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun (5), Joey Gallo, center, and catcher Robinson Chirinos celebrate the Rangers’ 2-0 win in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun (5), Joey Gallo, center, and catcher Robinson Chirinos, right, celebrate their 2-0 win in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through on a fly out to right in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Peña (64) works against the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, center left, greets Joey Gallo (13) at the top of the dugout after Gallo hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols follows through on a single to left as Texas Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos looks on in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Sun light falls across the infield as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval winds up to deliver to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo follows through on a two-run home run that came off a pitch from Los Angeles Angels starter Patrick Sandoval in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. The Rangers’ Todd Frazier scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off a pitch from Los Angeles Angels starter Patrick Sandoval in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers first baseman Todd Frazier (21) reaches out for the throw to the bag as Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) reaches for a single in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings at a pitch from Texas Rangers’ Edinson Volquez in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Ohtani grounded out to first in the at-bat. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers first baseman Todd Frazier (21) reaches out for the throw to the bag as Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) reaches for a single in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Sun light falls across the infield as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval winds up to deliver to the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)ExpandALSOJoe Maddon said Andrelton Simmons (sprained ankle) “is getting better.” Maddon said he doesn’t have a timetable, but is hearing more about the need to “start making plans” for Simmons in his rehab. …Related Articles Jo Adell returned to the Angels lineup Saturday after missing two games with a tight quad. …Callaway said the Angels don’t have a timetable for Cam Bedrosian’s return from a right adductor strain, but “it’s something that didn’t seem too serious.” …The Angels optioned Luke Bard to make room for Patrick Sandoval, who was promoted to rejoin the rotation with a start Saturday. It turns out that Hansel Robles’ fastball may have been a victim of the pandemic.Indirectly anyway.Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Saturday that he believes the demoted closer’s issues mostly are from losing some of velocity on his fastball, which is the result of reduced adrenaline pitching in empty ballparks.“We’re trying to figure out how to how to really get him pumped up during the game,” Callaway said. “He’s a guy that feeds off the atmosphere. You see him out there having a having a great time, having fun with his delivery and going out there and competing. And I think the fans really help feed him when they’re present, so I think right now the biggest missing thing are the fans.”last_img read more