I know basketball can be a physical game. I've sprained enough ankles, had enough bruises, jammed enough fingers and even got my nose broken while playing hoops many, many, many, many years ago.
I think they had just cut the bottom out of the peach basket then.
Even with the physical nature, I still have trouble comprehending how, if you're 6-foot-11, as Mad Ants Jared Reiner is, you can take 13 shots in a game and miss 12 of them when you're that bloody close to the rim.
This is coming from a guy who was 5-11, but has shrunk closer to 5-9.
In the 94-90 Mad Ants loss to Reno on Tuesday, Reiner (1 of 12), 6-9 Joe Alexander (3 of 10) and 6-9 Rob Kurz (6 of 15) combined to make 10 of 37 shots.
I suppose some credit goes to Reno's interior defense, but some of it was just a lousy night.
Alexander, who is on loan from Milwaukee, is a splendid talent, but Tuesday he tried to do too much, such as a leaning finger roll that never got to the rim. That sort of thing.
But - on the positive side - if Alexander stays for any length of time, he and newly-acquired guard Dan Dickau could work well together and be worth the price of admission. At this stage of the season, with the Ants 10-19, the fans need some bang for their buck.