"If you have your point guard ... maybe we win a couple of those games and people's heads aren't hanging. But it's hard to get that through to them. Once you get to 'if' it's hard to swallow," said Mike Reed. "If we can get Jade back, and finish the year off with some wins that will definitely make everybody's season better while giving us a little bit of a look at what we have for next year."
Reed may only take those looks between teaching moments, but he clearly sees the big picture.
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