Hanrahan: Young hopes to take hot hand on road

Hanrahan: Young hopes to take hot hand on road
January 12, 2011, 6:10 pm
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Wednesday January 12, 2011 1:55 p.m.
By Frank HanrahanCSNwashington.com

Nick Young was still riding high today, fresh off his career best 43 points against Sacramento on Tuesday night, nothing was going to take him down -- except his co-workers. "Coaches and teammates been trying to humble me all day," Young said. "It's kind of bringing me back down."

Young was so proud of his efforts in the 136-133 overtime win over the Kings that he actually took the game ball home to get framed -- but that wasn't all. "I am going to frame everything, get the tape, get the shorts and the shoes I played in," Young said.

Young, whose previous high was 33 points in 2009, also said his Facebook page was bombarded with congratulations and he got numerous phone calls from friends and family and even former teammate Gilbert Arenas texted Young, saying, "You learned from the master."

With Young's 15 minutes almost up for now, it's back to reality now for him and the 10-26 Wizards as they now head on the road to face Minnesota. Can Young carry his hot shooting over on the road? If history is any indication, the answer would be no, as Young has been a different player on the road than at Verizon Center. That's probably why his coaches and teammates are trying to keep him humble, making sure Young doesn't get too excited about one game and can follow up a great performance with another.

Young averages about 18 points a game at home but just 13 a game on the road. So what is it going to take to be a better player in unfriendly confines? "I got to be more aggressive," Young said. "At home you got the fans and everybody behind and when you miss a shot they are still there to pick you up so you've just got to keep that confidence and keep it rolling."

Notes: Forward Andray Blatche will be a game time decision versus Minnesota on Thursday night with a bad shoulder. He was hurt in the Sacramento game. If Blatche can't play, Rashard Lewis would slide to the power forward spot and Al Thornton would get the start at the small forward position.