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02-08-2007, 12:55 AM
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nyr2k2
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no problem... i just realized that i did not offer much by way of an answer to the actual question so i'll chime in now.

i think it won't be too difficult for him to get to 30, and i think he will. however i can also see him opting out of many games/matchups in the last 1/3 of the season due to his injury, poor play of team, sulking etc..

as much as the team relies on him, he should be able to rely on the other players helping to carry the heavy load and take some of it off his shoulders (pun intended).
The shoulder is the thing that makes me think he'll miss 30. Let's assume he's mentally checked out like a lot of people think; even then, playing with Straka and on the 1st PP he ought to be able to crack thirty. Even when his head isn't in the game, he's still good for at least 35 in a full season. This season though, he looks to me like he's really hurting. We've heard that the injury hasn't bothered him that much, but I'm not buying it. I think that injury coupled with the resulting weight loss have really hurt his game. I see him missing a few games down the stretch, particularly if we're out of it.

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