LG’s 5-game winning streak, Kim Jun-il’s belated fighting spirit

Kim Jun-il (200cm, C) did not exert much effort.

Changwon LG lost to Jeonju KCC 64-87 in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball regular league held at Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium on the 5th. The season’s second 5-game winning streak failed. It maintained second place with 24 wins and 14 losses, but was 3 games away from No. 1 Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation (27 wins and 11 losses).

Kim Jun-il faced his parent team (Seoul Samsung) in the opening game of the 2021-2022 season. However, Kim Joon-il only played 17 minutes and 35 seconds in the opening game. And the opening game became the last game. This is because a major injury called ‘Achilles tendon rupture’ came to Kim Jun-il.

After his injury, Kim Jun-il devoted himself to treatment and rehabilitation. He was bored, but he was determined for the day he was back on the court. And he participated in the Philippine battery training held in September 2022. After about 11 months, he digested the actual game.

After training in the Philippines, he also participated in cup competitions. He hadn’t played in a long time, but he was still aggressive. He was not pushed behind by domestic big men and post-ups, actively participated in fast attacks, and paid a lot of attention to defense and rebounding. He held up well against the physical struggles of his opponent, the big man.

As Kim Joon-il endured, Dante Cunningham (203cm, F), who played with Kim Jun-il, also proved to be sound. Participation in the fast break, finish, and stable and effortless shooting were also impressive. As Cunningham played a big role, Asem Marey (202cm, C) was able to rest in peace.

However, Kim Jun-il did not perform well in the first round. He was on the court just 11 minutes and 53 seconds per game, averaging 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. His contributions outside of his record were also low. He volunteered to go to the D-League.

However, he rebounded from the second round. In particular, he was very active in the third round with 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 8 games and 21 minutes on average. Even in the 4th round, he had an excellent time-to-play record with 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 13 minutes and 56 seconds per game.

And Lee Seung-hyeon (197cm, F) meets KCC, who broke away. Kim Jun-il started the game from the bench. He cheered on the players included in the starting lineup. 메이저놀이터

Kim Jun-il stepped on the court for the first time 2 minutes and 1 second after the start of the second quarter. I went in with my best friend (?), Justin Gutang (188cm, F)-Dante Cunningham. He was matched up with Lee Jong-hyun (203cm, C), who first stepped on the court as a member of KCC.

The start was good. When Lee Jong-hyun fell slightly, Kim Jun-il scored with a backboard jumper. But he didn’t play well on defense, and he didn’t control rebounding very well. He tried to break through the bow with a screen, but it was an offensive foul. He handed over his mood to KCC. Even though he scored 6 points in the 2nd quarter, the margin of gain when Kim Joon-il played in the 2nd quarter was only -3. LG was also at a disadvantage with 38-45.

Kim Jun-il was excluded from the starting lineup in the third quarter. It is because LG’s first lineup (Lee Jae-do – Yoon Won-sang – Lee Kwan-hee – Jung Hee-jae – Asem Marey) stepped on the court. However, the first lineup was pushed to 0-9 for 3 minutes and 30 seconds after the start of the 3rd quarter. They were down 38-54.

Kim Jun-il was reintroduced to the court 3 minutes and 56 seconds after the start of the third quarter. I had to change the atmosphere with Gutang-Jung In-deok (196cm, F)-Cunningham. He showed his determination with a rebound. But that was all. There were very few actual plays that helped the team. LG also ended the third quarter with a score of 49-73.

Kim Jun-il also stepped on the court in the 4th quarter. He showed his final fighting spirit with Cunningham. However, the difference in scores between LG and KCC was too great. All circumstances were unfavorable for Kim Jun-il to show fighting spirit. In the end, he couldn’t overcome the unfavorable circumstances. He blew away his chances of winning five in a row. On the other hand, Kim Jun-il’s record against KCC was 8 points, 3 rebounds (attack 1), 1 assist and 4 turnovers in 22 minutes and 8 seconds.

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