‘Injury Fighting Spirit’ Lee Jung-hyun, can he lead to the 5th game?￼
If you lose one more time, the season is over. Can Lee Jung-hyeon (24, 187cm) save Carrot from crisis?
Goyang Carrot will play the 4th game of the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Pro Basketball Quarterfinal Playoff against Anyang KGC at Goyang Gymnasium on the 19th. Concentrated on a series record of 1 win and 2 losses, further losses mean failure to advance to the championship match.
Lee Jung-hyun is playing with an elbow injury. In the first leg of the quarterfinals against KGC, he collided with Oh Se-geun in the middle of the first quarter and was diagnosed with a microfracture of his left elbow. He has since been playing after having tapings on his elbows. He played the round of 6 against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis until the 5th round and advanced to the 4th round, so the burden of his physical strength is getting more and more.
Lee Jung-hyun said, “I still have pain. He is in a throbbing condition. His neck and shoulders were hit together, so his muscles are sore. It is true that his stamina comes with a burden. At the end of Game 3, even standing on the court was difficult. It’s not okay, but you have to run.”
Lee’s growth continues even in the playoffs. Lee Jung-hyun, who averaged 24 points, 1.8 3-pointers, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in the semifinals, scored 32 points, including 4 3-pointers, in the second game of the semifinals, giving Carrot a win. In Game 3, he recorded 8 assists, his most in the individual playoffs. 안전놀이터
Coach Kim Seung-gi also said, “I became a player who could not be stopped one-on-one. It also solves all mismatch situations. Even if you win, (Lee) Jeong-hyeon should do it, and even if you lose, Jeong-hyeon should do it. He has grown to the point where he has to be included in the national team. Next season, he hopes to become an MVP candidate,” expressing satisfaction with Lee Jung-hyun’s growth.
Lee Jung-hyun said, “It is very different from last season’s playoffs. (Former) Seong-hyeon is playing with his older brother Lawson, taking many options in attack. Seong-hyeon hyung is not in normal condition, so he has a lot of physical strength, but he is playing in a very good opportunity. It is a playoff with great significance, as he plays a role that can bet on both offense and defense.”
Lee Jung-hyun continued, “One more loss and it’s over. In the playoffs, a lot of people cheered for us regardless of home or away. Thank you so much. As it is a home game today, many people will come, but I will show my performance that will not disappoint.”
There was no case where the 5th place in the regular league advanced to the championship match. Will Lee Jung-hyun be able to save Carrot, who is driven to the edge of the cliff, from the crisis and promise the 5th match?