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Burke looking for redemption in Skills Challenge

New Orleans • So, yeah, about last night.

The BBVA Compass (you're welcome for the plug, BBVA Compass) Rising Stars Challenge meant nothing.

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But Trey Burke was still a little bugged by his game.

The rookie scored six points, but hit only three of 13 attempts.

"I'm always disappointed when I don't play good, but I understand it's an All-Star game," he said. "I've been trying to find my shot in regular games. It looked like I was trying to find my shot tonight. I just got to keep playing, man. I'm not going to let it get to me. It's an All-Star game, but at the same time … you can learn lessons even from games like this."

Burke could have a shot at redemption next year in New York City, if he's selected as one of the league's top sophomores.

"It makes me very hungry, very motivated and eager to work, not only for the the rest of the season but the offseason, so I can be back in this position next year," he said.

In the meantime, Burke has a shot at showing better tonight, when he teams up with Damian Lillard in the Skills Challenge. Burke hadn't practiced the challenge, but was expected to get a few run throughs later today.

"Hopefully I can perform better in that," he said, half joking.

— Aaron Falk



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