This was not Arron Afflalo. Nothing Afflalo did resembled the brilliant guard he had become at UCLA. “My team looks to me for a lot of different things,” Afflalo said. “If I don’t provide that, we’ll struggle. This was the worst game of my career.” No one would argue that. Afflalo wasn’t the same in practice last week, either. He had recently been named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and an All-American. He said those accolades didn’t have any effect on him, but maybe he didn’t realize it. “In practice the past couple of days, he hasn’t been shooting the ball as often as I would like him to shoot it,” coach Ben Howland said. “In other words, you play in the game exactly how you practice. So he has to come out in practice on Saturday looking to shoot, looking to score. We talked about it after the game and even at halftime.” Afflalo wasn’t pointing fingers at anyone but himself, but the fact he took only seven shots wasn’t a good thing for the Bruins. He shouldered the blame for the upset, but there was plenty of blame to go around. “I don’t want to force the issue and get shots for myself, but I feel my team is better when I’m better,” Afflalo said. As Afflalo goes, so does UCLA. Afflalo didn’t demand the ball, but maybe he should have. This was the same guy that made a last-second shot against USC to win on the road. He had three fouls by halftime, but that wasn’t the only reason Howland sat him on the bench to start the second half. “It was partly foul trouble and partly him being tentative,” Howland said. “He’s just got to be aggressive.” Shooters aren’t always on, but when Afflalo’s shot has been off, UCLA always had his defense to rely on. Not even that was good Friday. He held Ubaka scoreless at Cal, but Ubaka returned the favor at Staples Center. Afflalo was off from the start, as he missed a pair of free throws 58 seconds into the game. His first basket of the game – a reverse layup – came 20 minutes and 24seconds into the game. How did that happen? “We’ll have to go back and watch the tape,” Howland said. “I’m not sure why we couldn’t get him more shots.” Afflalo, the elder statesman on a team with no seniors, had no motivational speech afterward. He said with the way he played, he didn’t have the right to say anything. “There’s no mystery about it,” Afflalo said. “The way I played tonight, that’s the majority of the reason we lost.” [email protected] (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Against Cal, Afflalo took just two shots by halftime, and seven total. He scored just three points, breaking a streak of 29 consecutive games in double figures. He fouled out. The player he was assigned to guard – Ayinde Ubaka – was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points. Afflalo didn’t stick around to shake hands with Cal players afterward, either. He was out of rhythm, out of sorts, out of everything. And UCLA followed suit. It should be no surprise, then, that UCLA lost to Cal 76-69 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. Afflalo this was not.