Well, after our little scare where we went 2 - 7, we are back on track and playing championship caliber basketball once again. Here are some random thoughts that came to me:
-Rajon is actually shooting the ball well from 18 - 20 feet. Its still unorthodox looking (a one handed shot from his ear), and his timing isn't perfect, but its going in. And you know what? He's gaining comfindence in his shot. Give him credit--he's putting in the work after hours to develop it, and its paying off. If he has consistency with that shot, look out. He'll be a shoe in for the All-Star festivities.
-I'm scratching off Patrick O'Bryant my list of players I want to keep on the team, unless he shows me otherwise. Maybe I'm jumping the gun prematurely, and maybe he'll find his game and earn a spot in the rotation one day. But from what I'm seeing from him now, it wouldn't bother me if we cut him loose a year early from his contract. Yes he has length, yes he has athleticism, yes he has some quickness, but right now, he's showing me he has little basketball IQ (looks clueless out there), very little anticipation skills (5'10" Jose Juan Berrea had a layup right in front of POB, who was standing right under the basket waiting to block the shot), and absolutely no toughness. There are young guys I want to see out there in garbage time (Walker, Pruitt)--but POB isn't one of them. I am disappointed in POB and see why the Warriors had no problem letting POB walk for nothing in return.
-Gabe Pruitt can hit jumpers, but he takes long to release his shot. Its like he release his shot an instant too late, and on the move he seems too slow in gathering himself to shoot. He's certainly no Eddie House; Eddie can shoot the ball twice before Pruitt gets one off.
-Speaking of Eddie, what a firework display he put on vs. the Mavericks. He just couldn't miss out there.
-Scalabrine is hard to put a finger on. One game he's terrible--shooting airball after airball, brick after brick, dribbling the ball too much, and making one bad decision after another. I whack myself and ask, "why does Doc even play this guy?" And the next game, he's nailing his jumpers, setting excellent screens, making timely passes, playing excellent defense against big men and SF's, and doing everything Doc tells him to do. And I tell myself, "we gotta play this guy more."
-I don't ever want to lose Tom Thibodeau. We absolutely need to keep him locked up for the next 40 years. There is bound to come a day when he'll want to be the head coach of a team, and GM's will quickly come knocking on his door. I'm not sure what we're going to do when this day comes.