I'm afraid to see how everyone else plays once he is back. We have great chemistry going on right now.
Let's assume he comes back for the playoffs. If we revert back to that dumping it into him every time, we are sunk. I don't think we can beat anyone in a series if we play that type of offense again.
However, if JO comes back for the playoffs, and has a role in the offense like he has in previous years, and if we get Tinsley back while everyone else playing as good as they are right now, then I think we can still beat any team in a series.
We all have seen Reggie play well this season. All of his better games have come when JO is out. Reggie is a totally different player when JO is gone. He is more aggressive, he tends to take the ball off of the dribble more. When JO is here, Reggie is passive as can be, and it drives me nuts watching it.
I'm not knocking JO. JO is the franchise player and we need him back. But we can't use that strategy once he has returned. If we do, we are sunk.
Like it has been mentioned several times on the board, Dale Davis has been a huge addition. I'll be the first to admit that I thought he would be a shell of what he once was here, and wouldn't make a huge difference. But I was totally wrong. He still plays like it's the late 1990's. Dale is all heart, and has played his *** off for us. I love having him against Detroit.
I know it's been said many times as well on here, but I'll say that I also agree that Austin Croshere has to start. We have all seen how effective Jeff can be coming off of the bench. Jeff is the same player no matter what. Austin as we all know, has to get into a rhythm, and when he does he is a very effective player.
If we can get JO and Tins back, and have a better game plan than we did when JO played earlier in the season, then I think we can beat anyone, Artest or no Artest.