I can't BELIEVE the negativity seen here for the past month or so. If you didn' know it you'd swear we were in a tailspin and in danger of not making the playoffs. INSTEAD we have the best record in the East BY 6+ GAMES and have won SEVEN OF THE PAST NINE GAMES! F' ing BRILLIANT dudes!
Do we seem to have hit a bit of a wall? yep. Guess what? our second best player (an all star) is out and our 3d best is hurt but playing in Ron's place. Think a FEW teams might struggle given those problems? (oh yeh, our struggle is 7-2). Jemaine having a bit more trouble getting good shots? Ummm, given that our other all star is out, and our outside shooting problematic, think he might be getting a bit more team defense attention? Duh
Think AL being slowed by his injury might contribute to that?
Think we might be going through an adjustment time as AL, formerly the 2nd team post player adapts to playing out of the box as a starter? THink that might take a few games to adjust?
Think we might be going through MORE adjustments as J.Bender plays (and well) FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON?
This team is loaded without Ron, though not nearly as. They would and will be formidible against any east foe by playoff time as they work the bugs of these new lineups out.
Ron is a great player who can't be replaced by anyone on this team, maybe anyone in the league. Are we weak without him though? Nope, just different. And if you "feed me NOW" types can just go a few weeks without committing hari kari, you'll see that. In the mean time, maybe you should just enjoy WINNING and stop WHINING.
Want a little cheese with that?