Ok, had to watch that one on tape delay as I spent the evening as Indiana's newest Paramedic graduated from class.
Go Diamond Dave Although all of that money I spent on regular college makes me
I was just going to put some comments on the post game thread but after reading a few pages of that I didn't know if I should myself or
As we all learned from the wise Mark Jackson after game one, never get to up after a win and don't get to down after a loss.
There were problems, no doubt, but this hardly qualify's us for worst team in the league.
I guess we need to start of with this.
Emeka Okafor is supposed to look like this
however whenever I looked he somehow looked like this.
My God his game made Chris Kamans game look weak and that is saying something. Thank God he is not like a WW2 bomber and put's tatoo's on his arms of his victims because our entire frontline would be on both sides.
Wallace is also a handfull, he is so dang wirey and athletic it's just not even funny.
These are very good players so the fact that they had good games should be no shame on anyone.
But the fact that Okafor had a superhuman game should make every player and coach on our team take pause.
He's good, he's not THAT good.
Look a lot of what I have to say was covered in the first thread but I want to echo U.B. on his first post. The fact that David Harrison takes a paycheck from this game is really almost a crime. He had one phenominal game to start the season, ok a phenom for him, but since then it has been a downhill slide.
Tonight he was the worst thing you can ask from a player, when he was on the floor he hurt the team. Yes, it was that bad. He hurt the team in his short time on the floor. I don't know what that crap was when he walked out with 5 fouls but this is three games in a row now that there has been some kind of "weird" issue with him.
The only person to match David Harrison in ineptatude was Jamaal Tinsley.
Jamaal is supposed to look like this.
but whenever I looked out there during the game all I saw was
I was in a real quandry during this game. I kept praying for O'Brien to take Jamaal out of the game but then I kept remembering that Travis Diener was coming in.
Look, I understand both to Birds signings this summer. Both were low risk signings and if they work out he will look great. However they were cast off by thier past teams for a reason.
If Dieners shot is not dropping this guy is pretty much useless. I didn't even see the good ball movement with him that I saw in the pre-season and I'm not sure I won't have nightmares about his defense on Felton.
However I understand, he's a backup and really probably a third string backup on most teams. However when you are Jamaal Tinsleys backup you better be ready to step in and run the team. Right now I don't have faith in Travis to do that.
I just don't understand why we aren't getting Owens some min. on the floor.
Ok, right now I am going to say that Ike may be more important to this team than I thought. I mean good God when J.O. goes out we don't have any kind of inside presence at all on offense.
BTW, just in case people are wondering if they didn't see the game. You will get outshot at the freethrow line everytime if all you do is shoot jumpers.
Only Danny went to the rack with any real intensity and while Shawne and Mike tried they were not successfull. I won't even discuss Jamaal's shot selection at the rim.
I think J.O. took it to the hoop two times the whole game.
Rebounding is really starting to be an issue as well.
David Harrison now has officially made Rik Smits look like Wilt Chamberlain on the boards.
Has there ever been a player so big and so strong who got so few rebounds? Is there a reason this guy can't even accidently grab a board?
Yes, if you can't tell I'm very very down on Harrison right now.
Not all was bad though.
Jeff Foster had a great third quarter, Troy Murphy had a great first half, Danny Granger fought all night long and Jim O'Brien had a good haircut.
Now everyone knows that I am not a fan of O'Neal, but I am not laying this loss totally on him. He deserves as much blame as everyone else, but he was hardly the entire problem.
Look this team is going to struggle all season long, we knew that. The three and zero start may have been a bad thing if it gave people a false sense of optimism. But let's not blow the loss out of proportion either.
It was just a loss, nothing more nothing less.
We've already got a game tonight so I want to see how the team responds.
BTW, by not over reacting I am not saying let's not criticize or make trade suggestions. I'm just saying let's not make us the worst team of all time just yet.
However on the trade front I still contend what I've contended all off season. We need a new point guard and we need a new player to be the focus of the team.