1. Jermaine O'Neal did not play in the win.
2. Ike Diogu did play in the win.
Here's the thing:
- Ike brings our only effective low post threat (JO is not, sorry. He's a fadeaway 40 percent threat, and that's generous.) Ike can create once he gets the ball. Ike hits his shot from outside FAR better than JO.
- This is much more important: JO's mere presence leads to slog ball. I'm not sure exactly why. It just does. His whole style, attitude and demeanor make the rest of the guys wait around for him to do something.
Okay. Maybe I'm wrong. If so, please someone tell me why the heck we ran like cabanches in the first game and stood on the perimeter tonight? Did JOB have a different strategy tonight. Really, I want to know.