Thought I'd get it started.
Ugly, ugly, ugly loss. But I'll start with the positives because there were a few. Keep in mind that I only saw the second half.
Obviously, Shawne Williams played well tonight. I'm starting to see why Obie is so excited about him. He seems to be a very hard worker that is actually hungry to get better, seems to have a real passion for the game. He was aggressive all night, had some nice plays taking the ball to the basket topped off with a monster dunk in the third quarter. Showed a nice touch from the outside as well.
Granger played slightly above my expectations, had a nice couple of plays in the third quarter, was aggressive, shot the ball reasonably well. He showed up tonight which is more than can be said for some of our guys.
Quis didn't shoot the ball incredibly well but he at least seemed to put forth some effort, especially when we were down big. Are we really that bad of a team that I am lauding guys for TRYING?!
Hulk looked rather solid on defense and scored in double figures. Oh, and he didn't get into foul trouble. That's really all I expect from him.
Okay, on to the negatives.
Deiner cannot handle the ball whatsoever. He's a terrible shooter (right now) and even worse at defending. It seems like Obie is losing some confidence in him, he only have him 8 minutes of PT tonight. That doesn't bode too well for our PG depth, at all. Farmar took him to school tonight.
Dunleavy didn't even look like he was trying. He is supposed to be one of our primary options and shot the ball I think 6 times. That's scary, as in scary bad.
Our defense all around was HORRIBLE, especially on the perimeter. The Lakers looked like they were conducting some type of orchestra with their ball movement out there. And what they were doing wasn't especially revolutionary or anything, it's just that we couldn't keep up to where the ball was at for some reason, giving them plenty of open looks from beyond the arc. We kind of looked like a tormented cat chasing one of those laser light things, always a couple of steps behind
JO played mediocre. I still feel like we're dumping it down to him to much. A couple of plays that looked forced immediately come to mind. He has improved on his outside shot, but he isn't too good at going inside at all right now. Although Ike has only played in three games all year, so far he looks like our primary interior threat. By losing a lot of his ability to play inside JO has lost a key facet to his game. Hopefully this is only temporary and those years of banging around in the paint haven't caught up to him, yet.
And on to Nawlins. I don't have a lot of confidence about beating them right now, we can only hope that Peja stays consistent to his days as a Pacer and sits out