Didn't see this discussed anywhere, so I thought I'd post it here.
Nobody has talked about the fact that our comeback was effectively killed by Fred Jones losing his cool and elbowing Rip Hamilton. Two shots and the ball... that was the dagger.
Yeah, the guy played well right after the suspensions. Good for him. The thing is, that was the time when we had no expectations and there was no pressure on him. He was able to do his thing without other teams having scouted him, and so he got off to a good start. Since then, though, he's been a victim of his own success. He hasn't able to keep up with it. The real problem is that when you put him in an intensely competitive situation he can't control himself. He's a great basketball talent but he needs to find another line of work.
Obviously this is tongue-in-cheek.... I was just curious as to why nobody commented on the fact that Fred's "foul" on Rip was almost identical to Ron's "foul" on Rip. Artest has been crucified all summer and season for what Rip admitted was a flop. Why isn't anybody saying those things about Fred?