It has to be said that the Grizz just aren't showing what they are capable of. On paper, this team looks like it should be battling for a playoff spot, but instead they are battling for not finishing last. I had high hopes for this team at the beginning of the season and I'm sure many of you guys did, but I have been let down, considerably.
I didn't see the game last night, but I did see the highlights and the box score, not enough to warrant a decent opinion, but I guess I could still give some enlightenment.
The first thing I noticed was the amazing statline that Bobby Jones dropped, 20 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals with a block to go along with it. Maybe this is the piece that Memphis have been missing, he was given a decent amount of playing time and was able to produce something pretty damn impressive, though I'm sure this will change when Gay comes back. Or maybe this was just a one game thing, and Bobby vanished back into his hole, which isn't something I'm looking forward to.
The second thing I noticed was that Gasol has continued is reign of terror. Dropping yet another great game. During January he has averaged;
At the beginning of the season Pau was struggling to get into a rhythm. Now it seems that he has found that rhythm and hopefully he won't slow down.
Even though I'm thrilled about a win and the performance from our guys, I'm still a little skeptical, as to whether this team can get it's act together. Sure we got a win, but it was against Seattle, nothing special, nothing to write home about. I hope this is a sign of things to come, I would like it to be, but something tells me that this is just Memphis having a good game and not something we can do consistently.
Last edited by Kebab Stall : 01-19-2008 at 06:32 AM.
You are 100% right. We blew it again vs. Charlotte.
Iavaroni said that we didn't have any bench support. I guess to sustain a running game the he wants you do need someone athletic off the bench to give you score in bunches (e.g. barbosa). Miller missed this game and poof! JCN starts and we have no bench. When healthy, we have JCN and Lowry as primary bench contributors and Swift to pick up garbage points. It still wouldn't be enough. A nice big scoring wing would probably be nice.
I wonder how you guys think of starting Bobby Jones for the rest of the year. At least that is one guy who doesn't want to score. Miller can go back to the 6th man role he seems very good at.
C - Darko / Swift
PF - Gasol / Warrick
SF - Gay / Miller
SG - Jones / JCN
PG - Conley / Lowry
or if Iavaroni REALLY wants to run, bring in JCN to start at SG and slide Gay to PF. We'd be smaller but it doesn't really matter. We usually get burned at end game with zero perimeter D. Pau and Darko can't be our first line of defense. Having Bobby Jones out there could kinda hold the team together.
On a side note getting rid of Stoudamire should've been done 3 months ago.
Putting Miller as the 6th man seems like a good idea. Right now the only guy we have coming off the bench who brings energy is Navarro, Kinsey would be another, but whatever. If we also put Miller there, it's going to bring alot more energy off the bench.
Jones looks like he could fit in well here. Sure, we're not looking at a guy who's going to give us 15 a night, but he looks like a guy who will do his job and do it well. Maybe averages of around 6ppg and 3rpg.
See this is what I hate.Bobby jones has a good game and people think he is worthy of starting or getting a nice amount of playing time.He is an ok defender.He should get any minutes that casey jacobson was stealing. I like miller off the bench.I would start warrik or swift.Then have miller,lowry,and navarro off the bench.Your starting lineup wouldnt get killed on the boards.Also that would leave alot more shots for pau and gay.Just a thought.
It is not he made a good game in the offensive end, but that he is probably the best defender in the team. The Grizz has been killed so many times at the beginning of the games that I think they need someone like him to fire the defensive attitude of the team. In fact, they need 3 Bruce Bowen but if you only have Bobby, you have to use Bobby. It doesn't mean he deserves 30 minutes per game, but he needs to be used in the right moments, and one of them could easily be at the start of each game.