Gallo needs to learn that if your jumper is off, as his was most of the night, you need to work the inside and midrange game. Too much standing around the 3 pt line chucking shots hoping that the next one drops. He's 6'10" tall for chrissake; he needs to get more points in the paint and taking the ball to the hole. We probably would have seen alot more or Randolph if he was healthy in Gallo's place. D'Antoni didn't have another offensive option to replace him and Bill Walker was horrible. When Azibuke gets back and healthy, and possibly starting at the two, our back court defense should get better. It needs to! Dribble penetration killed us from Jack, Derozan, Calderon, and Barbosa. Other impressions:
Will had a good night; a couple of bad shots but he was aggressive.
Gallo; see above.
Turiaf did well defensively with four blocks and adds energy.
STAT had too many turnovers; NINE. Nice to have a go to guy at the end of the game after all these years.
Fields has a high basketball IQ and it showed. One of those players that doesn't do one thing great; just does a little of everything. Not bad for a first start and he did not seem rattled.
Felton was cool but he needs to average 17 and 8 in this system. Perimeter defense needs to get better.
T-Moz is a foul magnet! Just needs to play smarter. Much smarter!!
Douglas brings energy and scoring but I was disappointed with his perimeter defense. (See Felton) For the ACC defensive player of the year, Barbosa was treating him like the Church league defensive player of the year at times.
Walker had a bad game. Missed a bunny dunk and seemed tight.
Mason needs to know that when he is in the game, he HAS to knock down open jumpers. A couple of open looks he just needed to knock down.
D'Antoni played ten guys in the first quarter alone! When is the last time you saw that....
Half court offense was non existent at times. No patience for a play to develop or ball/player movement and just jacked up shots. STAT cannot be THE only option in the half court; someone has to step up. (see Gallo)
First win....not against the best team but a win is a win.
I for one am really looking for a healthy Randolph and Kaz in the near future to add to the mix. Not pronouncing them a top team but it LOOKS to be better than what we have seen in some time. Time will tell...