Obviously I know Jamison is an important player in our rotation, but I didn't think he'd have THIS type of impact. Especially not this quickly. I was very happy with his shot selection, and I hope it runs off on the rest of the team. I have ha a problem all season with the team, Caron and Gilbert in particular, "settling" for jumpers. And I have always had a problem with Jamison camping out at the 3 point line. But he didn't do that this game. He established himself inside, then mixed some outside shots in to show his versatility. Like I said, I hope the rest of the guys follow suit. Arenas seemed to in the second half at least, when he was obviously much more aggressive.
But I guess this was a night for me being wrong. I will readily admit that Deshawn Stevenson had a noticeable impact on this game with his defense on LeBawl James. You could tell James was visibly frustrated when Stevenson was on him. And that jump ball was great. Of course it was a missed call, but so what? It's about time the tables were turned on him. It would've been perfect had Stevenson somehow won the jump ball. I'm sure James would've cried about that too.
And lastly, while pointing out my wrongs, I come to Brendan Haywood. I think he has found his niche on this team, if he continues to play like he did last night. While one shot attempt may not seem ideal for your starting center, I think it is a good thing that he only attempted one shot, was not upset about it, an still had a major impact on the game. I'm not saying he should be limited to one shot a game, but I would like to see them go away from running specific plays for him, and/or trying to force it to him down low. We are much better served with him crashing the boards and getting follow ups and tip ins than shooting fade away jumpers. I don't mind if he lets an occasional hook fly now and then, but I'd like to see him stick to defense and rebounding. I will always be of the mindset that shot blocking/changing can have a major impact on games, and Brendan showed it last night. If he keeps up this type of play, the league will be embarrassed by not at least including him on the all star ballot.