I did not watch the entire Spurs game. Sadly, I predicted what would happen. I had a choice between watching this game or earning some extra money at work, and chose the latter. If I thought it would be a good game, I would have stayed home. But, given it was the Spurs we were playing, I envisioned a blow out.
I simpy do not understand how this team seems to have a total lack of chemistry. I know we have 3 new players, but our old ones are playing like they don't even know each other.
Arenas gives it to the other team as much as his own. Maybe it's the offense, maybe he's not as good as he used to be. I don't know. But he's definitely not the boon we thought he would be.
Butler has somehow morphed into Reggie Miller, only his jumpers don't fall through. His continual insistence on proving that he can make the long jumper boggles my mind. This seems to be a team-wide theme, but Caron is guilty of it the most. For as long as I've been around organized basketball, hell even BACKYARD basketball, I've known that if your jumpers not falling, you take it to the hole. (I know, I know...I've said this before)
Jamison is Jamison, but he is not the type of player that can take a team on his back for an entire season. Nor should he be expected to at this stage of his career.
Boykins is a band aid. As much as I admire him for his talent-to-size-ratio, I also know the reality that this is a guy whose been all around the league, and world for that matter, because he is simply limited. He is a good spark plug off the bench as a nice change of pace to Arenas, but that's it. Frankly, at this opint I'd rather see a nice set up man in there to put the other "scorers" in the right position to make the play.
Foye is inadequate - it's beginning to look like he was a 15 point/night scorer because there was no one else to do it. His drives to the basket are encouraging, until he actually gets there and simply throws the ball as close to the center square of the backboard as possible.
Haywood and Blache seem to be the only players who have improved. Haywood seems to have more desire than the rest of the team combined (save for maybe AJ), but is still limited by his actual NATURAL talent (sorry Mike), and position/role. And Blache is easily our most improved player. Too bad he's going in the opposite direction of our "stars".
Miller WAS a bright spot. His shooting touch and grit are a huge departure from most of the rest of the team.
Oberto is not much of a change from Songalia. Sure he's a much better passer, but he's nowhere near the scorer Songalia was. Each are adequate bangers/role players.
Stevenson plays well in spurts. Spurts WITHIN games, every couple of games that is. I won't say anything more about him.
McGee seems to have taken a step back, but that doesn't mean much since he was deemed a "project" to begin with.
McGuire is the same as he's always been, though at this opint I don't see why you don't play him more (which he probably will now with Miller out.). Hell, I'd even consider starting him over Butler for a bit.
Now I'm left with Nick Young. Is this guy really THAT BAD, that he can't break the lineup of a 3-9 team? Tell me exactly what he would give you differently that, say, Butler? OK, he'd actually MAKE his shots. Or Foye? Well, there's his length. His ability to actually get CLOSE to the rim. So why not play him? Is the current rotation getting it done?
Anyway, that's what I see right now. I hope it changes, and SOON. But I have to admit, this is REALLY starting to feel like Groundhogs Day.