So last night's game against the Lakers was a lot of fun to watch. It helped that Nick Young and company were playing outstanding on the offensive end. Were it not for an atrocious first half of rebounding and unstoppable Laker penetaration(coincidence that this was a problem in a game where Yi started?), it could have been an easy win.
So as noted, the first half was kind of the same old problems we have suffered through this year. But the second half... now that was a different story. I saw guys, two guys specifically, come out with energy and hustle and pride in their game. Those two guys were obviously Booker and Seraphin. They played like they wanted to be on the court. They played like they wanted to do whatever it was going to take to get the win. They set the tone that they were going to scrap, bang, and bruise to make plays. And that is what this team needs. We have a set of guards that are going to take care of their business. Our frontcourt can display long-range shooting, consistent penetration, outstanding ball distribution, and occasionaly some defense, on any given night. That leaves us with this need; some front court players willing to do the dirty work. Guys that have the desire to rebound and set screens and set a physical tone. And to simply let it be known that they do not give up easy buckets if you are brave enough to come down there with them. Even the Lebron's and Wade's of the league shy away from driving after a few tough fouls.
And this is what brings me to Blatche....
I can not believe what I saw last night, considering that performance in Canada a few nights ago. We were like a different team, but really, there was one major difference. Andray Blatche's minutes were given to mostly Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker. And boy did they take advantage of those minutes. They did things with those minutes that Blatche is not physically capable of doing. The hustle was outstanding, and was the difference from the Toronto game to last night. Andray doesn't even have the endurance to play that hard, not to mention the lack of desire I see every night. He does not fill the needs, or fit the mentality of the team at this point And I am personally tired of watching it.
Those things lead me to this problem... As long as Andray is a Wizard(and not suffering a "hip contusion") he is going to get his minutes. He is signed on long-term and he is completely content with the position he is in. And I do not want to see the development of our two hustlers, John Wall, or the success of an entire team, set back by one guys laziness. And that is the main thing, I feel like he sets this team back, as long as we are counting on him as our starting PF.
I, personally, am completely ready to cut ties with Blatche. Even if he does make a complete 180 at some point this season, I have no doubt that he reverts back to his current Blatche form eventually. He has no desire to improve or just work harder. He is the most complacent person I have ever seen, with the situation he is in. So what is the real value of Blatche, around the league? What could we get out of a Blathce trade? Is anyone else as ready as I am to see him go? And do we really have any other options besides trading him or just settling for him?