For weeks now, possibly all season, I’ve struggled for words to put in this space. I could call it writers block but I’d rather call it what it is and that’s confusion. One night I’ll start right after work, I even have a draft on here, “The Marked Improvement of Raymond Felton.” Well I haven’t gone back to it because I’m not sure I can mark it. He was on the right side of the assist to turnover ratio and when I started looking at other point guards I was suddenly smacked with the reality that Ray wasn’t half the assister of any of the Nash, Deron Williams, CP3 or any of the top guys.
I started another last week that lamented the Bobcats inability to close a game. Then the whole Tyson Chandler/Gerald Wallace, which should have been Boris Diaw vs. The World, thing went down. Tyson has since had a stress fracture or reaction or sprain or something in his surgically repaired foot and will sit at least 1 week, if not longer.
I don’t know what’s wrong with DJ Augustin either. Poor guy isn’t getting the minutes he’s used to. 26.5 per last year to 18.3 this year. Looking at his PPG, compared to MPG he may be more efficient. DJ is lost in the shuffle of Ray, Gerald, Flip and Steven Jackson. It’s just difficult to put a 5’1″ (no way he’s actually 6′) spot up shooter out there if you have 2-3 guys at all times that can dribble-drive and penetrate a little better I guess. I’m still confused though.
I was really confused about this Tyson Chandler situation. I thought he was coming in 100% healthy and he was a really good rebounder and shot blocker (if not alterer). So far we’ve heard that any comments about his will are “A bunch of bull” and his rebounds are down 1.7 per game over last year when he was hurt most of the year. So we’re not getting the whole story on this guy. Is he hurt? Is he unmotivated? Does he not like the system? Does he not understand the system? Does he have a legit beef with Gerald for taking into question his heart? I say wait and see but this guy is looking like a salary dump over Okafor at this point.
Larry Brown often baffles me. He is so forthcoming and open to whatever questions the media have for him, happy to speak his mind but I can’t wrap my head around the rotations or the decision to send Alexis Ajinca down to the D- League. I’d love it if somebody could give me the number of different lineups the guy has used this year and each line’s specific effectiveness. He goes completely on feel and I have a feeling none of the players can get a clue to what the feel is or what their roles are.
When you look down the minutes per game, you have Gerald and Jax at around 40 per game. After that, Ray and Diaw around 34 and after those 4 it’s a pile of dudes at 25 – 12. With Tyson out with the first substantial time injury, the amount of games that Gerald “NBA Ready” Henderson and Derrick “Solid Play Every Minute” Brown have been DNP-CD is baffling. 8 games each neither has seen the court and the minutes range around 12.2 for Brown and 9.8 for Henderson.
Neither rookie is a defensive liability, neither is a dud on offense either. What is the problem? I don’t see Stephen Graham or Flip Murray making huge impacts on games. I certainly don’t see Boris Diaw playing lights out. Give the kids a shot Larry, that’s all I’m asking.
I can’t put my finger on anything. I can’t say “that’s what/who/why we won/lost this game” because I just don’t see any of it. I guess I just have to see all of it and take it as it comes. I’d like to see this team dictating games, dictating the matchups and dictating the final minutes in a meaningful way. Hasn’t happened yet, not sure why….this is confusion.