AJ out, Kobe in town and all things Wiz
Keeping this one quick because I'm heading out the door to practice but I'll check back later with some stuff from Verizon. Of course, the big news is Antawn Jamison's knee injury and we're all about to find out how well this team can play without it's third leading scorer, captain and all-around leader. Props to Caron Butler for his All Star selection (I called it back in training camp, remember?) and props also to Eddie Jordan and his staff. Maybe Eddie will play LeBron, D-Wade and Shaq the whole way and wear 'em out.
Kobe's in town and you know he's going to have fire in his eyes for Agent Zero tommrow night. (By the way, I don't have tickets so don't bother asking). I watched the 60-point game again last night and let me tell you: Gilbert gave it to the Lakers. He was attacking the rim like a shark (poor Andrew Bynum, he didn't know what to do because Gil was coming at him all night) and his jumper was pure hibachi all night. By the way 'Twan had 25 and 13 in that game.
It will be interesting to see how aggressive Gilbert and Kobe are early on but we know who will be pulling in the fourth quarter. This is a big one for Butler as well. Remember, the Lakers traded him for Kwame Brown of all people so you know with that All Star spot locked up, Caron is going to come out looking to prove himself.
I heard yesterday that Darius Songaila could suit up and play some as early as tomorrow night. I'll try to confirm that today after practice. Also, my eyes are on Jarvis Hayes, Andray Blatche and C Booth. This team must play better defensively without 'Twan because I don't see it averaging 107 with him out. I know that sounds strange given 'Twan's defensive shortcomings but Booth and Blatche have the length and rebounding ability to pick up the slack at the defensive end. Offensively, Jarvis has to keep hitting his shots (he's made 6 of his last 7) and needs to attack the rim.
It would also be a good time for DeShawn Stevenson to earn that fat contract he's looking for. He's played well all season but hasn't been in a position where he's HAD to consistently make shots with the shot clock winding down but he's going to be in that spot more often now. He's a vet and he's comfortable with his teammates so I see him performing at a high level.
Posted by: TSW | February 2, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Ray Chris. | February 2, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: reispace | February 2, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dc | February 2, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: aramey | February 2, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: rickgonz | February 2, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: burke | February 2, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Joe Tip | February 2, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dsk | February 2, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Lisa | February 2, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: d | February 5, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.