Impressive In San Antonio
Before we get to last night's game, bad news out of Chicago, where former Wizard Larry Hughes has been bitten by the injury bug again. Hughes injured his shoulder and could be out a while according to the Chicago Tribune.
Health has been THE issue for Larry throughout his career. Other than during the1999-00 season with Golden State when he played all 82, Hughes has not played more than 70 games in a season. I have no idea what to expect from that Bulls team. I've watched them three times during the preseason and just can't get a feel for where they stack up in the East.
- As for last night, Michael Lee was in San Antonio with the coverage
That gave me a chance to hang at the pad and watch the game on TV with man's best friend (my dog has been following me around for three days, no doubt thinking I'm getting ready to ditch her for Europe again).
After seeing this team play unispired, sloppy basketball for much of the preseason (especially in Berlin and Barcelona) Eddie Jordan had to like the way his team come out with energy and purpose last night. One key was Etan Thomas, who was really aggressive early. For the second straight game, Caron Butler brought it as well.
-As Mike mentioned in his story today, Nick Young really had it going. That crossover he used to shake Roger Mason before stroking a long jumper was sick and he also gave it to Bruce Bowen a couple of times. His scoring off that bench will be crucial because, as we saw during the first few preseason games, this team will go through some scoring slumps without Gilbert Arenas. Other than Butler, Nick is the one guy on this team who can consistently create his own shot. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that he fades away even when he doesn't have to, but as long as it goes in ...
-Mike also touched on the Arenas situation. Gilbert told him that rehab is going great and he could be back sooner than expected, possibly November. I would advise WIz fans to take that for what it's worth. As we've learned over and over again the last two seasons, Gilbert's timelines can fluctuate like the stock market. The key will be taking his time, getting that knee right and coming back only when he's really ready for the pounding. The trusted folks I've spoken with have pointed to mid- to late December as a realistic goal for seeing game action. We'll see.
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