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NBA Opening Night (Links Fixed)

Good morning. The NBA regular season finally tips off tonight, with three games: Cavaliers at Celtics, Bucks at Bulls and Trail Blazers at Lakers (Michael Lee will be at the Celtics game). In today's paper, Michael Lee previews the season with a look at the return of traditional centers, and Michael Wilbon celebrates this season's positive outlook.

Coming tomorrow: The Washington Wizards preview, by Ivan Carter.

By Alexa Steele  |  October 28, 2008; 9:06 AM ET
 
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Alexa, the links aren't working.

Anyway, the first game against the Nets is a perfect opportunity to bring the entire 2nd team in after about 10 minutes and let them each play 20 minutes over the course of the game. The Nets stink.

As unlikely as it seems under EJ, the team needs to carve back the minutes for AD/AJ/CB and develop the confidence of the bench. A home game with the Nets is a perfect opportunity for the team to show confidence in the bench even if they make a few mistakes along the way. If necessary, the starters should be able to close it out in the final 5 minutes.

Let's hope EJ doesn't hit the panic button at halftime.

Posted by: Izman | October 28, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: prescrunk | October 28, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The Bynum vs.Oden matchup should be nice,now if I can just stay awake!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 28, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The Bynum vs.Oden matchup should be nice,now if I can just stay awake!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 28, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Yo Ivan. On your Wizards preview will you be talking about how much "smallball" do we expect to see with Etan and Songalia? The expected non usage of AB and Mcgee? Playing CB and AJ 40 minutes a game? EJ's lack of trust in his young, but very TALENTED bench?

Is it me or did anyone notice after the monster game McGee had in San Antonio, you would have thought McGee would either start against the Cav's to see what he had against a real NBA center (Ike), or at least be the first off of the bench?

Why was it McGee had to wait until the 6 minute mark to get into the game? By that time the kid was so pumped up (or depressed), it took him right out of his game. He came in then feeling he had to make something happen and then he started rushing things.

By making McGee sit so long, it pretty much took the young boy right out of his game. Why were our starters and main reserves playing so long in the last preseason game anyway? This was supposed to be a showcase for the bench players I thought?

Again that is the only thing I do not like about EJ's coaching of younger players. To me he does not "build them up" correctly. It is almost like he did not want McGee to do well with the first unit, because that meant he would have to start him on opening night over his favorite Etan.

If you are a 2nd string player on EJ's team you are always guessing what your minutes are going to be. That is why Juan and Steve Blake left years back. They both said it in tv interviews.

I just hope someone pulls McGee aside and tell him to get ready for pine time because no matter how well he plays EJ is not going to play him. AB has already been through it and he looks like he is going to get more of it this season. Oh well, get ready for 65 to 70 point games until Gil and Haywood get back....

Posted by: BulletsFever | October 28, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree, BF.
Granted, his rebounding is poor at this time due to a lack of strength. Still, he's a better option at C than Songaila. Don't kill the kid's spirit. Let him get some pt.

Posted by: original_mark | October 28, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"I agree, BF.
Granted, his rebounding is poor at this time due to a lack of strength. Still, he's a better option at C than Songaila. Don't kill the kid's spirit. Let him get some pt.

Posted by: original_mark | October 28, 2008 1:05 PM "

PT comes during blowouts, either way...not during tight games that are winnable.

EG picked up EJ's option this offseason, but that doesn't mean he won't get fired if he doesn't produce wins.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | October 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I love it when the armchair psychologists start talking as if they know what's going on in the players' heads and hearts, to say nothing of the prognosticators and their crystal balls telling them the future.

It's especially amusing when their predictions fly directly in the face of what's actually been stated by the very people they're attempting to psychoanalyze.

To wit:

"If you are a 2nd string player on EJ's team you are always guessing what your minutes are going to be. That is why Juan and Steve Blake left years back. They both said it in tv interviews."

Y'know what else Juan said? He said that he made a mistake leaving here and that he didn't know how good he had it.

"I just hope someone pulls McGee aside and tell him to get ready for pine time because no matter how well he plays EJ is not going to play him"

Except Jordan has been quoted, multiple times, that he's been surprised by McGee and that he thinks the kid may help them this year. In one interview he suggested the vets may need to look over their shoulders because the kid may be coming up on them. Yeah, that sounds just like something a guy planning to bury McGee on the bench would say.

"AB has already been through it and he looks like he is going to get more of it this season. "

Yeah, he kept Blatche in the doghouse all last season, only letting him out to play all 82 games (starting 15) and average 20 minutes a night. Other than that, Jordan never gave him a shot at all. Big meanie.


Posted by: kalo_rama | October 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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