I can't wait for the off-season! Kidding. But really, tonight's game was painful to watch, especially on a grainy, lagging, 2-inch computer screen. The interior defense was terrible. The shooting was clanky. The turnovers were plentiful. The good news is, this game doesn't count. The bad news is, it may be the prelude to another lonnnng season.
Here are a few observations:
- Jrue Holiday was all-around awful. He turned the ball over 7 times, settled for way too many jumpers, and shot 3-13 from the field. It is just pre-season, and he'll be better, but let's back the Jrue Holiday hype train up a bit, shall we? The notion that he's on par with the top 5 point guards in the league is beyond absurd.
- Thaddeus Young was decent when he wasn't shooting three pointers. He flashed some slick post moves and excelled in the open court. Also, to the naked eye his defense looked better than usual.
- I nearly had a heart attack when I saw Craig Brackins wearing #33. Unfortunately he played like the other #33, only taller. He had one nice block and one nice backdoor pass. The latter surprised me. Everything else was ugly.
- Speights was speezy. His one basket came on a nice post move where he faked right, spun left and scored with a smooth jump hook. The rest of his shots were long jumpers. His defense looked a wee better. (Sadly, he may be the best interior defender we have). The biggest Speezy news of the night was, he lead the team in assists ... with two.
- Spencer Hawes. Yuck. I didn't see much of him because I missed the first quarter (he left after 11 minutes with a non-serious back injury), but my first impression wasn't good, specifically on defense.
- Jodie Meeks has grown on me. He forced his way to the free throw line 10 times, grabbed 4 tough rebounds, and played frisky defense. Not sure there'll be any minutes available for him come the regular season.
- Lou did what he does best: score.
- Last but not least, Mr. Evan Turner. What are we gonna do with you, dude? 1-8 from the field ... zero assists ... "ehh" defense ... looking lost ... overall, a complete non-factor. I'm beginning to worry a bit. If he doesn't show us anything in Summer League or training camp or pre-season, the question is when? When is Evan Turner going to play like a number two pick? I wish I knew. His best quality at the moment is rebounding. He's not bad in transition, and has a knack for getting to the free throw line, but he's nowhere near superstar, all-star, or number two draft pick yet.
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