so no comment about that play call with 4 seconds left? absolutely awful
Edit: I must of missed Beal out there, came in late. How's he looking? 0-5, rookie jitters???
Crawford did look good. He's elevated his level of play in Wall's absence like we needed.
Ves looked good. One thing I liked was that he played tough tonight. He will wrangle with stronger players and not back off through contact. He will give up his body on a play and hustle the entire game. I think defense comes easy to him because of his length and recovery speed. He closes out on shooters really easily.
Booker was pretty solid IMO, the best of the starters.
Beal was invisible. He doesn't need to be starting right now. He needs to come off the bench with the second line.
We have got to get more from Ariza and Okafor than we got tonight. It's shocking we were in a position to win that game with as bad as those two played.
Anyway, I liked what I saw from most of the team. I don't like Wittman and I think even less of Price. My issue is this: Guys like Pargo and Price were roster filler clearly. Why in the hell do they get so much burn???? We always do this. We play guys the FO brought in to be end of the bench bodies waaaay too much.
Wittman was horrible tonight. Very happy with Seraphin, Vesely and Crawford. Seraphin is an absolute beast and his progression points out how bad EG is at building a team. Okafor and Ariza literally serve no purpose on this team at all.
Really, really disapointed with Beal so far. I loved the pick and yeah, it's only two games, but man does he look bad. It looks like he's playing in slow motion. I could deal with turnovers and missed shots, but he's not even involved in the game. Also speaks volumes that our supposed sharp shooter wasn't in there when we needed a bucket at the end.
Wittman is horrible. I can't figure out what the hell this offense is supposed to look like and like last year too many players watching. That last shot makes me wonder if we even practice inbound plays, that was absolute ****.
Beal, again, played like absolute garbage. Ariza did nothing. Crawford is better at running the offense than either Pargo or Price and its not even close. Those two have trouble simply dribbling around against a single defender. Wall can't get back soon enough.
Seraphin... Welcome back!
He's just not ready to be starting at all. He needs time to sit and learn and adjust.
I don't think it's a big deal Beal wasn't chosen to take that shot though. You don't rely on a rookie in his second game to take a game winner with 4 seconds left IMO. Beal isn't going to be our big time shooter for a while IMO, rookies don't typically shoot well and shouldn't be relied upon for that. You'll only get a few like Kyrie and Curry that come in shooting like vets, they are a very rare exception.
I think Okafor will at least be alright. Ariza, not sure about. I really hope he waives his player option next season...
The play was DOA, not sure what Wittman was going for there. As soon as Pargo cut away from the ball after curling at the top of the key I knew we had lost the game.
I didn't think we'd win this one...so it isn't as devastating...but its how we lost at the end...I'm happy they actually show they give a damn...wins will come...but its contingent on a lot...
I've been hyping Seraphin more than I should but I think performances against an elite defensive team like Boston should give fans some hope...Although we cannot expect that level of efficiency from him night in and night out. Defensively the team is about where it ought to be, and will only get better once Wall and Nene come back.
Beal needs to wake his ass up though. He's a 3rd overall pick, he's playing as bad as Derrick Williams did last year. That level of play is unacceptable for his pedigree, and randy needs to let him know it. Jordan Crawford for all his faults was the 2nd best wizard tonight and I think had he not injured himself we might not be so negative.
And finally...Randy needs to make sure Ariza stays at the end of the bench...he is absolute trash. Okafor played like **** today too. Hold the veterans accountable, there is no reason Singleton shouldn't be getting playing time over Ariza...
I don't expect to win at BOS either...but at the very least maybe not blown out. Frustrating.
They say you don't see who a big really is as a player until his fourth to sixth season. If Seraphin is already this good on the offensive end, I look forward to seeing how much he'll grow.
Seraphin is, at worst, the third big on a championship caliber team. At best, he's a really nice starter. But the one thing he has got to get better at is rebounding. I'd hate for that to be something that depresses his minutes.
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Looking back, we shouldn't have blow this team completely up. We went too young IMO. Look at the way Cleveland and New Orleans rebuilt. They got their franchise players, but kept some good players on the roster so that they didn't get too awful.
The Caron Butler trade was a mistake IMO.
We gave up Caron, D Steezy, and Haywood for Howard, Singleton, Ross, and Gooden. Looking back, we could use Caron and Haywood wouldn't have been too bad either. None of those scrubs we got back in the trade were worth a damn. Except maybe Singleton, who we let walk anyway.
I'm not going to completely panic yet, but Randy needs to own up to idea of playing the best players. I'm glad he left Seraphin in when it mattered. I just hope the early work doesn't re-injure him. Oh, and where the **** is shaun livingston :mad:
Ugh just watched the game. Haven't looked at the box score yet, just going off what I saw.
My observations: Seraphin is the stud I always thought he would be. If Crawford can play like this off the bench I will be very pleased, sucks he got injured there down the end. If not for that injury I think we would have won. Ariza has got to go, he looked terrible and no one on our team defended Pierce all night long. I thought this is why we drafted Chris Singleton?!?!?! Isn't he supposed to be our James Posey? Why the hell did he not even leave the bench as Pierce dominated us all game long. PGs looked fairly decent tonight, shot pretty well. Webster shot poorly and that final play was just an absolute joke. A fade away heave from the corner from Webster?! WTF? Emeka was less then stellar, not too excited about him yet although I think when/if Nene gets in there he'll look better. Booker also looked pretty solid, good to see him bounce back from the first game. Beal has me worried after two games. I was extremely high on him and still am I guess but he just didn't show anything tonight. Sullinger on the other hand looked solid, as I predicted Sully will be a very solid NBA player, he landed in a great situation in Boston.
That pretty much covers everyone. Oh yeah, glad to see Cartier hoop it up there at the end, I think he can be a solid bench shooter on a good team. Always liked the guy. Anyways, not a bad game I guess considering the injuries we have. Although that opening quarter when we had the starters was just terrible. I hope Wittman switches up the starters for the next game.