By the way, yeah...it all paid off in the end, just like it used to with Fisher.
Sadly, Fisher was a HUGE reason why we always needed his clutch shots at the end of games, and why Kobe was busting his ass out on the court to keep us in games OR get us back into them.
It's really easy to remember Meeks hitting a three near the end of the game, just as easy as it is to forget just how many times he let a guy blow past him OR post him up for an easy bucket that Howard couldn't get to in time.
This will not happen against good teams, though. It was Toronto. It was New Orleans. There's no way these things happen against playoff teams, especially contenders, in a playoff series...maybe back in 2002, even in 2009...but over the last 2-3 seasons, we have been hurt by players like this.
If you guys want a great example of this...play Meeks for 36 minutes against the Miami Heat, and tell me how many points you think Dwyane Wade scores. Or put Jamison on Kevin Durant for about 30+ minutes, all because he's scoring a bit better than Clark, or because Clark doesn't seem to be playing with much effort in the first quarter or so.
The Toronto Raptors, on a five-game losing streak...on our floor, when we are most desperate for a win...and we need Kobe to pull out a second-consecutive 40+ point, 12+ rebound game that is rarely done. There are major problems, and I just pray to God Kobe will still be on two legs by mid-April.