Alright so 1-2 over the first 3 which are the hardest games on our schedule for the next 20.
So what we have learned is we have one of the best benches in the league and they are outperforming our starters on a consistent basis.
Pau was sick tonight and had no energy and our bench lost momentum once X came in and Young took his place(should have been Wes)
Wes could wind up being the guy we want him to be.
Thus far the number of people that have performed at a high level is high, we've got one or two people that need to step it up against the elite teams.
The next 10 or so games are not against teams we SHOULD struggle with. They are winnable games and after the next 8 games we should be over 500. if we're not there's a problem.
Over the first 3 games we went 1-2 and one of those games we let slip away from us when one of our main bench guys went down.
Can't have that happen. We keep looking like a "young" team out there I swear. I never thought I'd say that about our team but they look like a team that needs to mature more lol.
But what I do like is that guys like Xavier and Wesley Johnson are stepping up. Guys like Shawne Williams are doing well defensively. Young started well but has been off for the last 2 games.
Our bench is better then San Antonio's. That is something we have discovered. Our bench isn't the problem and that is the most important thing we needed to find out.
Our bench is consistently good and we know what lineups work with them.
It's our starters that seem to be having the problems.
Nash is understandable. Blake we don't mind his shots because they are good shots and he isn't gonna shoot 1-19 every night.
Young should be looking for his shot more and passing less(I cannot believe I am saying this about Nick Young >_> )
Williams needs to knock down his open threes with more consistently.
It comes down to execution and not letting momentum get away. Because when we open the floodgates we run all over teams, even San Antonio today before X went down.
It was a good experience against a team like San Antonio, we can hang with them. The most important thing is that we need to find a way to not let that momentum get away from us, it reminds me of watching a young team honestly.
With our veterans like Nash and Gasol they need to set the example.
We should beat the Hawks, but we can't let that one action knock us off post if you know what I mean and Nick Young needs to have a good game before we go on the road.
I like what I saw in these first 3 games, saw a LOT to like and saw some things we need to fix. Learned more over the first 3 games than I expected. I'm still gonna do the 11 REGULAR SEASON GAME wait and see before I make a breakdown.
But thus far, our bench is the best thing about this team, Pau does need to be more aggressive when he gets the ball on the block like today and not take so many jumpers when they aren't falling, the lane is completely open and D'antoni's given him the freedom to go to work down there. Need to see more of it.
Far as Nash goes, I like how he was moving out there today, I liked the shots he got, he is gonna make those as his legs come back.
Most important thing about Nash is that the rest he's been getting is that the report is his health is finally coming around, and the sooner Nash is 100% the better and there's no need of pushing him too hard right now.
Love our bench.
Williams, and Young need to step it up.
We should beat the Hawks as thus far we look more like a top 5 team than a lower 3 team and if we look better over the course of the next 8 games I'll be much happier.
But good. 1-2 over the first 3 games and 1 that got away because Xavier Henry went down for a moment. I'll take that, I'd prefer 2-1 but I like what I see. Consistency has been all from our bench whether Hill is the 5, or Kaman is the 5, or whether Hill is the 4 and Gasol is the 5. That is the most important thing I saw.
The bothersome thing is that Nick seems to have no synergy with the bench and that HAS to change since THAT is where he is going when Kobe returns.