General thoughts regarding team and lineup after 3 games...
Encouraged how well they have played one of the better teams without 2 of their best players. On a side note, always kinda liked the Celtics, seeing the old dogs get it done, but how much more likable were they with Ray Allen?? Watching them with KG running his yap all game, Paul Pierce, and the annoying Rondo I found myself really hating this team almost as much as Miami! Man I really wanted the Wizards to pull that game out!
Gotta love the play of Seraphin, by far the brightest spot of the season so far.
Booker on the other hand looks to me like he's still not fully healthy. Hope his foot isn't more of a concern than we realize. Not any where close to his usual explosiveness and power. Chris Singleton has also been very good, really since the preseason and since moving to PF.
Martell Webster also has been a nice surprise, and picking him up is helping to make up for the disappointing play of Ariza.
I think Beal will eventually be good, and will benefit from Wall and Nene. Crawford is ideal in role of scorer off the bench. Price looks to be a good backup to Wall.
I'm seeing a pretty nice eventual lineup develop... Seraphin, Nene, Webster, Beal, Wall. A solid bench would be left with Okafor, Vesely, Booker, Singleton, Ariza, Martin, Crawford, Price, with Barron and Pargo as end of bench.
From last year... this team is much better defensively, more physical, tougher physically & mentally. It is much better in the half court and can still run with anyone, especially with Wall. We got some shooters (Beal, Webster), some low post scorers (Nene, Seraphin), bigs who can run (Vesely, Booker). I like the mix of youth and vets we have going. Like the depth.
I am in the minority, but I like what I see 3 games in.
"You might be able to save your powder for the following summer, but a plan will be in place. But it's not something that happens overnight. It's going to be a process" - Ernie Grunfeld