dandridge 10 wrote:Agreed. If they keep on playing like they did tonight, I'll be happy to eat my words about Blatche and Young. Regarding Gil, I actually thought he played decent while he was in. He was moving the ball and not forcing things for the most part. Glad Flip rested him in the 4th.
i dont know. gil just looks weird out there. he used to be the number one in FT attempts. now it seems he doesn't even get into the paint. and his shot, WTF. i don't get it. it start to seem to me we are capable of winning without him. that makes a very expensive expendable
PERSPECTIVE: Chris Paul got hurt and the Hornets have won four of five without him. Darren Collison's been outstanding. They've been better without Paul. Paul is arguably the best PG in all of basketball.
It's a team sport and offensive and defensive philosophy and team chemistry factor in. Sometimes, there can be "too much talent" where everybody's accustomed to be getting shots. Or sometimes a star may look off open teammates they don't trust and take the shot themselves.
I think the Wizards have bigs who can ball now, who are not just named Haywood. Blatche can handle, dish, and score. McGee can score. Washington now needs for everybody to touch the ball and not for Gil to score a ton for them to win.
Just like New Orleans, the Wizards have a team that seems to play better right now without Gil or Caron stopping the ball. Jamison seems to get his shots off without turning it over and he boards well. He's helping the team a lot by putting pressure on opponents. Even with his bad shots, he's causing opponents to wonder how to stop him.
Gil and Caron have struggled with their new roles.
But the thing with Paul just shows it's all about team and not individuals. They're better with Collison's approach right now and with their new coaching staff.
Part of what's different for Gil and Caron is Flip and his system.
Major props to WizarDynasty for being 100% correct on how good Steven Adams would be.