Sure, the defense was a little disappointing last night, but a win is a win. Even the 1996 Bulls had their kinks. I would have loved for us to have blown the Suns to smithereens, especially since they were short handed given the J-Rich trade. Didn’t happen. Nonetheless, a win is a win. Here are my thoughts…
- Kobe took under 20 shots; 16 instead of the 28 he took the night before, to be specific. The end result? A W.
- Luke Walton — who was barely even playing before last night — started ahead of Vlade. Luke is an unbelievable passer, as his 6 assists indicate, and a willing and able defender. Luke’s basketball IQ is also through the Staples Center roof. I’m not so sure it’s a bad change. Now I’m wondering if Vlade can play PF with the second unit, moving Lamar Odom to center when both Diaper Drew and Pau are out (which seldom happens) — ultra-small ball, baby.
- Trevor Ariza leads the league in steals per 48. Love that kid.
- Sasha Vujacic is back — for now. 15 points and the nail-in-the-coffin jumper. Nice to see the Machine getting his shot back after missing preseason action.
- Pau Gasol outplayed Amare, who, by the way, is absolute garbage defensively.
- Pau put up the points, but Bynum was impressive all the way around. I’m particularly impressed with his efficiency rating of 19.62. Kobe is in the 22s. Pau the 23s. Again, impressive.
- Going to go watch my new The Dark Knight Blu-Ray. If you have a Blu-Ray player, then scoop that shit. Phenomenal. Gonna be in heavy rotation for some time. I love Blu-Ray. (Addendum: I do hate that the MPAA apparently made Warners drop the Russian roulette scene between the Joker and Two-Face. That had to be what happend. Sucks. That will bug me every time I watch it, becuase that was a part of my original movie-going experience. The scene isn’t as strong without it.)
Looking forward to exacting revenge on the Kings tomorrow, and really looking forward to seeing how our bigs fare against Dwight Howard in the not-too-distant future.