Hope all are well and enjoying another win. A few thoughts.
1) Randolph Morris looked pretty solid again. Mike Woodson always talks about how bench guys have to perform when they’re on the floor and take advantage of their minutes, and he’s done that. I don’t know how he fits into the scheme of things, but it would seem like he’s making a strong case for more time.
2) Same thing with Mo Evans. It seems like he’s trying to prove something out there. He was 4-for-4 from 3-point range Sunday. “Mo’s playing great,” Jamal Crawford said. “I told him, wherever he’s at in his head, mentally, just stay there. He’s locked in right now and he’s doing a heck of a job.”
3) I started looking last night for the last time the Hawks won three games in a row by more than 20 points. I got to the early 90’s and couldn’t find an example. I’ll keep looking, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s never happened. Even though the competition isn’t much, this is a pretty remarkable stretch of basketball we’re watching. Crawford: “We don’t care about who scores. We have so many offensive weapons. It just feels good to get a win and everybody be a part of it.”
Josh Smith: “We have a lot of players that can score the ball. I knew (before the season) that if we did it the right way, that we could do special things this season.”
4) Jeff Teague is coming into his own. He said before the game that he’s playing his game, not being deferential, not worrying about mistakes, and that’s exactly what it looks like. He said he’s shooting the floater more, which he hadn’t used since the preseason. I’m not sure why he wouldn’t – it seemed like he was choosing layups instead and was either missing or getting blocked – but it probably again goes back to being comfortable.
5) I read an interesting column on si.com from an interview with David Stern. He acknowledged the possibility down the road of legalized NBA gambling and talked about possible rules changes, such as permitting teams to play whatever defense they want, allowing offensive players to interfere with balls in the cylinder and other things.
I’m curious what rules changes you would make to make the NBA game better. I’ve long thought that going to the international trapezoidal 3-second lane and calling offensive 3 seconds would improve the game. I’ve never been a big fan of post-up basketball. Expanding the lane, I’d think, would increase movement and more face-to-the-basket play.
Some links: game story from the Star-Ledger.