Word is, Pacers were suffering from internal disharmony when the Nets beat them in Indy. Of course, Artest was a total non-factor in the last game. With the Pacers streaking and supposedly harmonious right now, the Nets can make a statement about their place in the EC by beating them again.
Kidd is being over-used again and, on the end of a back-to-back, the Bucks game showed off his limits. With a day off, hopefully Kidd will have recovered.
The intrigue right now is the bench. Over the winning stretch, there seemed to be a nice rhythm developing with Veal, Harris and Pack playing steady, if not spectacular. Now, with Scott returning Rogers and the rookie to the primary back-up roles, the bench is a question mark again.
This game, then the Mavs and Spurs games will be a good test for Scott to find out who can really do what on his bench. Against quality competition, Rogers has a chance to prove he can be more reliable than playing well one game, then turning off his focus for the next ten.
I hate to be pessimistic, but the only thing I can see in the future is a continuous donward spiral. We have reverted to the way we started the season. Thats two straight games in which we blow a 10+ point lead VERY late in the game. Until a move is made to improve our bench, and maybe even our starting lineup, I dont see us ever being able to turn the corner.
I will continue to plea for an all UMD bench.:gopray: