I don't know about JV man, the last teams we played didn't really attack him in P&R and we faced some pretty weak opposition to boot.
Not to mention that he's had good stretches every season.
Let's be realistic here, we're playing the softest stretch of the season and, while it's great that we're winning, I don't know if there's all that much to learn from these games. Last two in particular - two of the worst teams coming off b2bs and I believe their 3rd game in 4 nights.
I wouldn't go overboard with the praise until we play some strong teams again - if he does well then, perhaps he's finally turned a corner. I love that he's starting to get more confident in his jumper though, imo that's the key to his game. We'll see if it lasts ...
I called it a pleasant development and that is overboard with praise?
Also, LX clarified pace/match-up issues.
But all of that is besides the point. Both JV and Ibaka have started playing hard, focused and energized and that is a big deal. Ibaka with all that experience probably and naturally had motivation issues in October and November which is understandable even if not excusable.
JV has a history of not having consistent focus and personal gameplan. He is finally showing some signs of being committed to this thing. Opposition be damned, he had a ton of stinkers in the past against weaker opponents. And owning DAJ against Clippers also means a lot. He also had two excellent games against NOP. The problem with JV is you never know what you are going to get. Why this stretch is important...he started playing!