Northern Neighbour wrote:
Leonard, JV, and Ibaka - 29-50 (58%)
The rest of the team - 14-50 (28%)
All in all, this was a impressive win. Bench is starting to put it together, obviously still ways to go, but continued incremental improvements are happening every game and I'm very happy to see it. Still gonna take some time but I don't mind that, those injuries and personal life struggles threw everyone off along with losing two key pieces from bench mob of last year.
Second game in a row when threes are not falling. Since we didn't allow 500 offensive rebounds like against Denver, we won. The number of ways this team can be compromised and still win is amazing. That stat above, 14-50, that is one cold December night man. What's graet about it, JV and Ibaka have been shooting great % all year and Kawhi is almost always ultra efficient. Imagine the other part being just 21-50, that is a complete blow out smack down pack your bags and trust the border control process on the way out.
I like the trade the Sixers made. Seems to me it is working way better than I originally anticipated. They have a lot of work ahead of them still but their big three can be good. If Fultz gets back that will help but they still need way more depth. He is essentially a rookie given how few games he played. And they hardly have anyone outside of big three. Reddick is good when hot and horrible when not, I don't think you can survive much with that kind of player as your fourth best. They should throw Chandler and a couple of 2nd rounder to Suns for Ariza, that would be a major upgrade. And they still need 2-3 players. Need a back-up C and at least two traditional guards that can do stuff on both ends. And TJ McConnell should not be that guard, is American Matthew Dellavedova, he plays hard but runs out of talent on every other play. After that, they have one major problem that can stop them from contending. Ben Simmons has to shoot or he'll be completely neutralized in the playoffs again and if that happens, that roster doesn't have enough to compensate.