Well now I don't know where to begin....so here goes....
About the crowd. If you think its dead in the Arena then get off your duff and go down there and watch the game and get drunk and yell your brains out; or drink cokes and yell your brains out, but please quit complaining.
Here's what I saw...a Sunday afternoon game that brought out a lot of young families with their kids, in some cases very young kids; and as far as I can tell, everyone seemed to be having a good time. There were more seats filled in the Arena than I thought there would be. Overall I thought it was a good day at the park.
Being there with my grandson; I had my first up close encounter with Rufus. He came over and gave us both high fives and then patted me on the shoulder. I felt truly charmed.
The team came out in good spirits overall, but Wallace got miffed early when he missed some free throws. It was so bad that LB took him out. Wallace went over and sat next to MJ and immediately got an earfull. As soon as MJ was done, LB came over and gave him some too, lol. But Wallace never really recovered. He had a funk going as he does sometimes. I don't think its the trade rumors, because I've seen it before, but it could be who knows.
Larry Brown particularly was VERY spirited in the first half, pushing his team on and constantly into the game. I swear he's the true sixth man. The boys were right there with him. I was SO impressed with Felton's and DJ's speed with the ball....
Chris Paul the other night showed me what all-star quickness is; I was in awe. He has a lateral move that is freaking instantaneous. I saw him create five feet of freedom from Felton and DJ numerous times with that sidestep. Its not quite a cross over, because crossing-over takes time. This is INSTANT. Anyway; Felton and DJ don't have that lateral move, but they have similar quickness straight ahead; and its impressive to watch as well. They both had it going in the first half; penetrating the paint and dishing...
I've not been in Ammo's camp since we drafted him. What I've seen is a guy who thinks too much and was mechanical in movement. Note the "was". It is clear that Adam is finding his Mojo and fluidity on the court. His confidence shows in his ability to move on both defense, where his positioning is much better and on offense where he's protecting the ball when he has it and moving very well without it. Adam Morrison has become an asset. Go figure.
In the post-game interview on the radio, Larry Brown mentioned that "this is the team we have right now" and then let the "short-handed" words out. It's clear he feels he's playing short-handed; whether because of Sean May or otherwise.
That showed in the second half today. I thought the team fatigued early and fell victim to Toronto's defensive intensity. Both Ray and DJ got caught up in pressure defense and traps and didn't execute out of it well. Crash was still funked out and JRich couldn't find space too shoot. Ammofan may be right; that Ammo could have helped; but I think it was Toronto sensing blood and All-Star Awesome Player Chris Bosh taking over. That happens with players of his caliber. It was something to see.
When the Raptors weren't trapping at half court, they were clogging the middle so that DJ and Ray couldn't drive and dish. That seemed to leave the guys frustrated and tired.
Overall I think this team has the talent and emerging skill/intelligence to contend on most nights. I swear in the 1st half we looked like by far the better team. But it will take major effort to pull wins and major smarts as well. The game the Bobcats are now playing is vastly different from last year, and its A GREAT DEAL OF FUN TO WATCH. This team is getting there and can be nasty good at times. So y'all come on out and watch some NBA basketball in Charlotte!
I was planning on selling a lot of my tix this year. Now I'm having some serious second thoughts. I LOVE this team!