Last night's game showed me a number of things that are great indicators for next season and our ability to finish this year with a winning record (albeit a difficult proposition at this point).
-The energy that was shown last night was phenomenal. It makes me wish that we had 8 home games against the FL*kers every year. The offensive execution in the two home games this season was superb and we got huge games out of Brandon and LMA. Hands down we just come to ball when the L*kers are involved. If our guys can get up like this for every game, particularly the home games I see many more 13+ win streaks in the near future.
-Nate's post game comments were spot on last night. Most interesting to me was the comment on how our guys tend to have "too much respect" for our competition. Odom's Flagrant foul on Roy was a real wake-up call I think. LMA and Troutlaw getting in Odom's face was a great sight to see. They didn't take it too far, but it showed that we aren't going to get pushed around by anyone, title contender or not.
-There's been a lot of speculation as to what KP will (and should) do concerning the two weak spots in our line-up. Last nights game showed me one thing: we can play playoff caliber basketball with the guys we have, even short handed (No Pryz and Webster). We could use an upgrade, but if the price isn't right I think KP should sit and be patient. KP has a lot of leverage with our young talent, so a deal is entirely possible, but I'm sure KP will not overpay for any player in a trade.
-Raef doesn't get much credit for anything, his influence on this young team is invaluable. He may not be a big minute caliber guy, but he's an intelligent player and knows the ins and outs of the pro game, and confers that knowledge to our young guys. While his contract is ridiculous and I foresee him as part of a trade this year with his expiring contract, I think he deserves some props for his positive attitude all year and mentorship of the young Blazers.
Any other fans out there think that waiting until we see Oden in the line-up to pull the trigger on a huge deal? Do we want more draft day theatrics from KP? Do we wait till the trade deadline to make our blockbuster deal?
Draft day gets my vote. It's easier to rip off a team draft day with all of the excitement that most GMs get over unproven players, especially since deadline deals depend largely on the state of each team involved.