GER-ALD WAL-LACE GER-ALD WAL-LACE!!!!
Okay, now that thats done, Lets talk some GW.
For one thing, GW has been the best player on our team for the first 2 games of the season. His energy on both ends of the court has saved our bacon both games. I thought he was good in the first game but wow! he was great last night too. Hes playing like he wants to make the all star team! And If he keeps it up he is well on his way to being an all star. He certainly has been our mvp for the first 2 games. His stats are awesome for the first 2 games, lets hope he can keep it up. He has the highest PER on the team right now at 30.8!
ESPN says GWs career numbers are:
13.5pts 2asts 6.3rebs
his current #s are:
23pts 3ast 8.5rebs!
Now its only the first 2 games but he sure is playing good hard bball. Hes also shooting an amazing 67% right now. Also, out of 94 possible rebounds, hes grabbed 17! Thats almost 20% of all our rebs! He had the highest +/- on our team in both games(+11 game 1, +25 game 2). Hes on fire shooting right now as well- 12/14 on free throws 85%, 2/5 on 3pts 40%, 16/24 2pts 66%!
The guy has been everywhere on the court. His defense has been spectacular at times. In game 1 he blocked a shot, dribbled down court and made a thread the needle cross court pass to Batum for the finish! Amazing! He has been blocking and stealing and being an all around pest getting his hands in on almost every play.
I also like the way Nate is using him. Quoting the Oregonian " Coach Nate McMillan says it's time to turn Wallace loose." Giving him free run of the court and just do what you want. Dont think, just play with instinct. The Blazers will play around you, you dont play around them. Letting Gerald run his own game, sort of a free safety, or sweeper/stopper if you will, has only made him stronger and us as a team stronger. There are very few players in the NBA that can match Geralds abilities and energy output, so letting the bull out of the gate means most opponents only get the horns. Which has worked well for us so far and not so well for our opponenets. His ability to run free has brought out the Lion in him, the beastly sunstar that lets his strengths shine.
And so I ask you, Is this becoming Gerald Wallaces Team? Right now he is leading by example. Personally im surprised he wasnt picked as a captain on the team. But if he keeps up this kind of play, will it become that the players defer to him, pass first to him instead of LMA? LMA has been great in his own ways, but he hasnt been dominant like GW has. Is LMA a leader or is he too nice of a kid to be that role? BRoy had trouble taking the leadership role. LMA is so young, which makes it even harder to tell people older than yourself what to do. Its kinda like being your dads boss, you must admit its weird. I do have confidence in LMAs ablities but his leadership abilities I question. And Gerald just seems like a leader not a follower, besides he moves so fast it seems like your only choice is to follow because its impossible to keep up or catch him.
Also quoting Jason Quick, Wallace responded to the chants of his name by saying:
In turn, Wallace says all those floor burns, all those sprints down the court, and all those bruises from drawing charges and banging bodies, are for those fans in 314(they started the chant)and around the Garden
"I come out and play for them every night and leave it all out on the court," Wallace said. "For them to show they appreciate my hard work on the court ... it feels great."
Heres the stats for our team for the first 2 games:
|LaMarcus Aldridge, PF||2||2||37.5||24.5||3.0||4.5||7.5||1.5||2.00||1.50||1.5||2.5||1.0||25.6|
|Gerald Wallace, SF||2||2||34.5||23.0||3.0||5.5||8.5||3.0||1.00||1.00||2.5||3.5||1.2||30.8|
|Nicolas Batum, SF||2||0||24.5||12.5||3.0||2.0||5.0||1.0||0.00||0.00||1.0||2.0||1.0||16.1|
|Wesley Matthews, G||2||2||31.5||12.0||1.5||4.0||5.5||1.0||0.50||1.00||1.0||2.0||1.0||8.9|
|Jamal Crawford, G||2||0||23.5||9.0||0.5||2.0||2.5||4.0||2.50||0.00||0.5||2.0||8.0||16.9|
|Raymond Felton, PG||2||2||30.5||8.5||0.0||3.5||3.5||7.0||1.50||0.00||2.5||3.5||2.8||7.5|
|Marcus Camby, PF||2||2||26.5||4.0||3.5||7.5||11.0||5.5||0.50||2.00||1.5||2.0||3.7||16.5|
|Kurt Thomas, C||2||0||16.0||4.0||0.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||0.00||1.50||0.0||1.5||0.0||14.8|
|Craig Smith, PF||1||0||8.0||4.0||2.0||1.0||3.0||0.0||1.00||0.00||0.0||0.0||0.0||30.3|
|Nolan Smith, G||2||0||5.0||3.5||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.5||0.00||0.00||0.5||1.0||1.0||22.2|
|Chris Johnson, C||2||0||5.0||1.0||0.5||0.5||1.0||0.0||0.00||0.00||0.0||1.0||0.0||6.5|
|Luke Babbitt, SF||1||0||2.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.00||0.00||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Elliot Williams, G||1||0||2.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.00||0.00||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|