Since it wasn't on TV last night, and the crowd had about 4k in it, I thought I would post a few thoughts on the game. Yes I posted some of these same thoughts in the game thread, but some people aren't going to dig through that.
A few disclaimers:
I left after the 3rd Quarter, so I didn't see the 4th at all. Didn't see Miller or any of that.
Yes I was courtside near the bench, no I'm not an OT baller. Got the tickets from a friend that is a major baller. So don't start.
I was actually very impressed with Aminu. Bet you thought I wouldn't lead with that? The guy played good D last night and was aggressive on Offense. He got to the line a good bit. He still missed things he shouldn't have, and at times is as awkward as a newborn giraffe, but I saw improvement out of him and aggression I hadn't seen. I'm not going to go out on any limbs and say he's going to have some great year...its preseason, its the Bobcats. But it was encouraging.
Davis: He is going to be the real deal. He was getting to the rim when he wanted to, and hitting some long jumpers I didn't think would be in his repertoire for at least a few years. He was also in the right spot a lot for rebounding and had good, active position on D. He altered a lot of shots just be jumping into the way of the shooter, not blocking it. His armspan is like that of condor. He is awesome. Con: I don't think he always hustles to the other end of the floor. I noticed it in the Olympics and last night...sometimes he just kind of trots to the other end of the floor and is the last man there a lot.
Rivers: Man, he is SMOOTH. To me, he just kind of glides with the ball in his hands. He played really well, was really good off the ball. He seemed to take the ball to the rim whenever he wanted to, which is something this team has been missing for long time. His FT shooting is a concern for a SG, its pretty shitty.
Jason Smith was sitting on a pad that looked like a booster seat. He did wince a little a few times when sitting down and standing up. The back must be sore. He is really into the game and called out a lot of things to the players, every time a shot is missed or LOLCats did something good, he would look visibly pissed off. I liked it. JSmoove
LOPEZ: He was awesome, much better than I thought he would be. Again, its preseason, again, its the Bobcats, but he was really, really good out there. Won position battles, grabbed boards, attacked the rim inside. He even had a really nice behind the back pass to a cutting AD who finished it with an emphatic dunk.
Roberts: He can score and has a nice shot...but he cannot play PG. Had not much of a clue how to run a team, set up teammmates, etc. I like him as an end of bench type guy, that can occasionally come in and give some "Pargo" type offense.
Ryan Anderson: Had a great night shooting the 3. Great night. If we can get that from him on a regular basis, he adds a tremendous advantage to the team and spaces the floor for our good bigs. Everything else about him I was not impressed with last night.