I see a lot of people not taking this stand seriously and that's fine. I'm not sure if I do either.
But here's some reasons why I think it MIGHT be the start of at least a different team:
1. Kobe on Westbrook and now Kobe on Irving. He played both of them pretty well, but hey they're some great young athletes. Westbrook did what he wanted, but Irving was played tightly all game and I think that keeps Kobe focused. Not to mention, when you see your leader D-ing up the opposition, it inspires you to do the same. The defensive energy last night was great and I got the feeling that they would have had that kind of energy against anybody they played.
2. Earl Clark. He's the story of the week for me easily. The guy has come in and been more than I thought he ever could have. I don't think his jump shot will continue to fall, but certainly his energy and his defense and his athleticism have been a great shot in the arm for this squad. Sure, it was the Cavs, but we finally did what we're supposed to do and we blew out a team that we should have blown out.
3. Effort. The effort was there, plain and simple. Guys are jumping out of bounds, they're getting on the ground for loose balls, they're swarming the glass and working hard. We lost something like 3-4 balls out of bounds last night because we were working so hard to get them.
Are we really 1-0? Hopefully that's the way the team is looking at it. Unfortunately they're going to have win something like 3-1 from now on to make the playoffs on a strong note. I think they can and last night was a great first step. The Bucks aren't a great team and we should really try to stamp them out. Then the Heat will be the true test on Thursday. There's no more time for "oh we're still gelling" so if they can pull off a win on Thursday, I'll be willing to go all in on the "0-1" idea.
Stu : "Yeah, that's an old fashioned whoopin'."