So...we saw the good against the Mavs, and the ugly against the Nuggets. I can't complete the analogy, however, as even though we lost to the Rockets it wasn't really "bad." Life happened during half-time of the Nuggets game, so I didn't get to watch the second half. As I said in the grades thread, it appears as though the Great God Naismith may have done me a big favor in that regard. Just reading the game thread comments and posts afterwards, it sounds like all the wheels fell off the bus, which then slid off the road and into a ravine. With a young team, we're gonna have highs and lows. We're gonna have nights where they look ready to play in June and we're gonna have nights where they look like they shouldn't be playing at all. All I'm really hoping for this year is to see progress as they get to know each other's games and what the coaches expect of them. I haven't seen any late reports on Bogs, but I'd certainly like to see him out there very soon. I know he's just an anxious to get going as we are to see him. He's gonna be fun to watch. WCS apparently reads message boards (?) since he seems to get better in the areas where we've criticized him the most. If that's true, I think we should start a thread about his lack of shot-blocking. Okay, I'm just kidding so don't start the thread. Really. This game is gonna be tough. I look at their potential starting lineup of Bledsoe, Booker, Warren, Chriss and Chandler and it doesn't bode well. I also don't like that they're currently 0-3. That makes them hungry. EDIT: And it looks like they're gonna be playing for a different head coach. My guess is that Joerger is going to stick with his starting lineup of Hill, Hield, Jackson, Z-Bo and WCS. While I think there may be better combinations out there, I'm pretty sure Joerger isn't going to change things up on the road. If everyone was available, I'd be tempted to throw caution to the winds and go with Fox, Bogs, Temple, Skal and WCS. If nothing else, they'd be QUICK. Bring the vets in when the kids have run the legs off the Suns.