Great thoughts all around. A little late, but some additions:
-Barea looked fantastic and in control. Really finished well on offense. I suspect this trend will be an outlier.
-The improvements to the depth ate glaringly obvious. We now have guys who can step up if others are playing like donkey balls, and it is fabulous. Tonight, JJ was the reason we stayed in it and won.
-This team is going to be stupid good at full health. I don't care if I am using the Kings as a benchmark. Irrational homerism until further notice from me. It has been 9 years since optimism has been embraced since the beginning of a season.
-I felt bad for SHVED. Clearly super nervous. Wouldn't you be, though? I'll be rooting for him to get it together mentally and fast. Might take awhile. The skills are there. Support the SHVED and let him adjust.
-I agree with the thoughts on team defense. The Kings are terrible and I won't even mention DC today because.....GREG STIEMSMA! Holy balls! He was making plays on every possession on both ends! Blocking dunks, getting pissed off, tipping rebounds. Scoring. Hitting his free throws. Showing he isn't afraid to take jumpers. This guy is like Dorko after seeing his first naked boob. What a great, solid, debut from him. Super impressed.
That's fine. Very good visuals sir.
HAM and Steamer are like Asik and Gibson from a year ago. They both come in to wreck shop and ain't about that soft sh*t. My favorite two players in the front court. My favorite five is already Steamer, HAM, AK, Shved, Rubio.