Failure to Perform


I just has a really bad run of games. In Phoenix I scored four points with six assists and no turnovers as we beat the Suns. My six assists tied LeBron for the team lead for the game. Unfortunately, this would be the high point of my recent games.


I had a miserable game in L.A. against the Lakers. I scored just two points with one rebound, four assists and a block while committing three turnovers. That was just half of the story, though.


Our coach had me guard Kobe almost the entire second half. He’d shift me around to keep me on Bryant, and it worked just about as well as you would imagine it would. I gave up 18 points to him in the third quarter alone! I mean, I know I had a bad game but the coach has to realize when something isn’t working to try another angle. I was too slow and too small to stop Kobe. D-Wade and LeBron just milled about as he lit me up. Seriously, Wade was standing around with Will Bynum while I had to struggle with Kobe. Am I the only one who thinks that was a bad combination? I’m usually a fundamentally sound defender but when I’m athletically out-classed like I was, it’s time to send help or bench me. On a related note, we lost the game.


The next game was back home against the Knicks, and I scored eight points on 50% shooting with a rebound and two assists, committing no turnovers. Just like last time we played them Amar’e was red-hot, lighting up Bosh and LeBron to the tune of 35 points and 12 boards. I started studying him and occasionally double-teaming off of my man to help when he was making one of his incredibly obvious post moves. You can see me in the above picture  forcing him to pass out of a shot. What was Bosh doing, by the way? Leave your feet, man – challenge the shot! Come on, at least put a hand up!! This is why he scores so well against us: Bosh tends to play matador defense on him. We won this game, but it was close as the Knicks starters out-scored our bench players by five in the fourth quarter to make it a game. It was Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, James Jones, a dude named Beverley and myself against Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Dino Gallinari and the rest of their starters, and Amar’e and crew just got a ton a second-chance points. Rebounding and interior defense are not our strong suits.

- Rick Daniel

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