The trouble with doing, say, Amir Johnson for Bargnani, and thatís the one that makes the most sense to me, would be that it would totally screw the second unit out of its most energetic frontcourt player.
Johnsonís been a revelation most nights, although heís back to fouling a bit more than anyone would like, and I donít think the gains theyíd get to start the game would be worth the hit theyíd take when the rotation starts.
Look, Bargnani was awful in Portland and has been invisible too many times of late, there is no question about it.
But I think that Jayís wiser to do what he did the other night against the Blazers: Go with a quick hook for Andrea if heís not getting himself involved at either end of the floor. Thatís a good way to send the message without totaling messing with the rotations.
As for Turk, itís this simple: They have to keep running him out there because if he doesnít play well, they really canít win. Taking him out, for say Sonny, does nothing, really. The simple fact is Turkoglu has to be more like he was early in the Golden State Game and for most of the Portland game, when he more assertive and more effective and didnít look all that bad.
If he is, theyíll have chances to win; if heís not, well, the criticisms will pour in
For 4 1-2 months, Turkís been more a bust than a boon; itís time for him to start being a factor. The seasonís not lost by any stretch of the imagination, 43 wins and a fifth or sixth seed are certainly within reach if he can string together a series of solid games.
Can he? I guess thatís whatíll keep a lot of you watching.