1. Forgetting about last night
This is my obligatory mention of last night’s game, which I was going to watch a replay of and recap but was too distraught to do. We as fans need to move one from last night, no matter how hard it may be. The team needs to act as if it didn’t happen as well.
2. Iguodala on Joe Johnson; Holiday on Jeff Teague
I’ve been firm in my belief that Andre Iguodala is a much better player than Joe Johnson, who is paid more than almost any other NBA player. Tonight, he can prove it. In previous meetings, AI9 has effectively shut down Joe Johnson. Hopefully, he can do it again tonight.
Meanwhile, Jeff Teague burned Jrue Holiday on many occasions in the previous matchup, forcing turnovers and being an all-around pest. Teague isn’t that great, but he’s comparable (and in most ways, better than him) to Holiday, who is apparently “the future” of this franchise. While proving to be better than Jeff Teague shouldn’t be his ultimate goal, Jrue can prove he’s the better player in part by outplaying him tonight.
3. Begging Josh Smith to shoot jumpers
When Josh Smith makes a jumper, you should be okay with it, because the likely alternatives are much worse. Smith has taken 445 shots outside the paint and shoots just over 31% on them. It’s pretty horrible, considering he has, you know, taken 445 shots. He can hurt the team offensively if you can encourage him to take enough jumpers. But if not, he’ll be our worst nightmare. Elton Brand is usually eager to let opposing power forwards shoot (I don’t mean that in a complementary fashion), so that should work to our advantage. But if he wants to get into the paint, I’m not sure there’s much Brand can do to stop him.
Anyway, we need the win tonight, even though it should be a challenge. I anticipate the home crowd to be restless, coming off last night’s embarrassment.