With all the flak the bench has been catching during the course of this season, some of us may have overlooked their most recent performances. They registered 24 points and 18 rebounds against the Knicks, and 42 points and 22 rebounds against the Wiz.
Of course, those were two games against two bad teams, one of which ended in a loss. Worse, those two performances were preceded by a 9-point, 2-rebound effort against Portland. One game before the no show in Oregon, however, the bench posted 44 points and 20 rebounds against Sacramento. Even in the loss to Golden State they posted 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Twenty points and twelve rebounds is a pretty good night for any bench.
So amid the hue and cry over having lost four games in six tries, a sign of better things to come may have gone unnoticed.
This doesn't mean Danny doesn't have some work to do. But it does mean that the amount of work may be less than previously thought.