The starters came out strong at both ends to start the game, but looked cold and flat when the second half commenced. The second unit consisted of four players, Sheed, Squisy, Baby, and House Afire. The second unit looked as good as the first, which is to say them demonstrated the disparity of talent between them and the opposition. The third unit consisted of Brian Scalabrine, while the fourth string included Give It to Me Big Shelden and Lester Hudson. The fifth string included injured players Tony Allen and Bill Walker.
Sheed left the game in the first half with 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 blocks, and didn't add much in the second half. If he plays like he did in the first half for a better part of the season, we may have ourselves the Sixth Man winner. For the most part, Marquis Daniels looked good, too, both bringing the ball up the court and as point-forward in set offenses. He's not afraid to hoist it from anywhere, which might be a problem, as he overshot the entire basket on a three-ball from the corner. Baby looked out of sorts, and I'm not really seeing the slimmed down, chiseled physique everyone has been talking about.
By contrast, Give It To Me Big Shelden does like he's in good shape, much thinner than I expected, certainly thinner than Bambino Grande. Early on he failed to box out, and got out rebounded by someone standing behind simply because that opposing player was taller. He made up for it later, when he grabbed an offensive rebound with his right hand and slammed through the put-back all in one motion. The play brought KG and Sheed off the bench. Scalabrine had a memorable Tommyesque rolling hook. He's made these one or twice before, but this one suggested he's mastering the skill. Neither Lester nor JR made much of an impression.