Kiya, where did that last part come from!!!???
Nets won't match it with us in a series. Mobb DEEP is far and away better than it was last year, and we'll have some time to work on and incorporate some of those cognitive plays we so often yearned for under D'Antoni, but rarely saw at opportune or necessary times.
Shump's ahead of schedule on his rehab, even heard it said that November isn't out of the question, which seems a bit ambitious all the same. He's the crucial component defensively in the back-court for such a heavy offensive starting 5 of Lin, Melo and Stoudemire. We need that O to D equilibrium to be our staple - rely on stops and have a sense of unity and understanding when our best 5 are on the court defensively.
JR Smith and STAT are our X factors in either unit, and if they're encompassed in to the offensive game plan in a way that suits them, I think the remaining concerns about defense and control for these 2 will ultimately be worked out.
★ Have to say that I'm still a little concerned about what Woody has in store for this team offensively, even though defense, as it is and always should be, is the key.
I agree with you, Kiya, that an offensively well fed Stoudemire will play better defensively and hit the glass harder.