Clarifying previous comments about Corey Maggette's defense, I think it warrants mentioning that Corey has a very bifurcated defensive game: he plays an exceptional brand of one-on-one defense and is virtually impossible to take off the dribble. In contrast, many nights he's a lazy off-the-ball defender who is the lost (or unwilling) cog in the rotation. My theory is that Corey is that dude in the pickup game who resents having to play defense off-the-ball because it might keep him from being the first guy out in transition, where he's the best player on the court. As a counterweight, take Juwan Howard. Any athlete in the league with a hint of a first step can take Juwan off the dribble. So in order to stay in the league and start for a coach like Van Gundy, the middle-aged Howard learned how to harass guys, drive them off the block, smother and, when necessary, hold offensive players from getting to their spot. Corey is the anti-Juwan. And a good number of those open looks San Antonio got on Tuesday night were courtesy of # 50.
More tomorrow on how we size up against the less-soft Jazz, now that Boozer is manning the post and allowing Kirilenko to go crazy as a one-man zone. And let me just call it up front - I'm officially placing a moratorium on all posts addressing AK's "one freebie a year." Enough of that story. That's the problem with you heterosexuals - you undermine family values with your unabashed promiscuity.