Well yes, all the talk today is going to be about Blake being out and yadda yadda yadda. Yep, I'm concerned too but if it means having him back fully fit next year then do it. He's going to be our franchise guy, why risk things on a shot at 8th place? That's my opinion anyway.
Still, I wanted to put down how impressed I am with the marked improvement in Rasual Butlers play over the last 10 games or so. He's really looking like the peice that we moved for in the offseason and I think that in some ways, this is the perfect role player for our SF position. Or some like to use the term Glue Guy.
I was watching his on the ball D last night and was very impressed with his footwork and his ability to work around screens on defensive rotations. That is exactly the sort of defender we need. You look at Baron playing better D, Rasual playing better D and Eric doing his thing and I don't think it's a coincidence that our W L columns have been much improved recently.
Also, after a horrible shooting slump at the start of the season where I thought that he might have had his career shooting year last year, he has now picked his way out of this and seems much more confidence in his shot.
A quick look at the stats back this up. Shooting FG% of 34.6 in November and then 46.7 in December and over 44.4 so far in Jan. For 3's, he jumped from 25.8 to 39.7 during the months of Nov/Dec. That is a marked improvement.
For me, to try and keep positive today, I'd like to look at this, one of our major success stories of the season (probably behind Kaman and Baron I know) but when everyone is fit next year, I would like us to commit to have Rasual at the 3 behind our core, as he doesn't constantly need to ball but does all the complimentary things we require.
Your thoughts Clipper Nation once you have put your Blake Griffin jumpers in the laundry this morning?