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I wrote this back on Feb 3 about Ronnie B

The story of this game I thought was Ronnie Brewer. He seemed to have matured a lot in this game.

And he's only gotten better. Check out his February numbers, 17.5 ppg, 56% shooting, 5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. It has to be by far his best month as a pro.

I know a lot of the blame for last year's series loss to the Lakers gets put on Boozer's shoulders, and part of it should be, but Ronnie has a share in that because he couldn't hit a jumper consistently. Kobe would sag off of him 10 feet daring him to shoot. That let them do all kinds of things to Boozer that they shouldn't have.

Kobe tried that again when LA visited the ESA last. Ronnie proceeded to nail a three-pointer. If that's the Ronnie we have for the rest of the season, we're in great shape.

I don't think anyone's ever doubted his ability. What I have doubted is his mental toughness, but from that game against Charlotte earlier this month, I haven't. You can tell how he carries himself.

Everything is starting to click.

Boozer will get back into things and he's the final piece. I think everyone else right now is pretty much at the top of their games. I love it when a plan comes together.

On to tonight... Our sole loss in February was against these same Warriors. We're a bit of a different team now as we didn't have Booze or AK. The Warriors are always tough at their place and tonight should be no different. But having two of our big men back gives us a huge advantage. Kirilenko lives for this type of game.

clarkpojo reported that Stephen Jackson won't be playing. He's rotating veteran players out so that he can give time to the youngsters. Like clark stated,

I wonder if he knows that he could technically give his young guys a little extra time and not deactivate his veterans?

Isn't this just a coverup for tanking? They're 7 games out of last place and they've long been out of the playoff race. I don't think it's anything other than trying to improve their lottery chances.

Whatever they want to do, all the better for us.

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