I'm excited about how this team has played for the last three games. I'm enjoying the success our 2 best players (Kevin Love and Michael Beasley) have had over those games. Likewise I'm happy to see Sebastian Telfair playing so well as the starter - who saw that one coming, seriously? I like how Wes Johnson has been stroking it well. It's been fun to watch Corey Brewer being such a disruptive force on defense. I also like that Darko's been ... uh ... Darko's shooting has been ... uh ... Darko's been playing some defense. And I'm legitimately excited to watch the team's next few games.
But before we get too carried away, let's try to remember the 5 games before we played the Lakers.We were historically bad during that stretch. We were run out of arenas in Memphis, Miami, Orlando, and Houston. And we lost by double digits to Atlanta at home.
Maybe it takes getting beat by a combined 130 points over 5 games for Kurt Rambis to start using intelligent rotations. Maybe it takes getting beat by a combined 130 points over 5 games to light a fire under these young pups. Or maybe Rambis will go right back to his bizarre rotation patterns and this stretch will just be one of a few nice spots this team will have throughout what will ultimately be a long season of disappointing performances and bad losses. I don't know.
I'm excited to see Love come alive lately. I've been involved in an ongoing debate about whether a reasonable person could think Love is a better basketball player than Carmelo Anthony. I have to say his 3 game average of over 20 points and 20 rebounds definitely gives weight to my argument. I still think Anthony is a better player than Love at this point; however, if Love can play for an entire season like he's been playing when he gets 35-40 minutes a game, I may have to go ahead and change my mind about that.
This may have been the most exciting three game stretch this team has played in 4 years, but let's not forget the most abysmal five game stretch in team history that preceded it.