Fluffy sez ‘And One’

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Published: March 3, 2008

Like sparks said in the comments section of the Wizards-Hornets recap, this team complains too damn much when things aren't going their way.

No, scratch that.  They don't complain too much, they whine.  And bellow.  And wail.

It had been a while since I'd heard it, but early in the season, David "Fluffy" West used to shout 'And One' every time he went up to score in the post.  It was the impetus of the first nickname I gave him, but he had slowly gotten away from it.  Last night, against the Wiz, it was back in full force.

Just for giggles(and to make my eyes bleed), I rewound the game on my TIVO and started counting the number of times he shouted it, beginning in the second quarter.  I got up to six and stopped.

Okay.  If the refs aren't calling it the first or second time, screaming about it the fifth time is just going to piss them off.  Shut the hell up and go up stronger.  It's also gotten to be a team-wide issue.  I've even spotted Peja, who avoids contact as much as possible, staring at refs with a disbelieving grin on his face.

I can only conclude our team's success is breeding arrogance, because they don't act this way when they are being abused by a good team.  They reserve their petulance for the games against teams they think beneath them.(See Portland early in the season, the Timberwolves, the Wizards)  Apparently, they believe those teams shoud lie down, and if they don't, it's the refs fault.

I got news for ya, Hornets.  I love ya guys, but no one is scared of you.  You've proven nothing.  Get after it and put those teams down.

Tonight we've got the Knicks.  Overall, they are terrible, but if we are low on energy and soft on defense, they will shoot us out of the building.  Get after them.

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