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So I am told: Gibson to start

By admin Published: January 29, 2007

This will probably make many of you happy, although I'm not 100 percent sure it will work, but I am told by a source today that Mike Brown is planning on making a change to his starting lineup for tomorrow night's game.  For the first time in 139 games, and the first time since Brown's been the head coach, he is not planning on starting Eric Snow.  Instead, he is planning to start Daniel Gibson.  Although minds can change, Gibson worked out there in practice today before the media was allowed in.


Watching the last two games, you could see it coming. Gibson's minutes have been rising, Snow's dropping.  In the last two games, Snow has played just 13 minutes each. Those are his fewest of the year.  After the game, Brown indicated he wanted to give Gibson an extended look.


My only thing is, I don't think Gibson is a point guard.  I think he's a shoot first guard at heart.  So, to me, this means more point guard duties for Larry Hughes.  But Gibson has earned everything he's gotten since the preseason


In addition, as you know, I believe Snow's defense is valuable.  Over the last 10 games, they are allowing 103 points and 48 percent shooting per game.  I know I've been harping on the offense all year, but that was with the understanding they were playing good defense.  Now, I'm more worried about the defense because without it, they have nothing to stand on.


That said, knowing Mike the way I do, he didn't come to this decision on a whim.  He's probably been thinking about it for a long time before making the decision.  We'll see how it works out.  Who knows, maybe he'll change his mind, but he's told Eric he's not going to start.

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