Originally posted on TornBySports  |  Last updated 11/7/13
We’re five games into the regular season, and while many fans may have thought a 2-3 or 1-4 start was in the cards, they’re 0-5. So how good or bad is this team, and these players? Compare the Core 4 with everyone else. They’re top 4 in scoring, in PER, in field-goal percentage. But to break it down further, when you look at the stat lines of the Core 4, isn’t that about where you hoped they would be? GORDON HAYWARD He looked shaky the first couple games. Himself, but not himself. Maybe it was the contract talks, maybe it was the new pressure of being “The Guy.” But he showed me something in the second half against the Boston Celtics. We saw that “put the team on my back” leadership emerge. We keep hearing how competitive he is and how he hates to lose, but I could really see it in that game. It killed him that his 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists weren’t enough, but can we also sit back and admire that All-Star line of his? Yes, it would have been better to draft Paul George, ...
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