I may regret this as every time I say something like this Monta comes back and plays one of his lower efficiency games. But, after watching Lee and Curry play somewhat low hoops IQ games vs Utah, and Monta simply win the game for us, I'll admit, maybe it's time to review my take on Monta. (And on Lee.)
Another thing to remember about Monta is his crazy endurance. He just doesn't get tired, ever. This is huge especially on back to backs.
Also, maybe Jae or someone can back it up for me, but it seems Monta is slowly understanding when to do his thing and when to lay back and let it come to him more. It sure seems like it lately.
As for Lee. We've all discussed it. With a large, defensive presence at C Lee would probably look better. As it is he's still a good player. But, it is possible he isn't as good as I thought.
Lee: Buff up next offseason. You need to get stronger, less pudgy.
As for Smart, i've also laid into him, but there may be something here. Perhaps his nice guy thing helps when it comes to benching guys for long stretches and not losing them as players. Curry tonight and Lee last night simply got benched for loooong stretches since things were going better without them. Props to Smart too.
But it all comes back to Monta tonight and in general, and i'm starting to wonder if instead of trading one of Curry and Monta we shouldn't instead look to simply add beef, toughness and good D players everywhere else we can around them instead.
Monta: As long as you continue to grow (i.e. not force things, play efficiently for a SG) I will continue to admit I may have been wrong and you may be a keeper. Tonight was crazy good (and Utah actually had more luck, with those desperation bank heaves and i thought more calls.)