3 main problems with this game and otherwise; Overall; The offense is too shaky w/o Rip. We can't keep getting down and wait for him to come in and make it all up. If AI isn't going to be benched it might be time to try AI/Rip again. They've been playing much better lately with the big line-up. They seem to have found a balance. And these slow offensive starts are really killing us. This game; No KB, who was brought in for the purpose of playing against the "Perkins". Way too many minutes for Dyess. He was great on the boards, but looked worn out after awhile. And AA should have played esp against Pierce to back-up Tay. Besides defense, he provides floor spacing. AI also has to be more agressive against Allen (and should be against CLE). He can get what he wants. Overall, not an awful game. Some encouraging signs. Sheed came to play against KG. Dice will likely be able to hit something in the next game. Max showed his value against the better teams in the league per usual. Our defense made a welcome and much needed return for the most part. It's nice to know that the offense not the defense was the problem. That can hopefully be fixed with the right mix. We're not there yet, but we're not doomed. And i've been so happy to see flagrant fouls and technicals in my life. We fought so this is a loss that i can live with. He might be sitting on the bench.