The past week has been all Stephon-this and Stephon-that… so I figured I'd show Mikki some love today. And honestly, what he provides is going to be at least as important as what Steph gives us, if not more so. Think about last season… when PJ Brown was our most important late-February pick up. Steph is going to score and bolster that second unit… but given Perk's shoulder and foul issues, Moore might be called on to defend the hoop along side Garnett. On a defensive team, in the playoffs, that's a more important role.
So while the headlines are about Marbury and him picking up the system, Moore is right there getting a crash course too:
"Most of what I need to do is see defensive clips. I'm trying to figure things out. On offense, I'm a guy who has to knock down jump shot to spread the floor. On the other end of the floor, I'm a guy who takes charges, I make sure to get over to help. I'm all about playing team ball."
And it's not like Moore is on his own here. Guys like Leon Powe have his back.
"P.J. (Brown) will tell you that if he didn't know something, I would see that and make sure to tell him early, before it happens, what's going on so he knew what to do," said Powe, who became very close friends with Brown last spring. "That's what I am doing now with Mikki. He started right away coming to me, before we run something, asking what we are supposed to do. I would go through it quickly so he'd be all right. It's just working together and making sure we are on the same page."
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