As for tonight, we had a big win against Springfield the other night after a tough day of travel and a game the night before. I think this is even bigger. I believe it is Springfield's final game of the year, and they are going to be amped to send their season off in the right way. So, we have to match their intensity early and take away any belief that they can beat us.
As I look at the team's recent success, I think I can look at one player who has been a huge part of that success -- Rod Wilmont. Rod has been a player that was, to me, all flash. He was solely a player who was focused on offensive numbers, and I thought he struggled. Now, he has turned into our glue guy, a rare D-League player who takes pride in defense and winning. Indeed, he has taken the challenge of guarding each team's best wing, and he has done very well. He has also done a great job of being a vocal leader on the defensive end who motivates and communicates to his teammates in the best possible way. With his improved focus on defense and team play, it is not surprise that we have seen his offensive numbers spike. After averaging 8.3 points per game, Rod is averaging 15.5 points per game and 6 rebounds per game in these last 7 games. Rod has gone from being all flash to all substance, and he is a big part we have experienced some success here in the last bit of the season. Keep it going, Rod!