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OK, so we already knew there was no good reason for Hairston to start the game on the bench. This is nothing new. But he did prove how baffling Roy's strategy has been, and he validated our whining with more than just offense.
Hairston didn't have one of his better shooting nights, as he was only 1-of-7 from three-point range. However, when he wasn't jacking up treys, he was relentlessly attacking the defense off the bounce—and playing incredible defense on the other end.
Not only was he the game's top scorer with 23 points on the night, he may have had the best defensive performance of anyone on the floor, too.
Hairston finished with two incredible blocks (another game-high stat), one steal and he drew two charges. An even more impressive feat may have been his seven offensive rebounds, including an authoritative slam to clean up McDonald's missed three.
Add in another three assists (team-high) and a defensive rebound, and it's pretty plain to see who the best player on the court was—at least in Carolina blue.
I welcome any input as to why this man shouldn't start every game.
Roy offered up more notable quotes about the situation during the postgame, showing obvious frustration for those of us that have been questioning his strategy.
"It’s popular to say who the hell is supposed to be in the lineup when you don’t know what in the dickens you’re talking about," Coach Williams said. A little later he went on to say, "One of the ways we’ve been struggling is scoring and so putting P.J. in there gives us another scorer in the lineup."
Um, how do I put this, Coach?
That's what the dickens we have been saying!