The bottom line is we have not played great defense since we took the Lakers to 7 games in the playoffs. Yao has played pretty good this year but does not play enough to be a major factor. Before we got Brad Miller I said his defense was worse then Derek Andersen's, and I am sticking with it. Brad is great on offense but a liability on defense, and to his credit he should not have to start and play these extended minutes but Yao is injured again. When the games on the line great d can win games when our offense struggles. Average d like we are playing turns into last minute defeats like against the Wizards,Pacers,Spurs, and Raptors. When the games on the line we cant get any rebounds either. Jordan Hill deserves more minutes as well as Jeffries. Neither one is that good on offense,but they rebound well, and block shots. Bud still cant defend well enough to get extended minutes, and Battier still cant create any offense, so will Jermaine Taylor finally get a chance.We may also want to bring up Patterson and give him a try, because with our record so far you have to try everything. Before AB got hurt he was still turning the ball over, and playing inconsistently, but his offense will help out some, but he is still an liability on d. Scola and Martin have been playing well on offense but not great on d. When we start playing good team defense all four periods then we will start to win games, no matter if we have injuries are not.