Al Jefferson walks the long road
That sense of purpose which has always guided Jefferson when he has the ball down on the block? It wasn't there Monday night. Jefferson turned the ball over eight times -- five of those traveling violations. Faced up against Marcus Camby or Chris Kaman down on the left block, Jefferson preceded his patented up-fake with an extra step, sometimes in anticipation of a pending double-team, sometimes out of sheer impatience.As I've pointed out, Big Al is putting on a brave face. He's talking about patience; he's playing the most committed defense of his career; he's trying to be a leader. But if you look at those slumped shoulders and cloudy expression, you know: this is not easy.