Pels and heat, the 2 elite teams that don't need big men... Gordon:
It didn't take long for me to get back to despising gordon.
After re-watching this spurs game, a lot of Jrue and Reke's missed shots were from tipping offensive rebounds. They both had 4 O boards and 9 total. They were going all out knowing this was a big game.
Gordon didn't seem to give a shite. He was giving minimal effort on perimeter defense, he couldn't run the fast break without getting blocked or missing shots, he couldn't create anything, had 0 boards, and just didn't show up. Monty benched him, giving him only 19 minutes in his 2-9 FG, 2 assist, 4 turnover night. The 15 million dollar man was missing open shots all night...
I've become very impressed with reke lately. He's looking FAST compared to the beginning of the season and he can actually create and finish up near the rim. Gordon on the other hand looks like he has lost a step. As Jrue and Reke have learned to play with each other, they are looking like better backcourt players than EG. So, what's the point of having EG around? Lack of paint presence:
Today, all SA had to do was cutoff the driving lanes with their bigs and play decent perimeter defense, we were limited to midrange shots again. Their bigs could push us out of the paint because AD, Smith, and ryno don't play in the paint. I'm going to be ill if i have to watch reke and jrue scrap for rebounds all game against tiago splitter.
Most basketball plays i know start with a big man in the post. AD cannot post people up and he should be running the fast break and not getting beat up from fighting over loose defensive rebounds anyway.
SA ran circles in the paint around our C when they weren't hitting 3s. They shot 16 less shots than us, but were just raining in the paint. Get a big guy that Jrue and Reke can dump off to when the opposing C jumps to contest.
The pels don't have anyone strong enough to stay in the paint and dunk in traffic and it's pissing me off. It's necessary. Bledsoe wouldn't be able to get layups all game if asik was always in the paint on defense. Having a big C behind everyone can erase so many mistakes.
AD is not ready to play C and ryno is best alternating between the 3 and 4 imo. They're both kind of like oversized 3s. It's too hard to play perfect defense to the point where you don't need a big man behind you. Solution:
These guards are not talented enough to play small ball. The trade off of having all stretch big men isn't worth it. There's no brute strength on this roster. Just being big and strong pressures opposing offenses and collapses opposing defenses. Go big pelicans.
Cut off the redundancy at guard with EG and go big for god's sake. The spurs posted us up today from positions 3 through 5.
Trade for someone like asik, please. This upside down roster is painful to watch. There's a reason bigs play in the paint, it's because they're big. Monty is not some damn savant. Get some semblance of a traditional roster and run some traditional post plays.
This post was edited on 11/26 at 3:20 am