Oh, and Lionel has to get on the refs (in the press, not just during games) about how Diaw and Bonner "set" screens. I know the league has let this go, but Diaw and Bonner just go run into the our guys. It is impossible to play D on Parker if they don't get called for any illegal screens. A couple of whistles here and there would really change how these games go.
I keep coming back to this idea that the Grizz should go ultra small when Bonner is on the court. Like either QPon or TA at the the 4 small. Tying in to Lowe's great article on the Bonner factor, DA cannot make them pay on D for playing Bonner so the other option is try to make him guard on the perimeter and blow by him. On D, just switch everything. Thoughts?
Chris, can you look up Durant's numbers on post ups? I understand Lionel's fear, but I don't see Durant having much of a post up game yet. It's something he still needs to develop. At the very least, he's uncomfortable in the post and much easier to double team below the free throw line than he is at the top of the key. Thoughts?
I am not sure if I have ever seen a better 1 for 9 game than what Conley gave us last night. That play where he went back at CP3 was great. You have to go at the bully. I thought QPon showed he can give CP3 some problems, too. Length bothers him more than anything. Not that that will stop him from going all point god on Saturday though. It's gonna be a war.
Looks like the Commercial Appeal comment section folks have made it over.
I have said it ever since we faced them in the playoffs, Collison is really good if you let him foul.
Can you and Verno talk about why it's hard to get the ball into the post, which is why teams tend to not depend on post players in the clutch? He seems to think you just throw it down there. It's a lot more complicated than that. It's something that is very unique about the Grizz. The Spurs generally go to Parker or Manu, the Lakers Kobe, etc. etc. We are the only team throwing it to the block with 12 seconds to go. Why? It's easier to double, it's hard to get position, it's hard to get a passing lane, etc. Anyway, it's a conversation that needs to be had and it would help fans to understand we're not just going away from getting it down low. It's really hard to do.
Also, great question last night. I guess Lionel didn't think so.
I really wish more people would talk logically about our offensive problems. The problem isn't this player or that player. The problem is we have no movement or spacing. Watch us play and then watch San Antonio or Golden State. They actually move and have spacing. We are an NBA team. It's not too much to ask for our coach to get these guys to play together and understand spacing.
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