I have long thought that Green would gel better with the bench, where he will have more license to take a high volume of shots as part of a group that is offensively challenged. TA starts out as a defensive stopper on the best player on the opposition, and it is almost self defeating for us to wait until they get a torrid start before TA is brought in...
and Kevin, don't pay attention to the Fat Elvis comment. We love your commentary and you always leave us wanting more...that guy has no idea what he is talking about!
Not sure what's up with the previous comment. Keep 'em coming Chris, the overwhelming majority of us love what you have to offer!
I am a strong proponent of Green being a bench player. As you said, TA gets assigned to the premier scorer on the opposition, and more often than not, he ends up frustrating them and that gives us defensive impetus. Furthermore, Green is a high volume shooter who will take shots away from Conley, Gasol, and ZBo if he starts. It won't be nearly as worrisome if he takes those shots with the second unit; they'll happily defer to him, and he'll be the offensive spark plug that we want him to be. His shooting percentage is not good enough to where he will lead to better spacing for our starting bigs, which is precisely why Lee should remain a starter. Again, I don't think this is rocket science, and I truly would like those who disagree with me to tell me where I'm wrong.
Most importantly, I hope Joerger realizes all of this and stops messing around with our starting unit after he gets his fill of tinkering, sooner rather than later.
I agree completely that C. Lee should be a starter. It makes perfect sense that your best 3 pt shooter should be on the floor when your bigs are there, since it frees up everyone. Green is not even close to being our best 3 pt shooter. Furthermore, Green is a high volume shooter, so he is ideally suited for the bench role where he can take that many shots without worrying about taking shots away from Conley, Gasol, and ZBo. To me, this seems like such a simple and incredibly important point, and it kills me to see Joerger screwing with it. If I am wrong, then please somebody enlighten me...
As for TA, I like having him as a starter since he usually gets assigned to the most potent offensive threat on the opposition, and it sets a tone defensively from the outset.
I agree, it's always disappointing to lose at home, but we've had so much going on this last week that this letdown was predictable. As long as we can get our legs back and take care of business against the defensively challenged Cavs and the basketball challenged Jazz, we should be fine.
It is noteworthy that even though we had such a poor game on so many different levels, we were still really in it with a minute left. It's also worth noting that I fully expected us to come back and win this, as most Grizz fans did, because that's just how good we are. It's also scary that one little hiccup and now we see Portland is just 1/2 gm behind us.
Oh well... as a wise man said not too long ago-- This How it Be. (I so badly want a bumper sticker of this!!)
One thing that nobody is talking about is how bad Lee was. He had the ball on multiple occasions with room to shoot a 3 and was tentative, ended up not taking the shot and passing on the chance. He needs to understand that hitting 3's is absolutely instrumental in opening up the inside for our big guys against the Spurs. If he is not taking 3's, we won't be hitting them, and we will have taken 10 steps backwards against the Spurs.
Hope they do better next time.
I agree that there was a lot of rust there, and it was easy to miss yesterday at the FedEx Forum because I was so enthralled at the new-look Mark Gasol. I think that QPon and Carter will find themselves, but I think a huge part of the bench is Koufos. He has so much to offer, I hope that Joerger gets the most out of him...
I certainly understand that there are certain intangibles and years of wisdom that Prince brings to the table, BUT the big question is whether he should be starting. Joerger was brought in as a coach who was analytics driven, and yet every number you looked at screamed of how inferior our lineup was when he was starting. For me, that was the big question.
I think Prince deserves to go out with some dignity rather than have an entire fan base clamoring for his removal. Let's hope he has the maturity to bow out and ask for a reduced role if they don't offer it to him...
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