I can't say I disagree with much of what has been said--except for that last ridiculous comment--but I also have real problems with just giving up on the year. It may be the wiser long term approach to take, no doubt about it, but I feel like it is showing such a huge amount of disrespect to the fans to just say we will worry about it next year. It is not easy to attend all of these games, to give up our family time to spend it with the Grizzlies, and I certainly have to work very hard to come up with the money to pay for the multiple games that we attend. To dismiss all of that is to spit in my face, and when I see the lack of effort, it makes me angry that we care so much. It's hard enough seeing that the players don't give a damn about the fans, I wish the reporters following the team would at least show the courtesy of mentioning how hard this is for us.
wow, my view is diametrically opposite. While consistency has been sketchy at best, this team has shown that they can play with the best when they are engaged against top level opposition. The 3 pt shooting of Daniels, Conley and VC has opened up the interior, JMG is a fighter who scores in timely moments and hustles to get rebounds and second chance points. Brandon Wright is a finisher above the rim and ZBo still is holding onto the fountain of youth; Gasol is still as dynamic a scorer as anyone when he is engaged.
I choose to be optimistic but also base this on what I have seen on the court in more than a few games this season. If we are 6th seed or better, we will advance to the second round...
Guys, I have been a diehard fan since day 1 and I for one am extremely optimistic this season, I feel like this is the best team we have had. The core 4 are there doing their thing, but we have so many guys in the supporting cast who have gone off and can continue to take off on any given night--Vince, Daniels, Ennis, Jamychal, etc. Obviously disappointed with Parsons but we have done this much without him, anything he adds will be a bonus, and I still think that he will get better this season. Over all of the yrs we have always lamented the lack of outside shooting; we have it now, and it is opening things up. I think we are seriously 1 or 2 injuries away from being legit contenders. I have faith in this group...
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!!)
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