it was a great game, close throughout and gritty. boston's team d was superior (the helpside simply wasn't there for the grizz) and mem had major problems defending the high pick-and-roll. at times in the 2nd half, fatigue hit offensively and the grizz resorted to chucking up ill-advised jumpers. that being said, the team continued to show resolve and poise down the stretch and battled back a bit. its a greater positive to have that kind of belief within a squad than to focus on what can be fixed in practice i.e. defense lapses and making sure to re-set the offense on a broken play.
just one question: why take sam young out in the 2nd half when he's starting to gain some momentum offensively? he was the only spark offensively, taking it to the rim and creating good looks, so why not ride the hot hand?
while i'm new to memphis and supporting the grizz, i was extremely impressed with the way they stayed focus, specifically coming out after the half down by 11. they could have easily let the game get out of hand early on in the 3rd but they came out firing. from what i saw, there was a commitment to playing as a team, especially defensively, that won them the ball game. they still had some major lapses on D, not positioning themselves well enough to close out on shooters who, like midtown mark said, will make shots. help-side d and communicating where shooters were located on the floor were the problems i saw but they did an exceptional job at protecting the paint and not letting lebron get open looks underneath the basket.
my question is this: what's the plan with depth at guard play? williams and tinsley made cameos albeit ineffective ones. is it to switch young to a 2/3 or have rudy handle the ball when conley or mayo need a break?
By Richard Alley
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