The grizzlies offence gets sluggish often enough, like in the first half. I don't like Bayless controlling the ball that much but don't doubt that we wouldn't have won that game with the starters play based on how they started out.
Good job Chris.
I see the Grizzlies offensive philosophy somewhat differently. Their offensive struggles everyone agrees seem to go away when they are more active. Everything seems to point to Rudy as the problem here. I think Lionel was contributing to the problem, encouraging Gay to achieve his potential as a primary ball handler which was Gay's stated desire. I support that and think perhaps by the end of the season we could have had a Rudy centric offense and a decent shot to go all the way.
I don't object to the trade at all. Sooner is better than later, for young guys anyway. Given our team construct a shooter of the Korver, Redick mold would not help. We already have a defensive liability in Zach. Two would be too much to overcome.
A Conley-Gasol offensive weapon axis does not work for me. They are facilitators. Trigger men are born not made. Prince may be the heady scorer that we need but he doesn't excite me. We need another ingredient for the taste to be right and I don't know what that would be.
I am excited by the pro-active front office and have faith they are trading to improve the team not just to improve the financial status.
Yeah! Tony Wroten. He penetrated from the wing to middle of the lane so fast. He managed to get good angles and hit low block players. We can definitely use this.
I think he'll get it going on the defensive end.
This is a stat driven analysis that is helpful but not complete.
Conley's layup anomaly is explained partly by the fact of the athletecism of the insiders he's challenging plus the fact that his shots are more contested. This for the reasons you gave; better scouting, and the fact the Griz are not adept at creating offense once the set has broken down. I.e. Rudy is not creative enough. What I see is defenders sagging off of Gasol (knowing he is not aggressive offensively) cluttering up the lane. They are obstructing penetration which is the main way Griz's' wings get to the rim. These bigs are also available to double team Zach.
The mid-range jumper is such a big part of the Griz offense. Gasol, Arthur and Speights
are adept. This opens up lanes to the basket for the wings and space for Randolph. This is the key to the Grizzlie offensive sets. Gasol has to take them. Hell it's a free throw. He shoots over 80 per cent from the line.
If Conley's scoring is a predictor of Grizzlie success, it mainly due to the fact that interior players are keeping their defenders involved, giving Mike open lanes and outside looks. Conley's high scoring is the effect of good Grizzlie offense not the cause. Conley seems to feel this way as evidenced by his seeming passivity when the Griz offense goes stagnant. He knows that it's up to the bigs to give this team success.
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