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Good job by the coach to make an adjustment at halftime to slow down Nelson.
Bad job by the coach by not giving DJ more post looks. How do you not use this game as an opportunity to increase DJ’s looks inside when your top three scorers are out?
The few times that he did get the ball in the low post, be looked terrific.
Great job by the coach in realizing that the team needed more of Hollins tonight.
BTW, what are the odds that Thompkins will even see the floor this season?
*cue ominous music*
iirc, Thompkins isn’t travelling with the team… imo, there’s a role for him but no room.
Pending further injuries, I can’t see him playing this season. I can see him playing next season in place for Turiaf. He’ll see plenty of shots on the baseline.
why exactly does Turiaf play ahead of Hollins??? i don’t get it.
With all the trade rumors surrounding Eric Bledsoe, if you could pick from all NBA teams, which team could best use his unique talents?
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Maybe we should cut ties with Trey, I know it’s tough, but Trey for Paul Pierce. The team has to win now.
That wouldn’t fly. I’m not sure what the Celtics would do with Trey Thompkins. Plus he’s not a good enough player that the Celtics would want. The Celtics would want Bledsoe in any deal.
@andrew – I don’t necessarily agree that systems are created to maximise your best player. IMHO, systems are used to give good, predictable and open looks at the basket. This *could* be to your best player, but not necessarily.
Using CP3 as the fulcrum for offence is good and all, and as we know, VDN says CP3 is the “system”. I’d personally like to see they *can* do it, but not default to it. CP3 offence can become predictable in its own right, or if teams throw a lanky 2/3 on him from the full court – that disrupts the offence.
Perhaps we’ll see more set plays when a traditional shooter like Billups, giving him looks like Reddick/Curry/Thomson.
I completely agree. But just to be contrary, wouldn’t “open, predictable shots for players” also mean easier ways to gameplan against it?
Giving Chris Paul only the most basic structure and allowing him wide latitude to improvise means defenses don’t know what will happen at any given time. Only Paul sees the rhythm and flow of the game unfolding and reacts accordingly, also directing his teammates in position to exploit the weakness Paul perceives.
An example would be opposing teams’ constant decision to put larger, more athletic defenders on Paul. More times than not, he probes until a kink is discovered and then exploits it.
True, plays are easy to game play against, that’s why they shouldn’t be used too much. Rock only beats scissors for so long.
I love the fact CP3 is on this team; this team thrives on improvisation. The fact CP3 is leading the team makes having 2 or 3 plays all the more powerful.
You make the pertinent point teams can only adopt these over the break, not mid season. I see plays as a “safety net” of sorts – like in CP3’s absence.
That is the backup system that I was talking about. Having offensive play sets to act as a safety net so that way when the offense breaks down, the team will not solely rely on iso-ball/hero ball.I would think thought at even CP should be calling out plays within a system that is sort of a hybrid. With all the veteran players on this team, they cannot possibly diagram some possible plays from other systems they have played in so the offense does not break down? They somehow need easy shots. This team is merely winning on pure talent at times. Yes, it’s highly effective but will come back to haunt them in the playoffs.
22 years of pick and roll basketball led to 18 playoff appearances for Utah. I’m all for letting CP3 be the on-court coach and calling him our offensive system, but not having a contingency plan for when he is injured that relies on a set of called plays seems like a failure on VDN’s part.
You cant teach Eric Bledsoe how to be CP3. He’s gotta learn the fundamentals of play calling and be able to execute called plays. We continue to give a pass to the coaching staff when we lose games to teams like the Wizards because our “offensive system” is out because of injury. It is their job to plan for games without CP3 and make adaptations.
Utah did not purely run the pick and roll though. Their pick and roll offense was a product of the action they got out of the flex which gave them more options than just the pick and roll. With the LAC offense, it is just merely pick and roll and isolation most of the time. Occasionally they will run a HORNS set but it generally dies pretty fast because there is no weak side action because the shooters just need to stand there to help with spacing. LAC will run the pick and roll to death even if the initial and secondary pick and rolls break down. When the shot clock gets dangerously close to zero, the ball goes to CP or Crawford expecting them to make something happen. Their offensive sets do not make it easier to get guys good and easy shots in the half court. The reason why Barnes is having a career year is because when he is with the second unit, their defense allows them to get in transition and he thrives in the transition game. When he closes out games, so much attention is on CP and Blake that he gets wide open shots all the time and his knack for cutting basically covers up a flaw of VDN’s system where everyone is just standing there. Barnes innately knows how to move and get open. That is a skill most players don’t have. For the rest of those players, they need to have a system of set plays so they know where to go on any given play which will maximize their ability. So what if 80% of the same sets are run in the league? In terms of offensive schemes, once you have that it matters all about execution and if you can do it better than the other team. When the offense is as simple as a pick and roll, nothing else will happen once the offense dies and they win on pure talent instead of as a team.
On the other side of the spectrum, I recall a game where GSW called horns like 10 times in a row!!!
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