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I’m getting the feeling that Willie Green is going to have some type of role going into the playoffs even if Billups returns. He’s morphed into Randy Foye’s clone. Can you afford to sit the hottest shooter on the team even if Billups returns?
Depends. I looked up Green’s playoff statistics and noticed that in every playoff win as a 76er, a Hornet and a Hawk, he had a positive influence in his +/-. The points he gets are either irrelevant or a bonus. If the Clips are gonna win any game with Green on the lineup, his intangibles needs to stay in the plus side.
I really think he has earned the spot for the playoffs. I just don’t see Chauncey being anymore of a positive than Willie has been. Chauncey has been in and out so much I wish he would just stay out. He is slower his shot hasn’t been the same since before allstar and he is a major physical liability lately.
What Billups really brings is ball handling/ability to run the offense and experience. I too wish he was either in or out as well purely just for continuity purposes. I hate the idea of waiting for something that might not ever happen. Billups’ potential role has almost become the stuff that myths and legends are made of. We have such a small sample size and yet we assume/wish that when he is healthy everything will work out.
Tell Jordan Heimer Spring Breakers sucked.
Has or is the team in danger of romanticizing what Billups will provide when he returns and is it almost better that the team stabilize the starting lineup with Billups coming off the bench?
seems like the guys see the light at the end of the tunnel…season coming to a close, so they pick up their game and start playing playoff bball.
Glad to see everyone on the Willie Green bandwagon. Earlier in the season you all were asking could we amnesty Green, called him Willie Gomes, the weakest link, cried to start Bledsoe and what not, and now? I’m happy Green is doing great like everyone else, but people, have faith in this guy, and hopefully he doesn’t go out like Foye last year, like a deer in the headlights come playoff time. One of the main reasons why we stunk up the joint in the 2nd round is Foye was steadily clanking shots, and doing little else.
Another thing. Some players like Sebasian Telfair, Jason Hart, Darren Collison, Ramin Sessions are drafted into the league thrust into the limelight and pressure cooker that is the position of the point. Most like them are talented, and a major overmatch for point guards on the college level, but make the next level and whatever reason don’t reach that next level of sure fire #1 starter. Bledsoe is quite the talent, but his game falls into the Troy Hudson, Jason Hart, Collison, kinda Telfair range of points. If we lose the Point God, Bledsoe is not the insurance policy everyone has him pegged as being, but solid as a career, 14 year NBA backup, and that’s ok, but recognize.
Green has changed his game a little though from the beginning of the year. Early on, Green was primarily used as a spot-up shooter. Green is doing more things now like cutting and creating space. Green was basically useless just camping himself in the corner and staying there. I figure at this point though, we know Bledsoe is not a point guard.If anything, I would trade Bledsoe for someone like Tyreke Evans who is still young and just needs to be in a winning environment and also give us size in the back court. Backup point guards grow on trees. There will be plenty of them available this season. I would love to bring in Darren Collison who flourished as CP3′s backup in NOH.
I completely disagree with your Bledsoe take. Those guys you mentioned have zero percent of Bledsoe athleticism and at one point in the career were given the starter role and flamed out. Until Bledsoe gets that opportunity he can’t be lumped in with them.
I agree, great athleticism, but the guy has no jump shot. Remember Sherman Douglas? If you play the point, its a requirement of the position that you make that mid range jumper, with dribbles to separate, elevate, and nothing but net. Bledsoe’s skill set is missing that key element. Might as well be Jason Hart. Even when the point God sits, Bledsoe gets exposed, which why its so nice that Crawford is the NBA’s 6th man this year, to pick up the lack of scoring punch, while Bled picks up the Crawford’s lack of defense. It works, but Bledsoe is not starter quality, but solid back up.
Would like to go on the record as saying I am not on the Willie Green bandwagon, and I am still crying about Bledsoe not starting. And if you ever compare Bledsoe to Troy Hudson again, so help me god…
still crying about the way Bledsoe is not starting the way you cried when the Clippers sign Crawford last summer? Hudson could knock down some 3′s, had form with his shots, worked his minutes, and played with a consistent high intensity. Thats what I remember, and Bledsoe dogs it sometimes, thats real.
2 points on Willie Green 1) take it while you can get it 2) don’t bet the farm on a small sample size
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