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All the players Doc Rivers has signed have been offensive-minded, yet his acumen is of a defense-first coach. If that were the case, he should have signed defense-first players. Why has Doc gone after only offensive-minded players? Could it be that he’s trying to change their basketball way of approach? It worked for Jamal Crawford; could it work for Hedo Turkoglu?
imo its because he believes in his system defence so much, and as long as he can get open minded ppl to buy into his defensive philosophies then it doesnt matter if they’re bad individual defenders
Because defense is not simply based on defensive stoppers and 1-on-1 defenders. In Doc’s case, it has always been the system #1. Neither Paul Pierce or Ray Allen were great defenders before KG arrival. Once the system is set, guys knowing their role, they don’t need to be a beast of a defensive stopper, most of the baskets don’t happen in 1-on-1 situations, so it’s team D.
From his moves, Doc thinks that the players can handle the D but he needs spacing. Neither Mullens nor Jamison provided good 3-pt shootin. Jamison is known for being bad at defense but nonetheless he did a decent job, he rotated well, he didn’t become a liability, in fact, the bench’s D started to become better when entered the rotation. Something that can’t be said about Mullens, who is pretty slow recovering or rotating, often arriving late. Redick probably had some imput about Turkoglu, but although he is not a good defender either, he played under a defensive coach before and Doc probably thinks that he is smart enough to get the system work. Well, he looked a bit lost offensively but he played better than Mullens on the other end, which is a plus already. Plus, he already showed that he won’t simply go shooting lots of 3s everytime like Jackson did, he won’t settle for that, he has good ball handling skills, he can also pass and this gives the offense some continuity, which is always good.
My thought is that Doc will still play Bullock to see how he evolves as a perimeter defender – a position Clippers are in need – hopefully he does well. And just like many people, I think that they can still get a Big that can rebound and defend to make a 3-man rotation with Blake and DJ and possibly that should happen by trade deadline or by signing someone that is waived or coming from overseas.
Could they pull a Pop and rest the starters tomorrow? Why don’t more teams implement a similar strategy?
Do they want to win the game tomorrow? If so, that’s not the game to sit anyone purposely.
b2b in IND. on a road trip without Paul…would be an ideal time imo
You can’t compare an aging Stars team with a young and athletic team as the Clippers. Moreover, Spurs’ basketball is rock solid already, Clippers can’t give themselves this treat, with the team needing experience and playing time together, even more against a great team like Pacers. Doc wants to test the team, to match them up against the best and see how they do, not the opposite.
Am I crazy to worry that when CP comes back, Blake will go back to waiting on him to set things up or take that back seat again. Seeing Blake since he went down makes me wonder why he can’t play like this with him. CP seems to go to blake a lot in the same ways as they are now. Its the same system when he played before. So what is different now that he’s not playing for Blake to be so awesome?
I do notice the shooters are hitting finally. Too bad it wasn’t the case when CP was playing. Are CP and Blake just not that complimentary to each other?
You are crazy because New Blake started way before CP3 going down. But Blake possibly won’t have this much freedom when together with CP3.
The difference is that just like i his rookie season, Blake now more freedom to be a playmaker that he is bu as I said, Blake has been like this for a while now.
Shooters were hitting in the beginning of the season with Blake AND CP3, so this makes more sense to be associated with Redick being back, rather than CP3 being out. Redick adds a whole new dimension to the offense, his off the ball movement gets guys open.
hahahahaha… I made a similar point in one of the first games without CP3 – when you (Andrew) was absent – and Fred and Seerat also misinterpreted kind of the same way, as if I was questioning the “Point God” – this title might have been making people a bit defensive when ti comes to CP3… hahahaha…
My point was that without CP3, ball movement is even more important and as you won’t have a guy that needs the ball to set guys, there is a better flow with more touch passes without dribble. I wasn’t saying that the team is better or that the ball movement is better in quality but that having a better ball movement is even more important without CP3.
And yes, that’s something that can be incorporated even when he is back, even more in the second unit.
But more importantly, what I would really want to see when CP3 comes back is that Blake should be allowed to keep part of the freedom that he has now, so he can use his playmaking ability. This not only allows Blake to run the fast break but it adds a new dimension to the Clippers’ offense. Blake ocasionally does that even with CP3 but he is clearly feeling more free to do so without him, I’d like to see him keep doing it. I could foresee him even bringing the ball more often as he enters his prime in the future.
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