Recap: San Antonio Spurs 134, Houston Rockets 126.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:09 PM
You're correct that with the coaching staff apparently unwilling to continue giving Morris time to develop as a wing, this team is woefully thin at that position. Although I think you're point is correct about Parsons, Asik, and Patterson being reasonably good defenders, Lin and Douglas are only average defenders and Delfino is considerably below-average as a wing defender. Delfino's ineffectiveness in playing over 38 minutes was a major factor in the Rockets losing this game.
Finally, my sense is that Lin and Harden will eventually be fine together. These things take time -- they still have had less than 20 games together. Lin seems like the type of PG who will figure out a way to make the combo work. Plus, Lin's jumper falling like it was last night has a way of expediting any tandem's effectiveness.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:29 PM
It just reaffirms the notion that perhaps Lin and Harden aren't the best fit together (hence the premise by myself before that Dragic would've been the better fit next to Harden.)
Both players are clearly legit. It's up to the coaching staff now to somehow make it happen and get these guys to thrive together. And after last night, I now think that's what this year should be about: getting through that growing pain. No more benching Lin in 4th quarters for Douglas for the sake of short term gains. That does us nothing going forward. They have to figure it out, even if it means more losses.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:53 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:08 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:22 PM
One thing that I've noticed is that Chandler Parsons is getting into a lot of trouble playing off his man on the perimeter. Especially when matched up with quicker guys he gives them a lot of room in order to cut off the drive, but in the last couple of games that has just let his assignment hit a three pointer in his face (see Mayo, OJ and Neal, Gary). Perhaps his shoulder is making him reticent about bodying up his man quite so much? Hopefully the coaching staff will point this out to him and get him to run players off the three point line a bit more. It certainly would have been preferable last night for him to have been forcing Neal to beat him off the dribble. We like to think of him as our stopper, but it's worth mentioning that he's still not quite there yet.
I did like that he was a lot more assertive behind the three point line tonight. Despite his shot not falling in the early going he stuck with it and eventually they started dropping - I don't recall anywhere near the number of open shots being passed up that there have been in previous games, so that's good.
Also great to see Asik back providing a bit of offence again. When the coaches can't trust Asik to provide a modicum of competency when he's passed the ball, the team's offence really struggles. Tonight he was putting up points from his touches (whether via the free throw line, putbacks, or that jaw dropping bank shot late in regulation) and the whole team flowed better as a result. Would like to see Patterson get back into the groove again - we could really use a bit more from him if Harden is going to be out for any length of time.
EDIT: said majority when I meant minority. Doh!
Edited by Sir Thursday, 12 December 2012 - 10:49 AM.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:29 AM
I totally agree with Paul's sentiments and I hope Rahat and the rest of the staff at Red94 will follow up. I'm shocked how good our offense is, and equally shocked how bad our defense is. Perhaps its the lack of time together as a team--good individual defenders not working together is problematic. I also think we are too passive on defensive--we need to more aggressively trap and double-team to get teams out of their comfort zone.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:03 PM
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