Well Apollo, case closed, tanking it is. Oh, and the part about the benching for not following the program - that ain't coming from Triano. He'd rather break 200 clipboards and drop a dozen more f-bombs on live TV than to bench the Young Onez. The part about you mentioning that all teams need to do is to glue a player on Peja proves my point on floor spacing! Heck for ten minutes, one or two players will get "caught" cheating in help defense and leave a man open (that man usually stationed on the 3-point line, ready to receive a kick pass from a penetrating player).
Traditionally, the Raps have always had a good 3-point specialist from the bench (Curry, Tracy Murray, Walt Williams, etc.). They are far from super-athletic and mobile. On set plays, they're camping beyond the arc. Teams that can shoot the 3-rock succeeds for obvious reasons. I don't think you are in disagreement with me on this one. However, what I saw on offence (and much apart from their pathetic defense last night), was something that is not right. There's players that are handling the rock more than they should (Barbosa dribbling to penetrate and Calderon shifting to long-range shooting), Weems and Derozan not knowing where they should be and Bargs in his usual "limbo" state on offense, sometimes down-low or in the perimeter usually setting screens just seemed out of sorts. Bayless is being developed to pass more, drive more, kick more. Unfortunately, who is he kicking to? Teams know that once this jump shooting team's rhythm is off, everything else follows. However, if we had some semblance of anything that keeps teams honest, and the opponents have to actually go out and challenge a 3-point threat, the team could develop PROPERLY.
I agree with Mangokid when he said that we may have just lost 13 points rather than 20 with Peja in it. To me, I'd rather lose knowing that the roles are known and established: there's the 3-point specialist, the slasher, the perimeter defense guy, the rebounder, the scorer off the bench, etc. Instead, the team is coping with its deficiencies simply because certain players must be protected (ironic because they didn't seem to protect Evans even though he was a liability on offense, and a tradable commodity as well). The team I saw last night on both sides of the floor is a team out of sorts, a team whose players don't know their roles and a jump-shooting team whose entire game just hinges on the success of their perimeter offense. Players are now forced to take threes when they are not good at it, while other players dribble aimlessly when that is not their usual forte. Barbosa trying to defend Granger last night was the straw that broke the camel's back.
I am not down on this team. I actually think that they are over-achieving in many aspects. But as a fan, it breaks my heart when players are completely mis-utilized. What kind of system are they going to be passionate about? This is an aimless team that have no identity. You are right, Peja is not the answer, but for 10 minutes, he may give this team a semblance of normalcy. Ten minutes might not be much but successful teams have had that guy off the bench for spark. Every team deserves their own "Microwave"
I'm done with this thread.