“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” - Martin Luther King
Just wanted to add to this that last night's Indiana vs Orlando game was a perfect example of why you need at least one but preferably multiple guys that can either command a double team or simply score at will in single coverage when you reach the playoffs. As much as we like to laud teams like Memphis and Indiana for succeeding in the regular season without a true elite offensive player, the inability to generate easy buckets on open looks down the stretch of a game makes you very vulnerable to upsets like this one.
It's the reason why so many so many of us are wary of BC's plan to improve drastically next year. Unless he can somehow pull a franchise player out of his hat, the team won't be set up for meaningful long-term success, just short-term gratification.
Again, your post like the OP seems to be alluding to a supposed rampant pov on the site which believes that there will be a sea change of talent upgrade in the team allowing it to go deep in the playoffs. At least I get that vibe. I frequent the site regularly and fail to see this among the realistic optimists. At this point it is rather ludicrous for anyone to postulate what this team looks like at the start of next season and thus have a semi informed opinion of the team one way or another. This is going to be at least a 2-3 yr slog to semi respectability (second round playoff team). And even for that, that elusive element called "luck" has to go our way. No delusions here whether it's BC or anyone else at the helm.
Last edited by Bendit; Sun Apr 29th, 2012 at 02:46 PM.
Nobody's dillusional, everybody has knows the team currently and thispast season sucked.
They'retalking about the future that hasn't happened yet. So, you can't be dillussional. Over excited or hyped, yes.
The playoffs are an entirely different animal.
These are what teams fight for and they step up when they're in it. We're not a playoff team, plain and sim
I'm sure there are some who believe that once you're in the playoffs, anything is possible.
Although this is technically true, a low seed making a deep run isn't very likely to happen in the NBA (compared to the NHL), as there is clear separation between championship contenders, and the rest of the playoff field.
The way DC had the team working their butts off this year, i wouldnt be surprised if Toronto gave the Knicks a run for their money
Orlando won that game against Indiana, correct?
Without their best player and Completely outmanned in terms of the depth chart?
So who is Orlando's "Guy that can command a double team or score at will"?
Playoff Basketball is TEAM basketball.
If you can play as a team, you have a chance in the playoffs.
Memphis last year was a perfect example.
Last edited by Joey; Mon Apr 30th, 2012 at 11:38 AM.
I general, I agree with Lark. The NBA is a game of matchups, and having a player who can demand double teams makes the offense flow that much easier.
Can teams without such a player pull out victories? Well yes. As Joey mentioned, the Magic did so the other night. The Raptors have done so without Bargnani in the lineup. But to do so regularly isn't easy.
I think its a double edged sword. Miami had that player that could take over the game ... or lose it for you in the 4th quarter.
Teams that don't rely on one player to do all the heavy lifting, generally have a more well rounded team, and are capable of withstanding games where your 'main guy' has a off game, or off quarter.
I agree that you need complimentary pieces who are capable of picking up the slack.
But if we're attempting to follow a championship guide to roster building, we need that double-team threat.
The original poster is wrong about Bargnani. Regardless of how good he is overall, he is absolutely capable of carrying an offensive load in the playoffs. 7 footers who can drive, post up, and have three-point range do not suddenly turn to pumpkins in the playoffs.
In the playoffs, b/c you are playing the same team night in night out, coaches can much more effectively prepare a way to neutralize all the advantadges bargnani or ANY player for that matter has. And the only thing that is going to work is a player with the TALENT to execute offensively through tough defense, in other words a star that simply can't be stopped.
Another thing you can bet on is a player's weaknesses will also be magnified in the playoffs. Bargnani is not the strongest interior defender is he? Other coaches will pick up on this and use this to their advantadge and continue to attack the paint once they realize how poor bargnani is at rotating and playing help defense.
I am not a fan of Bargnani by any means, but Lebron is a freak and can guard virtually anyone. Using Lebron in your example is a very poor one because he could do that against anybody. Just look at what he did to Rose last year, or to Carmelo in the first game this year. When Lebron's game is on, he is actually pretty amazing.
I was just implying that using Lebron as an example when describing a guy who would be hard to play against is a very bad one since 99% of the league would have a hard time playing against Lebron.
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