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  • slaw
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    LJ2 wrote: View Post

    This team would greatly benefit from a player like PJ Tucker whom can be vocal leader on defense. We have all the defensive talent you could ask for but it feels like they are under performing in that area. I think in the past though we didn't have that type of player we had Casey to act as one. With Nurse he's opening up the offense so much, but the focus on D seems lacking. It's like one or the other, but never both LOL.
    Nurse made a comment early in the year where a reporter asked him about getting 48 minutes out of his team and Nurse basically shrugged it off with a, 'well, you can't expect that night in and night out' or something. It rubbed me the wrong way coming from coach but it was indicative of how they've done everything this season. Thing is, they are so deadly in transition and at pace that if they crank the defense up and start generating turnovers, they are going to be extremely hard to beat for everyone not named GSW.

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  • LJ2
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    planetmars wrote: View Post
    We had a good defensive team last year primarily because of our bench who played significant minutes together. That bench doesn't exist this year. We were also extremely healthy.. so chemistry wasn't a factor.. and chemistry is a big deal defensively which we struggled with this year. New coach. Kawhi/Danny are new. Kyle got hurt. Than JV got hurt. Fred was banged up all year and then had to get surgery. Kawhi missing games. The trade deadline came and we swapped three guys for 1. Had to use the buy out market to get some new faces as well. Norm played significant minutes and didn't last year. Moose had to play significant minutes as our back up center.

    DeMar, JV, Miles, etc were all bad individual defenders but as a team we tried hard for the most part but were most importantly in sync with each other. A lot of that got exposed in the playoffs against the Cavs. When the game tightens up.. chemistry isn't as important as talent. And the lack of talent (at least defensively) showed in spades.

    Nurse's team doesn't try hard on defense. Not all the time anyway. In particular guys like Kawhi, Serge/Marc and Siakam aren't always working hard on defense.. or are losing their man as they aren't paying attention. Perhaps our schemes need more work.. hard to say. But when the team tries they are hard to score on. That's why I think there will be a flip. I've seen it in the regular season. It just doesn't happen often enough.
    This team would greatly benefit from a player like PJ Tucker whom can be vocal leader on defense. We have all the defensive talent you could ask for but it feels like they are under performing in that area. I think in the past though we didn't have that type of player we had Casey to act as one. With Nurse he's opening up the offense so much, but the focus on D seems lacking. It's like one or the other, but never both LOL.

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  • planetmars
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    We had a good defensive team last year primarily because of our bench who played significant minutes together. That bench doesn't exist this year. We were also extremely healthy.. so chemistry wasn't a factor.. and chemistry is a big deal defensively which we struggled with this year. New coach. Kawhi/Danny are new. Kyle got hurt. Than JV got hurt. Fred was banged up all year and then had to get surgery. Kawhi missing games. The trade deadline came and we swapped three guys for 1. Had to use the buy out market to get some new faces as well. Norm played significant minutes and didn't last year. Moose had to play significant minutes as our back up center.

    DeMar, JV, Miles, etc were all bad individual defenders but as a team we tried hard for the most part but were most importantly in sync with each other. A lot of that got exposed in the playoffs against the Cavs. When the game tightens up.. chemistry isn't as important as talent. And the lack of talent (at least defensively) showed in spades.

    Nurse's team doesn't try hard on defense. Not all the time anyway. In particular guys like Kawhi, Serge/Marc and Siakam aren't always working hard on defense.. or are losing their man as they aren't paying attention. Perhaps our schemes need more work.. hard to say. But when the team tries they are hard to score on. That's why I think there will be a flip. I've seen it in the regular season. It just doesn't happen often enough.

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  • MixxAOR
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    G__Deane wrote: View Post

    Are you actually saying Casey's team (in particular Kyle and DeMar) brought consistent defensive intensity?
    More like Demar's shortcoming on defesive end were hidden during regular season but in playoffs they got exposed.

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  • G__Deane
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    S.R. wrote: View Post

    I think this year's defensive ceiling is much higher. When this team cranks up the defensive intensity, they're incredible. They just aren't bringing it as consistently as last year. One calling card of Casey teams was the consistent effort during the regular season.

    This team's making us all a bit worried, the glass-half-full view is this is finally an experienced team with a playoff switch and they're saving it (Nurse claims he's saving lots, too). Sure hope this is true. The glass-half-empty view is the team is inconsistent and the chemistry still isn't there.
    Are you actually saying Casey's team (in particular Kyle and DeMar) brought consistent defensive intensity?

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