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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:54 pm    Post subject:

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Rondo had his one good game for the month, embrace the future and stop living in the past.


Especially when the past said before the season they want to be quasi coach more than player
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:18 pm    Post subject:

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I’ve replayed this 10 times and don’t see any point where Caruso looks back to see Bron on the fast break

https://twitter.com/ali_behpoornia/status/1232519156844527616

Elite no look pass Although he did mention in the post game interview that he heard Lebron call out something.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:27 am    Post subject:

There is a Caruso def highlights now?

https://youtu.be/2fkuxxurfXk
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:28 am    Post subject:

Another one

https://youtu.be/mE6iATC82PY
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:32 am    Post subject:

When we lost Hart I was really kind of disappointing because I was thinking he is perfect role player from the bench. But now I am happy to have Caruso off the bench.
Really perfect player to have.Smart, unselfish , always looking teammates and above average defender.
Dont know his contract but he need to be priority on summer after AD.
TBH he reminds me the most of D Fish. He was also great defender, smart and great teammate.
Also like DFish he is not afraid of the moment. Having Caruso I really dont care anymore about Rondo. Caruso should have his minutes anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:40 am    Post subject:

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There is a Caruso def highlights now?

https://youtu.be/2fkuxxurfXk

lol I love that there's a highlight of Caruso aggressively ICEing a PnR and then still beating his man to a spot to take the charge. Straight up coach porn right there.

You can see his real talent here: his quick reaction time. When he's at his best he's moving decisively, with purpose, but can adjust to changing conditions instinctively. He can be a real chaos agent out there while still remaining fundamentally sound, which is a great combo for AD who's quite similar on defense in that way.

Shout out to KCP for his help rotations here, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:55 am    Post subject:

leking006 wrote:
Another one

https://youtu.be/mE6iATC82PY


Thanks for sharing. VERY IMPRESSIVE. The kid can care less who he is guarding. He switches off and takes on bigger, stronger, more athletic players and never goes fetal like most defenders. He really is the ultimate pest and its difficult to put a price on the value he brings to the team.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:07 am    Post subject:

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In the Lakers' last 4 games, they have outscored opponents by 67 points in Alex Caruso's 71 minutes.


https://twitter.com/joeyaramirez/status/1233085889162686464?s=21
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:54 am    Post subject:

Ok guys... we all love AC but let’s temper this a bit. Should he get more minutes? Absolutely. However don’t come in here with the +- numbers and say we’d be a lock for the title if we just play him more. You have to remember what AC is first and foremost: high energy guy. He’s a spark plug and usually he’s in their with Lebron which means a lot of his +- is due to Lebron’s presence. Extend those minutes and you may or may not see those energy bursts. I think the best way to handle this is plug him in when the team is showing signs of losing their edge on D. He ignites the other guys with his play and then you bring him out. He can’t really be effective unless he’s playing most of his minutes with Lebron and they have to be high energy minutes otherwise he’s a liability on offense from the scoring perspective.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:08 am    Post subject:

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Ok guys... we all love AC but let’s temper this a bit. Should he get more minutes? Absolutely. However don’t come in here with the +- numbers and say we’d be a lock for the title if we just play him more. You have to remember what AC is first and foremost: high energy guy. He’s a spark plug and usually he’s in their with Lebron which means a lot of his +- is due to Lebron’s presence. Extend those minutes and you may or may not see those energy bursts. I think the best way to handle this is plug him in when the team is showing signs of losing their edge on D. He ignites the other guys with his play and then you bring him out. He can’t really be effective unless he’s playing most of his minutes with Lebron and they have to be high energy minutes otherwise he’s a liability on offense from the scoring perspective.

We have no idea what the upper bound is on his performance with more minutes. Isn't it worth seeing a few times at least in order to prove your hypothesis?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:09 am    Post subject:

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Shaqman55 wrote:
Ok guys... we all love AC but let’s temper this a bit. Should he get more minutes? Absolutely. However don’t come in here with the +- numbers and say we’d be a lock for the title if we just play him more. You have to remember what AC is first and foremost: high energy guy. He’s a spark plug and usually he’s in their with Lebron which means a lot of his +- is due to Lebron’s presence. Extend those minutes and you may or may not see those energy bursts. I think the best way to handle this is plug him in when the team is showing signs of losing their edge on D. He ignites the other guys with his play and then you bring him out. He can’t really be effective unless he’s playing most of his minutes with Lebron and they have to be high energy minutes otherwise he’s a liability on offense from the scoring perspective.

We have no idea what the upper bound is on his performance with more minutes. Isn't it worth seeing a few times at least in order to prove your hypothesis?


Or he could turn into Jeremy Lin, lose his confidence, fans turn on him and he disappears into the ether.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:48 am    Post subject:

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According to FiveThirtyEight, Alex Caruso has the best overall defensive rating of any PG this season. Also, ranked Top 10 among players — regardless of position — in defensive rating according to NBA.com.


https://twitter.com/venicemase/status/1232798356608618498?s=21

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Shaqman55 wrote:
Ok guys... we all love AC but let’s temper this a bit. Should he get more minutes? Absolutely. However don’t come in here with the +- numbers and say we’d be a lock for the title if we just play him more. You have to remember what AC is first and foremost: high energy guy. He’s a spark plug and usually he’s in their with Lebron which means a lot of his +- is due to Lebron’s presence. Extend those minutes and you may or may not see those energy bursts. I think the best way to handle this is plug him in when the team is showing signs of losing their edge on D. He ignites the other guys with his play and then you bring him out. He can’t really be effective unless he’s playing most of his minutes with Lebron and they have to be high energy minutes otherwise he’s a liability on offense from the scoring perspective.

We have no idea what the upper bound is on his performance with more minutes. Isn't it worth seeing a few times at least in order to prove your hypothesis?


Or he could turn into Jeremy Lin, lose his confidence, fans turn on him and he disappears into the ether.

And then he could get hit by the team plane and eaten by 30-50 feral hogs.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:03 pm    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
leking006 wrote:
There is a Caruso def highlights now?

https://youtu.be/2fkuxxurfXk

lol I love that there's a highlight of Caruso aggressively ICEing a PnR and then still beating his man to a spot to take the charge. Straight up coach porn right there.

You can see his real talent here: his quick reaction time. When he's at his best he's moving decisively, with purpose, but can adjust to changing conditions instinctively. He can be a real chaos agent out there while still remaining fundamentally sound, which is a great combo for AD who's quite similar on defense in that way.

Shout out to KCP for his help rotations here, too.


I know this is the Caruso thread, but KCP looks like a whole new man out there compared to the last two seasons. Not sure what prompted the change, but more, please.

Could anyone have guessed before the season that we'd be calling for Caruso and KCP to fill two of the three crunch time spots alongside Bron and AD??
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:05 pm    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
AFireInside619 wrote:
Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Shaqman55 wrote:
Ok guys... we all love AC but let’s temper this a bit. Should he get more minutes? Absolutely. However don’t come in here with the +- numbers and say we’d be a lock for the title if we just play him more. You have to remember what AC is first and foremost: high energy guy. He’s a spark plug and usually he’s in their with Lebron which means a lot of his +- is due to Lebron’s presence. Extend those minutes and you may or may not see those energy bursts. I think the best way to handle this is plug him in when the team is showing signs of losing their edge on D. He ignites the other guys with his play and then you bring him out. He can’t really be effective unless he’s playing most of his minutes with Lebron and they have to be high energy minutes otherwise he’s a liability on offense from the scoring perspective.

We have no idea what the upper bound is on his performance with more minutes. Isn't it worth seeing a few times at least in order to prove your hypothesis?


Or he could turn into Jeremy Lin, lose his confidence, fans turn on him and he disappears into the ether.

And then he could get hit by the team plane and eaten by 30-50 feral hogs.


He could begin to lose his eyesight in his 20's.. it happens ya know
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:23 pm    Post subject:

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leking006 wrote:
There is a Caruso def highlights now?

https://youtu.be/2fkuxxurfXk

lol I love that there's a highlight of Caruso aggressively ICEing a PnR and then still beating his man to a spot to take the charge. Straight up coach porn right there.

You can see his real talent here: his quick reaction time. When he's at his best he's moving decisively, with purpose, but can adjust to changing conditions instinctively. He can be a real chaos agent out there while still remaining fundamentally sound, which is a great combo for AD who's quite similar on defense in that way.

Shout out to KCP for his help rotations here, too.


I know this is the Caruso thread, but KCP looks like a whole new man out there compared to the last two seasons. Not sure what prompted the change, but more, please.

Could anyone have guessed before the season that we'd be calling for Caruso and KCP to fill two of the three crunch time spots alongside Bron and AD??


I think this speaks to the team atmosphere Bron and Cousins and AD and Rondo and Dudley and Green and Dwight and Javalee etc bring
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:52 pm    Post subject:

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In the Lakers' last 4 games, they have outscored opponents by 67 points in Alex Caruso's 71 minutes.


https://twitter.com/joeyaramirez/status/1233085889162686464?s=21


It’s crazy how well he plays off Lebron. Dude needs to flat out play more mins, really he SHOULD be starting but Vogel would never do it
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:06 pm    Post subject:

blackmamba08 wrote:
TBH he reminds me the most of D Fish. He was also great defender, smart and great teammate.
Also like DFish he is not afraid of the moment. Having Caruso I really dont care anymore about Rondo. Caruso should have his minutes anyway.


I love Fish, but at least Caruso can hit layups!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:50 pm    Post subject:

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Or he could turn into Jeremy Lin, lose his confidence, fans turn on him and he disappears into the ether.


Lin had some skill and is a nice guy, but he just seemed mentally fragile. Seemed to crumble when Kobe (and BScott) criticized him. AC doesn't seem nearly as sensitive.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:52 pm    Post subject:

Vogel sucks, won't feel bad when kidd takes his place.


Rondo getting minutes is a disgrace to Laker basketball
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:54 pm    Post subject:

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Vogel sucks, won't feel bad when kidd takes his place.


Rondo getting minutes is a disgrace to Laker basketball


Not a good take at all friend.

Frankie V is a G all the way and is the man in charge here as we head back to the playoffs (as a 1 seed by the way)

Do you have cable? Not sure what you are watching.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:07 am    Post subject:

Happy 26th Birthday American Eagle! I know you read this!
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Happy 26th Birthday American Eagle! I know you read this!


Thank you .. I shall post a main thread.. Pretty sure it is fine and they will merge it tomorrow etc
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:23 pm    Post subject:

Alex Caruso more than just a fan favorite
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the Lakers outscoring their opponents by more than a point per minute with Caruso on the floor.
n his 972 total minutes, the Lakers have outscored their opponents by 12.2 points per 100 possessions, the *third best on-court NetRtg mark among non-Bucks who have averaged at least 15 minutes in 30 games or more.

https://www.nba.com/article/2020/02/28/notebook-alex-caruso-rockets-jimmy-butler
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:49 pm    Post subject:

Alex, I need your jumper to start falling.
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