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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:46 pm    Post subject:

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Frank Vogel on @ACFresh21: "Alex is a vital piece to our championship aspirations. He’s so well-rounded and excels in so many different areas. He’s invaluable to what we’re trying to accomplish."


Perfectly said.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:56 am    Post subject:

Nice vid on CaruSHOW

https://youtu.be/3YQLgVv3HFw
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:16 am    Post subject:

Alex Caruso Misses Game ‘Atmosphere’ With Fans

https://lakersnation.com/lakers-news-alex-caruso-misses-game-atmosphere-with-fans/2020/07/30/
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:23 am    Post subject:

Texas_Pete wrote:
Nice vid on CaruSHOW

https://youtu.be/3YQLgVv3HFw


Yeah, KOC is the best. He was calling Ingram a star when many people here were calling him garbage.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:24 am    Post subject:

I love this guy! That steal and saved ball with 1 Min on the clock was fantastic

Elite defense in the 4th
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matigol wrote:
I love this guy! That steal and saved ball with 1 Min on the clock was fantastic

Elite defense in the 4th

Great stuff. My only quibble is that in a 7-game series he needs to close harder on a standstill shooter like JayMichael Green - AC doesn't have the wingspan to bother the 6'10 Green's shot with a fundamentally sound close-out, but Green doesn't have much off the dribble game, so AC should close out hard and high on his jumper without worrying about giving up a drive.
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Baron Von Humongous wrote:
matigol wrote:
I love this guy! That steal and saved ball with 1 Min on the clock was fantastic

Elite defense in the 4th

Great stuff. My only quibble is that in a 7-game series he needs to close harder on a standstill shooter like JayMichael Green - AC doesn't have the wingspan to bother the 6'10 Green's shot with a fundamentally sound close-out, but Green doesn't have much off the dribble game, so AC should close out hard and high on his jumper without worrying about giving up a drive.


You’re not wrong, but he also needs to make those open three’s LeBron passes to him. It’s painful to watch LeBron pirouette through defenses only to have Caruso miss those wide open shots. Bad enough that Danny Green constantly does it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:03 pm    Post subject:

^Yes, I think more consistency with his 3 pt shot would get him more minutes from Uncle Frank.

His defense and overall motor already close to elite.
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Baron Von Humongous wrote:
matigol wrote:
I love this guy! That steal and saved ball with 1 Min on the clock was fantastic

Elite defense in the 4th

Great stuff. My only quibble is that in a 7-game series he needs to close harder on a standstill shooter like JayMichael Green - AC doesn't have the wingspan to bother the 6'10 Green's shot with a fundamentally sound close-out, but Green doesn't have much off the dribble game, so AC should close out hard and high on his jumper without worrying about giving up a drive.


You’re not wrong, but he also needs to make those open three’s LeBron passes to him. It’s painful to watch LeBron pirouette through defenses only to have Caruso miss those wide open shots. Bad enough that Danny Green constantly does it.

Agreed, but that's been an ongoing issue for him and is something that may only resolve with hard work over time (if it ever does). But the defensive adjustment, re: Green, he could make between this game and the WCF.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:43 pm    Post subject:

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^Yes, I think more consistency with his 3 pt shot would get him more minutes from Uncle Frank.

His defense and overall motor already close to elite.


No.

He's a good defender - especially within the scheme - but he's neither a bulldog on the ball like AB or a lockdown perimeter guy like a Marcus Smart.

He's generally in the right place most times - which is critical - and he has great court awareness. But the "elite" perimeter defenders have that twitch that others lack.

Having said that - if Caruso could add a consistent 3-point shot with his current level of defense - and knock down his FT - he'd be a legit top-20 SG in the NBA.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:59 pm    Post subject:

Waiting for the next monster Caruso dunk
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