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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:41 pm    Post subject: GRIZZLIES -at- LAKERS - 10/24 - Thoughts and :-)) Ratings

Winning... It’s, like, better than losing.

Tonight, the Laker offense played with more purpose and intent than we’ve seen to date. They had deliberate actions to get Russ and LeBron collapsing the defense more and setting up bigs and shooters.

For the Laker three shooters, they didn’t disappoint, sinking 16-30. No one was hotter than Carmelo Anthony, who dropped 28 points off the bench, including 6 threes. He’d move into 9th in the all time scoring list.

The game started slow, but as soon as they got out of their big lineup in the first quarter, things turned around as they outscored the Grizzlies by 12 points to take a 5-point lead after the first quarter. Again, in the third quarter, they lost their lead running that big lineup again.

The Lakers struggled defensively to stop Ja Morant. He’d lead Memphis with 40, but the Grizzlies also had to deal with the Lakers fire power.

After Melo put back a Westbrook drive late, the final minute slowed to a crawl with reviews and the Lakers holding onto a 3-point lead. L.A. fouled a couple of times to prevent a three in the final possessions, exchanging freethrows and winding down the clock...slowly.

On a final possession, Bazemore fouled Ja while taking a three -- a horrible mistake in focus at a key moment. Ja had a chance to tie it up, but choked the final freethrow. The Lakers held on to the 121-118 win.

It wasn’t a defensive battle at all, but some better attention to detail offensively by the Lakers made this game more enjoyable. Let’s get into the details.


LeBron -- -- Scary moment in the second quarter when he had a player roll into his leg and ankle. “The first thing I was thinking about was, not again,” LeBron said. He stayed down for a bit, but bounced back up and L.A. could exhale. He said it’s a little sore after the game, but thinks he will be good to go in the next one. We saw the Lakers run the inverse pick and roll with Russ on an ATO with 3 minutes left. This got the ball to Russ rolling, who drew the D and fed AD for a dunk. This is one of those plays we mentioned where you can turn a non shooter into a threat. We ran that with AC and some others quite a bit to get that extra man advantage and the ball in his hands. We ran it a couple more times, but some sloppy execution by the Lakers. Earlier, we ran it with Monk and it led to a wide open three for Monk. The intention was there and our execution will get better. LeBron had a lot more attempts getting downhill. I even thought he settled a bit when opportunity was there on a few occasions, but, you know, he’s knocking down that three ball at a high clip. Another four of them tonight. They just look like freethrows when he can get set up. He sank a wide open one late in the game. Then, we had that inverse prick and roll play to Monk. Then he turned the corner on a drive to finish a layup. The Stats: He scored 19 points on 7-19 shooting (4-9 from three, 1-2 from the line) to go with 6 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers and 1 foul in 40 minutes. He was a -1.

Davis -- -- Late in the game, he had a nice challenge on Ja under the hoop to deny him. Then he read the inbounds play, staying with a man on a switch, before jumping out to track down the inbounds to Adams for a steal/foul. They said no foul and ball out of bounds on the sideline after a review. Wearing his Packers jersey afterward, he talked about how his D was inspired today from watching football. He had 13 points on 5-9 shooting in the first half. A couple of nice set ups from Russ for scores. This is what we are hoping for with more consistency as they develop the playbook. In the final seconds of the game, he knocked down a couple of clutch FTs (he had missed another tech FT earlier in the second half, so definitely nervous time). But good job hitting the clutch ones. Not sure why we played him just 34 minutes. We had some longer stretches for our other bigs that really should have been cut short. The Stats: He scored 22 points on 8-15 shooting (1-3 from three, 5-7 from the line) to go with 8 boards (3 offensive), 2 assists, 4 blocks, 3 turnovers and 1 foul in 34 minutes. He was a -5.

Westbrook -- -- Passing machine for most of the first half. Loved seeing him finally connect with consistency with his bigs. He drew a double in the post and found DJ for a dunk. He hit AD in transition for a layup. He had another jump pass to DJ trailing the break for a layup. Also a long lob pass to DJ for a dunk. We ball reversed to attack from the weakside off the AD screen and he lobbed to him. He ran another two-man with Dwight and hit him rolling for a layup. That was all in the first half. Finding those bigs, finally. Late in the half, he also got aggressive scoring-wise, he’d hit a pull-up from the wing and then sink a three. He also got to the rim for a couple of layups. He scored 9 points in the first half. Late in the game, he and LeBron worked some two-man action. Westbrook also got to the rim late, missed, but Melo was there to clean up the dribble penetration. He’d have 9 turnovers in this game. Some of that looked like just chemistry issues still, but the chemistry was improving. He got 4 steals to get some of that back. I love seeing him explode into passing lanes. That plays to his strength and that’s how we ended this one with a steal. It’s looking more and more comfortable. They really had a lot more intention in how they were attacking in this game. Their most to date. Lots to improve on (on both ends) for sure, but good to see progress in the attention to detail. The Stats: He scored 13 points on 5-15 shooting (1-4 from three, 2-4 from the line) to go with 7 boards, 13 assists, 4 steals, 9 turnovers and 3 foul sin 37 minutes. He was a -8.

Bazemore -- -- All I could think of was that Southwest Airlines commercial, “Wanna get away?” when he fouled Morant as he was pulling up for a three with a few seconds left. It looked like he was given green light to foul if it was there and not if it wasn’t and was caught without a clear intention. Thankfully, Ja choked his final freethrow that could have tied it up. Baze should send him a thank you card. So, no AC or KCP to give Ja problems, Baze got the Ja assignment, of course. He gave up some highlight layups. I have no criticism for those, Ja will do that. Sagging back too far to give up good looks at threes? No one can help you on those. We brought in Bradley briefly to try to cool Morant down, but we do not have enough defensive options right now. Later, we used Reaves on Ja, but sent help. Morant had 40 on 21 shots and 10 assists. He scorched us and we gave up 118 as a team. Not good at all. The team has to tighten the screws every game. Scoring wise, Bazemore got 11 of those back. He earned some FTs, he attacked off the three line for a layup and hit a couple threes (he sank a big three off a handoff with 4 minutes left). The Stats: He scored 11 points on 3-3 shooting (2-2 from three, 3-4 from the line) to go with 1 board, 1 steal, 1 turnover and 4 fouls in 28 minutes. He was a -16.

Jordan -- -- Very much felt like those McGee minutes in his shifts. On the one hand you got some nice finishes and some good challenges. On the other, you just couldn’t wait to go small and get out of the two-big lineups. Once he sat in the first quarter, that’s when the Lakers took off and outscored the Grizzlies by 12 for the rest of the quarter. He seemed to get extended run in the third quarter. By the time he sat, he was a -15 in 14 minutes. It is what it is right now. Just a problem for the Lakers to get momentum. The Stats: He scored 8 points on 4-5 shooting to go with 8 boards (3 offensive), 3 bocks, 1 turnover and 2 fouls in 14 minutes. He was a -15.

Howard -- -- Loved seeing him set the pin down flare for Melo while LeBron had the ball in his hands on the right side in the fourth quarter. This is how you make yourself into a perimeter problem for the opponent when you can’t shoot. Adams was sagging over to help LeBron. Dwight stayed up high, just above the elbow to set the screen and left the shooter Melo wide open to work off that for a score. If you don’t honor the screen setting and move out of that help zone coverage, you can pay the price with Dwight on the perimeter. With shooters on this roster, we just need more of that intention. That’s what we are looking for over time with our traditional bigs to make the offense more efficient. There was a stretch in the fourth where we had Reaves on Ja. This would result in the Lakers instantly sending help to get the ball out of Ja’s hands. We’d be better off with AD in those situations as the big than Dwight since we are in scramble mode. Scoring wise for Dwight, he scored a layup off a pocket pass with Russ and had another score on a rim run and seal that Reaves found him on. The Stats: He scored 4 points on 2-2 shooting (0-1 from the line) to go with 1 board, 1 steal, 1 block and 1 foul in 18 minutes. He was a +6.

Monk -- -- He came in to take a pass in the final seconds and was fouled for FTs with 7 seconds left. He made both clutch ones. Thank you! We’ve got him, Melo and AD out there and avoided Russ or Melo shooting in those situation. Strong game from Monk. He sank a couple of threes, but also had 4 assists without a turnover. To me, that’s the bigger thing. Just making the right play consistently is something he has struggled with. One of his best assists tonight was a sweet bounce pass on the break to Melo for the layup. LeBron knows to look for him. He fired a quick advance pass after a made basket to Monk for a three. They also had the inverse pick and roll that led to an open Monk three. A couple attacks from Monk to round out the scoring. Defensively, we hit him well. The Stats: He scored 12 points on 4-7 shooting (2-3 from three, 2-2 from the line) to go with 2 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal and no fouls in 21 minutes. He was a +19.

Anthony -- -- He moved into 9th on the NBA’s all time scoring list tonight when he sank a wing three in the third quarter. That was one of six threes he made in this game. “He didn’t crawl up to that milestone,” Vogel said.”He blew the doors off it.” Indeed. Congrats to Melo on the achievement. I remember when he was a youngster in college and showing out. Really liked the D in the first quarter. On one play you could hear Vogel yelling and cheering him on as he helped trap the ball aggressively and forced a turnover. He had another blitz like that in the fourth. I mentioned it in a previous game that we will likely use Melo to be more of an aggressor defensively versus sitting back and being predictable. This allows us to scramble in our smaller lineups and dictate the D versus being dedicated to. Hopefully, we see more of that. He was money from the start in this game. He had 10 points on 4-6 shooting, including a couple of threes in that first half. He played with a variety of lineups, but minutes with our three stars for stretches. He was a +15 in the firs half and a +4 in the second. He was in the game for the close and had a key putback on a drive by Russ. With 57 seconds left, he stripped Ja but called for a foul. We reviewed and it was overturned. Even though the ball was off Ja after that strip, we still had to jump for it after the review. Final offensive set when not in a FT shooting situation, we went to Melo in the post for the possession and he couldn’t knock it down, but it wasn’t a bad idea. Plus, he was on fire this game, just smoking off the bench and Staples was loving it. “For these fans to embrace me the way they did, I just got to keep going,” he said. The Stats: He scored 28 points on 10-15 shooting (6-8 from three, 2-2 from the line) to go with 3 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks and 1 foul in 28 minutes. He was a +19.

Reaves -- -- You expect a rookie to look like a rookie and make consistent mistakes. Not Reaves, apparently. Just very smart ball, almost always making the correct reads.. No Rondo in this one as we brought Reaves in with about 2 minutes left in the first quarter. He’d run a 9-minute stretch in which he was a +10. Defensively, he denied Anderson on an iso drive. He got a great challenge in on a three that forced his man to throw it away instead. It went right to Russ who one-handed it down court to Reaves leaking out for the layup. Someone needs to tell him to throw down some dunks. Get the crowd going nuts and fire up teammates more. That’s really the only area where he’s looking a bit conservate with his plays. A couple of nice passes in the first half, a swing pass to Melo for the three and then a bullet, lefty feed (the correct choice of hand) to Dwight sealing a man after a rim a run and that led to a score. He started the fourth quarter and scored off a slip screen with LeBron. I loved the split screen action with Melo shortly later. LeBron had the ball in his hands, Reaves set the screen for Melo in our corner sequence, Melo cut and was covered. Reaves then took the pass. Now here’s where a typical rookie might get lost with a lack of aggression or poor read. As soon as he took the pass, he reversed direction on the catch and pressure and attacked. That caught the D off guard, collapsed the help defense and led to a kickout to Melo for a three. We’ve run that play a hundred or so times. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone counter the D that way. Well done. Defensively in the fourth: Hey, take Ja. He got that assignment, but we sent immediate help and scrambled behind him. That might work better with AD instead of Dwight because we need to cover ground. He was on the floor with Monk, but we trust the rookie more on that. We brought back in Baze, but kept Reaves out there. Now, he was playing more to his strength which is to make the right reads on rotations off ball to force extra passes while under pressure. We got a couple of stops (including an AD block) with Reaves just making the right help D play and playing on a string. That’s a rookie playing D on a string. Love it. In his 18 minutes, he was a +18. Caruso-esque numbers again. The Stats: He scored 4 points on 2-3 shooting (0-1 from three) to go with 3 assists and 1 foul in 18 minutes. He was a +18.

Bradley -- -- He came in briefly in the second half to play the fireman role on Ja who was cooking against Bazemore. Short stint as Ja rested to start the fourth. The Stats: He didn’t shoot or score in 2 minutes. He was a -2.

Vogel -- -- Key Moment: Vogel up three, he took fouls instead of allowing the Grizzlies to shoot threes. He subbed in Monk to take FTs, he made his. With 5.6 seconds left, we couldn’t find Monk, so the next option was AD, which I have very little confidence in these days, but he made both his. Grizzlies called timeout. Then Bazemore fouled Ja well shooting a three. Uggh! I’m not sure what the instructions were to Baze there, but ouch. Thank goodness, Morant missed his third FT. The Lakers held on.

Key Substitution: Well Melo was the super sub. But how about Reaves in the mix early? We sat Rondo and Russ looked more Russ-like. Our defense wasn’t any better tonight, but at least the offense had flow and more intention to it.

Key Stats: Hey, 16-30 from three -- 53%. Very nice. Melo is 12-18 from three so far this season.

Coach’s Challenge: Vogel used his with 57 seconds left on a foul called on Melo. It was overturned and we went into a jumpball after the review. Eventually, we got the stop on an AD steal. AD was fouled on the steal and the Grizzlies then used their challenge on that one. Looked like contact with the legs and maybe with Adam’s arm, but after much delayed time, the refs finally gave it to Memphis, but also gave Memphis the ball instead of a jumpball. We got that stop, as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:53 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:46 pm    Post subject:

Despite giving up an ugly 118 points, tonight's defense by the team was the best display so far (including pre-season games). We actually got a lot more stops than it appears, but the Grizz were scoring anyway because of a ton of offensive rebounds that turned into 2nd chance points.

I'm still pleased with the overall defensive effort (and of course the first win), but continue to worry about our rebounding. Laker fun fact: all five of our starters were a minus in the +/- tonight, and the entire bench except for Avery were a plus.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:52 pm    Post subject:

Thanks DB, very well put together, as always.

Tonight had some eye popping numbers defensive wise that I'm curious as to what your thoughts were:

22 minutes, 73 points: Basically, take the 4 minute mark from the 2nd quarter to the end of the third, then the last 6 minutes of the game. In that time span the Lakers gave up 73 of the Griz's points. That makes my stomach churn.

26 minutes, 45 points: That's the rest of the game, amount of points Griz scored. That's actually pretty damn good.

I know the ebb and flow of a game will have teams go cold, get hot, etc, but this is the sort of thing I mentioned before, but kept closer track of it tonight, where the team's defense goes through extremes: Looking really good; then looking really bad.

Then there is the rebounding. So far, outrebounded every game (Warriors +5, Suns +1, tonight Grizz +13 with 18 offensive boards). On paper, the team should be blowing the doors on rebounds.

Thoughts DB re the above? Is it really "just give it time" or perhaps is there more to it?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:53 pm    Post subject:

Congrats to the Lakers for finally winning an NBA game since like forever! We did it fam!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2021 10:54 pm    Post subject:

Thanks DB! Great write-up, and great to see a win!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 12:30 am    Post subject:

Thought it was interesting Memphis wrapped the Lakers up anytime it even looked like they had a chance at a break. We’re completely unconcerned with getting into the penalty. Lakers going to have to clean up their game at the stripe if they want to run.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:09 am    Post subject:

Happy to get a win.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:42 am    Post subject:

Things that stick out statistically, we shot about 54% from the field, 53% from 3, and barely won in the end. Won the fastbreak points match up 15-11. Lost again the paint match up at 52-62. Again out rebounded by 36-49.

This one where we just shot the ball well, and played a lot better on offense. Not much else in it, some moments of D, but not a whole lot. For the season, we're giving up 118 points a game per. That's way, way too high.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:48 am    Post subject:

Said this in the Melo thread, my eyes could have deceived me, but I thought Melo played some defense in this one. The match ups were more favorable, he was mostly on their bigs. He didn't have to switch a lot and come on smalls. But I thought he held his own defensively in this one, and was not a liability.

In those AD/Melo/Bron lineups, we may be able to put him on the less challenging of the 5/4 and have AD defend the tougher physical match up.

On offense, for sure that AD/Melo/Bron lineup has a lot of good things going for it. You can see even at this early stage, it's everything we wished Kuzma would be in that shot maker and 3rd option off the bench. Melo actually can do it. Just not sure we can trust his D for significant minutes.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:07 am    Post subject:

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Winning... It’s, like, better than losing

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:29 am    Post subject:

Thanks DB.Last night was the first time I got to see Hillbilly play. Shout out to the Lakers scouts. He is gonna be a fan favorite.

Good win
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:33 am    Post subject:

Okay, one issue: Vogel should have started Avery Bradley vs Ja. By the time AB got in the game, Ja already looked like prime John Wall with a potent 3pt shot. If AB was in the game a bit earlier, maybe Ja doesn't go nuclear?

Ja looks like all NBA 1st team so far. He's a problem.
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Jordan, a -14 in 15 minutes. I mean...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:22 am    Post subject:

In a weird way, I feel better and better about the Russ trade each time I watch Lebron try to beat his man on the perimeter. His explosiveness declines each year, but he finds ways to remain very effective.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:25 am    Post subject:

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Jordan, a -14 in 15 minutes. I mean...

I hate to pile on, but:
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The Lakers had an offensive rating of 81.8 in 14 minutes with DeAndre Jordan on the floor last night.

They had an offensive rating of 134.3 in 34 minutes without him.

For the season, they’re ORTG is 97.7 with him on, 110.3 with him off.

https://twitter.com/_JasonLT/status/1452641225782169601?t=x8hhPUG9UahEGk94izsFRg&s=19
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:33 am    Post subject:

Thanks, DB!

Melo is actually playing in rhythm, knocking down open shots and not stopping the ball. If he keeps doing it, I wonder if he's a contender for 6MOTY.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:50 am    Post subject:

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yinoma2001 wrote:
Jordan, a -14 in 15 minutes. I mean...

I hate to pile on, but:
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The Lakers had an offensive rating of 81.8 in 14 minutes with DeAndre Jordan on the floor last night.

They had an offensive rating of 134.3 in 34 minutes without him.

For the season, they’re ORTG is 97.7 with him on, 110.3 with him off.

https://twitter.com/_JasonLT/status/1452641225782169601?t=x8hhPUG9UahEGk94izsFRg&s=19

The issue with that is it's not looking at defense. You start Melo, who is a huge reason the O rating is better with that second unit, your offense is better with that starting 5 but the defense has a lot of issues.

If Bron were willing to defend the 4 full time, and AD the 5, then we could maybe slide Baze up to 3 and start someone like Bradley. Would give us some defense. But at the same time, it does mean the Lakers revert to being "average" when it comes to size and sometimes even undersized, something they didn't like last year. Most likely we need a wing to start in there, so we need to decide between Ariza and Melo when Trevor is back.

There is no definite solution to this, in the sense you can not get a way where you address all things. You gain with one lineup, you lose another thing. To be honest, as limited as DAJ is, I don't think he in particular is the reason the Lakers are 1-2 instead of 3-0 or 2-1. DAJ's role is very simple.

We're also giving up 118 points a game, so unless our mentality is to become D'Antoni style, we're gonna need to play D. Our best O lineups have Melo in them. I don't trust Melo as a starter, defensively, on a game to game basis. I guess one could argue start Howard. I could get behind playing only Howard/DAJ, instead of both. And AD the rest of the minutes at the 5. Said so in preseason, this is going to be a debate within the Lakers fanbase all season.

Probably the lineup we would go with come playoffs is AD/Bron/Ariza upfront, or maybe THT if he shows some progress. Melo is a hell of a scorer/sniper at this stage, but I can't see him defend elite starters. And then, there's the whole AD doesn't want to play 5 full time thing, which depending on who you ask, may or may not be true.

Would help so much if DAJ/Westbrook stepped up their defensive intensity. When you play that big, you need to get some defensive stops and rebound, be physical. By playing too fast and high TOs we are not taking advantage of the size. Westbrook needs to slow down with the starters, and increase the pace with the 2nd unit, IMO.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:10 am    Post subject:

A win is a win.

Even though Memphis was on the second night of a back to back.
Even though we lost the points in the paint battle.
Even though we were out-rebounded.
Even though we only shot 68% from the charity stripe.
Even though we turned the ball over 17 times.

The Lakers won.

The Lakers still need to improve because they are not going to shoot 53% from three in a lot of games. But I saw progress.

Baby steps.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:16 am    Post subject:

Yay Winning!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:03 am    Post subject:

Refs almost won it for Grizzlies last night.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:40 am    Post subject:

Thanks DB. getting that WIN was a must!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:16 am    Post subject:

Thank you DB. Greatly appreciate your outstanding work!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:39 am    Post subject:

DrDent wrote:
Thanks DB, very well put together, as always.

Tonight had some eye popping numbers defensive wise that I'm curious as to what your thoughts were:

22 minutes, 73 points: Basically, take the 4 minute mark from the 2nd quarter to the end of the third, then the last 6 minutes of the game. In that time span the Lakers gave up 73 of the Griz's points. That makes my stomach churn.

26 minutes, 45 points: That's the rest of the game, amount of points Griz scored. That's actually pretty damn good.

I know the ebb and flow of a game will have teams go cold, get hot, etc, but this is the sort of thing I mentioned before, but kept closer track of it tonight, where the team's defense goes through extremes: Looking really good; then looking really bad.

Then there is the rebounding. So far, outrebounded every game (Warriors +5, Suns +1, tonight Grizz +13 with 18 offensive boards). On paper, the team should be blowing the doors on rebounds.

Thoughts DB re the above? Is it really "just give it time" or perhaps is there more to it?


It's tough right now. We have a 3-game sample size as far as guys trying. Every game it seems like they are changing things up just a little bit with both lineup combos and even some tactics. We have a few guys who will likely be key defenders (THT, Nunn and Ariza) all out. Vogel is also learning what guys can/can't do. I see some things I don't like, but somethings like rebounding issues should be fixable. Doesn't even seem possible, really, that we don't dominate more there.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 11:40 am    Post subject:

wolfpaclaker wrote:
Said this in the Melo thread, my eyes could have deceived me, but I thought Melo played some defense in this one. The match ups were more favorable, he was mostly on their bigs. He didn't have to switch a lot and come on smalls. But I thought he held his own defensively in this one, and was not a liability.

In those AD/Melo/Bron lineups, we may be able to put him on the less challenging of the 5/4 and have AD defend the tougher physical match up.

On offense, for sure that AD/Melo/Bron lineup has a lot of good things going for it. You can see even at this early stage, it's everything we wished Kuzma would be in that shot maker and 3rd option off the bench. Melo actually can do it. Just not sure we can trust his D for significant minutes.


Regarding Melo, I'm curious to see how effective we can make him. He was solid last night. If we hide him or have a poor passing bigman out of the short rolls, we can be more aggressive trapping the ball handler on those screens versus any of our other hedge/recover or switching stuff. He wasn't getting singled out consistently like we've seen I think as a result of some of these tweaks. Again, I'm not terribly optimistic here defensively for him and I think come playoff time it will be an issue as teams really zero in on the execution. But last night was a step in the right direction.
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