The blocked shot dilemma......
Blocks are a very overrated thing IMO. Players relinquish position chasing 15 shots a game to get 2.5 blocks (if they are good at it). Of those 2.5 blocks over 1/2 go back to the team that shot the ball so about 1 is an effective defense. The motion to the shooter requires the rest of the team to know when and where to rotate and if there is no discipline by the shot blocker he can create more problems than he solves.
Offensive rebounds, and easy put-backs often are the result of missed blocked shots or even partially blocked ones. It also results in scrambling defenses that leave the perimeter to cover for the interior helping.
The players that can block and control shots without having to move a great distance or jump are the best interior defenders IMO. Guys like Mark Eaton, Dikembe Mutombo and Kareem were able to block shots without creating huge holes in the defense if they weren't successful. Howard and Ibake chase shots everywhere and usually leave their man to do it regardless of the defensive scheme.
Last night, for example, Karl put Howard on the weak side in isolation and used the off forward for the pick and roll. Howard would rotate to try and block the shot of the guard in the lane but because of the offensive set when he left his man there was no one else on that side of the court to rotate to McGee the other Denver bigs. They scored several buckets off offensive rebounds and put-backs because of it.
Howard is a very good overall defensive player but he does tend to chase shots and our lack of defensive recognition and/or philosophy gets us in trouble more than not in those situations and a good coach can exploit it with the right personnel.
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