therealdeal wrote:Finwë wrote:therealdeal wrote:I don't know if I saw someone not having enthusiasm for the game. I think he works really hard. But when he doesn't get a shot attempt in the entire half, I don't blame him for getting frustrated.
Doc Brown's post is a reply to this line of thinking. Was he frustrated because he didn't get touches, or did he not get touches because he wasn't working for them in any noticeable way?
That's the lack of enthusiasm or effort we were talking about, people who really want the ball put themselves in positions to get it, go set hard screens, roll hard to the basket, try for offensive rebounds, seal their man, ask for it consistently. Was Howard doing any of that?
No, but he has been. I think he's already just frustrated in general that he's not getting enough touches. But when he gets SOME he works really hard (or has lately). Last night he didn't get ANY so he stopped doing the little things that he was doing before.
I'm with JSM, this is on coaching. We're not featuring Dwight enough right now. I'm not saying we need to feature him a lot, but something is better than nothing. D'Antoni has been better since he cut down the rotations, but he's missing this one for sure. When Dwight runs the floor, he's got to be rewarded. He does it a few times a game and doesn't even get a look. That's not okay.
Most of it falls on coaching. Not that Dwight isn't blameless in all of this but his lack of touches on the block is from D'Antoni's coaching philosophy, IMO. We've historically had two of the greatest big men in Kareem & Shaq. However, we've also had two historically great coaches who knew how to use them effectively in Phil & Riley.
We have been playing better, but I just don't think we can go forward with Dwight only getting 1 shot in the 2nd half. D'Antoni wants a guy like Tyson Chandler; defend and rebound, set hard screens, and doesn't complain about touches. Go and study the Triangle and look how effectively we got Shaq the ball; albeit, we had better post entry passers but the point remains that we had great ball movement & played inside-out.
Simply put, MDA just doesn't know how to use Dwight.