Rooscooter wrote:therealdeal wrote:Rooscooter wrote:therealdeal wrote:Nash isn't as quick as Nelson, Howard isn't as explosive as he used to be, and we don't have 3 shooters on the floor at all times to keep teams from collapsing.
This is what I was worried about when we got Howard. The specifics of his success in Orlando are not present here. He's doing the best he can but the pieces just aren't here to have the flow he is used to having.
But he's still effective right now and I think he can still be effective, we just have to adjust. We can't stand around on the pick and roll, make cuts to the basket. It's almost that simple. With Clark in the lineup, that's why he's effective. When shots go up, he's attacking the glass aggressively.
Gasol on the other hand is already back pedalling.
Howard is still effective.... depending on the game he's been very effective. The difference is that we cannot find a way to play off of him to get open shots like Orlando did. At the same time we cannot find a way to free him for much easier opportunities.
Lack of floor balance is the primary culprit..... and out best 3 point shooter is not seeing the floor these days either....
Well like I said, if we stayed active around the rim, we'd be fine. Part of that is athleticism and part of that is Gasol.
Gasol complains about not being in the paint, but he doesn't seem to realize he is allowed to enter the paint to fight for rebounds. Clark on the other hand is ALWAYS fighting for rebounds. Is some of that athleticism? Yes. And some is just effort. Clark and Howard next to each other showed it can be effective (Bucks and Cavs) while Gasol and Howard hasn't shown that so far this season.
I'd say the primary culprit of not giving Dwight a break is a lack of movement. Just because we're spacing the floor doesn't mean we can't move and cut and do things to make the defense respect us.
And Meeks will get out there soon, I know it. He just needs a minute for his jets to cool down.