therealdeal wrote:I think the strength around the rim will be the last thing to return. He's got great hands, but his timidness bled so much into his being that he began questioning every ball thrown his way. Every rebound, every posession, he's played it too soft for too long.
He's going to have to really toughen up around the rim again, but that'll take time. In fact for most of his career he hasn't been able to handle phsycality very well. I think the one year that changed was 2010. The one thing that we need to be able to count on is that when teams go small, he can punish them in the post.
I mean, HE DOES have Dwight to go up against in practice, hell even players like Metta to play physical.
Pau needs to utilize his length and IQ around these bruisers. I think with being relegated as a "third/fourth option", it changed his mindset to be a facilitator, and it changed his aggressiveness. The past two games, it actually has worked, but there are times where he needs to be aggressive and take it himself. He needs to make that decision whether he has an advantage, whether the pass he makes is the right one, he's a smart player. I think he just needs to get used to the reduced offensive role going specially through him in the post. He will have his moments, he needs to remember he can do that.