gcclaker wrote:therealdeal wrote:^ Absolutely. It's going to be great knowing that if someone gets a shot on Blake, he's not going to come back down the court and make a brash decision to try to get back at him. He'll just run the offense as usual and find an open man.
That's a good point about Lamar being able to be more selfish. That made me think, maybe that's why he's been so much more comfortable looking in the offense? Sure, his confidence is also at an all-time high, but now that I think of it, maybe he just likes that he's able to have a little of the pressure taken off of him.
While not as athletic in comparison [but not by much] Blake is ACTUALLY a better defender than Farmar was who had the tools but not the desire. He will chase his assignment instead of trailing and relying on help off rotations. So that exchange might not be so prominent as before.
On offense with Blake initiating, the others on the floor can run their cuts, go to their spots and be given opportunities. Coincidentally, Farmar who is in a looser system looks better by being able to improvise. Blake can look to find Odom on the wings...Brown on the open floor and Barnes or Vujacic on the perimeter. It's like having Walton's discipline at the guard spot only it's a real guard.
Couldn't agree more about Blake's defense. The guy is a workhorse and will never give up defensively like Farmar would at times. Blake may not be a great defender, but he's certainly capable.
Agreed on the second point as well.