wcsoldier81 wrote:Not sure why we have waited for so long to set good screens for him ... hopefully the Nash/D12 combo will keep clicking for the rest of the season as it did tonight
^^ This, this, this x1 million. Now, finally, with the season in the balance, we get the DEVASTATING Howard/Nash pick and roll that I've been waiting so many months to see. I have no idea why it's taken this long. I know that Howard was hurt and then Nash was hurt, so there wasn't a whole lot of time for these two to develop the P and R game, which relies so much on timing and getting used to one another.
But those dumb slip screens that Howard was running were utterly useless. And not just a little useless. They were completely ineffective for what seems like months now. I don't know who to blame, D' Antoni or Howard or both, but I couldn't for the life of me understand why Howard wasn't setting full bodied screens for Nash on ball.
Last night I saw the Steve Nash I've been dreaming would lead our team ever since he was traded here. I also saw the realization of that Nash/Howard tandem that I dreamt of as well. It was phenomenal. And it was unstoppable.
This is why I was so irate earlier in the summer and into the season with the whole Princeton offense thing. This is why I didn't understand using D' Antoni run and gun and launching threes . . .
All I've wanted to see since day one was what I got to see last night. And guess what? It worked. And not only did it work, but it was beautiful to watch. And not only that, it was simple. And it was easy. It was basketball 101.
It didn't take some system. It didn't take any complex planning or sophisticated thought. All it took was Nash insisting that they do it. And it was unbeatable.
I was happier last night as a Laker fan than I've been all season. That was basketball. That was Nash at his finest, that was Dwight playing smart, and that was incredible combination.
The old axioms are true. It's not rocket science out there on the court. Playing to your guys' strengths should be the first order of business. And a steady diet of that pick and roll with Nash and Howard is where we should focus until someone shows they can stop it.