JGC wrote:Helping should tax the defense less than trying to play everyone straight up. That's the whole point of help defense.
I might be inclined to agree with the age argument if we were so old we struggled to also put points on the board, but amazing we have the energy for that.
Age/miles is certainly a factor, but sits way behind things like desire, chemistry, coaching, etc.
How is helping less taxing that playing everyone straight up? There's one ball. When your guy doesn't have it, you rest, unless he's cutting. Not all 5 guys move at the same time.
The guy defending the ball gets is tougher sure. But that's one guy. Now imagine, help D. Not only is your assigment your guy, you have to be constantly alert to move to help. You could end up running around helping. This applies to all 5 defenders.
Helping is a nice concept idea, just like assists. But it's not that simple. There's helping, and there's too much helping.
What is too much helping? This occurs when you have 3 defensive liabilities on the floor in Nash, Kobe and Pau. That's 3 turnstyle defenders collapsing your defense, forcing guys to rotate all over the place. The more you rotate to more chances an error can occur....like a wide open J or giving up an offensive rebound.
And yes, Nash is old. Kobe is old. Pau is really old. Those 3 is the problem with our D. You are telling me that if Kobe, Nash and Pau were 5 years younger, we'd still be this bad on D? No way dude. No freakin' way.
Guys coming off the bench to replace them, sadly aren't any better, now that Hill is done.