borri wrote:revgen wrote:^You're talking about 1 vs 1. It's not about 1 vs 1. It's about team defense. Talking, helping, communicating.
I get you. But the problem is, we help. We are forced to help. Helping taxes the defense. Creates open looks. That's why our team defense is second to last in opp ast/to ratio.
Guys get to the paint, dish off for open looks. Miss a shot and get offensive rebounds. That right there has been a microcosm of our D this year.
Yes, we suck at help D. But forcing us to scramble to help, takes energy from all players. We are old. We play a fast pace on O. It just is not the right mix.
Look, I am not saying we suck only because we are old. What I am saying is, it plays a large part of our defensive downfall.
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.