therealdeal wrote: Finwë wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Pau looked really good. He had a tough match-up, but he worked hard.
I thought he was our weakest link on defense, which is pretty terrible considering the level of D everyone was playing. I didn't feel like he worked hard at all, especially in the 2nd half.
LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the best PF scorers in the game. The man is a beast. Pau did alright against him considering he's not a great defender to begin with.
Just because he's not a good defender, doesn't mean he wasn't trying. Really the problem is that the system commands him to be able to more mobile laterally and he simply is not. He did pretty much as well as he could do.
No doubt Aldridge is great, but my problem with Pau's defense wasn't particulary his 1 on 1 coverage of him (though it wasn't very good). It was most of all his P&R D (extremely awful, just pathetic), his inexistant help D + never boxing out.
It's not just that he isn't a good defender, he actually wasn't really trying. Time and time again he was caught in the middle not really covering anyone and not making an effort to cover his man / the cutter / the switch. Nothing exemplifies this as that Batum dunk, Pau's effort on that play was disgusting to watch.
IMO there's no defending his defensive outing. He wasn't bad on offense (though he should be better), but his D was atrocious, both because he isn't a good defender AND because he didn't try at all.