Snakell Beast wrote:
I gotta say, Nash is looking done.
He's turning the ball over, getting beat to the basket on defense and missing the momentum shots.
I'm not impressed right now. NO ONE can shoot the ball. We are LUCKY to be down by only 4...EVEN to a young, undertalented non-playoff team like the Kings...Frustrating and ominous.
Dwight isn't a cure-all. He won't make Nash or Pau more athletic, Kobe more efficient, or our bench any less putrid at this point...
Pau is looking good...if he was a volume shooting SG...he's shooting like 40% from the field.
Metta is back to chucking it and making it 1/4 of the time
, and I am going to say right now that Jamison looks like a bust as a free agent pick up.
3.5 Pre-Season games left, and I am really starting to worry BIG TIME. Our offense has no flow, and Nash looks to be a poor fit for it. We can't get ANY transition game going, we can't hit any perimeter shots, we can't get ANY shots in the paint against a set defense...I am seriously concerned...
No offense Snakell Beast but I think you are really overreacting.
Nash looked IN NO WAY done to me. The only knock I have with his play isn't his fault: the fact that he's playing off the ball too much, and running too few P&R IMO. I'm positive that's gonna change when the stakes are higher and when Howard is playing.
MWP has shot the ball well from 3 this preseason. So has Kobe. Meeks had 4 3s last game. Ebanks hit 4 this game. Goudelock can always hit shots, and so can Nash. Jamison's J is starting to get better with rythm. Gasol is the only one who has been shooting uncharacteristically bad.
We lost to the kings (and to the other teams) because:
-guys are evidently not trying as hard as they can (especially Pau)
-we are missing KEY players
-our guys are still working on picking up the system
-chemistry doesn't just happen overnight
-Brown's rotations have been INCREDIBLY inconsistent.. He's just trying guys out there, seemingly following no criteria whatsover.
-We've been playing lineups that won't EVER see the floor unless it's garbage time -> lineups that consist on 5 bench players, some of them awful players that are unquestionably getting cut but had to get a chance to show what they could do.
-Sacre is playing the Howard role, not just rotation-wise but also offensive system-wise.
-Key guys like Kobe and Nash aren't doing all they can to win, rather they are calmly running the offense and seeing what they can get from it, like practice. If it were different, Kobe would ask for the ball A LOT more, Nash would run more P&R (with Pau, not Sacre btw), and they wouldn't be taking s*** from guys, they'd ask Pau for example to play harder, which he would do.
Most of your points were a reaction to what you were seeing in the first half, and many of it changed as the game progressed ->Gasol hit more shots, so did Nash, Kobe WAS efficient, and our bench looked much better (Jamison hit some Js, Ebanks was GREAT..)
I really think you are panicking. Once we get all of our guys back (Howard and Hill), me make the necessary cuts and solidify the rotations, the guys get more and more accustomed to the system, and everyone starts taking games seriously and playing with real effort the Ws will come. I'm sure of it.