davriver290 wrote:despite Ron being a bonehead on Offense sometimes and having some shooting issues, the man has been pretty damn good. He's shooting the 3 at a respectable rate. His D is still pretty damn good. Sure he's slow footed and not the highest jumper, but he produces.
Lets not forget that our offense isn't even the problem.. Its the defense. The team lacks team chemistry when it comes to D. Dwight can't be the only one to be relied on. Metta actually keeps his man in check most times. Kobe can D up when he's up for it but sometimes gets lazy and collapses everything on D. Nash isn't the best but then again who can guard the likes of Tony Parker, Westbrook or Chris Paul?
The problem is our defensive schemes as a team. We are not funneling our man into the right direction. Help isn't coming when its supposed to and the hustle seems to be lacking almost every game (except from Metta, Kobe and Dwight). I'm tired of hearing people don't want Metta anymore because he's not reliable, he can't shoot, he can't create blah blah blah.... Well we have enough creators.... we have an offense that can score ( we've been scoring above 100 most of the time) we need defense. While Metta brings it, he needs help as well. I hope we bring him back because from the sound of it, he's willing to opt out and sign for a lot less to be with us. I don't care if he's starting of bench, the man does what he's supposed to do.
^^ I absolutely agree. I know he can be a knucklehead on offense. But we have absolutely no one to take his place on the defensive end. We've already griped about the fact that our starting guards have been atrocious on D much of the year. We have no backup 3 at all since Ebanks was a bust. And now we have to go small or go with Clark who frankly isn't quick enough to play the 3 at least at the moment coming off whatever foot injury he seems to have suffered.
This to me is the final straw for any real hopes we might have had to make any run in the playoffs. When playoff ball starts, if we even make it, that's where having a guy like MWP is invaluable. And not having him is going to destroy us. Our defense has been utter garbage lately. Take off the best defender on the team and we're in deep doo doo.
It's a sad way to end this sad season. But I don't see us getting over this injury to MWP.