I'd say they looked slow on d not because they lacked effort or focus, but because they are not playing instinctively and were against a pretty polished offense
Originally Posted by tarheeljks
@beef, although if you are talking about focus on the glass then yeah I agree. Not in general on d though
yeah maybe, but that was one of the highest pt totals they've given up in their current era - hard to suck that bad without effort being a factor. i do agree that they will likely improve as everyone gets more used to playing together
my preconception of this woyas season is that really the only reason they should have problems is things like lack of focus/energy just because they have every reason to believe that they'll coast. even tho there are some weaknesses, none of them seem insurmountable or the kind of thing that can't be papered over with adjustments
“To all my FB friends who are seeing a picture of me on the Internet giving the finger to Russell Westbrook. Actually two fingers,’’ Harkaway wrote in a private Facebook post, via the New York Post. “Not as simple as it seems. I love to scream at the players and anyone who has been to a game with me knows this. Part of my charm. What you may not have seen on any of the video clips is what started the whole thing, which was Russell Westbrook saying ‘sit down (expletive) fat boy’ when I stood up to boo.”
ROFL @ "Part of my charm."
Originally Posted by JayTeeMe
Personally i think calling the guy "fatboy" and then getting him kicked out is hilarious. pwnt fatboy.
That's Dr. Fatboy, need I remind you - he's a urologist!
just watched randle's highlights from yesterday and he looks vastly improved. obviously it's vs guys like nene/randerson and the rockets suck on d in general, but his passing and handles look significantly better. finishing still looks a bit suspect imo since a few of these floatery shots look like low % looks, but good signs overall
nate duncan said on his pod that he looked pretty good defending on switches too which is a good sign too
cpls of observation on kawhi's first 2 games:
- looks like he's really trying to draw more fouls, like harden he seems to have an awareness of trying to catch guys with their arms out, and even baiting them into reaching like harden does
- similar to the above he seems to be trying to really make sure help defenders are baited into help which is leading gasol/lma into open shots
his handle looks better which is maybe half the reason he looks able to execute those kinds of tactics, but even so that's really cerebral play. bodes well for his efficiency since he's always had an offensive style with an halfcourt iso-ish template over 'downhill' play (not that's he's unable to run pnr or get out in transition). looks like he's going to be a total beast this year even beyond what i assumed he'd produce. google tells me he opened +1600 for mvp? idk what it is now but he would have been nice value at that price