scoring has to come from somewhere...you are asking Shump and JR to make up 35-40 points a game that we lost with Stat and Lin.
no i'm not. Lin/Stat used probably 30-35 possessions a game (random guess but let's go with it). I don't think it's entirely ridiculous to think that with Davis replacing Lin's possessions at a slightly lower USG, Melo/Smith/Shump/Novak/Chandler's/Fields USG's all increasing to varying degrees we can make up those possessions and then some. Our offense could be hurt (other things can happen too) but lets not forget that Lin/Amare are our 2 worst defenders by a lot (besides Novak).
The comeback to this would be that it sounds like I'm saying we have potential to be the same or better without them so am I implying that they are negative players (i guess amare was for a stretch of this year but he was starting to turn it around and play well)? Of course not and I think we play our best as a team fully healthy but basketball isn't exactly black and white like that especially with deep teams. It isn't linear, with those 2 players in the lineup other player's roles are reduced so for a short period of time I think we can handle the blow.
edit: it's late, that might not have come out as smoothly as i meant it to so i hope the point is clear
followed by one of your worst..This Q is embarrassing, i'd rather have Novak on for davis and play Shump at PG and just go for broke with JR/novak shooting constant 3balls combined w/ with melo hitting everything