leolozon wrote: Bob8 wrote:
They still went 31/50, so it was possible. Funny that you used the word easy considering one of my point is that the team is taking the easy road.
Kleber was able to roll to the rim fine last year.
Their roster is built like that. No C with whatsoever post game. Kleber is shooting exactly the same % for 3 and 2, so you really don't want him to shoot for 2 at all. THJ is far the best as a spot-up shooter, less touches better he's. DFS needs to be totally open. Brunson the only one except Luka, who can create for himself and have midrange game too. But he was awful yesterday. Nba coaches are not stupid, they will clogged the paint every time, if open 3s are not falling and Mavs and Luka cannot do much about that. Open 3 is very good shot in Nba. Shooting them 25% is not Luka's or RC's fault.
It still doesn't explain why they went 31/50 from 2 if it was so tough for them to do it and why in this particular game, it wasn't worth to do that a little more.
Kleber in 2020, less than 5 feet represented 74% of his FGA and he shot 65% which represents 43.5% from 3 (plus more FTs)...
Kleber in 2021, less than 5 feet represent 12% of his FGA (shooting worst at 55%, but it's an incredibly small sample size).
Think about that difference. 74% to 12%.
43.5% from 3 is something that no one other than Redick can do on that team, despite them shooting wide open shots.
It's not just what the other team gives them, it's clearly also by design.
To understand this better, you would have to go and look how many PnR's Maxi set up last season compared to this one.
Rick is playing the same predictable system every single game. It's just that against some opponents it works better than against others. But the difference is, if Mavs as a unit are cold from the long range, there is nothing you can do but hope that Luka will do his usual carry job.
I see a lot of people still haven't figure this one out but it's such a simple thing to understand. In order for some players to do better, you'd have to put them in completely different position to succeed. That goes for KP as well. The only guy who lately changed a bit his style of play is DFS, and he's doing much better, other guys are really hard to adjust if you expect anything more from them.
THJ for example, when you ask from him to be anything else than a simple spot up shooter, sucks big time, same goes for Jrich, he's horrible at initiating plays. Yet those two guys are being forced to be something they are not. Same goes for Maxi. He's dribbling and trying to make a smart pass way more than i ever remember from him. And it often results in a botched play. He's simply not that type of player.
Mavs have way too many SPECIFIC players who need specific job to suceed. Simple as that.