Clemenza wrote:esqtvd wrote:Clemenza wrote:He's played great, even during the six game winning streak. So players being out= playground ball or is it the iso one-on-one offense= playground ball? If you just said you want to see how he looks with the full squad playing I definitely get it. I'm just trying to get your definition of "playground ball" which sounds cheap, lowlife, unorganized ghetto ball.. nothing which I see that associates with Mann's play. And I didn't mention Kennard at all
I previously used "pickup" basketball. Use whatever term you like for an underpracticed, undermanned team. Mann is thriving in the chaos; Kennard is flailing. George is hobbling. Kawhi is trying to pace himself while still playing 35+ minutes and almost every game--a looooooooong way from "load management." Marcus is still trying to find himself. Batum has to re-find himself after being bumped from the starting unit. After QBing it for 3 1/2 seasons, Lou is gone so the second unit is 100% winging it. The defensive "heart and soul" of the team has missed the last 10 games. We're 8-7 in our last 15 games, thanks to a 6-game win streak against the Hornets; a hairy comeback from 20 down against the Hawks; 2 wins against a Spurs team in turmoil; an Embiid-less Sixers team on a long road trip; and a nice but weird win against the Bucks.
Which was offset by losing to the Magic, who just traded their 3 best players. You better hope we're playing like a "pickup" team, because if this is Clippers basketball, we are screwed, bro.
Much better and clearer definition but to be honest with you most of the league is playing like this and are in the same boat. The favorites the Nets are the epitome of this. Not even sure if the injures stop for any team come playoff time. How about this Pels/Hawks game tonight..
Well yeah, these are the dog days. What it proves I don't know. I'm hoping that the Nets are getting by on veteran savvy and aren't as good as they look. Wish we looked as good, then we wouldn't be having this conversation.