TheNewEra wrote:esqtvd wrote:TheNewEra wrote:
He shot 7-10 with 18 points god damn. That lead and the game getting that close had nothing to do with him
Before tonight, Zu had the worst plus/minus on the team except for Winslow. And he remains a weak finisher at the basket. Just telling it like it is. Is he Crunch Time/Prime Time yet? No, not yet. He got stuffed twice in a row on gimmes. It was a tighter finish than it could have been.
I agree with Ty sticking with him esp since Zu is showing some post moves. He had his best game of the year tonight.
You see the lineups and struggle shooting units he had to play with in his minutes? His scoring has been a underrated part of the early season. He is literally seeing career highs in his advanced scoring and shooting statistics. Going 7-10 is still 7-10 and two blocks doesn’t take away from his amazing scoring night.
He helped finish these last two games and a couple before these games. Zu didn’t get the last minute of the game but it was obvious the Hartenstein thing wasn’t working all night. He earned the right to try against Lowry but a player like that in the zone it’s difficult. Even with Lowry going off before he came in he helped chip in on the lead and finished with your favorite stat +7. That’s completely unfair to expect Zu to slow down Lowry when he built up a rhythm before he stepped on the court.
Don't get me wrong, bro. I don't think Hartenstein is some magic wand who will fill those 25 mpg instead. Besides, the Hart-Mann-Kennard thing should not be broken up--it's taking the place of the Lou & Trezz show and is keeping this team afloat.
I was talking about Zu in Crunch Time. I wanted 25 mpg from him even when he was splitting minutes with Trezz. And I still do. But in the 4th quarter? In the playoffs? No, I don't see it and never will. Trad 5s are toast.