Foshan wrote: rzzzzz wrote:
kuclas wrote:Bolden is getting better. He won us the game last night. Difference maker.
Just don’t think brett brown trusts him. Cause of defensive lapses we’ve seen throughout the season and his foul rate. But he shot the ball well from outside. Defended well and was active. He should be the option behind embiid vs mobile backups centers. I don’t think he strong enough to defend against true 5s yet. He can’t defend Marc gasol or brook lopez. They are simply too big for him. And sixers had to help with some double teams last night.
This is where I would love to see him.
I still think sliding Scott into the starting line up, to run JJ off the bench with Bolden st the 4 will slice a lot of both lines defensive issues.
But that’s cherry picking. He’s shown enough to play over boban when the tempo dictates. I think he’s a better option vs the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow night.
He's been shooting the 3 so well that I wonder about giving him some minutes at the 4, creating space for the big guy and maybe sneaking in for some weak side help.
Am interested to hear your comment? I happen to agree with rzzzzz that there should be certain situations where Bolden matches up than others on the roster because of his athleticism. I also believe, as someone posted, that Amir might be a better matchup against traditional centers. This is my problem with Brown. It's all or nothing. The night before we played the Timberwolves, Anthony Toliver went three for four from on 3's against Golden State. He's not a great 3-point shooter, but he's someone you have to guard. If Embiid had played and Bobi and/or Amir were his backup for the evening, why wouldn't you consider putting Boden on Toliver?
On "load management": Before Embiid went down the first time, he played 39, 42, 33, 32, 37 and 34 minutes in the six preceding games. So then we get Brown's speech about load management before Embiid came back. So, first game back against Indiana: 28 minutes, a blowout for us. Then: 34, 36, 36, 41 and 35 minutes before pulling him with 6:57 left in the Orlando game at 31 minutes. Had we been competitive, add 3, 4 or 5 minutes and we're in the 34-35 range. What part of "load management" didn't Brown get?
I don't know what appropriate "load" is for a guy with an injury history like Embiid, but I always assumed that 30 was a reasonable target.
Rich Hoffman asked the right question: "Hard to say how much of his heavy early schedule contributed to this, but you would think moving forward there needs to be more rest sprinkled throughout the 82 games."