VDT wrote:76ciology wrote:VDT wrote:Yea it is very hard to win like that. Hunting mismatches can help, but you generally need a player that is a mismatch by himself to win the title.
If you watch how top teams play even Rockets or Warriors hunts mismatches.
NBA playoffs has become a heavy ISO game because teams are now advanced in their ability to switch and pre-switch the screen plays. A good example is how hard it is for our sets to work in the playoffs compared in the regular season.
So by inserting Al and sliding Ben, Biid and Tobi. They are “mismatch by himself”. Guards are too small to guard Tobi or Ben while PFs are not big enough to defend Biid.
The key is, our guys have to be able to defend guys lower their position. Which if you notice, is something we’re doing. Biid was on Siakam and Giannis most times when we faced them. Tobi improved his footspeed on defense while Ben has been defending point guards.
The problem with our team, IMO. Was we focused too much on that type of style that we moved away from the Jj-Biid DHO which kills most teams in the regular season (and doesnt work that well in the playoffs). So we were looking for furkan, Milton, Burks and maybe GRob to generate it for us.
Rockets just have Harden and Westbrook and have built their entire team to accommodate them, to the point that they have no center.
They even traded the guy that Harden run pick and roll with because he couldnt shoot 3s.They dont hunt any matchups, they just give the ball to their best players and let them create.
Warriors had Durant who can score on anybody.
Also i am not sure why you want Embiid (or any other player) to defend a position down. The reason he did against the Bucks and the Raptors was that the PFs couldnt shoot 3s while the opposing centers camped the three point line. The whole idea was for him to stay in the paint. Most of the teams have Fs that can shoot so the situation is not the same.
Offensively, you cant force the other team to defend Embiid with their PF unless you can force a switch, in which case playing Horford is irrelevant if not detrimental.
First off, because top teams are trending towards having a stretch 5 and a big PF who loves attacking the paint. If you put Embiid at Brolo and Gasol he will be pulled away from the paint.
Then on offense, have to slide Biid to PF and have Al at C so you can pull the C away from the rim and Biid won’t have a hard time going against the Baynes and the Gasol type centers in the playoffs.
You can’t always force the opponents PF at Biid, but you increased that chance (i.e., there were possessions Siakam was on Biid in last year’s playoff) with a non dead ball situation and fast pace.
Then if you can’t force the PF on embiid, having Al always will have a smaller guy on either Ben and Tobi.
Having Ben against a smaller defender at the post with 4 guys spacing him actually is the most optimal set-up where you have Ben as a threat on offense and as your guy to pass the ball to the open shooter.