payitforward wrote: payitforward wrote:
tontoz wrote:Glad he is finally getting time. Certainly he has validated all of us bitching about his DNPs.
Still needs more touches though.
This is the problem with him starting -- the touches aren't available w/ Beal & Westbrook on the floor.
We lost to Boston last night by 1 point.
In our 240 total player-minutes, we took 84 shots.
The starters played 129 minutes & took 61 shots -- 51 of those were by Beal & Westbrook. The other starters got 10 shots.
Conclusion: if you start alongside Brad & Russ, you don't get to shoot the ball.
OTOH, the bench (6 guys last night: Bertans, Avdija, Neto, Lopez, Len & Bonga) played 111 minutes & took only 23 shots. Of those 6, only Bertans is an excellent shooter with a high TS%, while Lopez & Len score on opportunities around the basket.
Conclusion: the Wizards bench lacks fire-power.
Thus, it is really foolish to start Garrison Mathews. It's a waste of a resource. It would be far better for him to come off the bench -- & mostly to play with Bertans also on the floor.
I would expect this to be good for Bertans as well. Note that in 26 minutes last night, Davis only got 9 shots! In fact, I believe that most of his open
looks are in transition. With another shooter/scorer on the floor, that might get better. He might have more good looks off passes.
Make sense? Discuss, please.
Mathews needs to tell Westbrook and Beal pass the ball when he is open. The smooth way to do it is to say “Thanks for looking for me guys when I’m open”. Even if you know they haven’t been passing the ball.
Once the Wizards start using a hockey assist they will win more games. The ball will swing to Bertans once in a while. Davis should shoot when his feet are set and he has enough time to release the ball. However, he should pass whenever the defense closes on him. Mathews needs to be spotting up ready to shoot on the catch.
Beal and Westbrook need a coach who will remind them of how much more often the Wizards win when Beal has 5 or more assists.
When Rui has attempted three or more free throws I believe the Wizards have not lost more than once or twice.
I am actually encouraged by what is a very correctable error. Westbrook has be mindful and Beal needs to as well. Share the ball! Russ will pass to anyone but sometimes he and Beal look at the opponent and try to go hero .
I don’t know if Garrison should not start. It does seem like Bonga would be better as a starter.