catch20two wrote:Batum is definitely on JB’s like list. That’s the only way to explain Batum getting 30+ minutes even on nights when he has 0 points going into the 4th quarter.
I have no idea why he believes in Marv as a small ball C. I haven’t seen good results from it all season but he seems content going to it as we lose the rebounding battle and give up layups.
Cody is on JB’s indifferent list while Biz is on his dislike list. I have no idea how can someone reason that JB likes Biz when he was unnecessarily DNP-CD earlier in the season and even when the injuries piled up never got to play extended minutes even on nights he played well.
It's not as simple as you are implying.
Nobody had guaranteed minutes i think except Kemba. Batum did not see second half minutes (or barely) during many games this year because of his poor play (or because he did not want to try to make play more exactly)
The only reason why he recovered some minutes has to do with how horrible the wing defense is when there is no MKG and even Batum on the court. Most guys are lost on every pick and looking for "their' guy or the guy they had to switch on.
Willy is gone from the cneter rotation since the ASB, so i guess defensive profiles are slighty coming into his mind, even though its pretty obvious he prefers using players who are a + on the offensive end probably thinking that team defense can be taught by anyone.
MKG should play much more, and those minutes should come from either Batum or lamb (the one who sucks the most during the current game), even though they need to deal with foul trouble.
Right now (post ASG), the 'sacrificed' wing has been Monk, and i am not particulary convinced it was the good choice. He was starting to build confidence, but he needs some minutes otherwise he seems to force too many times (unlike Bridges who is much more patient, sometimes way too much).
Biyombo might be an answer, though obviously Borrego wants a frontcourt that can shoot (incl. from midrange) which is why he was in love with Willy for too long.
Anyway, you dont need a lot from your center if wings are doing a decent job holding their counterparts (think about Jeff Green for Was, Caroll yesterday...).
I totally agree with BizGilwalker'spost. Since MKG has more or less a Tony Allen profile and doe snot show he can improve to become a real two way player, use him where he shines. And try to make sure the effort he makes rubs off onto his other teammates.
Its becoming the norm to find acceptable that opponent score 60ish points in 1st half. It drives me mad for sure. A team can have a tough start, or a bad game. But when it happens all the time, it's on the coaching staff and players.