clipperlover wrote:At some point, teams are going to start adjusting to Mann and we will have to see how he responds to those changes, but ride him while we can. He needs as much on court experience as possible before the playoffs.
There is no reason that this team can't have 7-8 guys in double figures each night. If we can spread that wealth offensively, then everyone will be that much more effective defensively.
We are currently in a 7 game stretch where we are playing 5 teams that are at least 10 games over .500. We are 2-0 so far. 5 of the 6 games after that are against current sub .500 teams. If we can make it through this stretch undefeated, then we can secure the #2 seed in the West. Phoenix has a brutal end to their season with 12 of 16 games on the road and their home games being us, Jazz, Knicks and Portland. Lakers have the Bucks and then a 7 game road trip without LeBron and AD. When the Lakers get back, they have 3 home games with 2 of those vs the Jazz.
I wouldn't expect us to really start working the rotations with the full roster until we hit that stretch of sub .500 teams. Ty isn't going to disrupt the momentum. I can see him bringing in Serge, PB and Rondo for specific match-ups in the interim (e.g. Serge vs Denver, PB and Rondo vs Portland).
If he's strictly a jump shooter or a pure point guard that sets teammates up I could see some adjustments made on him but what do you do to a guy that's literally flying all over the court all game long? They can't double team him cause that's going to allow a Kawhi, PG, Morris, Kennard, Reggie, etc. to go wild. This isn't directed at you, I'm just brainstorming.
I also don't see Lue messing with the rotations as of right now except trying to fit Rondo in the mix when he's healthy. The guys I see taking a step back in minutes is Patterson, Coffey, Pat Bev when he's healthy, and maybe a few minutes shaved off Batum as well.
When Kennard got hot late in the fourth that was shades of a Step Curry-ish type moment. I want to see more of that