But I guess he felt Amir could do just as well (especially considering his MONSTER 4th quarter the other night), while offering a better chance of staying in front of his man.
I'm not saying it was the right decision by Casey. Just saying its easy to say you'd do something different; we still don't know if that would have changed the outcome.
Besides, in that situation, they're both just playing Forward.
And either way, both players are perimeter players, and Casey felt Bargs and Dom could do it better.
“He could have come in in Amir’s situation (after Johnson fouled out) but I thought we needed some shooting on the floor with those small guys. We went with Andrea on the floor at the five, which sometimes we do.
“I thought JV did an excellent job in the first half when they were big … so I felt like Andrea was a better fit to go against Dorell Wright or Thaddeus Young.”
How can you possibly say Bargnani has more quickness than JV?????
I'm giving Casey a pass for this reason:
He is trying to run his systems (both offensive and defensive) with key players that are not suited for his systems.
Casey is trying to mix oil and water with extremely frustrating results.
Casey has been terrible dating to last season. Starting Rasual Butler. Playing Bargnani for 30 something odd minutes after returning from his calf strain and then he re-aggravates it. Playing Jamaal Magloire (terrible FT shooter) at the end of the game who then misses his free throws. Subbing in Rasual Butler just to inbound the ball. Replacing Bayless (who was playing really well as a starter) in the starting lineup with Calderon (who is fragile and has had many injuries in past seasons) who was just coming off an ankle sprain when the season was pretty much over. The list goes on.
I guess people just didn't care as much about what he did because they were expected to be one of the worst teams in the league.