Guys: it's the very first intrasquad scrimmage game in the preseason. It means literally next to nothing. We will go on to play a bunch of preseason games against other teams and they will mean next to nothing, because it's the preseason and most players treat them like warmups except for the guys fighting for a job or to keep their job. The only people who will be giving a thousand percent out there should be Stone, Morais and Wright (and maybe to a lesser extent Buycks and Augustin fighting over who becomes the second-string point guard). Everybody else is easing into the season.
After an entire preseason's worth of games last year lots of people thought JL3 could be a decent second-string point guard and that Alan Anderson was our secret weapon. The preseason means nothing.
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Lots of good comments so far.
JV made some nice passes from the post (high-low, baseline, cutters) but there were a few times that he tried to force the pass to Amir instead of just taking the shot himself. You love a guy looking to make the extra pass, but you want a franchise guy who wants to take the shot too. A couple of his passes to Amir didn't hit the target, so JV needs to understand, that at 4 feet, his shot is probably better than his passing. Will be interested to see if this is a trend or not.
Raps played a lot of 4-out 1-in on offence. This pushed guys like Acy to the perimeter on offence, with just the single post coming from Gay/JV mostly. 4-out is designed to spread the floor, so we will need shooters to keep the defences honest. Not sure if our personnel is best suited for this design. Offence didn't have a lot of off-ball movement. Mostly pnr with 3 guys standing around the perimeter.
Lots of high pnr, which is no surprise. Augustin looked the best of the PGs running the pnr, and he got the start over Buycks. Buycks was definitely impressive though.
Gray looks useless at this point. With the number of veteran bigs on this team (Amir, Hansborough, Daye, Novak), Gray shouldn't see the floor more than scrub mins. If Casey sticks with Gray at this point, it concerns me.
Gay didn't seem to care. Demar cared.
Ross looked improved.
Fields still couldn't hit his shot well, but his mechanics looked closer than last year. He's still a work in progress.
Acy spent time guarding JV in the post, as well as on the perimeter. Beard looks as good as ever.
Daye looked better than he ever did in Detroit. One thing I noticed was his free throw form changed from shot to shot. I remember he was at the line, first shot he had zero wrist movement (looked like he catapulted the ball with a paddle from my seat) but the next shot he had fluid wrist movement on his follow-through. You wouldn't expect just a difference from a veteran player who has shot 78% from FT career.
Last edited by Axel; Mon Oct 7th, 2013 at 08:15 AM.
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." - Michael Jordan, G.O.A.T.
Didn't know where to put this quote from Dwane Casey about Austin Daye. Since we closed down the Austin Daye thread pre maturely. I have a feeling were going to talking more about him than we thought this year.
“Shooting,” Casey said about Daye right away. “He is a big time skill guy. When he uncoils, he is 7-foot. The knock on Austin has always been his toughness and this summer he did a great job of working in the weight room in Las Vegas. He did a good job of adding some muscle, not a lot weight, but physical strength. I think that has helped his confidence. He is one of our better – big time – three-point shooters and we are glad we have him because his upside is unbelievable. It is up to him to take advantage of the opportunity and step thru. He also worked with Hakeem this summer in Houston and did a great job working on his footwork in the low post, so he is committed to getting better.”
Glad to see that the floor is stretched enough so that players can dribble penetrate.
Excited to watch tonight's game, event though I think it's going to be total crap.
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