I made this point in another thread BUT i think it applies to this thread as well (sorta). Since we're picking apart Demar's mid-range game.....you can also mention that he mixes it up from time to time. Is anyone here even aware that he was 7th in the ENTIRE league last season in free throws made per game??
I don't mind mid-range shots if you mix it up and get to the rim often. You need to keep the defence honest and hit open jumpers if they become available!
Do we think we have issues....did anyone watch that superstar shooting debacle in the Bulls vs Knicks game?
Melo: 8 for 24
Rose: 7 for 23
Granted they play good D but still....
Today's mid-range jumper watch: Rudy 1 for 7, DeMar was on fire, and made 8 of 12. I'm not gonna complain about Rudy's shot selection too much even though he shot 6-23 overall; he got into the paint a lot and just couldn't convert. DeRozan got into the paint too, and his outside shot was falling. At least 7 of his 12 mid-range attempts were excusable (either open or near the end of the shot clock). He also made some bad shots.
So, despite the loss, I'm not gonna gripe about the shot selection. There were just some bounces that didn't go our way.
At some point both DeMar as well as Gay's shot will be falling at the same time. Let's see how effective they can be together.
"Star calls" certainly do exist; that's how we describe iffy calls that stars get. But when a role player gets an iffy call in their favour, it's just an iffy call. They both happen at about the same rate (adjusted for the fact that some players have the ball in their hands a lot), but we only notice it and call it a "star call" when it happens to a star. There's confirmation bias out the wazoo when it comes to evaluating NBA refs. The only systematic bias that has ever been observed is a slight bias in favour of the home team, but that applies equally to all teams.
Pretty good night for both our guys against the Bucks. Rudy was 0-4 from mid-range, and three of them were highly questionable, but he also managed 10 shots in the paint and 10 free throw attempts. DeMar went 3-7, and I only recall 2 of those 7 being particularly bad shots. He also managed 8 free throw attempts.
At least Gay didn't continue to chuck bricks and changed his shooting. AT LEAST. sigh...
Overall, I found both their performances encouraging. Gay's shooting a low percentage right now, but if he keeps up this shot selection--where the majority of his shots are around the rim or from deep--he'll be plus for us over the course of the year. We just need a little regression to the mean for his close-in shooting numbers. Really looking forward to the Miami game--you know he'll be up for that.
Gay has to find his open teammates guy draws a lot A LOT of attention driving in but continues, thats the difference between him and Lebron and hell even DeRozan now whos handles are looking really good going into traffic now, head up with hesitation moves and crossovers.
Gay has to take the blinders off but at least his bad attempts are in the paint... Despite seemingly playing bad he had a 18 and 15 night against the Bucks. No Bargnani means like 20 more boards Raps have been for once in the longest time out rebounding teams but 70% of that has to do with Hansborough and Gay.
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