Run a play?
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Ball should be in Lowry's hands...forget the ISO...PnR with Amir setting a screen....create some options at least. I'm with most of the posters...you have to run a play with the ball in the hands of the best ball handler.
I'd like to see a play run.
Some ideas: run a pick n pop with Lowry/Novak at the wing, with Amir setting a back-screen on Demar at the opposite wing and Ross camped in the far corner.
Alternate variation would be Lowry/Amir PNR, with Novak setting the back screen then pop on Demar and Ross camped in the far corner.
Lowry drive on wing, with JV and Amir setting a staggered double back screen for Demar to the hoop. Ross rolling along the arc at the top or set up in the ballside corner.
The simple common denominator: ball in Lowry's hands on a drive, shot goes to who is open. Novak/Ross for 3 on a catch and shoot, Demar cutting hard to the hoop with some help to get open. Bigs are there to set screens and crash the glass.
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Depends how much time is left, and who we're playing...but generally, I like to see the ball go to Lowry. From there, Lowry is a great option to take a shot, but also find Derozan in motion so he can get a little space for a shot, or find anyone else if they have a good look.
Derozan is not Kevin Durant, so just throwing it into him all the time for an iso jump shot with the clock winding down is not going to lead to a high percentage shot. Sometimes though, this will be the only option, and Derozan does a good job at least getting his shot off. If he takes it with a few seconds left on the clock, we have a few players, like Amir, who are fairly good at getting tip-ins.
Agree that we need to run a proper play, and find the best look.
But to simply answer the OP's question, it has to be Lowry.
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If it's a straight side-out, you need someone who can handle the ball. No one on our team (except for derozan in select areas) can flat out shoot over people. You need someone who can improvise and make plays.
Lowry is the only guy on our team who can do that consistently against high level competition.
Derozan, Ross, Vasquez and anyone else who has been given the ball has turned it over with the increased ball pressure and the pressure from the situation.
If casey doesn't think the same...I'm worried about the playoffs.
If we need a 3 my vote is in this order
Ross (love this option as he wouldn't be expected and can always get his shot off.)
Novak (if casey figures out how to run a play for him)
2 pointer i want a play run for demar curling off a screen, a post up on some sort of mismatch or even just dribble handoff from kyle where kyle has option to keep and go with it.
I don't think it should be anyone in particular. If there was a Superstar like Vince, it would've been a different story but as the team is composed, they should go with how the game's going. It could be Kyle or Demar or Ross or even PP or Gravis depending on the hot hand and opponents weaknesses/tendencies. Even Amir is not a bad option.
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I have one problem with this thread.
We already have a number 1 closer, one of the very best.
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How about we run an actual proper play? Let Lowry initiate it to minimize hiccups. Then you want to look at running something with multiple options. Whether that's getting DD a mismatch in the post, hitting JV or Amir off a pick, setting up Ross for three or KLow doing it himself.
Hate this iso-crap at the end of games. There's literally only one player in the NBA who should be doing that and his name is Durant.
I think the raps should run pin down screens for DeMar and Ross who flash out to the wings, they are option #1, if it isn't there Amir comes top for a high screen and roll action with Lowry, with Ross and DD now sitting in the corners and JV on the opposite baseline (preferable on DD's side since Ross is the better 3pt shooter and should have the cleaner passing lane), Amir is an ELITE finisher, Lowry can both score and dish off the screen. A very generic play, but one that can be executed quickly, has lots of screens that will create miss-matches on switches (especially 2 guards on the PnR, which will help finishing at the rim, but also have a big who will suck in and leave JV or a shooter), it also has lots of options and player movement.
Definitely could be run in 10 seconds. The only way to stop it is to throw a double on the ball handler or have extremely high pressure, in both cases I am comfortable with Lowry making the right decision.
So many great comments on this thread, and I agree with many of them.
Personally, I would love to see a pick and roll with Derozan as the ball handler and Amir/JV as the rollers. If Demar doesn't have the pass or the drive, he hits Lowry with a pass and Lowry can either shoot his shot, swing to Ross in the corner, or hit a rolling Amir/JV. Obviously you can change Lowry and Derozan's roles, so long as they only shoot if the shot is a clear one.
Bottom line, we need to break down the defence with a real play call, not a lazy hero ball play.
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Catch and shoot, anyone
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