Mine (provided no one gets into foul trouble) :
Mine (provided no one gets into foul trouble) :
Novak 5 (vs teletovic)
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I honestly don't think there is an ideal plan for the playoffs. Match-ups, game trends, and foul trouble are all hard to predict.
For me, there are a few key aspects that I'd want the coaching staff to keep in mind.
1. Don't ride any big for a full quarter. Gotta get them at least 2 mins rest per quarter. Assuming that Patterson comes in for Amir at around the 6-8 minute mark, then I'd want Hansrbough in for JV at the 10 minute mark; allowing JV to rest the final 2 mins of the Q and the break before starting the next Q fresh (2 mins of game time + quarter break = 5-10 mins real time rest).
2. The Vasquez-Lowry 2 guard line-up has worked well and matches up favourably with Deron-Livingston. If DD or Ross are struggling (again), don't be afraid to roll this duo out for long stretches.
3. Patterson matches up better with Pierce than Amir does. Don't let Pierce get going. If he starts to hit some shots, make the switch. Amir is a vet and will do what's best for the team.
4. Fields worked well against JJ last game, but keep finding new wrinkles to add to that match-up. The Nets will make adjustments, be ready to counter immediately and stay 2 moves ahead of Kidd (shouldn't be that hard ).
5. Force the Nets to guard our way. Post up Pierce. Don't go small just cause they do. Make them play our game.
meaningless without knowing what the situation on the floor is and what lineups the nets are rotating.
i mean, why the fuck would anyone want to play ross for 25 minutes right now. if he doesn't go danny green or harrison barnes in tonights game, hes in trouble and i honestly would give some of his minutes to salmons again, since he plays much better when having a lot of rest.
ross has just NOT been good under playoff pressure so far. the worst was when he started whining on the floor and pounding his fists on the court like a fucking baby.
fields should only be getting time if we have trouble containing JJ. DD did an ok job the first game, but a horrible job the second. if DD can do it in the 3rd, fields is unnecessary and no way should he 'ideally' play almost as much as vasquez and ppat.
I think part of the coaching staff's job at this point is to help get Ross going by putting him in the best situation to succeed. Whether that means playing with the starters to get less defensive attention or by going against the Nets bench players (which could be even harder if that means AK47), I don't know; might have to try both. Ross is a good player, but game 1 he was victim to some tick tack foul calls, which completely took him out of game 1. I think he came into game 2 and tried to force things a bit (it was basically his game 1, and he played like most of the Raps did in game 1). One thing I liked in game 2 out of Ross was his dribble attack. There were times when the offence was just passing the ball around the perimeter and he'd get it, see the shot clock was getting low and make an aggressive move. He's got good speed and can get by most of the Nets perimeter defenders, so that is something I'd like to see more of.
i also think the sad thing is the nets dont seem to really care about ross being on the floor at all, since hes basically missed every single 3 point attempt so far.
i get that hes a sophomore and thats a tough thing to have in your starting lineups in the playoffs. but hey, look at JV.
contribute or get the fuck off.
Last edited by iblastoff; Fri Apr 25th, 2014 at 07:57 AM.
To your last comment, there are a multitude of aspects to coaching, and taking an absolute stance like that isn't realistic. He's a young player in his first playoff series going against veteran players; expect him to struggle. But at the end of the day, there is a reason he is the starter over Fields and Salmons; Ross is the better player. While he isn't showing it, he gives the team the best chance to win the series and reach their optimal performance. You can't just throw him to rot on the bench, you have to help him get there. That's why coaches are paid the big bucks.
We cannot win this series without Ross contributing in some positive way. Fields can defend, Salmons can have his so-called "great game after days of rest", but at the end of the day without Ross getting involved we're not going to win this series.
I don't mind having him come off the bench (maybe it'll help build some confidence against bench players, or take some of the pressure off), but he still going to need minutes.
Ideally, Lowry, Demar, Ross, Amir, and JV would get 48 minutes each + all of any OT minutes...ideally. but of course thats not realistic. But right now, the first two off the bench is Vasquez and Patterson. Vasquez can spell Lowry, Ross, or Demar, and by doing so could easily get 25+ minutes. Patterson can spell JV or Amir, and get 25+ minutes doing so. Situational minutes for Fields and Tyler, but I think both could/should get more minutes than they have. I have no issues with a little De Colo too.
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