Look at this play:
You have to be shite-ing me, this motherloving bullplop happens on almost every play. We look like a bunch of chickens with our heads cut off. Nobody has any idea what they need to be doing on any given play. There is no consistency, there is no progress, there is no fudging defence being played of any kind!
The way I see it, is that Triano is a strong "teaching" coach. He knows his X's and O's and shows them on paper. Beyond that, he can't actually train these guys to have higher IQ on defence, and in some cases, I have actually seen players REGRESS as the season when on defensively. Iavaroni is a fudgenut of a strategist. This stupid chickenlover comes up with a "switch every single frickin play no matter how soft." Then, when it is shown how stupid that is, he fudging comes up with some hedging sometimes bullship that confuses the players half the time, and Triano has no idea how to right this boat. They have no system, and they haven't taught players how to communicate. This is NOT all on the coaches - the players are responsible too.
Is there no energy? No there is not. But when you can't communicate on a single goshdarn defensive stop long enough to both force a bad shot, AND box the fudge out on the rebounds, then of course you will lose energy and focus. You get a stop, and 'oh sheet' Serge Ibaka slams home the rebound. Or Earl Boykins is grabbing offensive rebounds. Or you fail altogether to cover players on the floor, or you give up three after three after three. When players have a career night shooting threes it is because they are left open. Turning Portland into a fastbreaking team is absofudginglutely terrible. We have atrocious transition defence. Watching opposing teams get whatever they want on offence is demoralizing, and makes the team lose focus and energy.
The Raps cannot friggin defend anyone. This is has nothing to do with these buzz words "energy/focus/not giving up", and everything to do with the fact that nobody, not the coaches, the players or the GM have any clue what to do, how to play, where to stand, how to take a piss for gosh sakes. How can you focus when you have no clue what you are doing?
If I hear lack of focus or energy one more time, I am contemplating not watching this team for the rest of the year. I changed all my swearwords when I finished writing. I was worried it might get screened by some people's filters - feel free to read those words in -- I meant every one. Sorry for the rant.
Anyone else fed up as I am?