As for isolating Bargnani, all I know is what I've seen and what I've seen was Bargnani obviously being isolated on defense on a number of occasions. It was not always for his man to go one on one, but for him to be the help man, as you suggest. Not all teams would do it and it wasn't all the time, but it happened enough that it became obvious what the plan was. I really have no idea whether Bargnani would be considered the defensive player at the end of the possession, but he's certainly involved.
In my view, where we got really killed on the defensive end was in situations where we faced movement, be it by playermovement or ballmovement. When we had to close out on shooters as a result of this we did a terrible job; that just did not seem to be a part of the game on some (most?) nights. Bargnani is really bad at this (he was probably staying close to the rim so he could get the rebound!). When he has to do anything other than on ball defense, just like it is with rebounding, his anticipation is really terrible. But this defending when there was movement (and there needs to be more anticipation) was a weakness not just of him, but for the whole team. If there is one thing on the defensive end where Dallas was much better than us (and which constitues a large part of the possessions) that I'll be watching to see if Casey impacts our defense it is that.
I think the Raps have been lacking a true defensive presence for so long, its only when they get a real defensive presence then they will see exactly what has been out of place on the current/recent roster.
I'm not talking one or two games. I'm talking a season where teammates can get adjusted and be confident in one another and coaches don't need to hide players.
I actually don't mind Bargnani taking threes. I'd like to see him hit a higher percentage of them, but if he does then it's a great weapon. I'd much rather see him take threes than those long twos he took last season. Those are much less effective.
And he's never going to be a stopper and great shotblocker. But he doesn't need to be to be effective. He simply needs to be a decent defender, both on the ball and off.
And he's never going to be an above average rebounder, but lots of very good big men have been only fair rebounders.
My problem with Bargnani is not that he isn't a great defender or rebounder. It's that I don't believe he is capable of even becoming a fair rebounder and defender.
Bargs is Tupac
You were about to reach out for Bargnani's hand in a friendly gesture and BOOM! you kick sand in his face again.
Gotta love it! hahaha
Tim: You dont have to be a great rebounder, just a fair one
Bargnani: Ill keep that in mind
Tim: You dont have to be a great defender, just a decent defender
Bargnani: Hopefully i will improve
Tim: Dont bother, you'll never amount to anything
Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
I'm all for entertaining, but the board has been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better the last few months without the idiot brigade bringing down the level of conversation.
Ya, Tim and Multi never did see eye-to-eye ... hahaha
And I do agree thats its nice not having to read/respond to stupid comments made for the sole purpose of getting a response. haha
But Multi had his moments ... few and far between though.
Last edited by Joey; Fri Sep 9th, 2011 at 04:52 PM.
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