I'm perplexed by Casey's substitution of Vasquez into the game. Did anyone else notice this?
With 3:25 to go, Casey subs Vasquez into the game for Ross. Clearly, Vasquez isnâ€™t there to help on D so he must be there to help â€śgenerate some offenseâ€ť (Armstrongâ€™s words) right? No. The 4 plays after the sub were:
1) Vasquez inbounds to DD who takes a quick midrange shot. 2) Vasquez quickly passes to Lou, who passes to JV who gets fouled. 3) Vasquez doesnâ€™t even touch ball. Lou brings it up, uses screen, hits a 3. 4) Vasquez quickly passes to DD who drives inside and hits a tough layup.
Vasquez didnâ€™t contribute ANYTHING to the offense. No creativity, no P&R, nothing. But of course, because heâ€™s in there, he has to defend. So what does he do on defense?
1) Fails to stay in front of D-Will who hits Lopez for a pass for an easy shot. 2) Overhelps on P&R, leaving D-Will open for a 3. 3) Fails to stay in front of D-Will, forcing JV to help, leaving the rebound open for Thad Young.
In the 3:25 that Vasquez was in there, he did nothing on offense and cost us possession after possession on defense.
That's not to say itâ€™s all his fault. He canâ€™t improve his defense, speed or offensive capabilities all of a sudden. He is who he is at this point. The real problem is, what the fuck is Casey thinking subbing him in? If youâ€™re going to bring Vasquez in to enhance your offense, I get that, but at least run something to get him involved.
Despite everything we'd done wrong until then, the game was still easily winnable. But of course, Casey's trying to fuck us over with every chance he gets so we lose to my most hated team in the league. Well fucking done.
ps. not that these grades matter but DeMar deserves a big fat A+ after this one. A near triple double, countless big shots and keeping Joe Johnson in check for most of the night. What more can you ask for?