Posted by: John Jacobs on February 8th, 2012
7 th row half court
Let me preface my remarks by saying that I really like Coach Corbin and all of the players on this team
The lineup at the end of the game when it was 95-95 i.e. the last 3-4 minutes should have been:
Kanter, Millsap, Hayward, Miles, Watson
Big Al is great offensively when he has is it going with his up and under moves as well as his one handed turn around jumpers. The down sides to his game are: 1) our perimeter dump it down to him and then stand around 2) he hasn’t fully figured out when to pass out of a highly contested double team 3) not as good of a defender or rebounder as Kanter
Winning in crunch time (95-95 with 3-4 minutes left) is not just making shots it is equally important to get stops and rebound. Kanter was playing Hibbert extremely well defensively. He can be a beast inside and Amundson, West and Hansbrough were seeing that.
Hayward played Granger very well. Granger had 2 points at half. He apparently had 14 out of his 16 points in the fourth quarter when Hayward was either not playing or had been switched onto George. Howard was covering Granger at that time.
How Coach Corbin mixes and matches these lineups is critical going forward and I do think that although one wants to establishes “rotations” at the same time one has to tinker with those rotations as one gets new information (i.e. Kanter provides defense and rebounding in crunch time).
I think Coach Corbin, in his first full year as a head coach, with a young team, is learning as he goes as well.
He will make some mistakes (I agree with the five you wanted on the floor at the end of the game, John), just like the players.
I thought it was very telling on the last possession of the game, with the Jazz down five, and about ten seconds left, that they weren’t looking for a three point shot, but instead, looking to score a quick two pointer inside. It just goes to show that this team has zero confidence in it’s ability to shoot from the outside.
Great question. Why wasn’t Hayward on the court at the end of the game? He is one of the only players on this team that goes all out every minute he is on the floor. Jason you are right. They looked confused and not confident in what they were doing. We need to get an outside game. Jefferson and Milsap can’t do it all. Harris and Howard both need to learn how to be team players. Way to many turn overs and no production. Can’t expect to be a good team when your point guard can’t score more than a couple of points a game and can’t play defense. Look what New York did to him the other night.
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