Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by dobo:I agree with this, though I think .. er, hope ... Pop is planning to deploy some Duncan-Splitter lineups when necessary.
I was wondering if we'd see that duo last night, but if we did it wasn't for more than a couple of minutes.
For some reason Pop has decided to almost never put them on the floor at the same time. Pop is a great coach and is good at making adjustments when absolutely necessary, but to him the importance of system and "corporate knowledge" tend to overwhelm all other considerations. The system in place prioritizes spacing, so that means mucho minutes for Bonner or whatever SF is convenient as a small ball 4.
My hope is that this is just to collect Ws in the regular season. Any playoff team, esp. one with a formidable frontline, can exploit this rigidity and negate whatever advantage Bonner provides. If the team is healthy, I suspect Pop will be able to acknowledge that different teams require different strategies in a playoff series. Of course he knows that.
edit: Pop has been chasing the ghost of Robert Horry since he retired; Bonner is a homeless man's Robert Horry
[ Edited by dobo on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM ]