Re: Fav tonight
posted at 11/4/2013 12:29 PM EST
In response to Fierce34's comment:
The important part is why Brad Stevens didn't use Fav in the 4th qtr.
It was Bass or Sully playing Center, against Drummond, in the 4th.
I also question why Stevens didn't bring Faverani in during the last quarter, but for a slightly different reason.
We get that he wanted to have three guards on the floor. And it played a part in geting to within two at 79-77.
So who would expect that those same guards would also throw the ball all over the place? Well, me, I would, but that's another story.
Sullinger and Crawford left the game for good at the 7:05 minute mark and the score 73-65. BTW, the timeout demeanors of both of those guys showed they weren't thrilled about it, either.
Lee and Olynyk came in and went the rest of the way with Bradley, Bass, and Wallace, and they get to within two at 79-77.
At exactly that point Drummond gets yanked so he won't be put at the FT line. This is a key moment in the game, and here is where, if I were coaching at that moment, I would very seriously have considered bringing in Faverani as - are you ready for this - yes, my go-to guy AND best passer!
You shouldn't laugh. He was already 4-6 scoring inside. But even more importantly it just may have given poor Deer-in-the-Headlights Avery some kind of a Linus blanket - post up Vitor.
And let's not forget that the best pass of the night, maybe the only even good one, was the back-door bounce pass that Fav threw to Green that went out of bounds. Green clearly had his man going uphill, didn't read the effect of his fake, and came back to the ball. How a great assist for a dunk becomes a TO.
Anyway, one solid possession at that time and maybe they steal a game. But when you have Bradley, Lee, Bass and Wallace on the floor at the same time, you may be getting some defense, some hustle and a little muscle, but you sure ain't getting basketball smarts and passing ability.
It's clear that the team's best passers are Olynyk, Sullinger, Faverani, Crawford and Pressey. If only for the sake of research and experimentation, I'd put that unit on the floor, play some zone, and see what happens.
** And I was incorrect in my previous post. I had indicated that Drummond had scored 10 points versus Faverani. That's wrong. Drummond's last two FGs of the first half came after Faverani had subbed out. The actual tally was that Faverani outscored Drummond 8-6 when they shared the floor.