Paul-Ball or Small-Ball?
posted at 2/25/2013 10:56 AM EST
It looks like Pierce-centric offense is, at best, a roll-the-dice, 50/50 proposition. Some good, some bad. Last night he led the way, for a while, but also lost Batum and Mathews numerous times, failed to help into the lane, and clanked his last two (why the three with 7 seconds on the clock?)
More to the point, except for KG on the pick and pop, everyone else was relegated to standing and watching.
PHX: 113 points with no KG and Pierce with 5 FGA
PORT: 86 points with KG and Pierce at 35 FGA
Yes, PORT is a better team, but the game looked ugly and stagnant. And tt's harder to get wired up defensively, jump to 50/50 balls, get on the offensive glass after you've been standing in the same spot for 15 seconds watching Pierce play two on two with KG.
Honestly, if the result is going to be .500 ball, I'd rather see them play with energy and pace, run, cut, move, attack, use the new athleticism and all-court players they have.
Doc needs to have a sit-down with KG and Pierce and spell it out - we're going away from the static to the dynamic and you're going to have to get on board or get out of the way. We can't be efficient in the way we used to be playing the way we used to play.
Playing fast can actually help certain players play better on the defensive end and I think we have more than a few of those players.
At the end of the day, .run or walk, 500 ball is .500 ball.