He is the last guy that should be talking about effort defensively. He was blown by far too easily on numerous occasions. Not surprised though, this is Steve Nash we're talking about. The team was completely disengaged last night, on both ends. What compounded that was our head coach just standing on the sideline without a clue on how to get them going on either end.
Dallas scored 25 in the 1st quarter, we scored 29. The next two quarters we scored 17 and 20 points. Regardless of the new system, we have far too much talent to be putting up such meager offensive production. We are not the Charlotte Bobcats. That won't get it done, especially if we're going up against a legitimate defensive team. Dallas is a bad defensive team, they didn't hold us to 91 points, we held ourselves back. Our offense shouldn't struggle like it did last night. We don't have Derek Fisher manning the point, we have Steve Nash.
Brown should realize that it might be a good idea to utilize him more often when we don't get anything going. None of that "Nash has free reign" excuse either. What's the point of having a head coach if he'll just leave everything to his point-guard to decide? Especially one on a brand new team with new teammates and playing in a system he has never dealt with before? It's just foolish.
Agree 100%. As much as I've seen "Nash has free reign"
repeated a million times on this site, stating a fact over an over again doesn't make it any better of an argument.
Honestly, I saw the Princeton being run a bit during the 1st quarter. There was the Howard-Kobe handoff that reminded me of the Triangle. And some great ball movement sequences too. But after that i wasn't sure what I was seeing. I thought maybe I just didn't know the offense well enough because I've never played in it, but after reading posts here it's clear that LA was running some hybrid BS or just didn't know what to do.
At that point, Mike Brown has to step in and just use the [expletive]ing talent on the team. We have Nash/Kobe/Gasol/Howard in our starting lineup, there's no way they should all score 17 points combined in a quarter (didn't even realize it was that little!). There's 3 pick and roll plays that should guarantee a basket right off the bat. And those 4 have high basketball IQs and should be able to figure out some way to get the ball in the hole. But the initiative has to come from the coach. Kobe did get a bit pissed and start scoring, as did Howard, but ultimately without the entire team a few buckets is not going to be enough to win the game.
Edited by bfc1125roy, October 31, 2012 - 07:27 PM.