How exactly would Earl Clark not have worked out for us? I'm pretty damn sure the Raptors wouldn't have been able to run that same post-up play multiple times with a lengthy defender on the box.
That is an assumption and only assuming that Clark would have been revitalized.
Thing is you'll need to look at more than his 1-3 you need to look at the fact that till that when he was playing, he was turning over the ball, had little to no energy and was getting scored on about as easily.
See that's the thing, Meeks being out there and being scored on didn't give me anmesia that Clark was out there earlier getting scored on without any difference and already playinh tired. Don't know if it is his knee or just mental and physical fatigue but he didn't have it last night. Clark was exhausted early, didn't have the energy, was getting scored on and turned it over when he got the ball.
So I'm not going to act like that was going to change if he came back in.
So D'antoni pretty much played the lesser of two evils. He preferred gambling on the hustle energy and scoring of Meeks given what he'd seen from Clark earlier and even stated after the game that Clark will get minutes in the future he's just bringing them down for the momentm.
Which is understandable givenClarks last 3 performances he's looked worn and flat and the injury nagging. So rather than risk losing him like we lost Hill and gambling that he'd somehow get a resurgance of energy back he ain't had for the last 3 games, I'd go with Meeks as well in that scenario.
Even the one play Meeks made, the steal to fast break layup was something Clark lacked the energy to do after Kobe ran one in the first quarter so I'm not going to assume he'd have had much left in the 4th.
He gambled on Meeks and they ran a post game, and the way Clark was playing as of late and last night, he wouldn't have faired much better as him being long abd lengthy didn't seem to contribute much in any of the minutes he was in.
So you are free to assume that he would have made a difference despite no evidence of such during the course of the game and I'll assume he wouldn't and that D'antoni chose the less of two evils and went with Meeks as well.
"But Metta held Gay to 2-13 in the 2nd half and is in great shape"-Majesty
Funny thing is, in trying to mock me you brought up a great point. If Clark stays out there he probably stays defending Gay who would have continued to torch him.
So in that lineup Gay got no rhythm because of the D played, we sacrificed some post ups with Meeks but at the end of the day it was Gay who took the game winning attempt(over dwight) and the game tying attempt(over Metta) and in being out of rhythm missed both.
So who is to say that in sacrificing some post ups with Meeks that we wouldn't have been sacrificing the same amount of points or more if Clark was in there with no energy and a nagging injury trying to stay with Gay? You can't can you.
That's why its fun to "speculate".
Thanks for trying to mock me though, you actually brought up a good point.
Edited by Majesty, March 09, 2013 - 05:06 PM.