In case you missed it.
Its the spacing issues and how many points Gasol costs us with it along with his defense and here today gone tomorrow offense. Thats why D'antoni preferred Clark at 3 and Metta at the 4.
Metta isn't lost as frequently on screen and rolls, can defend some 4s, and Clark can effectively stretch the floor.
When Gasol is on the floor, we have to depend in his defense switching when Dwight rotates, we also have to then count on Metta to be floor stretcher and at the 3...
And then depend on Gasol offensively.
When it was Clark and Metta, we didn't have to really "depend". On them for offense cause they made up for it with rebounding, hustle, defense and we didn't give up many points and on the other end they didnt cause spacing issues with Howard and could move freely.
With Gasol in the lineup we have to switch Metta to floor spacer and depend on Gasol's interior defense and offense and count on him not to screw spacing with Howard...
You see the problem?
When we start Pau this is what we're depending on.
Metta being our main floor stretcher(3-6 and ALL 6 shots were 3s)
Gasol's interior defense(guys got by him all day)
To be frank, we have to depend on Gasol too much as a starter and he's given a lot of responsibilities that he can No LONGER handle, it's as simple as that.
I don't know how often it needs to be hammered home "why" Gasol in the starting lineup throws everything off. The positives don't outweigh the negatives.
Start Clark at 3 and Metta at 4
Stop caring about Gasol's "feelings"
Listen to your point guard on WHY Gasol should stay on the bench.
Steve Nash: "We shouldn't have to go through a week of bad performances while he gets re-acclimated."
That's all folks.
Edited by Majesty, March 22, 2013 - 09:06 PM.