I just don't see the point in hiding issues behind wins. And a win last night would do that. Losses, especially like last two, have a major function. Both in mindset adjusting and path mapping.
Right now, this team doesn't have to pull out wins out of games like last night. Pistons do need every single one and Casey is great for that. But we moved on from that approach.
I honestly enjoy seeing every little weakness exposed. One, because the team is so good that it can be compromised in number of ways and still kick ass and win 12 out of 15 games. Two, because exposing those things now means there's time to fix them.
Losing direction on offense will never go away. GSW's by far best offense of all time goes through dumb periods every game. That will be a constant battle. The best way to deal with those dumb ass periods is to have guys that are ready to take initiative at any moment. You can run any play, but if guys won't execute it, it won't mean much. So I'm looking at our ball handlers to sharpen their senses and play purposeful, aggressive, proactive on offense as often as possible. And our shooters need to make shots.
What needs major work is defending against high pace, transition and ultra aggressive teams. That has been one structural weakness I've seen. We are not doing enough to make opponents uncomfortable. We've struggled with rebounds at times but also shown there's more than enough rebounding on the team when players focus.
With that, it didn't look to me like Nurse is coaching the team to overcome challenges but expose everything, face the truth and try to fix it. Whatever challenges remain come April, things that are not plainly fixable but will require special attention/preparation/scheming... I trust we'll be fine with that. And that will be the time to evaluate Nurse's ability to coach. I'm mostly curios what his approach will be in play-off game plans, will he throw the first punch or trust what has been built over the regular season? Will he seek out opponent's weakness and press and push and pull on it until they crack or will he double down on our strengths and try to overwhelm the opponent? I'm not sure. Nothing so far indicates either. But experimentation does indicate willingness to risk and live with results in order to have more data and options down the line.
Just as long as the players stay committed and don't lose motivation to play super hard even if participating in a large scale experiment.