months? Who said anything about months. You're in fact mostly agreeing with me, that the comments he made about TD were done in conjunction with the decision to start him, as a motivational ploy (which is, really, my main point). Whether he decided to do it before the Portland game or after is far less relevant - but, clearly, if the decision was made before
the game, it also explains why davis played so little on Tueday.
Your alternative explanation for that (nurse does quirky stuff), is also possible, but I fail to see how it's simpler. You essentially accept that it was weird not to play davis more against Portland, but rather than accept the theory that there was a plan behind it - you prefer to chalk it up to Nurse's propensity for quirky decisions.
Regardless, it's a silly argument.
It's been weird not to play Davis more in every single game he's played in. And yet he only started after this particular one.
I really don't think it was planned before the Portland game. The Portland game was the worst game Davis had played, up to that point he'd been struggling a bit but was fine. He was shocking against Portland.
If he wanted to send that message, don't you think he would have just benched Davis against Portland?
I'm agreeing that he obviously uses a stick and carrot in conjunction. I'm disagreeing that he planned Davis' minutes against Portland as a punishment.
Silly theories get silly arguments. 😋