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7shikamaru7
What a great win! First half was frustrating! I thought Mack was gonna pull an E'Twaun Moore on us and drop 30! We kept letting him get to his spots and shoot those floaters! We did a much better job on the PnR on the 2nd half, show and get back to your man. Zone defense helped as well as it made the Grizzlies rush their offense.

They were doubling on Leonard pretty hard, I like how he adjusted and facilitated more. FVV should stick to being a spot up shooter. When he puts the ball on the floor and tries wayyy too hard it's irritating! Let Delon handle the ball and initiate the offense.

Can't wait for the Thursday game!
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LeBronIsYourDaddy
Fred is better than Delon at initiating offense. Fred is better than Delon, period. yea he struggled so far and tried to do too much at times but im not advocating turning him into a spot up shooter by any means. thats not Fred at his best.

 Fred at his best is a closer. Lowry off ball. Thats the money train if he gets back to form. His D is so underrated, too when he is locked in. So many teams wanna go small and Lowry can defend guys bigger anyways. I really hope last night is a turning point for him this season. He has been banged up and mentally it looks to have taken a toll too. After he hit a big 3 last night we saw him scream and show more emotion than usual. That just tells me he has been in his own head a little.
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LX
edki wrote:
i was tuned to the home feed this time. MEM commentators were saying this game isn't over pretty much thru the entire game. 
they said the pace was not MEM pace even when they were building the lead.

very nice win!

I wish Nurse doesn't need to keep Miles on the floor for more than few min of garbage time. This team can't afford having him there even if he's hitting his shots.


I like the Memphis commentators. There was a lot of quiet time where they just let the action speak for itself between strings of short understated descriptions.

I don’t get why Miles needs to be banished. That seems really extreme. Did he kill someone? There will be games where he has better matchups than others, and when the rotation gets tightened up he might not see the floor all that much by process of elimination. Danny Green lost playing time as a result of that last night, and he’s been huge for this team. And Nurse does not appear to be a guy that banishes anyone. He works to get more out of everyone, much like Casey did before him for many years, and that’s a great approach. He might have a temperament that goes beyond Casey in not giving up on anything or anyone too quickly.

And speaking of Nurse, i just so appreciate the many little brushstrokes. There has been a wonderful refinement of everything from day to day, in terms of approaches and gameplans to all the different lineups. You look and see the kind of freedom that OG is able to play with this season, and Siakam of course whose own game is getting more and more refined, and the feel every guy on the court is getting for each other. Still a ways to go, but seeing the progress within all the brushstrokes is so exciting. It feels like a lot came together to not just make it through a 4th quarter but to dominate the 4th quarter. And it feels like so much more can still come together for these guys.
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DanH
Yeah, the rotations are definitely moving in the right direction, and nice to see Nurse pivot to a tighter one in a game where it was needed.
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Northern Neighbour
LeBronIsYourDaddy wrote:
Fred is better than Delon at initiating offense. Fred is better than Delon, period. yea he struggled so far and tried to do too much at times but im not advocating turning him into a spot up shooter by any means. thats not Fred at his best.

 Fred at his best is a closer. Lowry off ball. Thats the money train if he gets back to form. His D is so underrated, too when he is locked in. So many teams wanna go small and Lowry can defend guys bigger anyways. I really hope last night is a turning point for him this season. He has been banged up and mentally it looks to have taken a toll too. After he hit a big 3 last night we saw him scream and show more emotion than usual. That just tells me he has been in his own head a little.


Fred is actually better when he lets the game come to him instead of forcing the issue. A lot of his early-season struggles were the result of him over-dribbling and looking for his own offence instead of facilitating. Last night, all his shots were good ones (and created by others) except for one forced drive (he did draw the foul). In addition, he played more off-the-ball as Lowry and Leonard handled the ball down the stretch. As such, it's probably not quite accurate to call him a closer, but when he's on he's a definite a big positive.
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MikeToronto
Fred has been looking a lot more to score this season compared to the last one. His decision-making was also not the best, something he is sharing with Delon, where both have a tendency to make up their minds before seeing what defence gives them. Tends to end up in a turnover.
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LX
Fred’s movement is simply much better. That’s the biggest part of the equation.
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DanH
LX wrote:
Fred’s movement is simply much better. That’s the biggest part of the equation.


Yep.  Huge part of the reason I want to see him off the ball a lot more.  He's fantastic in that role.
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moremilk
DanH wrote:


Yep.  Huge part of the reason I want to see him off the ball a lot more.  He's fantastic in that role.


His recent good games have all come while playing a lot more off ball, mostly with Kyle, but a bit with Delon too.

And it's not like he shouldn't initiate offense, he can be very effective in that role too. But earlier in the season, he was completely dominating the ball, he's settled down lately. If he has something quick, he will attack, but if not, he's more likely to release control and perhaps move to the corner for spot up duties.
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