I’m really happy for DeMar. At this juncture it looks like we could have been as good or better without the changes. I really dislike the idea that it would have been insane to stay the course. To me that shows a weakness in Masai’s thinking, or more likely his ability to communicate his vision. In any case, there is time to see real improvements. There is no excuse for poor shooting and defense. To me there is no question they have the talent. But they have lacked cohesion and an overall identity, and it’s up to Nurse to do more than just say the shots will start falling eventually. There’s obviously so much more they need to get done, including getting Kyle fully back into form and getting everybody clear on the details essential to winning games. There’s been way to much searching for this and that. It’s time to regain a clear idea of what this team is capable of doing together. A loss to a Spurs team that is becoming the toughest out at home right now is no great shame. The shame is in the backsliding that has been going on for some time now. Now it’s time to look at changing that and peaking in time for the playoffs.
What bugs me is that the same sort of issues with either the offense or defense faltering persist from seasons past. I so much want to see strong defense being converted to successful offensive possessions and a confident offense playing a part in strengthening the defense through increased pressure on opposing offenses to keep pace. Instead the opposite happens. That has to be something that comes together for the playoffs or it’s going to be the same story except without Lebron as a roadblock, and that would be a step back, a wasted opportunity, and something closer to the definition of insanity in my mind.
This is confidence you are talking about. Players confident in their system and confident in their own ability to compete project this to others. Some guys have it in their DNA some need approval to start feeling confident.
Right now our secondary guys don’t feel confident.
It will take tremendous effort from the coaching staff and management to change this. If only we had time with Kawhi on the team to build this new culture. Unfortunately, it will only depend on how successful this year run going to be. If anything can keep Kawhi in Toronto it is success of this team. That’s why we can’t afford waiting for Wright, OG, Powell to develop their confidence.