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DocHolliday
I‘m really proud of DDR, he was +20 with 8 assists despite scoring only 2 pts. He’s become more than simply a scorer. Love it.
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moremilk
DocHolliday wrote:
I‘m really proud of DDR, he was +20 with 8 assists despite scoring only 2 pts. He’s become more than simply a scorer. Love it.


he was pretty lousy again though and +20 doesn't mean much in a 35 point win ... He's having a really rough stretch right now, hopefully he'll snap out of it soon.
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DocHolliday
moremilk wrote:


he was pretty lousy again though and +20 doesn't mean much in a 35 point win ... He's having a really rough stretch right now, hopefully he'll snap out of it soon.


You've become as negative as Jeffb [cookiemonster]
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LX
Watch DeMar on defense in the last two games. He was terrible vs NY, and got criticized vs Indy, but he was fully engaged and talking in that game, as he was in last night's game. He's showing some leadership right now in the way he is keying in on all the aspects of the game.

I find it really interesting to see how much coaching is coming into play. In a way, the need for coaching is made clear by having so many developing players, but the emphasis on the gameplan that we hear in a lot of Lowry's comments, and the changes in DeMar's approach look really promising in terms of taking that extra step to where teams like the Spurs and Warriors are. It's not so much coaching in the sense of details - this team has always been strong in that respect. It's more about the big picture - of getting to another level together.

They've moved in that direction over the last couple of years, but this season there is a full buy-in. In past seasons the team was constructed on the basis of how best to support everything Kyle and DeMar brought to the team. As they went, the team went. And that's not unusual. Especially when you need to count on those two top-talent guys to compensate for holes elsewhere. Still, both guys were made aware of the need for them to bend more towards the team, sacrificing some of the freedom they were able to excel with. And this season that big picture concept has been presented as the way to get the most out of the two stars as well as the burgeoning talent-base growing alongside them. It looks really positive for everyone. There is a real synthesis from top to bottom. The coaching is coming from a full team. Casey does not say “I” very often. It is “we” as a coaching staff want to see this and this. The collective approach has come into play fully, and I truly think that DeMar has set aside any thoughts about his offense since the Knicks game, in order to better serve the collective needs. The biggest takeaway from that for me is that even though there will be times where teams shut him down offensively, he is going to still have a chance to make a big impact. Those 8 assists and the focus on defense are a testament to that. And that's really a big step forward.
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moremilk
I think DeMar and Kyle are still searching, Kyle appears to fall back on his defensive skills, he's been outstanding lately on that end.

Unfortunately, for demar that's not really an option. For one, we still need him to drive the offense and score when baskets are tough to get. And, defensively, he's never going to have a huge impact. That's not to say that we don't need him to try his best, but, at the end of the day, his mark has to be made on the other hand.

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LX
Yeah, but having the awareness and communicating on the defensive end goes a long ways. I'm not saying insee him locking guys down. I'm saying in terms of team defense he's playing smart and having some impact. They still look like they can get much better yet. It'll be fun to see how much they can tighten things up with some off days here.
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Pzabby_2nd
Yeah, and I think he's well aware of his rut right now, so he's really shifting his focus onto doing other things. 

Still though, something's up with his decision making. He seems like he's either lost his confidence, or isn't sure what is/isn't a good shot in this new system. I remember in last game he had a clear open shot from around the top of the key, which he can hit with his eyes closed, and he didn't take it (even though the defender jumped for his pump fake and he had the shot). He looked around for a pass, there wasn't one, and then he put up a contested fadeaway over a tall ass dude because the shot clock was running out. 

I have no worries though. He'll find his decision making again, even in the new system. 
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