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Well, we can all agree that was a horrible display of basketball for most of the game. But we finally got some energy and closed the game up to have some late chances when Mick called the timeout around the 6:30 mark and we started to press on defense more and quicken the pace. Our offense looks so labored all of the time that we must find a way to get these guys into more of an attacking mode and rhythm. If we are built to run bodies in there and try to wear people down, then try to do it and improve our stagnant offense in the process.
That is exactly what I said on the other thread
Pro and con; on the one hand this team always seems to grind things out, it never looks very pretty but they win-a faster pace creates more possessions and if we are shooting or playing like we did for the better part of the game last night, giving the opponent more possessions could be a bad thing.
Last night was an aberration; I have never seen a team called for six offensive fouls, the opponents shots hang on the rim and all fall in, 3 of their first 5 or 4 of 6 were all put backs, Cash makes an early 3 and then disappears from the offense, actually I thought Gaines, Shaq, and Parker gave us good minutes-the rest were in a fog.
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Mick will never quicken the pace for a full game. It is my firm belief that he is so adverse to the other team's final score being high that even if he knows his team has a better chance of winning at a fast pace he will never do it. Newsflash: It doesn't matter if the other team scores 70 if you score 71. It's the same reason we will never press consistently: he's so adverse to letting up easy baskets in transition that even if it's a net positive from turnovers he just won't do it because giving up a layup pains him too much.
i like to look at last night's game as our USF game of last season. ugly loss on the road in february that was super low-scoring (albeit last year was later in the season). move on immediately and make our run.
He tried to quicken the pace earlier in the year and the guys simply would not do it as much as he wanted to. I think they have been quite successful playing the way they have been.
Inconsistency has got to end. Gotta play the full game with less peaks and valleys. Gotta even the pace and the intensity out. Gotta make FT's and bunny layups. As bad as we played, we could have won that game with some better shooting inside the minute mark. Great teams find a way when it's not their night.
Our shooting is too damn streaky and at times we play too damn ugly. As Becker says ( above ), let 'em open it up and see what happens. These guys were all run and gun players in HS and lit it up. IMO, they just aren't having the fun it takes to be a contagiously passionate team cause Mick has their aholes puckered too tight. Yes, I get it.....gotta play D, especially in the BE, but what's wrong with an offensive press where we just go nuts for a stretch and open it up. - maybe it's predicated on being a good shooting team and we just aren't. ( maybe I just answered my own Q !! HA !! )
We played a much faster pace vs. crap teams- vs. legit competition we have not forced anything, regularly pull back on half-breaks and go into our standard, stand around the perimeter, pass the ball around for 30s then jack up a shot offense. We are not a team that can succeed playing half court offense. This has been shown for all of Mick's career, and unless he wants to hire an offensive specialist as an assistant (which he should as I've been saying since he's gotten here) we need to find ways to get easy buckets, and that only happens in transition.
This is pretty silly. Mick doesn't care about the score of the game to the extent where he will let our team's offense suffer in order to make the score lower. That's just nonsense. You take wins how you get them.
The problem with what happened earlier in the year when they tried to extend the defense and quicken the pace, even against lesser teams, is that the base defense was easier to corrupt and, as a result, our shot-blocking bigs got in foul trouble too early and too often.
I think it's more likely you will see us mix up defenses more frequently, extending the defense in spots to try and produce a change in the game, and then sometimes going to zone, too. A key as I see it is the need to keep Cheikh on the floor and out of foul trouble. He has become a tremendous interior defender, and the key to our shot-blocking success.
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