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Discussion in 'Utah Jazz' started by JazzMan4Life, Dec 13, 2019.
if they keep playing like the last 3, probably end up 8--6th seed.
We definitely needed to add more offense to the roster but it's starting to feel like maybe we overcompensated and gave up too much defense, physicality and toughness. If we could've just kept Favors and Crowder and still added Bogey and Clarkson that would have given us a much more balanced roster and would've given us a huge offensive boost without giving up our defensive identity. Its obvious at this point that the Conley trade was a huge mistake.
My son has been playing a lot of baseball the last few years... he's really a good hitter. He's generally a free swinger, but I've noticed when he watches a good first strike with the bat on his shoulder he overcompensates and gets himself in trouble swinging at balls in the dirt. He's a pretty good 2 strike hitter too... something about taking that first good pitch breaks him mentally.
Like I think seeing how good the lineup numbers with Crowder (a poor but willing shooter) would have lead me to believe add a stretch 4 and maybe Ricky's issue will be okay. Like I think Ricky brought some things that DM needs next to him... big guard who is good on the defensive end (he was a little spotty, but was disruptive) and he got to loose balls. Like would Ricky work if we had Bojan? I think it was likely still not an ideal fit.
Or maybe you switch out Ricky and add a three and D guy and see if Favs maybe still works... like there were a few somewhat obvious adjustments many thought we should make... and we just didn't do it... and then we make all the changes at once and pay a tax for poor planning... and now we are soft AF.
So Royce is a good defender, but when you ask him to defend somebody that's a 3/4 who is bigger than him, he gets cooked. How is that a good defender? He was cooked by Eric Gordon, Cooked by Harden, Cooked by Derozan... he's cooked a whole lot to be considered a "very good defender". And yeah, I would prefer losing him in free agency because he doesn't fit the long term plans since we have Ingles/Bogey locked in.. we need athletic 4s, not more undersized niche defenders.
He had plenty of very good defensive games during half of the season, c'mon. And he is in the top of the league in 3 pointers percentage (yes, I know he does it only when wide open but it's still very valuable). And you think that a team from a small market which struggles to attract free agents should just let one of its few potential trade assets walk through the door?
Absolutely hate the "take a pitch" approach....you get into your own head when you see a good pitch that you know you should've swung at. Throws you off the rest of the at bat (at least for me it did).
Is Dennis the kind of guy to go down looking? I think I may have even made that analogy previously.
“Yeah, I’ve got two strikes, but I don’t want to strike out swinging at a bad pitch! 0-2 all the more reason to take the next pitch! Make the other guy throw a strike!”
This is the kind of stuff he learned from KOC.
KOC and DL are "protect" guys... they'd be trying to foul the **** out of something once it got to two strikes... extend the at bat... get as much data as possible.
That might legit be where we belong as a team.