Our “load management” strategy has been horrible


infection

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First we have the Wizards debacle where we sat both MCJ and JC, when we could have staggered them. Then we go all-in on today’s and the net result is a close loss where have JC play 46 mins, Ingles 39, Royce and Bogey 40? Does running those guys into the ground help to rest some guys? Could we not have played Rudy today and sat him Monday when Conley returns, or even when there’s a chance Favors is back?

Anyway, this is dumb. I think we’ll need the mental edge of the first seed to go into the playoffs. We could have been the third seed last year but decided we didn’t care about seeding and tried to get cute by picking Denver as our opponent and then lost.

We can rest some guys, but let’s be smart about it.

Side note: I think we need to see Ersan in the rotation to eat a bit of Favors’ minutes. A lot of times we’re pretending his a rim protector in the same way we pretend Royce is a perimeter defender. Ersan may give us a different look and we won’t have to pretend he’s protecting the rim.
 


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Our load management strategy is also kind of like our three point strategy: times where it’s super hot and you have way more than you need (like games when we’re up 15 with 90 seconds left and all the starters in), and times where it’s cold and totally costs you the game (managing to rest everyone simultaneously when one of your best two are injured), and then you run the remaining guys into the ground and lose when all you needed was one possession down the stretch.

A penny wise and a pound foolish.
 

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Despite holding guys out and losing today, the Jazz are still favored to hold the #1 seed. Phoenix has to play @Bucks, @Sixers, @Nets, @Celtics, @Knicks, and vs. Clippers in their next 7 games before they play us again. At that point, the Jazz will know just how competitive the Suns will be for the #1 seed. The Suns later have a game @Lakers when the Lakers should be more or less at full strength. The Jazz have a much easier schedule.

My guess is that Conley was considering sitting out on today's B2B, and with Mitchell already out, the Jazz decided they didn't want to push Favors to play either. With Conley, Mitchell and Favors out today, that tipped the scale, and the Jazz decided to rest Gobert as well. I'm assuming at least Gobert and Conley will play on Monday and the Jazz will be favored to earn a split in LA.
 

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If our strategy with Phoenix is to bank on them losing, then that’s often not a great strategy and tends to backfire a lot. The universe goes out it’s way to make sure we get the worst outcome, too, when we fail to put forth a bit of effort and expect “the odds” to play out. Go watch the last day of the 2019 season, for instance.
 

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Yeah... Playing multiple guys 40+ minutes and Clarkson 46 minutes on a b2b is a bit of a "yikes".
 

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Yeah... Playing multiple guys 40+ minutes and Clarkson 46 minutes on a b2b is a bit of a "yikes".
Yeah, I mean... if it was so important to play them those minutes to win... would not 20 minutes of Gobert have been better?
 

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If our strategy with Phoenix is to bank on them losing, then that’s often not a great strategy and tends to backfire a lot. The universe goes out it’s way to make sure we get the worst outcome, too, when we fail to put forth a bit of effort and expect “the odds” to play out. Go watch the last day of the 2019 season, for instance.

The Suns still have the Bucks, Sixers, Nets, Celtics, Knicks (2), Lakers, Clippers and Jazz on their schedule, plus Spurs (3), Warriors and Blazers. If they can come through that with only 4 losses, they deserve the #1 seed.
 

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The Suns still have the Bucks, Sixers, Nets, Celtics, Knicks (2), Lakers, Clippers and Jazz on their schedule, plus Spurs (3), Warriors and Blazers. If they can come through that with only 4 losses, they deserve the #1 seed.
The other end of that equation is that we still have to consistently win games.
 

Agent#00

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Joe and jc just average 23-25 minutes, bumping them 2x is a recipe for injury. We could have given Oni more playing time. He just played 2 minutes !!
 

vegas

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Couldn't agree more. Seems like a classic case of procrastination, or we didn't think about it and now all of the sudden everyone is kinda wrecked and it became blatantly obvious. Hard to know, but for a team with depth we haven't taken advantage to keep guys fresh. I could see an argument for working out bugs and cohesion. It's all a balance. My preference would be for a lot more load manangement. I think it's a bit of a blessing to have Don with a minor injury right now.
 

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