Join Date: Mar 2010
RF Draft Playoffs Game 3
NOTE: Regarding injuries, we are not just ignoring injuries altogether. Players should be considered as healthy but with reasonable expectations for this year. For example we cannot assume that Brandon Roy would all of a sudden be back to his old form again. He would probably play at about the same level as he did last year.
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Brandon Roy
SF: Danilo Gallinari
PF: Josh Smith
C: Roy Hibbert
Bench: Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Mehmet Okur, Shannon Brown, Beno Udrih, Josh McRoberts, Brian Scalabrine
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Arron Afflalo
SF: Andrei Kirilenko
PF: Ryan Anderson
C: Andrew Bynum
Bench: Louis Williams, Jared Dudley, Shawn Marion, Amir Johnson, Omer Asik, Shaun Livingston, Mike Dunleavy
Rondo vs Nash
[/b]This is close. Nash will create offense one way or another, but I think Rondo would be able to bother him enough on the defensive end to hold him to under 12 points. Nash can't stop Rondo from penetrating and creating. But on the other hand Rondo isn't much of a scoring threat. I really gotta say it's equal here.
Roy vs Afflalo
Roy has had a rough last 2 seasons, but when his knees aren't mush he's a threat from all over the floor. He defends anyone with his speed and size, he can hit the 3, and is an amazing finisher around the hoop. He hit's the big shots as well. Afflalo is a good utility player, defends, shoots, etc. But I don't think he would keep up with Roy. Edge to Roy.
Gallo vs AK47
AK will definitely lock down Gallo on D. But coming off of tough screens from Hibbert and Smoove, open, Gallo will hit shots from everywhere. When the 3 isn't working he's a good slasher. AK can hit shots, but I don't see him as much of a scoring threat. Edge Gallo.
JSmoove vs Ryan Anderson
Anderson can bring Josh out onto the 3 to take away his shot blocking, but I think he's athletic enough to get back, or have Hibbert play some d. Josh will bully Anderson in the post all game and lock him down everywhere on the floor. Edge JSMOOOOVE.
Hibbert vs Bynum
Hibbert is long, but Bynum is long and strong. Bynum will force Hibbert to shoot away from the key or pass it off. No contest here haha. Bynum
Bench: My bench isn't very good on the 3 point line, but they are all solid defenders and can hit shots. Mehmet Okur at 6th man will drag the C's out away from the paint opening lanes. Caron will hit the 2 dribble pull up or take it to the hole. Shannon can hit 3's now and is a magnificent finisher. Scalabrine is Scalabrine. Beno is a solid defender, and underrated as far as I'm concerned. He hit's shots and is a good passer. I think I have the edge on the bench as well.
I know I have a very D oriented team but Rondo can create offense. I have wing players that can hit 3's and players that can finish at the rim. None of my players are big time scorers, but as a whole I believe we are a solid team.
Good luck Dan!
I'll keep it short this time. Over the course of the game, I don't think Alex's defence can slow down Steve Nash (who, by the way, is not slowing down - his last 11 seasons he has averaged 34 minutes, and last year he averaged... 33.3 minutes). Rondo is a good one on one defender, but Nash's game isn't iso's - and Hibbert is a little too slow to show on screens like he needs to to affect Nash in any way. Josh Smith would help him there, but he'll be stuck guarding Anderson out on the perimeter - and good luck in the post if you put him on Bynum. And going the other way, so long as Bynum is camping in the middle, Rondo won't be much of a threat until he develops a jumper the President won't make fun of. Even his passing game will suffer - you think Rondo can run a team as smoothly with that lineup around him as he could with Garnett, Pierce, and Allen taking all that attention? He's a very solid young point guard, but not as good as he has seemed in Boston.
Long story short, if my team struggles on offense a bit, this game probably goes down to the wire. And at the end, the only player on Alex's entire team I would want taking the last shot would be Brandon Roy - you know, if Brandon Roy could still play basketball. Even assuming he dresses for the game (and I do), he just can't do what he used to, and without his contribution, I can't see players like Rondo, Butler, and Hibbert giving Smith enough help on offense to keep up for 4 quarters. As for the bench... Gallinari is his biggest threat, and he plays at my strongest defensive position, so I'm not too worried - Kirilenko and Marion's length should keep him in check, and keep the ball in the hands of his lesser offensive options. And the rest of his bench has far too little offensive punch compared to mine, with maybe a slight edge defensively in spots - just like his entire team.
Anyway, good game and good luck!
Last edited by tdotballing; 11-21-2011 at 01:07 PM.