Yep - I agree with that completely. That's where all the treading water comes from. They are just trying to make sure they don't kill Jose, or get him in foul trouble, or both, when they can. The trouble is, unless they are playing teams like Sac or Atlanta that just give up before they even start, they are not going to be able to sustain the little charade they've been playing.
Jose's natural instincts are to play slow and steady and make the simple pass. Great. But that's not where he showed how good he could be, starting from last season onwards. He's had to push himself to go beyond that. So just as people said that TJ had to learn to play more like Jose, I was pointing out that Jose had to learn to play nmore like TJ, and that they both were in fact doing so within our system.