Originally Posted by LX
Back to Ed - when he was in the game last night the team stopped trading baskets. The scoring was down some, but Utah's ridiculous shooting percentage dropped noticeably. There was no longer the need for everyone to sag and help in the interior and that changed things up enough for the Jazz that they couldn't count on so many easy points. Almost as soon as he left the game, that changed. The easy baskets came back for them, and the shooting percentages shot right back up. Over any length of time that is going to be hard to beat.
I disagree that Ed Davis was the reason we stopped trading baskets. Bargnani
didn't play any of the 4th quarter until the 4 minute mark. We had a decent lead and Casey figured he didn't need to bring back AB so soon. Then the lead starting dwindeling because they coudn't make a shot and the offence was stagnant, so he brought him back in, when our lead was around 3-4?
Not entirely sure because it's hard to remember the exact score.
But to suggest Ed Davis was the reason we stopped trading baskets is a little over the top. Because you are then suggesting that it was because of Bargnani
that we were trading baskets. I watched the same game you watched, and Bargnani
in regulation looked alright defensively, he didn't allow Milsap or the other guy he was covering to get anything easy. His 1 on 1 defence was pretty good, and had a couple blocks.
The only time I cringed watching him lumber back in transition or have lapses in defensive coverage was during the overtime periods, which is understandable considering he's a terrible athlete.
M williams 31:53 playing time