Originally Posted by MikeToronto
I'd love to participate in Gay bashing, but we mustn't underestimate the effect Salmons and Patterson in particular had on our team defence.
Gay is good defender. Its his blackhole selfishness on Offense that killed the defense. Its all about transition and bad shots selection, missed lay ups, and turnovers turning into points for the other team. When he would miss or turn it over the opponents best player (usually a SF) is down the floor before him so often and its always a mismatch.
Although I do think Salmons/Ross play better D than Gay often, we aren't this much better on D just because we have Patterson filling in for Hansbrough and Salmons/Ross playing for Gay.
We saw it tonight. Small stretch with alot of turnovers or bad shots and Wiz got right back in it in the 2nd half.
And now we are getting stops and rebounds and it allow us to run more than we ever have. One snowballs into another. Gay was just an awful fit for this team.